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Brian S. Connelly

Brian S. Connelly

Brian S. Connelly

Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough


PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, Emory University


(416) 287-5634


Brian Connelly is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto-Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the Organization Behavior and HR area at Rotman.  His research examines how organizations can best use personality measures to solve workplace challenges, particularly in employee selection and development. In current and on-going research, he has used personality ratings from others (e.g., one’s peers, friends, or family) to study the limitations of self-knowledge, how first impressions are formed, the way people “fake” personality measures and the structure of personality.

Academic Positions

  • 2016 - present

    Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Integrative Perspectives on Personality, University of Toronto

  • 2015 - present

    Associate Professor, University of Toronto

  • 2010-2015

    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

  • 2008-2010

    Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

Selected Publications - Papers

Research and Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in the area of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Research/Quantitative Methods. My research examines the theory and organizational measurement of individual difference determinants of workplace performance (and, more specifically, personality traits). In particular, I am interested in the implications and applications of these individual differences in personnel selection, employee development, and organizational behavior.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016

    Canada Research Chair (Tier II),

  • 2015

    Early Career Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

  • 2011

    Joyce and Robert Hogan Award for the Best Paper on Personality and Work Performance, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2010

    S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • 2009

    J. S. Tanaka Personality Dissertation Award, Association for Research in Personality