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Date: April 07, 2005

Distinguished Professor Inspired By Parents' Work Ethic

His hard-working parents inspired him to go to university but it was a bullying boss who made business professor Dr. Craig Pinder, the latest recipient of the University of Victoria Distinguished Professor Award, choose his field of study. Pinder learned his work ethic from watching his postal worker parents hold down two jobs to make ends meet. His desire to create a workplace and classroom atmosphere where people excel grew from enduring the exact opposite situation.

“When I was an undergraduate and working part-time job in a local grocery store my boss tormented me. He would badger me constantly. It was relentless; it was harassment,” says Pinder. The experience prompted him to study organizational behaviour and his subsequent research and commitment to create a respectful classroom atmosphere contributed to his winning UVic’s highest academic honour.

“It’s a tremendous privilege to work with Craig,” says Ali Dastmalchian, dean of the faculty of business. “He has advanced the practice of management considerably, particularly through his work on developing qualifications for the designation of certified human resources professional.”

Pinder earned a BA in industrial psychology from the University of British Columbia, an MA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from Cornell with a specialization in organizational behaviour. His research has focused in three areas: the practice and impacts of relocating employees; the use of more facts and fewer analogies when describing organizations; and a better understanding of what motivates people to work.

Pinder’s teaching philosophy is rooted in his knowledge of motivation theory. He creates a class environment that challenges students’ belief systems while creating a culture of respect for differences of opinion.

The five-year professorship is given to a faculty member who has achieved distinction in teaching and scholarly research and has made substantial contributions to the university and the wider community. Each recipient receives a salary stipend and annual research allowance. No more than three per cent, or currently 22 of UVic’s regular faculty members, can hold Distinguished Professorships at one time.
Media contacts:
Dr. Craig Pinder (Business) at (250) 721-6404 or cpinder@uvic.ca
Dianne George (Business Communications) at (250) 721-6411 buscomm@business.uvic.ca

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