Dr. Patricia Faison Hewlin joined McGill University in 2010. She conducts research on how organization members and leaders engage in authentic expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in every day work interactions. Her research has centered on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace those of the organization, a behavior she has termed as “creating facades of conformity”. Her research interests also span to gaining insight on leadership dynamics and how members cope with perceived organizational value breaches in megachurches and other values-driven organizations.
Professor Hewlin received a three-year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) on the following project: Do the benefits outweigh the costs? Performance outcomes and moderating variables influencing how employees experience creating facades of conformity at work. She is published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management Studies, Group and Organization Management, and edited volumes and books including Research on Managing Groups and Teams, Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations, and The Business of Culture. Professor Hewlin reviews for the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science.
Professor Hewlin is an active member of the Academy of Management and has recently received an award for the best faculty proposal from the Managerial and Organizational Cognition division’s Diamond in the Rough workshop. Her research has been quoted in several Gannet Online properties including Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic and Des Moines Register. She was featured in Black Enterprise magazine and has appeared on BET News.
Prior to joining McGill University, Professor Hewlin was on faculty at Georgetown University in the McDonough School of Business. Additionally, she has extensive managerial experience as a Vice President at Citigroup, where she received numerous awards for excellence in management and community relations. Additional organizational affiliations include JP Morgan Chase, Johnson and Johnson, The Berkshire Bank, American Express, and the US Department of Agriculture.