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Dr. Patricia R. Sniderman, BA, MA, PhD

Interim Chair and Professor
Human Resources Management and Organizational Behaviour
Ted Rogers School of Business Management

Pat Sniderman left an established industry career in human resources management to join the Ryerson University faculty, and consequently, thousands of students have benefited from her love for teaching.

“I loved training managers and was looking for a better work-life balance, so I came to Ryerson to try it for a couple of years,” said Sniderman, who was director of organization development and recruitment at Manulife Financial. Twenty-five years later, and after going back to school to obtain her PhD, Sniderman is still putting her heart and soul into teaching, while devoting time to her research. Now, as interim department chair, she also has numerous administrative duties.

Sniderman, whose academic background is in psychology, focuses her research on managerial communication and its impact upon employees’ emotions. Not surprisingly, Organizational Behaviour and Managing Interpersonal Dynamics are among the courses she teaches at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management. She is also the author of a textbook, Managing Organizational Behaviour in Canada, now in its second edition.

She particularly enjoys working with the students at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management, because “they have a sense of the real world.”

“Most of them work part time, so they are able to relate to human resources management and leadership issues, and they don’t have completely unrealistic expectations when they graduate,” she said. “It makes them strong and it makes us proud.”

An innovator, Sniderman is responsible for the initial creation of the school’s distance education organizational behaviour course, one of Canada’s first. Her talents are also recognized far beyond the confines of the classroom; she in demand as a consultant, facilitator and management trainer.

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