School of Business
School of Business
Abbotsford campus, C2402email Diljot
Dr. Diljot Kaur Soin teaches within the School of Business and Department of Psychology at University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C., and has worked with the Chandigarh campus of UFV in India for 4 years.
She holds a PhD (Organizational/ Industrial Psychology), MA (Psychology), and MBA (Human Resource Management). Dr. Soin obtained her PhD degree in 2012. Her doctoral dissertation assessed motivation to lead in relation to personality type, psychological empowerment, and emotional intelligence among the middle-level management of financial services sector and created a model to be used as an assessment tool for hiring and promotional purposes across varied economic sectors. Her edited Ph.D. thesis was published as manuscript by LAP- Lambert Academic Publishing House, Germany in 2012.
She holds CPHR designation in good standing with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, British Columbia and Yukon, and SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional) with Society for Human Resource Management, USA designations. She is a certified Mental Health Trainer (SIU, Sweden) and Registered Clinical Counsellor with BCACC (BC Association of Clinical Counsellors). Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of organizational behaviour, human resource management, training and development, and mental health. Dr. Soin has done advanced psychometric assessment training and is Strong Interest Inventory® Certified (Psychometrics, Canada); EQ-i 2.0 – EQ360 Certified (MHS Inc., Canada); MBTI® Certified (Psychometrics, Canada).
Dr. Soin has over 12 years of experience in research, teaching, and training wherein she undertook graduate and post-graduate programs at College, University level, and executive education level. She supervised Master’s Dissertation thesis in the field of Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Soin provides consultancy services to corporate and academic institutions. As part of her industry experience, she worked in the Training and Development of Administrative Human Resources at a premier Administrative Training Institute wherein she designed and coordinated management/ executive development programs for Government functionaries and corporate executives. Dr. Soin undertook research projects like Manpower Audit, Academic Audit, Impact Assessment Study of KIOSKS, Change Management Roadmap with the State and Central Government. In the manpower audit study along with the implementation phase of a renowned State University, Dr. Soin coordinated in depth analysis of the jobs, job re-design, designing job descriptions and specifications, manpower deployment, training need analysis, designing and conducting training/ development programs for the staff, academic audit, recommending improvements in the HRD department and developing strategic plan for the University. Dr. Soin coordinated an impact assessment study project with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, Government of India which aimed at development of a bi-lingual multimedia e-contents/ portal and setting up of knowledge kiosks at 11 districts for facilitating entrepreneurship creation for individuals from lower caste communities in the state of Punjab.
She was part of a prestigious research project titled “Building trust to facilitate access to dementia care for immigrant older adults” with Simon Fraser University, BC where she acted as a critical friend between provincial Alzheimer Societies like Alzheimer Society of BC and Fraser Health, health authorities and community-based immigrant-serving agencies to improve access to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias, associated supports and services for immigrant older adults and their families.
Her teaching philosophy focuses on self-directed experiential learning by developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills amongst the course participants which leads to practice-based learning. To make her courses meaningful and relevant, Dr. Soin follow HBS model in the classroom by discussing best practices in the industry through real-life case studies. Students get the opportunity to delve deeper into critically analyzing these best practices and develop skills to offer constructive improvements through the application of conceptual and firm specific skills in the field of organizational behaviour and human resources management.
Courses recently taught at UFV:
Soin, D. K. (2015, October). Impact of mental health training on the sportsmen: A report. Paper presentation at the 3rd World Congress on Excellence, Chandigarh, India.
Soin, D. K. (2015, July). Mental health training: The psychosomatic impact. Paper presentation at the Vancouver International Conference on Teaching Skills in Psychology, Vancouver, British Columbia, BC.
Soin, D. K. (2015, July). Potentials and barriers in a rural village of Haryana, North India: A qualitative study. Paper presentation at the 15th International Conference of Management and Behavioural Sciences by SMBS – Society of Management and Behavioural Sciences, Vancouver, BC.
Soin, D. K. (2011, August). Indigenous techniques in sport and quality of life: The changing face in the new millennium. Paper presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Excellence in Sport & Life, Pristhina, Kosovo.
Soin, D. K. (2011, August). Insurance leaders and entrepreneurs on emotional competence and psychological empowerment. Paper presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Excellence in Sport & Life, Pristina, Kosovo.
Soin, D. K. (2011, April). Stress, well-being, and work/life balance among full-time and part-time working women. Paper presentation at the International Conference on Stress: Health, Society and Technology (ICONS-HST), New Delhi, India.
Soin, D. K. (2010, November). MBTI as a tool for selection and placement of insurance executives. Paper presentation at the International Conference on Enhancing Human Potential: Bio-psycho-social perspectives, Chandigarh, India.
Soin, D. K. (2015). Potentials and barriers in a rural village of Haryana, North India: A qualitative study. International Journal of Management and Computing Sciences, 5(5-6), 19-26.
Soin, D. K. (2014). Differential in cognitions of empowerment of corporate personnel: Implications for placement and promotion. Proficient – International Refereed Journal of Management, 16(2), 60-67.
Soin, D. K., & Banth, S. (2012). Motivation to lead - Determinants. Lambert Academic Publishing House – LAP, Germany.
Soin, D. (2012). Analysis of the effectiveness of managers on the basis of personality type and gender. International Journal of Education and Management Studies, 2(1), 16-22.
Soin, D. (2012). Gender differences on psychological empowerment among private sector executives. Indian Journal of Applied Psychology, 50, 15-21.
Soin, D. (2011). Motivation to lead among male and female executives of private sector. International Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 26(1-2), 26-43.
Soin, D. K. (2010). Dominant personality types of insurance executives from different departments: Implications for selection and placement. Indian Journal of Health and Well-being, 2(3), 1-6.
Banth, S., & Soin, D. (2010). Aptitude percentile profiles for Law, MBA, Mass Communication students: Implications for career counselling. Journal of Psychometry, 24(2), 8-15.
Banth, S., & Soin, D. (2010). Impact of global recession on self-efficacy, meaning to work and control among middle-line managers. Journal of Well-Being, 4(2), 52-56.
I have a great appreciation for the professor who pushed me to get my CA designation. Isn’t it crazy how a little conversation can change your life so completely. Keith’s guidance alone has given me a lifetime of happiness and wealth. If I had gone to a larger university who knows if something like that would have ever happened. I am very proud of the route I took, but I wouldn’t have gotten there without my professors at UFV.