The School of Human Resource Management (SHRM) at York was formed in 2009 after its faculty splintered off from a business school in order to chart their own course. Today, with 14 full-time faculty (and growing!), SHRM is already the largest university unit in Canada dedicated exclusively to the study of work and all of its elements.
I am stepping into the Director’s role at an exciting time. The popularity of our undergraduate program has never been higher, and the MHRM and PhD programs continue to grow, both in terms of student numbers and reputation. SHRM now has close to 1,000 undergrad students and nearly 100 more graduate students studying towards Masters’ and PhD degrees. This year, SHRM is introducing a new HRM minor degree that will allow students from other programs to experience the benefits of SHRM’s diverse range of courses and faculty.
A great strength of SHRM is its exceptional faculty. My own background, and area of academic expertise and research, is in labour and employment law. I look at the world of work through a legal and critical lens. Some of my SHRM colleagues do the same, however a great benefit of working at SHRM is that our award winning, nationally and internationally recognized faculty, examine work from a wide range of academic perspectives and disciplines. SHRM faculty have academic backgrounds in fields as diverse as psychology, organizational behaviour, industrial relations, gender studies, management studies, human resource management, critical management theory, economics, and law. What ties the faculty together is their interest in the relationships through which work is performed.
This diversity of expertise has produced an exciting environment for learning and the exchange of ideas. Few academic programs expose students to such a wide range of ideas, disciplines, opinions, and research methodologies. A result is that students graduate armed not only with a vast arsenal of practical skills and knowledge, but also with critical problem solving skills needed to excel in the modern labour market and in a complex world.
As I begin my term as Director, there are plans to hire more faculty and to continue to grow the programs to ensure SHRM remains a national leader in the field. I am excited about the years to come. Please take some time to learn about the programs offered by York University’s School of Human Resource Management, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
David J. Doorey