Christian Cook

Christian Cook

Associate Professor
Human Resources

Office: EB3026

Phone: 403.440.8432

Email: clcook1@mtroyal.ca

PhD (Leadership), University of Calgary, AB
MBA (Human Resources), Royal Roads University, BC
Baccalaureate degree, Simon Fraser University, BC


Certifications and Designations
PROSCI Certified Change Management Professional
CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources)
SHRM – SCP (Society for Human Resource Management, Senior Certified Professional)
ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors, Director designation)
MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) Step I & II Certified Facilitator
Certificate (seminar series) in Adult Learning, MRU, Continuing Education


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, employee performance, and organizational learning and development.  In 2017, she was the recipient of the MRFA Teaching Excellence Award. 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 almost 20 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
Employee Relations
Organizational Learning & Development
Recruitment & Selection
Introduction to Human Resources
Management Principles & Practices

Research and Scholarly Work (MRU)

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.

Christian has been a successful grant recipient in several research and scholarship funding competitions and has presented at local, national and international conferences.  She has been an invited speaker at many industry and practitioner events in addition to her contributions at prestigious, peer reviewed events for knowledge sharing and capacity building.  A select few of her most recent scholarly activities are listed here: 

Cook, C. (2019, May). Stressed (just enough) for Success:  Employing Reflection to Mitigate Student Challenges in Community Service Learning. University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference. (Kitchener, Waterloo, ON).

Cook, C. (2019, May). Student Perspectives and Voices:  A Study of Student Experiences as they Encounter Transformative Learning through EL/CSL. University of Guelph Teaching and Learning Conference:  Perspectives on Experiential Learning. (Guelph, ON).

Cook, C. (2018, June). The Business Case for Service Learning in Business Schools. The 25th Annual International Conference of The Learner. (Athens, Greece).

Jugdev, K., Mathur. G, & Cook, C. (2018, April). Linking Workplace Burnout Theories to the Project Management Discipline. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. Vol.11, Issue 2, April 2018.

Cook, C. (2017, October). Give Phenomenology a Chance: The Case for Storytelling to Learn about Leaders. Presented at the Royal Roads School of Leadership Studies Leadership Conference 2017: Diversity, Creativity, and Possibility. (Victoria, BC).

Cook, C. (2017, September). Assessing the Impact of Service Learning on Students’ Experiences in Capstone Business Education. Paper presented at the 17th International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference (IARSLCE). (Galway, Ireland).

Cook, C. (2016, November). Understanding Student Reflection Experiences in a Capstone, Discipline Specific Course using Community Service Learning as the Core Teaching Pedagogy. Presented at the Symposium for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. (Banff, AB).

Cook, C. (2015, October). Emerging Leaders and Job Rotation: Who’s Learning What (and When…and How?). Presented at the Royal Roads University School of Leadership Studies Leadership Conference 2015. (Victoria, BC).

Recent/Current MRU Service
Vice Chair, MRFA Collective Bargaining/Negotiations Committee
Associate Faculty Developer (Community Service Learning)
Discipline Coordinator, Human Resources BBA
Councillor, Mount Royal University General Faculties Council (GFC)
Member, Teaching and Learning Standing 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
Conference Planning Committee (Albuqerque, New Mexico, 2019) for the Annual Conference for the
   International Association for the Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)