Brian Leacock

 Brian Leacock
Position
Associate Teaching Professor & Associate Director, GSB International

Credentials

BA in Pacific and Asian Studies and MBA, University of Victoria

Contact
Office: BEC 272

Expertise

  • Organizational behaviour
  • Cross-cultural management
  • Organizational diversity and inclusion
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Cultural competency assessment and training

Brian Leacock is an Associate Teaching Professor of organizational behaviour/design, human resource management, and cross cultural leadership at the Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses to diverse student groups and brings a global/interdisciplinary orientation. He places special attention on understanding and navigating our diverse and globalized world. Brian also holds the title of Associate Director of GSB International. This leadership role is focused on the internationalization of the school of business across four degree programs (BCom, MBA, MGB and PhD) – including the management of 110+ academic partnerships worldwide.  Overall, Brian has twenty years (+) experience in educational leadership – spanning all aspects of governance, strategic planning/budgeting, strategic enrolment management, business development, pedagogical innovation, development projects (CIDA), and all dimensions of international education. 

Brian’s current area of scholarly inquiry focuses on intercultural competency development (conceptualization, assessment, and pedagogical innovation/training) for leadership in a globalized and integrated world. In fact, Brian has dedicated his academic career to supporting the development of intercultural competency skills in his students and corporate clients for the past two decades.  He also devotes time to understanding and teaching unconscious bias (UB), emotional intelligence (EQ), cultural intelligence (CQ), and diversity/inclusion (DI).  This passion for academic understanding includes active conference presentations at national and international organizations such as EAIE, NAFSA, CBIE, and STLHE. 

Brian’s work, curiosity, and academic pursuits have taken him to 330+ cities in 53 countries and he has lived overseas for 9 years.  He continues to seek out cultural diversity as he writes, explores, and consults on the role of culture in our diverse and globalized world.

Journal Publication

Leacock, B. K., & Jones, B. A. (2019). Designing and supporting significant study abroad experiences. Hirao School of Management Review, 1-21(9). http://doi.org/10.14990/00003228

Presentation

Leacock, B. K., & Pitton, V. (2020, August). Supporting International Students Online. Let’s Talk About Teaching 2020 for Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). University of Victoria: Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). Victoria, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2020, August). Embracing the New Normal: Rapid Innovation in Collaborative Virtual Learning. Let’s Talk About Teaching 2020 for Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). University of Victoria: Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). Victoria, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2019, November). GMI, IDI, SFCQ? Understanding Intercultural Competencies for Individual & Program Level Assessment. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Winnipeg, MB, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2019, November). Translating International Study/Work Abroad into Intercultural Competencies. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Winnipeg, MB, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2019, June). Boundaries, Barriers & Bridges: Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, September). Language and Global Business: Pedagogical Innovation in Business School Curriculum. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Geneva, SWITZERLAND: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K., & Jones, B. A. (2018, November). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, ON, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, September). The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Geneva, SWITZERLAND: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, May). Emotional and Social Competence for Dynamic Learning across Cultures. Let’s Talk About Teaching 2018 for Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI). University of Victoria: Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI).

Leacock, B. K. (2018, May). Boundaries, Barriers & Bridges: Building Inclusivity in a Broken-Up World. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, June). Enhancing Intercultural Competencies: Successful Pedagogical Innovation and Program Level Assessment. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2018, May). Reflective Learning by Design: Program Level Assessment of Intercultural Competencies. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Philadelphia, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, November). Capacity Building for Diversity and Inclusion. Victoria Forum. Victoria, BC: Victoria Forum.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, September). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Seville, SPAIN: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, September). The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Seville, SPAIN: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2017, May). Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. Canadian Association of Public School – International (CAPSI). Calgary, AB, Canada: Canadian Association of Public School – International (CAPSI).

Leacock, B. K. (2016, September). The Intersection of Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Liverpool, UK: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2016, November). DMIS and CQ Synergies in the Making. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2016, September). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. European Association for International Education (EAIE). Liverpool, UK: EAIE.

Leacock, B. K. (2016, May). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Denver, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2015, May). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Boston, MA, USA.

Leacock, B. K. (2014, November). Reflective Learning by Design: Developing Intercultural Competencies. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, ON, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2014, November). Innovative Trilateral Degree Development. Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Ottawa, ON, CANADA.

Leacock, B. K. (2014, May). Colloquium on Business Education (Co-Presenter with Dr. Ali Dastmalchian). Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Houston, TX, USA.

Recognition & Awards

2019

Award of Excellence for Service, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2018

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership, University of Victoria

2015

Award of Excellence for Teaching, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2009

Award of Excellence for Innovation in International Programs, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

2005

Award of Excellence for Service, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

Grants

  • Development of Cross-cultural Competence: Factors and Process, Funded by Gustavson Executive Programs Research Grant (September 1, 2019), awarded May 1, 2019, Funded - In Progress, Summer 2019, CoPI Maria Carmen Galang with CoPI Ricardo Flores, CoPI Brian Leacock

Courses Taught

  • Language, Communication, and Global Business (MGB)
  • International Business Environment (MBA)
  • International Business Environment (Boundary Spanning) (MBA)
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations (BCom)
  • Leadership Strategies (BCom)
  • Leading People and Organizations II (BCom)
  • Organizational Behaviour and Design (BCom)
  • Canadian Business Environment (BCom)
  • Business Communications (BCom)
  • ISIBM: Cross Cultural Business Communications (Executive Programs)