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Vancouver | Adjunct Professor, Applied Psychology
Adjunct Professor, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Shawn Ireland, Ed.D.



Fostering environments that support exploring and challenging taken-for-granted or uncritically assimilated assumptions and values is the key to educating adults. This supports being curious about ideas, values and beliefs and provides for a more robust and complete examination of the theories, models and practices in the field of organizational psychology.

A main goal with an Adler graduate education is developing communities of practice in the field of organizational psychology that value socially responsible practice as a core to delivery. The cohort model inherent in the Masters degrees in organizational psychology is a key building block to developing these communities.

Adler University students choose our graduate programs as an extension of their values in beliefs in social justice and fostering change in organizations. I value the opportunity to participate in this journey with them.



  • Ed.D., Adult Learning and Org Behaviour Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Adult Education Teachers College Columbia University
  • M.S., Group and Clinical Psychology, Hahnemann University
Professional and Academic Positions of Note

Professional and Academic Positions of Note

  • Managing Director- International Practice Leader, HRC Group, Inc.
  • International Organisation Development Practice Leader, Strategic Management Group, Inc.
  • HRC Group, Inc. Co-founder and Partner
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Association of Business Psychologists (UK)
  • Organisation Development Network
  • American Group Psychotherapy Society
  • National Association for Counselling and Development
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • “Better Business Strategy: Using the Balanced Scorecard in Strategy Implementation” Industry Insights, Institute of Chartered Accountant of British Columbia newsletter. August 2011
  • “Critically Balanced Thinking for Managers and Leaders”, Training Journal Magazine, November 2010.
  • IFRAME: A Manager’s Guide to Critically Balanced Thinking, Shawn Ireland and Lorne Kelton. ISBN978-0-9812456-0-7 IFRAME publishing, 2009.
  • “Managing Virtual Teams”, People Management: Challenges and Opportunities, Rees, David and McBain Richard (ed), New York: PalgraveMacMillan, 2004
  • “Furthering Practice in Adult Education: Critical Self Reflection in Parent Education”, Unpublished dissertation, Columbia University, Teachers College, 1992.
  • “Utilising Critical Self-Reflection in Performance Management”, Association of Training Professionals, Business Journal, 1991.

Vancouver Campus

Adler University in Vancouver has been, like Canada itself, born and built with an open mind. Located in the midst of one of the world’s most exciting and breathtaking cities, Adler University reflects a true Canadian spirit. It’s smart, inclusive and determined to make a world of difference. By design, our Vancouver campus echoes the Adler values and intent down every hall and in every room. It is built to live, breathe and inspire those with the passion to pursue a more just society. This is where the work gets done.

At Adler Vancouver, you’ll find multiple collaborative areas with the absolute latest technology. Learning areas and windows have literally been situated to stimulate thought. To some, that may sound odd, but these things do matter. If students are given the space, opportunity and technology to achieve their goals, they are more likely to rock the boat of conventional thought.

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