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Professor Paulette Cormier-MacBurnie, Assistant Professor, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Paulette

Paulette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently studying courses in the MBA program at Athabasca University and holds a Master of Arts in Education, Graduate Studies in Lifelong Learning, a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, and a certificate in Management Development for Women. Paulette has experience working as a Lecturer and Senior Lab Instructor in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management and has taught labs in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition. Additionally, she has work experience in the areas of food service, hospitality, and fitness and is an instructor for various managerial level food safety courses.

Paulette's research interest focuses on workplace learning in Tourism and Hospitality Management and on student engagement. She has worked on projects focusing on the workplace learning of Chefs, Human Resource Management devolution in the hotel industry, Tripadvisor reviews and owner responses in the Bed-and-Breakfast sector in Nova Scotia, and the Learning Passport Program as a student engagement initiative.

Professor Paulette Cormier-MacBurnie
Assistant Professor
Tourism and Hospitality Management

Office: McCain Centre 405K
Phone: 902 457 6517
Fax: 902 445 2582
Email: msvu.ca 
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:00pm, Thursdays 3:00 - 4:30pm

Qualifications:
Academic: BScHE, MDW, MAEd, Mount Saint Vincent University
Professional Designations: ServSafe Instructor, Advanced.fst Instructor
Courses: Allergen Training for the Food Service and Food Retail Industry, Applying HACCP Principals for the Food Service Industry, St. John’s Ambulance First Aid, WHMIS, Train the Workplace Trainer (Tourism)

Joined the Mount: 1995

Relevant Work Experience:
Food service supervisor (institutional), Cook (institutional), Server (restaurants), Educator and Fitness Instructor/Co-ordinator (Spa)

Labs Taught:
THMT 116L (Introduction to Food Service Management), THMT 216L (Planning and Management of Food Service Operations), THMT 316L (Food Service Management), THMT 411L (Catering Technology and Systems), NUTR 315L (Food Service Systems)

Courses taught:
THMT 1116 (Introduction to Food Service Management), THMT 2216 (Planning and Management of Food Service Operations), THMT 3401 (Managing in the Service Environment), THMT 2202 Communication & Self-Management Skills

Research Interests:
Informal learning and learning through practice in restaurant kitchens; student engagement.

Research and Publications:
Refereed Articles in Scholarly Journals

  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Mombourquette, P., Sneddon, G., & Young, J. D. (2018). The B&B sector in Nova Scotia: Some preliminary evidence from Tripadvisor reviews. Small Business Institute Journal, 14(2), 41-60
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Kelleher, N., Mombourquette, P. Sneddon, G., Young, J. (2017). Small business employees’ intention to learn: Establishing research directions. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 17(4), p. 112.
  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Hicks, E., & Mombourquette, P. (2016). Evaluation of a learning passport program on student engagement at Mount Saint Vincent University. International Journal of Business Research, 16(1), 105-124. doi:dx.doi.org/10.18374/IJBR-16-1.6.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Doyle, W., Mombourquette, P., & Young, J. D. (2015). Canadian chefs’ workplace learning. European Journal of Training and Development, 39(6), 522-537. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-01-2015-0003.

Papers in Conference Proceedings

  • Blayney, C., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., & Young, J. D. (2019). Facilitators of and barriers to devolution of human resource management to line managers: An examination of the hotel industry in Halifax, Canada. In The Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Tourism Research (ICTR 2019), Porto, Portugal, March 14-15.
  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Mombourquette, P., & Young, J. D. (2018). “A framework for workplace learning – Part 1: Drivers, strategies, outcomes, and evaluation.” Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Mombourquette, P., & Young, J. D. (2018). “A framework for workplace learning – Part 2: Facilitators, barriers, individuality, and technology.” Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Hicks, E., & Mombourquette, P. (2016). The Learning Passport as an engaging educational tool. Proceedings of the International Academy of Business and Economics Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Doyle, W., Mombourquette, P., & Young, J. D. (2015). Assessing workplace learning effectiveness: A preliminary study of professional chefs. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Hicks, E., & George, W. (2013). Learning Outside the Classroom: The Learning Passport. Proceedings of CASAE/ACÉÉA, University of Victoria, British Columbia, CA.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P. (2010). Informal learning in restaurant kitchens. Proceedings of CASAE/ACÉÉA, Concordia University, Montreal, CA.

Papers Presented at Conferences

  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Mombourquette, P., & Sneddon, G., Young, J. (2017). Some preliminary quantitative evidence from Tripadvisor reviews: The Bed-and-Breakfast sector in Nova Scotia. Abstract presented at the Small Business Institute, Business, Community, Education Conference Proceeding, San Diego, California.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Mombourquette, P., & Sneddon, G., Young, J. (2017). The Bed-and-Breakfast sector in Nova Scotia: a qualitative analysis of negative Tripadvisor reviews and owner response. Abstract presented at the Small Business Institute, Business, Community, Education, San Diego, California.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P. Mombourquette, P., Sneddon, G., & Young, J. D. (April, 2016). Managers’ roles in workplace learning: A preliminary examination and directions for future research. Paper presented at the MBAA/NAMS Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Mombourquette, P., & Young, J. D. (April, 2016). Self-directed learning orientation: Links to workplace learning outcomes. Paper presented at the MBAA/NAMS Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Kelleher, N., Mombourquette, P., Sneddon, G., & Young, J. D. (February, 2016). Small business employees’ intentions to learn: Establishing research directions. Paper presented at the Small Business Institute Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Non-refereed Presentations

  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Hicks, E., Mombourquette, P. (2017). Applying James Lang's "Small Teaching" to the Business & Tourism Learning Passport program. Poster presentation of the MSVU Atlantic Universities Teaching Showcase.
  • Blotnicky, K., Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Hicks, E., Mombourquette, P. (2017). The Learning Passport. Session presentation of the Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase, MSVU.
  • Cormier-MacBurnie, P., Hicks, E., & George, W. (2011). The Learning Passport: A MSVU Student Engagement Initiative. Poster presented at the Mount Saint Vincent University Research Day.

Thesis
Cormier-MacBurnie, P. (2010). A study of how kitchen employees learn through informal learning and learning through practice in the workplace. (MAEd Lifelong Learning).

Personal Reflections:

I enjoy teaching, traveling and sports.