Chelsea Willness, PhD


Associate Professor

Grandey Scholar in Sustainable Leadership


Room 149
PotashCorp Centre
25 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Phone: (306) 966-2822
Fax: (306) 966-2514
Email: willness@edwards.usask.ca


Associate Professor and Grandey Scholar in Sustainable Leadership, Department of Human Resources & Organizational Behaviour, Edwards School of Business

Associate Faculty and Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship, School of Environment & Sustainability

Research Associate, Community-University Institute for Social Research

Dr. Willness's research focuses on how organizations' environmental practices and community involvement (e.g., CSR) impact reputation, which in turn affects attracting and retaining talent, employee engagement, consumer behaviour -- and people's skeptical reactions to some of those CSR claims. She holds two national research grants (SSHRC) for her work on these topics, and has presented her research locally, nationally, and internationally. She has published her research in top tier journals (for details, click on "research" in the left menu bar), and she recently co-authored two book chapters on CSR and reputation, and corporate environmental sustainability.

Chelsea is passionate about stakeholder engagement and community partnerships. She is a collaborator on a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership grant examining Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement. In 2012, Chelsea was awarded an Innovation in Teaching Award from the Academy of Management for her design and implementation of HR courses that integrate community-based experiential learning. She is the 2014 recipient of the University of Saskatchewan’s Award for Distinction in Community-Engaged Teaching & Scholarship, and the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Prior to completing her graduate degrees, Dr. Willness enjoyed a 10-year career with the tourism HR sector council where she was heavily involved in training and education for the industry. This work provided the basis for some of her other research interests, including employer branding, job search decision making, and strategic human resource management. She holds the national designation of certified Industry Trainer, with both consulting and occupational experience in seminar facilitation.

Highlights of Dr. Willness's research interests and expertise:

  • Social/environmental responsibility and organizational reputation
  • Attracting, selecting, and retaining talent
  • Employer branding
  • Leadership and sustainability
  • Student engagement and experiential learning
  • Community partnerships and stakeholder engagement
  • Non-profit governance
  • Training, learning, and development

Check out Dr. Willness's latest column in the Financial Post Executive: http://business.financialpost.com/author/cwillness/

Page created by students in her experiential course on non-profit governance: www.facebook.com/EdwardsGLDP

Video about Community Engaged Scholarship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dapJekF5Js

And if you wonder why she studies the effects of driver distraction (e.g., texting and driving), please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0