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From the Board

By Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Board Member

Thomas G. Reio, Jr

Reflections and Directions

As we approach the Fall season, my favorite time of the year, I like to try and make sense of what has transpired over the course of the year. By my nature, I try to find the silver lining in just about anything I did or did not do, being ever mindful that there is so much room for improvement. My reflections this year include my travels to Dublin this summer, and Munich the year before, and my missed trip to Regensburg because of a family emergency. My mind is already drifting to traveling to other fascinating places in the near future; perhaps Hawaii, but more likely Finland and Norway. I must say that my zest for learning through travel has never seemed to wane over the years.

As a Graduate Dean, I see so many incredibly interesting students (we have over 1000), both nervous and excited about embarking upon another facet of their intellectual and professional journeys. The students worry about returning to school, often after a long hiatus, and whether they can fit into graduate-level classes where the intellectual rigor can be daunting. They tend to not be thrilled by old pedagogical notions of what teaching and learning should look like, but are most impressed with courses offered face-to-face, online or as a hybrid that honor andragogical principles and the adult learner. What a contribution Eduard Lindeman, Malcolm Knowles, Cyril Houle and so many giants in the field have made to our understanding of what it means to be an adult learner in all kinds of learning settings, especially in the workplace. What a contribution Bert Wiswell, Harold Stubblefield and Marcie Boucouvalas at Virginia Tech made to my own intellectual and professional journey by opening my eyes to the wonders of research, self-directed learning, action science, informal learning, evaluation, and so much more.

Working at one of the largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S. has afforded me the opportunity to work with students who are so ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse that my life has been immeasurably enriched. Our Hispanic students, which comprise 67% of our students overall, primarily herald from Cuba, Columbia, Venezuela, Belize, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. We also have a sizable group of students from other Caribbean countries, namely Jamaica and Haiti. I have learned what it means to be fully immersed in a majority-minority setting and living in a city (Miami) where in numerous places English is not spoken. My reflections about this “richness of life” leads me to acknowledge that I have learned so much more from my interesting, smart, passionate, and warm students than I could ever hope to teach them.

A large part of my professional journey has been the Academy of Human Resource Development. I have been attending, bringing students and enjoying being a member of the Academy for 20 years. I remember as a graduate student listening to Ed Holton, Gary McLean, Wayne Pace, Dick Swanson, Gene Roth, Karen Watkins, Victoria Marsick, John Nieme, Phyllis Cunningham, Sharon Confessore, and Bert Wiswell (Ed Holton, like me, was Bert’s student) excitedly talk about the promise and future of the Academy and the field of HRD. We graduate students were caught up in the frenzy of excitement for being on the cusp of an emerging, promising field.

Today the enthusiasm we had as graduate students remains as evident among members of the Academy as it was 20 years ago. Although we are more mature as an organization, there are so many opportunities for scholarship and research that I marvel at how far we have come. We have two journals with respectable SSCI Impact factors (and two well on the way), SIG groups, conferences in Asia and Europe, two new research handbooks, PEN, a strong webpage, and many new areas of inquiry that promise to move the field forward theoretically, conceptually, empirically, and practically. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed and emerging methodological advances, led by HRD researchers and scholar-practitioners, continue to be made as well.

My reflections bring me to the realities of today and make me wonder about our future directions. The times are challenging ones as organizations struggle to meet the demands of change. Clearly, organizations need to take reasonable risks to be creative and innovative in the face of these pressing demands. HRD, led by the Academy, needs to lead the way through its research in assisting our organizations to successfully address these challenges and opportunities through diverse workforces adept at being curious, taking risks, and handling change.

As was the case 20 years ago, and as it will be 20 years from now, these are exciting times indeed for the Academy and HRD research. I hope to see you and a friend at one of our HRD conferences soon.

News for Members

Call for AHRD Board Member Nominations — Due October 14, 2016

By Darren Short, Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee

AHRD is only as strong as its Board. To remain a successful, vibrant Academy, it is essential that we have a diverse Board whose members bring the energy, passion and vision needed to lead AHRD over the coming years. Each year, new Board opportunities emerge to provide members with the chance to serve at this high level within the organization, and the chance to guide, lead, and inspire their peers throughout AHRD.

This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three Board members, and we need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions.

Any member of the AHRD, including former Board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board, or to self-nominate. As you reflect on possible nominations, it will help to know that Board members are elected for a three-year term. Those being elected this year will serve on the Board from March 2017 to February 2020. They are expected to attend Board meetings during the annual conferences in 2017-2020, as well as one additional Board meeting each Fall of the three-year term. Board members cover their own expenses for attendance at these meetings. In addition, Board members attend monthly calls, and have at least two assignments each year, which include serving on a Board committee and as Board liaison to an Academy committee.

Nominations Procedure

Whether you nominate yourself or someone else, all nominees must provide a written statement that includes both the candidate's biographical information and vision for the Academy, including how they would like to contribute in their role as President-Elect and President or as a Board member. You are restricted to a total of 250 words for your statement, which includes both your biographical information and vision. If the statement exceeds this word restriction, sentences will simply be dropped from the end of the statement to fit the space limitation. Please note that the use of flyers or the AHRD listserv for the promotion of candidates is prohibited.

Please send nominations and nominee statements to Darren Short (Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee) at The deadline for nominations is midnight Pacific Daylight Time on October 14, 2016. View a time zone converter. A reply email confirmation will be sent to you indicating that your nomination has been received. If you do not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please re-send and contact

In November, all AHRD members will receive instructions for completing their ballot. The AHRD election process will be completed by mid-December, and new Board members will be announced in early 2017.

Darren Short

Leadership SIG Sponsored Webinar: Theorizing Leadership in HRD: Which Way Forward?

By Julia Storberg-Walker, PhD

Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT View a time zone converter.


The webinar is free for members and nonmembers.

Register Now

This webinar will explore new ways to theorize leadership for sustainability, social change, and peace. Building off the work of sociologist Richard Swedberg (2012), the session will introduce "relationally reflexive theorizing" (Hibbert, Sillince, Diefenbach, and Cunliffe, 2014) as a way to overcome the typical suppression of generative theorizing that occurs in the academy.

After primers on theorizing (Swedberg, 2014) and relational reflexivity (Hibbert, et al., 2014), the presenter will pose several questions for the audience to consider regarding sustainability, social change, and peace. This part of the webinar will be interactive, generative, and reflexive. Audience members will engage in dialogue to explore how HRD can/should contribute to leadership theorizing on the global stage.

It is hoped that new ideas, new collaborations, and new directions for leadership scholars and scholar/practitioners will emerge from the session. Future interactive webinar sessions to support this work will be scheduled as needed.

Audience members are encouraged to review the two articles below prior to the session:

Hibbert, P., Sillince, J., Diefenbach, T., & Cunliffe, A.L. (2014). Relationally reflective practice: A generative approach to theory development in qualitative research. Organizational Research Methods, 17(3), 278-298. DOI: 10.1177/1094428114524829

Swedberg, R. (2012). Theorizing in sociology and social science: Turning to the context of discover. Theory and Society,
, 1-40. DOI 10.1007/s11186-011-9161-5

Julia Storberg-Walker

Julia Storberg-Walker is an Associate Professor at George Washington University and Co-Director of the Executive Leadership Program, responsible for marketing and recruiting. She currently serves as the Editor of Human Resource Development Review, and is affiliated with the Taos Institute as well as the Global Women's Institute at GW. Her research interests focus on theorizing leadership for women and girls, and she has delivered theorizing workshops around the world for students and faculty. Most recently, she was recognized for her scholarly contributions by the Women and Leadership Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association and was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award.

Research Grant Opportunity

Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant


The Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant promotes AHRD graduate students’ research collaboration on research in Korea. This grant provides $500 to the awardees to reimburse them for research and dissemination expenses for one year only, with eligibility to apply for a subsequent year. Eligible expenses might include, but are not limited to, gifts for participants during data collection; software; data analysis assistance, such as transcribers or translators; AHRD membership, registration for any AHRD conference where the outcome of the award is presented; and travel and lodging while at the conference.


  • Graduate students who are members of AHRD are eligible to apply with a research proposal.
  • A team of students, consisting of at least one Korean and one non-Korean, regardless of where they live, may submit one proposal. A faculty member may be part of the team in a mentor role, though he/she is not eligible to use the funds. The rationale for this eligibility criterion is our desire to expand interest in Korean HRD research, while wanting to ensure sensitivity to the Korean culture.
  • Students can find partners on the AHRD Facebook page or LinkedIn, or contact the Korea SIG chair, Heeyoung Han (, who will distribute your request.
  • Past recipients are eligible to apply in a subsequent year.

Application Process

  • Submit a proposal in electronic format in Word format (not .pdf).
  • The cover page should include:
    • Student names and affiliations
    • The title of the research project
    • The corresponding student’s email address and telephone number
  • Proposals must not exceed 3 single-spaced pages, in addition to the cover page, including:
    • Problem statement
    • Research purpose and questions
    • A brief review of the literature
    • Research methods
    • Anticipated outcomes and implications for HRD
    • Information dissemination plan (including presentation at one of the AHRD conferences)
    • Research project timeline (not exceeding one year, beginning with March following the award announcement at the February AHRD Conference in the Americas).

Submission Deadline

  • Submit a proposal by December 1, 2016, by email to Dr. Han at (
  • The Korea SIG Chair will form a three-person review panel.
  • The final decision will be announced at the AHRD Conference in the Americas in 2017.

Submit a Nomination for the Academy Awards

The deadline for awards submissions is November 4, 2016. Award winners are due back to the office by January 13, 2017.

The "Academy Awards” is the distinguished awards program in the Human Resource Development profession that is sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). These awards are for scholarly professionals who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research.

The Board presents all the Awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

View the Academy Awards page for more information.

Journal News



Methods for HRD research, theory and Practice: HRDQ encourages submissions of papers that demonstrate or discuss a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method with relevance to human resource development and related fields. See details here.

The Fall 2016 Issue of HRDQ (Volume 27, Issue 3) appears online this month:

EARLY VIEW: Two articles have been added to the HRDQ Early View since July 1:

  • Nimon, Methods Matter: Call for Research Methods Submissions.
  • Nolan and Garavan: Problematizing HRD in SMEs: A “Critical” Exploration of Context, Informality, and Empirical Realities.

For all articles on Early View:

For an interview with Ciara Nolan concerning this article, see:

CONNECT WITH US ONLINE to learn more about Early View articles, Throw-Back-Thursday articles, and more!

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The September 2016 issue released later this month will feature the following work:

Integrative Literature Reviews

Understanding Talent Development and Implications for Human Resource Development: An Integrative Literature Review
Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi & Jessica Li

Examining Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Context of Human Resource Development: An Integrative Review of the Literature
Kevin Rose

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Work Engagement: Toward a General Theoretical Enriching Model
Liat Eldor

The Cultural Evolution of Talent Management: A Memetic Analysis
Swailes, Stephen

Man, Have I Got a Story for You: Facilitated Autoethnography as a Potential Research Methodology in Human Resource Development
Robin Grenier & Joshua Collins

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We will offer two author podcasts from our September 2016 issue! Dr. Kevin Rose and Drs. Hedayati and Li will share more about their research in our upcoming issue. Make sure to follow us on social media for their release dates!

Currently available: Dr. Joshua Collins discusses his work in our Virtual Special Issue in his author podcast!

Virtual Special Issue 2 available through mid-September!

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The "Doing" of HRD: Pluralistic Perspectives on Organizational Studies

This virtual special issue offers a variety of articles focused on groups of people or organizational outcomes that are often marginalized or devalued. These articles are examples of “doing” HRD to accomplish specific goals, including empowering, naming, upsetting, re-conceptualizing, and resisting.

We know that human resource development (HRD) theories and practices can engage multiple constituencies, and that the theories and practices can be used for multiple and sometimes competing goals. Likewise, management theories and practices are similarly complex, and articles in Academy of Management Review, for example, represent a diversity of paradigms and normative beliefs or ideologies.

As described in my first Editorial, I advocate for a pluralist perspective on doing HRD research and practice. I believe there is a need for multiple paradigms, multiple and sometimes competing beliefs, and occasional paradoxes in order for HRD to continue to serve as a viable discipline of study. As a part of this buzzing debate, HRDR continues to push the field forward through provocative ideas, innovative theories, and ideological pluralism.

This special issue highlights articles that “do” HRD for specific populations of workers or emergent organizational goals that are often overlooked. What has been called “critical” HRD is not present in all of these exemplars, and the articles range in epistemology from functionalist to Interpretivist to radical humanist and radical structuralist. These articles demonstrate that a pluralist perspective can and does offer value, and that ideology can and does have a positive role in “doing” HRD.

I hope you enjoy this issue’s selections!

Julia Storberg-Walker
Editor, Human Resource Development Review

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Accolades and Accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Moats

On September 1, 2016, AHRD Board member and 2017 Conference Program Chair Jason Moats was promoted to Associate Division Director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) Emergency Service Training Institute. In this role, Dr. Moats is responsible for three training programs with a combined annual budget of nearly $18 million. In addition, Dr. Moats is also responsible for the Curriculum, Certification, and Evaluation program. Dr. Moats is a 30-year emergency response veteran with more than 25 years of experience in designing, developing, and delivering training.

TEEX is a global training leader. Each year, TEEX provides training to more than 173,000 people representing all 50 states and more than 80 countries. The Emergency Services Training Institute is home to the emergency preparedness campus in Bryan/College Station, TX, and includes the Brayton Fire Training Field, Disaster City and the Emergency Operations Training Center. By placing safety and wellbeing above all and by focusing on prevention and response, TEEX has become a comprehensive training provider through more than 80 years of extension training. Working with other agencies and encouraging involvement has led to better fire safety and emergency response, cleaner drinking water, better roads and infrastructure, improved homeland security, safer workplaces, heightened public safety and security, new therapeutics manufacturing and the evolution of cyber security.

Final Thoughts

By Robin S. Grenier, Digest Editor, AHRD Board Member

San Antonio, Texas USA

If you’re like me, after getting your AHRD Conference proposal submitted, you look forward to planning your trip to the conference city. This year, AHRD 2017 will be held in San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio has personal relevance for me. I lived there from 1976 to 1979 when my father was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base. I have great memories of visiting the Alamo, strolling along the River Walk, and learning to dance the Cotton Eye Joe (and tasting my first tamale). I look forward to doing those things again — along with a few others, including enjoying the warm weather in Hemisfair Park, which was built for the 1968 World’s Fair, visiting The Witte Museum (which is home to the South Texas Heritage Center that tells the stories of individuals integral to the history of South Texas), and exploring the 18th century Spanish missions that have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). I encourage you to learn more about all that San Antonio has to offer and I hope to see you in Texas!

Job Postings

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Assistant Professor in Adult Education

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

The Indiana University School of Education graduate Adult Education Program in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology (IST) invites applications for a faculty position in Adult Education at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Adult Education program is one of two programs in the IST department. Faculty in these programs are internationally recognized for their expertise in the areas of Human Resource Development, online teaching and learning, design pedagogy, informal learning, K-12 technology integration, collaborative learning, complex problem-solving, and multimedia development. The position is a ten- month full-time tenure track academic appointment beginning with the fall semester of the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Read More

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Darren Short, Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee
  • Julia Storberg-Walker, PhD
  • Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Board Member

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