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New research chairs at UTSC

Brian Connelly

Brian Connelly is fascinated by the role personality plays in the modern workplace, and that work has been recognized for its importance and influence. Connelly, an associate professor in the Department of Management, was awarded the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Integrative Perspectives on Personality, and is one of three new CRCs named at U of T Scarborough.

“It’s incredibly humbling,” says Connelly, who becomes the department’s first CRC. “Knowing the quality of researchers who have received this award… it’s an immense honour to have my name listed among them. I’m excited by the opportunity to highlight the importance of personality in the workplace, and in influencing one’s life course more generally.”

Connelly is looking at ways to create more accurate, data driven personality tests to better weed out bias and fakery that end up costing companies millions of dollars in retention and hiring costs every year.

Joining Connelly is Assistant Professor Bebhinn Treanor from the Department of Biological Sciences, who is awarded a Canada Research Chair in Spatially-Resolved Biochemistry and Associate Professor Kagan Kerman from the Department of Physical and Environmental Science is awarded a Canada Research Chair in Bioelectrochemistry.