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2017 Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops

Two Pre-Conference Workshops


  • Social Network Analysis for HRD/OD Professionals
  • with Facilitators: Chungil Chae (Chad), Pennsylvania State University, and Jieun You, Ohio State University and Invited Facilitators: David L. Passmore, Pennsylvania State University, and Rose M. Baker, University of North Texas.

    Date: Thursday, March 2 Time: 8:30am–12:00pm

  • This workshop purposes to introduce HRD research that uses social network analysis in U.S and Korean literature, and suggesting a proper research design procedure considering social network analysis as the methodology in Part I, social network research and theory. In part II, designing research and practicing social network analysis, participants will learn how to design research that is appropriate for using social network analysis as an analytic method by experiencing a social network analysis tool for their research interest.

    Part I: Social Network Research and Theory

    • Module 1: Social Network Researches in HRD Literature
    • Module 2: Social Network Analysis and Related Theories

    Part II: Designing Research and Practicing Social Network Analysis

    • Module 3: Research/Intervention Design with Social Network Analysis
    • Module 4: Demonstration and Practice of Social Network Analysis tool.

    At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1) Social network analysis trends in HRD literature
    2) How to develop their own research ideas related to social interactions and social network analysis as research methodology
    3) Foundational knowledge related to social network analysis
    4) Two major social network analysis approaches (whole network and ego-centric network approach)
    5) Two major social network related research design approach (social influence and social selection), and produce s research design.
    6) SNA data structure
    7) How to operate basic function and data handling in R
    8) How to operate a basic social network analysis with R
    9) How to visualize the social network analysis result in Gephi
    10) How to produce a report in R

  • Target Audience:

    HRD researchers, graduate students, scholars and practitioners who have interest in social interaction, but are new to social network analysis.

  • Requirement:

    Participants are expected to bring their own laptop computers that have R (https://cran.r-project.org/) and RStudio (https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download3/ ) software installed. Simple installation instructions are available at https://psu.app.box.com/v/InstallingR. Participants also should install Gephi (https://gephi.org/). R, RStudio, and Gephi are open source and are available free–of–charge. Registered participants will receive prior to this workshop more detailed information about the installation of this open source software.

  • Registration Fee:

    Members: $150.00 (early bird rate) $200.00 (regular rate)
    Non-Members: $235.00 (early bird rate) $285.00 (regular rate)

  • Minimum and Maximum Participants:

    Minimum of 10 participants required; maximum of 30 participants. Workshop will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met by Feb. 15.

  • Facilitators
  • Chungil Chae (Chad)

    Chungil Chae (Chad) is a fourth–year PhD dual title degree candidate in WF ED, with an emphasis in Human Resource Development/Organization Development, and in Comparative International Education. His employment has included work as a project manager, associate product manager, market researcher, and consultant specializing in training and development. Chad’s work experience has been in the medical device industry and Human Resource Development consulting. He specializes in the area of team dynamics, learning intervention, evaluation process, and human performance technology. Chad is pursuing a leadership and a scholarship position as a faculty member focusing on research and teaching in the fields of workforce education and human resource development. He concentrates his doctoral study on success of learning interventions and human performance improvement that depend on evaluation processes that involve identification of key learning factors and provide a pipeline to strategic business planning and competency. He also concentrates on applications of social network analysis.



    Jieun You

    Jieun You, Ph.D, is a senior researcher in the Institute of Educational Research at Yonsei University. She worked for career and leadership development for female college students at Yonsei University and taught education and career development courses in several colleges and universities for several years. Her research interests include 1) social network approach in HRD, 2) informal learning, 3) organizational learning and change, and 4) evaluation and measurement in HRD. She holds a BA degree in Education and Economics from Yonsei University, a MA degree in Human Resource Development and Adult Learning from Yonsei University and the Ohio State University, and a Ph.D in Human Resource Development and Adult Learning from the Ohio State University.


  • Invited Facilitators
  • David Passmore

    David L. Passmore is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Workforce Education and Development academic program at Penn State. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Operations Research in Penn State’s dual degree, intercollege Operations Research program. Passmore earned academic degrees from State University College of New York at Buffalo (BS, 1969), Bowling Green State University (MEd, 1970), and University of Minnesota (PhD, 1973) and has held appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, University of Massachusetts, University of Northern Iowa, St. John Fisher College, and University of Minnesota. Previously at Penn State Passmore was chair of Penn State’s Commission for Women, University-Wide Director of the Office for the Protection of Human Subjects, Professor of Mineral Engineering Management, Professor of Adult Education, Senior Scientist in the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation, Faculty Associate of the Center for the Study of Higher Education, Director of the Institute for Research in Training and Development, Director of Graduate Studies, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Academic Computing, and a charter member of the Penn State Economic Modeling and Forecasting Project. He has taught courses about applications of social network analysis.



    Rose Baker

    Rose M. Baker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies. Dr. Baker's primary research interest is determination of the financial forecast and effects of workplace learning investments in soft skill training. Her research focus includes management techniques and statistical applications for operations and performance improvement, impact of career and technology education, economic analysis, occupational forecasting, benchmarking, survey and evaluation design, evaluation of training outcomes, training needs assessment, and job task analysis. Dr. Baker has extensive experience in the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of labor market data. Dr. Baker holds a BA degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College, and a MEd degree in Adult Education Theory and Practice and a PhD degree in Instructional Systems, from Penn State. She is also a certified teacher with a Pennsylvania Instructional II certificate and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).


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  • Re-seeing Workplace Emotions: An Imaginative Approach to Research and Practice in HRD
  • with John Dirkx, Michigan State University, and Ben Espinoza, Michigan State University

    Date: Thursday, March 2 Time: 8:30am–12:00pm

  • The overall goal of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the mythopoetic approach to emotion-laden experiences as a means of fostering deeper understanding of one’s self as a worker and of the workplace in which the self is embedded. We will address this goal by briefly summarizing why it is important to pay attention to the expression of emotions in work and some of the key approaches reflected in the literature for conceptualizing and working with emotion and emotion-laden experiences. Using participants own experiences in the workplace, we will then focus more specifically on the mythopoetic approach to emotion-laden experiences and how it fundamentally differs from more dominant theoretical approaches. Video vignettes and a case scenario of emotion-laden experiences in the workplace will be used to give participants an opportunity to engage in and practice the mythopoetic approach. The workshop will conclude by providing participants with the opportunity to reflect on and suggest ways in which they might integrate this method into their practice.

    At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1) Identify the ways in which emotion is expressed, interpreted, and addressed within settings of HRD and OD, including within their own work contexts.
    2) Describe theoretical and practical limitations of emotional intelligence, emotion management, emotion work, and emotion regulation as ways of conceptualizing the meaning and importance of emotion in the workplace.
    3) Describe and give examples from their own practices of what is meant by a mythopoetic or imaginal approach to emotion-laden experiences in the workplace.
    4) Use the imaginal method to develop an understanding of the emotion-laden experiences present in a case scenario of workplace emotionality.
    5) Apply the imaginal method to working with their own emotion-laden experiences.

  • Target Audience:

    Scholars and reflective practitioners in human resource development, particularly those involved in or studying team-building, organizational learning and development, transformative learning, diversity management, and conflict management and conflict resolution.

  • Registration Fee:

    Members: $125.00 (early bird rate) $175.00 (regular rate)
    Non-Members: $210.00 (early bird rate) $260.00 (regular rate)

  • Minimum Participants:

    Minimum of 10 participants required. Workshop will be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met by Feb. 15.

  • Facilitators
  • John Dirkx

    John Dirkx is Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair (Emeritus) in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education and Director of the College of Education Masters of Arts in Education online program at Michigan State University. He received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1987 in continuing education, where he studied adult learning, group dynamics, and transformative education. Dirkx’s work focuses on teaching and learning in higher and adult education and workplace learning, with a particular interest in the affective and emotional-laden nature of teaching and learning, and the role it plays in transformative learning and self-formation. He has conducted numerous workshops and delivered many presentations for a variety of groups and organizations on the approach to understanding emotion-laden experiences described here. He is editor of the Journal of Transformative Education, author of A Guide to Planning and Implementing Instruction for Adults: A Theme-based Approach, editor of Adult Learning and the Emotional Self, and author of numerous book chapters and journal articles that focus on the meaning and spirituality of work, and the affective or emotion-laden nature of teaching and learning, particularly in the workplace.



    Ben Espinoza

    Ben Espinoza is a PhD student in the Higher, Adult, and LIfelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. His research interests include transformative learning, adult education, human resource development, and emotion work. Ben has written articles and reviews for publications such as The Journal of Family and Community Ministries, Christian Education Journal, Common Ground Journal, and The Journal of Adult Theological Education. A graduate of Cedarville University and Asbury Theological Seminary, Ben brings his experiences as a minister, administrator, and teacher into his research.


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