Dr. Blake Jelley, Associate Professor of Management in UPEI’s School of Business, recently achieved the nation’s top score on the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) offered by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations in October 2012.
Over 1,650 candidates wrote the NKE—a 150-question, multiple-choice exam that assesses knowledge of professional practice; organizational effectiveness; staffing; employee and labour relations; total compensation; organizational learning, training, and development; and occupational health, safety, and wellness. The NKE is one of the requirements to obtain the Certified Human Resources Professional designation.
“To score the top mark in the country is a fantastic accomplishment. This demonstrates the calibre and quality of faculty that the UPEI School of Business is fortunate to have,” said Alan Duncan, Dean of the School of Business. “To be able to mix the academic theory with the practical application is a difficult skill. Blake’s achievement highlights that we have faculty who know the evidence and are wonderful resources for our students and our Island community.”
Jelley is the son of Lorraine and the late Paul Jelley of Charlottetown. He holds a PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from Western University. He teaches undergraduate and executive MBA courses in organizational behaviour, human resource management, and business research methods.
His scholarly research has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including acclaimed outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Human Resource Management. He is past chair of the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has worked and consulted in both the private and public sectors. Much of his current work focuses on evidence-based management which involves using management research to inform practice in organizations as well as using practitioners’ needs and insights to inform management research.
For more information on the NKE, visit http://www.chrp.ca/rpc/nke/.