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January 2019

PAPER PRESENTATION, FIRST INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON TRUST (FINT) Dr. Catherine Kwantes presented her paper entitled Contextualizing Trustworthiness at the First International Network on Trust (FINT), the 10th FINT Workshop on ‘Trust Within and Between Organizations.’ The paper was co-authored with Dr. Suzanne McMurphy (University of Windsor, Canada), Dr. Yuichiro Kanazawa (International Christian University, Japan), and Dr. Ben C. H. Kuo (University of Windsor, Canada). Summary: In response to recent calls to contextualize trust and trustworthiness research, this research intended to establish the bases for determining trustworthiness in the Canadian societal context, and for specific role relationships in Canada. We examined how individuals described a trustworthy person, a trustworthy friend, a trustworthy family member, a trustworthy supervisor, and a trustworthy colleague. Responses were coded for the extent to which ability, benevolence, integrity or some other factor was provided in these descriptions. Participants were Canadian university students, and it was expected that Canadian values and behavioural norms would impact descriptions of trustworthiness in these roles. As hypothesized, integrity emerged as the most important basis for trustworthiness. In role relationships with more intimacy and less formality (family, friend) benevolence was more important than ability, and in role relationships with more formality and less intimacy (supervisor, colleague), ability was more important than benevolence.

October / November 2018

TRUST SYMPOSIUM, NOVEMEBER 8, 9:30 – 4:30 – MACPHERSON LOUNGE, ALUMNI HALL University of Windsor faculty and students from five different research areas are holding a one-day symposium to consider and discuss different aspects of the nature of Trust. Summary: Dr. Hans V. Hansen (Philosophy) together with some graduate students from Argumentation Theory will review the role of trust in testimony. Dr. Catherine Kwantes (Psychology) will discuss preliminary results of her cross-cultural research on the bases of judgments of trustworthiness. Dr. Suzanne McMurphy (Sociology) and Ms. Harmony Peach (Argumentation Studies) will examine the “dark side” of trust and draw attention to situations in which trust is problematic. Finally, Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech (Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship) will consider engineers’ inherent trust in the superiority of technological solutions and its possible consequences. The Symposium is organized by the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) and will be held November 8 in MacPherson Lounge in Alumni Hall, from 9:30 to 4:30. Everyone is welcome. A programme for the Trust Symposium will be available on the CRRAR website by the end of October.

May 2018

Wendi Adair, Catherine Kwantes and team were awarded an Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence grant for “Reconciliation in the Workplace: Creating Cultures of Trust via Effective Communication, Building Relationships, and a Climate for Cultural Safety for Indigenous Employees in Ontario and Canada” from 2018-2023. Summary: This innovative research aims to increase employment and career advancement for Indigenous youth in Southwest Ontario and nationally by developing applied organizational communication tools, organizational climate best practices, and Indigenous employment and mentor networks. This participatory action research is a collaborative effort among scholars and Aboriginal Education Centres from four recognized Southwest Ontario institutions. Ultimately, the research will create psychologically safe work spaces, respectful organizational communication tools, and sustainable Indigenous alumni networks.

April 2018

Catherine Kwantes, Wendi Adair, Jeffery Hewitt (University of Windsor Law School) and team were awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant to fund “Indigenous Workways: Cultural Safety, Cultures of Trust and Psychologically Safe Work Places” from 2018 –2021. Summary: This research focuses on trust and psychological safety in the workplace for Indigenous employees. It aims to develop a definition of psychological safety that incorporates cultural safety as a key component for Indigenous employees. This research represents a collaborative effort between the University of Windsor and University of Waterloo in Ontario, and Vancouver Island University in British Columbia. This research will result in innovations that focus on trust, respectful engagement, psychological safety, and Indigenization of the workplace.
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