Department of General Management and Human Resources
Bissett School of Business
Ph.D. (Leadership), University of Calgary, AB
M.B.A. (Human Resources), Royal Roads University, BC
Bachelor’s degree, Simon Fraser University, BC
CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources)
Christian’s teaching focus is in the field of human resources (HR) and her expertise is greatest in the areas of HR strategy, employee relations, leadership development, adult learning, and employee performance. Prior to a career transition to teaching and research, Christian worked for over twenty years across several large, international organizations and has held the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation for fifteen years. She draws on a wide range of practitioner experiences and research foundations to provide a dynamic and engaging environment for participants in her university classes and professional workshops.
Christian is active in the MRU and Calgary community and has served the CPHR Alberta membership through leadership and participation on the Experience Validation Committee, Mentorship Committee, Discipline & Ethics Committee, Recertification Audit Committee, and through facilitating preparatory workshops for members intending to sit the CPHR National Knowledge Exam. She has also served the United Way of Calgary and Area (2 campaigns) and over many years, the Women in Need Society (as a board member and society director, committee chair, and board chair).
Christian earned her PhD (Leadership) from the University of Calgary, her MBA (HR Mgmt.) from Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC), and her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). Her research interests and professional experience include the scholarship of teaching and learning, transformative learning, leadership development and emerging leaders, job rotation as a leadership development intervention, professional identity, burnout, HR strategy, and employment relationships.
Teaching Experience (MRU)
Strategic Human Resource Management
Organizational Learning & Development
Recruitment & Selection
Introduction to Human Resources
Management Principles & Practices
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY WORK
Research interests include: the scholarship of teaching and learning, transformative learning, leadership development and emerging leaders, job rotation as a leadership development intervention, professional identity, burnout, HR strategy, and employment relationships.
Sample/Select Scholarly Contributions
Cook, C. (2017, March). The Criticality of Critical Reflection in Assessing Transformative Learning. How Critical is it? And How Critical are Students of it? Presented at Transformative Learning Conference 2017: Doing TL in the Classroom. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA).
Cook, C. (2017, January). Student Impact and Experiences of Participation in a Capstone Business Course Using Community Service Learning (CSL) Pedagogy. Presented at 15th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA).
Cook, C. (2016, November). Learning Experiences of Participants in a Rotational Leadership Development Program – Using Job Rotation as a Leadership Development Intervention. Presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the International Leadership Association: The Dynamics of Inclusive Leadership. (Atlanta, Georgia, USA).
Cook, C. (2016, July). Best Practices and Tools for Embedding Community Service Learning in Business Education. Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of The Learner. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). (workshop).
Jugdev, K., Cook, C., & Mathur, G. (2016, June). Determinants of Burnout, Engagement, Turnover, and Retention in Project Managers. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).
Cook, C. (2016, June). Experiences of the Development of Emerging Leaders Using Job Rotation as a Development Intervention. Paper presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual Conference. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada).
Cook, C. (2016, May). An Inquiry into the Experiences of Senior University Students Learning Through Community Service Learning (CSL) in a Capstone Discipline Specific Course. Presented at the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning Conference. (Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
Cook, C. (2016, March). When Conducting Research Using Transformative Learning, Who Decides if it has been Transformative – the Researcher or the Research Participant? Conference Proceedings. 2016 Transformative Learning Conference. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA).
Community and University Service (current year - 2017)
Member, MRFA/MRU Board of Governors Joint Committee for Diversity & Equity
Member, Group Library Research Award Committee
Member, MRU Steering Committee for Diversity & Meaningful Inclusion Plan
Co-chair, BBA HR Program Review
Member, HR Partnership Council
Board Member, Journal of Transformative Learning (USA) Editorial Board
Councillor, MRU General Faculties Council
Member, MRU Budget Advisory Committee