Samantha Hancock, Ph.D.

Samantha Hancock, Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor

Office: SSC 4414
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87273 

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Sam’s research interests are guided by the theme of women in leadership and the challenges faced by women pursuing these roles. Through her research, she has the goal of helping to increase gender equity in leadership in two main ways: 1) by investigating how others’ perceptions and reactions to women’s characteristics or behaviours impact their workplace outcomes and 2) examining the barriers women face once they obtain leadership positions. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group Decision and Negotiation, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. She is also actively involved with the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Sam’s teaching philosophy is guided by the three pillars of experiential learning, timely and constructive feedback, and teamwork. Students can expect to encounter each of these elements in any class they take with Sam. She is also open to working with undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about research related to EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) issues in the workplace.

Teaching Interests:

Human Resources, Recruitment & Selection, Research Methods, and EDI. 

Research Interests:

Human resources, EDI issues in the workplace, women in leadership, neurodiversity, invisible illness

Recent Publications:

Hideg, I., Hancock, S., & Shen, W. (2023). Women with Mandarin accent in the Canadian English-speaker hiring context: Can evaluations of warmth undermine gender equity? Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Hideg, I., Shen, W., & Hancock, S. (2021). What is that I hear? An interdisciplinary review and research agenda for non-native accents in the workplace. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 43, 214-235.

O’Neill, T. A., Hancock, S., McLarnon, M. J. W., & Holland, T. (2019). When the SUIT fits: Constructive controversy training in face-to-face and virtual teams. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 13, 44-59.

O’Neill, T. A., Lewis, R. J., Law, S. J., Larson, N. L., Hancock, S., Radan, J., Lee, N. M., & Carswell, J. J. (2017). Forced-choice pre-employment personality assessment: Construct validity and resistance to faking. Personality and Individual Differences, 115, 120-127.

O’Neill, T. A., Hancock, S. E., Zivkov, K., Larson, N. L., & Law S. J. (2016). Team decision making in virtual and face-to-face environments. Group Decision and Negotiation, 25, 995-1020.