School of Business
Abbotsford campus, C2447
Phone: 604-854-4030email Masud
Dr. Masud Khawaja is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business, University of Fraser Valley. He did his graduate studies in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, and obtained master’s and doctoral degrees from the Michigan State University and the Case Western Reserve University, respectively. Dr. Khawaja also has a specialization in International Development from the Michigan State University and a certification in Emotional Intelligence techniques from the Case Western Reserve University. He is a HayGroup (Boston) certified Executive Coach and Motivational Interviewer. He received Ethics training from Miami, USA and has served as a member of the Research Ethics Board of the University of Manitoba and honorary Director of the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance.
Dr. Khawaja has experience of teaching and research in several institutions of higher learning in Canada and USA. His primary research goal is directed towards understanding and improving the human conditions in organizational life. He is particularly interested in exploring psychosocial perspectives of workers and management, and how could they be applied to gain better outcomes. He likes to work at the intersections of disciplines, and therefore most of his research work is collaborative and interdisciplinary. He has published a number of refereed articles, reviewed a textbook on Human Resource Management and presented at international conferences. A research paper by Dr. Khawaja and co-authors was given the Best Paper Award by the Academy of Management (AOM) at the AOM conference in Montreal in 2010.
Students are the most important part of Dr. Khawaja’s professional life. As a teacher and mentor, he is committed to student-centered pedagogy. Three key values guide his teaching philosophy which reflect his beliefs about learning. These include, fostering student passion and curiosity, developing their critical thinking by challenging assumptions, and establishing the classroom as a microcosm of an organization to provide in-the-moment learning. Dr. Khawaja’s teaching experiences in the province of Manitoba have also given him a unique understanding of indigenous student perspectives. His aim is to always make learning a memorable experience that remains with his students even after they leave the classroom.