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UFHRD 2015 3-5 June 2015


From the Board

By Ron Jacobs, President, AHRD

AHRD Announces Agreement with ATD to Provide Blog Summaries from AHRD Journals

The Board of the AHRD is pleased to announce an agreement with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) to provide blog summaries of research articles from AHRD research journals. The summaries will be posted on ATD’s Science of Learning website.

To make this happen, the AHRD Board has established a three-member Blog Editorial Board, comprised of Catherine Lombardozzi, Carol Packard, and Darren Short. This Board will report directly to the AHRD Board. The Blog Editorial Board will provide leadership in identifying those refereed articles from the four AHRD journals as having implications for professional practice. Relatively brief blog postings – about 500 words or more in length – will be generated from the articles. The Blog Editorial Board is now establishing the writing guidelines and a publication schedule. Blog postings should begin to appear at ATD’s Science of Learning website within the next few months. The current agreement with ATD is for two years.

The initiative to make research journal articles more accessible to the HRD professional community emanated from the AHRD’s Scholar-Practitioner Special Interest Group (SIG).  Leaders of the SIG sought ways to present research on HRD in a way that impacts practice. That goal has now been realized through the agreement with ATD. Jason Moats serves as the coordinator of the SIG.

Beyond the expected impacts of the blog postings themselves, the agreement should be celebrated for three additional reasons of note. First, it represents the successful culmination of the steadfast efforts of the Scholar-Practitioner SIG, illustrating again the important outcomes that can be accomplished through our SIGs. Second, it realizes an AHRD Board goal to find new ways to impact the HRD field, both its researcher and practitioner communities. Finally, the agreement represents a win-win relationship with ATD, in which both organizations can achieve complementary goals.

Thanks to all who have helped make the initiative possible to this point.  The Board looks forward to reporting future accomplishments as this initiative gets underway.

Continue the Collaborative Momentum – Special Interest Groups Lead the Way

By Jessica Li, AHRD Board Member

For faculty, summer is a time to take a break and rest (a long pause), but not really. Most use this time to catch up, to write, to do what could not be done during the academic year. It is also a time for solidarity, a time to reconnect, and to renew our commitment to our scholarly communities in the context of AHRD special interest groups.

In my first column as a board liaison for SIGs in September 2014, I called for, and examined the responsibilities of, SIGs in building HRD scholarly communities and shared my beliefs on what would make a scholarly community vibrant and impactful. In February of this year, I had the pleasure to meet with our SIG leaders at the conference in St. Louis. The SIG leaders are a group of smart, energetic, and committed individuals! I left the meeting feeling extremely positive.

At the meeting, we discussed the activities of each SIG over the past year and shared plans for the future. The accomplishments were impressive. In addition to SIG efforts in offering webinars and working with journals to publish issues on special topics, this year SIG efforts have been expanded. Examples include: the Town Forum on “Enhancing the Frontiers of Diversity and Inclusion in Research & Practice: Performative, Critical, and Radical Perspectives on the Contexts and Issues for HRD” was a joint effort by the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion and the Critical HRD and Social Justice Perspectives SIGs; a new award was initiated by the Critical HRD and Social Justice Perspectives SIG to honor a critical HRD scholar or practitioner who has demonstrated research and activism with impact in HRD each year; and the China, India, and Korea SIGs have been working together synergistically addressing common goals.

Looking to the future, I have seen concerted efforts from a number of SIGs, such as calls for participation in SIG activities, invitations to join the SIG leadership teams, and calls for chapters and book proposals. Just recently, a new effort led by the Scholar and Practitioner SIG is underway and explained in this Digest issue by Ron Jacobs. However, during our online discussions after the conference, many SIG leaders shared their concerns about the overall low turnout at the SIG meetings during the conference and possible low involvement between the conferences. As we approach the summer and see it as a time to reconnect and renew our commitments, I would like to issue two challenges to all members of the SIGs: Let us create a sense of “aliveness” and develop a rhythm (heartbeat) for our communities. In order to do that we need to have both planned and spontaneous activities, that are formal and informal, and host spaces for large and small gatherings that encourage threaded, joint, and small sideline discussions. We need to find our rhythm and give life to our communities in order to build a network of HRD scholars and practitioners that are engaged in their own learning and development. Summer is a good time to do it. I encourage you to reconnect with your SIGs; check out their social media and see how you can get involved.


Call for Submissions Now Available for the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

It’s already time to get ready for the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas (February 18-20 in Jacksonville, FL). The Call for Submissions was sent to all AHRD members last week via email and is now available on Conference Central at the AHRD website.

Now is a great time to identify your contribution to HRD at next year’s conference. We’re offering an early-submission opportunity with incentives to those who submit papers, abstracts, or proposals by August 24 (midnight PDT). The final due date for all submissions is September 8 (midnight PDT).

As you will see in the Call for Submissions, we invite a wide variety of scholarly submissions. In particular, we’d love to see more Refereed Symposia that provide opportunities for a group of authors to submit a pre-defined group of either 3-5 full manuscripts or 3-5 abstracts. Also, if you do not have a completed work, but a seed of an idea, consider submitting a Food ‘n Thought—informal sessions where participants can eat together, network, and engage in thoughtful conversations about topics important to HRD researchers and scholar-practitioners.

Take some time this month to craft what you plan to submit and engage with others who can enhance the work. And, if you have any ideas or input that would make the 2016 conference great, we invite you to reach out to Wendy Ruona (, Conference Chair, or Jason Moats (, Program Chair.

Expanded Call for Chapters

By Yonjoo Cho, Rajashi Ghosh, and Judy Yi Sun (Co-editors)

Thank you for your responses to our invitation to contribute chapters to a new book on Asian Women in Leadership jointly proposed by the China, Korea, and India SIGs to the publisher Palgrave Macmillan.

While we are thrilled to have several proposed contributions focusing on women leaders in the three countries of China, India, and Korea, we would also welcome contributions that discuss the state of women leaders in other Asian countries beyond these three. So, please email us by May 25 at;; or if you are interested in contributing a chapter on women leaders in other Asian countries. At this time, a 200 words abstract will suffice.

Looking forward to your emails.

Cancellation Notice: India Conference in December 2015

By Rajashi Ghosh

Please note that The International Conference on Human Resource Development: The Roadmap to Strategic Business Leadership scheduled to be held December 17-19, 2015 in Ahmedabad, India is being canceled due to Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran’s (Director of Academy of HRD, India) health condition.

Dr. Narendran sends her apologies and hopes to re-organize the conference in co-operation with the Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) in the near future.

A China SIG Lecture: Corporate University and Corporate E-learning in China

By the China SIG, Judy Yi Sun

Dr. Feng Wu, an associate professor from Peking University, presented a seminar about corporate universities and corporate e-learning practice in China at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) on April 28, 2015. The seminar was sponsored by the China SIG of AHRD in partnership with the Community of HRD Scholars in the Department of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the College of Education, UIUC. It targeted scholars and practitioners who have interests in understanding Chinese HRD practice, studying corporate universities, or researching e-learning practice in business settings. For those who are interested in international HRD phenomena, especially HRD in China, please refer to the presentation video link hosted by the College of Education at UIUC on YouTube. In the major part of the lecture, Dr. Wu presented findings from his research team’s investigation on corporate universities in China. The following questions were discussed:

  1. Why have so many corporate universities been established in China?
  2. What are some innovation strategies for learning in corporate universities in
  3. How should we evaluate corporate universities in China?

Dr. Wu also planned to talk about corporate e-learning practices in China. Due to the time limit, he briefly introduced content around the following questions on e-learning:

  1. What is the difference between e-learning in traditional universities and that in corporate universities in China?
  2. What is the status quo of corporate e-learning in China?
  3. How have massive online open courses (MOOC) been developed in corporations in China?

The presenter, Dr. Feng Wu, is currently a visiting scholar in the Division of HRD, Department of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership, College of Education, UIUC. He is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education in Peking University, China. He is also the director of Business-Education Research Center at Peking University and the chairman of Human Resource Education Committee of the Chinese Association of Adult Education. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Peking University. His main research fields include HRD and educational technology. He has published six books and 50 journal articles and conducted many research projects including one funded by China National Social Science Foundation. He can be reached at The on-site facilitator for this lecture was Xiaoping Tong, a third-year Ph.D. student in HRD and a graduate teaching assistant in the College of Education at UIUC. She also serves as the Communication Officer for the China SIG.



Important Announcement

The New Incoming HRDQ Co-Editorship (January 1, 2016 through January 1, 2019)

On behalf of my colleagues at HRDQ, as current and outgoing Editor, I am delighted to announce that the HRDQ Editorial Board and the AHRD Editorial Board unanimously endorsed the new trio of co-editors to lead HRDQ from January 1, 2016 through January 1, 2019. Please join me in congratulating this outstanding trio and thanking them for their continued and dedicated service to the journal. Please refer to the open call for Associate Editors (applications due on or before June 8, 2015) should you wish to be considered a future member of this editorial team. Kind regards, Andrea D. Ellinger

Dr. Valerie Anderson is currently a Reader in Human Resource Development at the UK University of Portsmouth Business School. She received her Ph.D. in 1989 from the Open University; a UK-based HE institution with a global reputation for distance learning and research. She is a committed member of both AHRD and the European Universities Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD), where she serves as Vice Chair of the Programmes and Qualifications Committee. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the European Journal of Training and Development and a member of the Board of Directors for Human Resource Development International. She offers peer reviews of papers for a number of prominent journals and international conferences. Valerie works extensively with the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Her scholarly publications have appeared in a range of peer reviewed journals including: Management Learning; Journal of World Business; Human Resource Management Journal; Human Resource Development International Journal of European Industrial Training; International Journal for Academic Development; International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. In 2009 her article about HRD alignment was awarded an AHRD Monica M. Lee Award for Research Excellence. She is currently an Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) and is enthusiastic about the role of co-editor for HRDQ to build on the reputation and achievements of the journal. She aspires to contribute to the continuous improvement in the research impact of the journal through encouraging a broad range of high quality and interesting research papers contributed by engaged scholars whose insights reflect the diverse nature of the HRD ‘terrain’. 

Dr. Kim F. Nimon is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Resource Development and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler. Previously, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies and Director and Founder of the Information for Research and Analysis (IRA) Lab at the University of North Texas (UNT). Dr. Nimon received a Ph.D. in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement from UNT in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Educational Research, also from UNT, in 2013. Her M.S. in Organizational Leadership is from Regent University and B.S. in Computer Science is from the University of Arkansas.

Her areas of expertise are in workforce development (human resource development, employee engagement, corporate chaplaincy programs) and analytical methodologies (applied general linear model analyses, statistical software programming, measurement and evaluation). She has published extensively in refereed journals including American Journal of Evaluation, Frontiers in Psychology, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Multivariate Behavioral Research, and Organizational Research Methods. Dr. Nimon has made over 60 refereed presentations for international and national scholarly organizations and was awarded the Early Career Scholar Award by the Academy of Human Resource Development. She also holds patents from both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Canada Intellectual Property Office. Dr. Nimon has provided leadership in professional organizations including the American Educational Research Association, Academy of Human Resource Development, and the Southwestern Educational Research Association. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Dr. Jon M. Werner is Professor of Management at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Michigan State University. His research has covered topics such as training, performance appraisal, organizational citizenship behavior, team effectiveness, as well as actions that managers can engage in that build trust between employees and management. He is co-author of two books, Human Resource Development, sixth edition, with Randy DeSimone, and Merit Pay, second edition, with Robert Heneman. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly, and is on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Learning & Education.


Research Request

Identifying Common Core Strategies to Understand the Intersection of Research and Practice in Human Resource Disciplines

* Study participation requests have been reviewed and approved by a representative of the AHRD Board.

Dear Colleague,

We are conducting a research project entitled: “Identifying common core strategies to understand the intersection of research and practice in human resource disciplines”. The purpose of this quantitative study is to fill some of the voids in current scholar-practitioner literature by beginning to establish a common vocabulary for theory and practice. The objectives are twofold:

(1) to expand upon the knowledge base to bridge the gap between research and practice in HRD; and (2) to identify strategies that have proved effective in integrating research into practice and/or align practice with theory. We are requesting your participation as an active participant in HR disciplines.

We realize that your time is valuable and have attempted to keep the requested information as brief and concise as possible. It will take no more than 30 minutes of your time. Your participation could add value by acquiring additional knowledge on factors that influence HR professionals’ success.

Your consent is implied by the completion of the questionnaire, participation in this project is voluntary, and you may stop participating at any time during the survey without consequence.

There are no known risks to you for participating in this study. Responses will be recorded anonymously, and the information collected will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law and by University policy. Please assist us in our research by completing the survey via the following link by May 25, 2015.

IRB #15-02-539
Approved: 03/06/2015
Expires: 03/05/2016

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Claretha Hughes, Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA

Jia Wang, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA


  • Congratulations to AHRD Board Member Holly Hutchins. Holly is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate HRD Program Coordinator at the University of Houston. She recently was recognized by the University of Houston with the 2015 College of Technology's Research Excellence Award. This is a great honor for Holly, especially in a college that is represented mostly by more traditional STEM programs and faculty research areas.
  • Joshua Collins, Ed.D., has taken a new position. He will begin in the fall 2015 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development. Best of luck to Josh!


For those of you planning ahead for the AHRD 2016 Conference in Jacksonville, FL, here are a few resources to help you make the most of your time in the Sunshine State.
Want to head to Disney after the conference? How about Miami or Tampa? Here is a site to help you calculate the distances.

Looking for sightseeing? This site offers information on Jacksonville area attractions, museums, and eateries.


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Associate or Full Professor - Oregon State University

Responsibilities include: Conduct active and productive research related to adult education (focus on workplace and community education), community college leadership, and higher education administration and related areas. Advise graduate students, develop and teach graduate courses, serve on and chair Master’s and doctoral student committees. Participate in professional activities in support of the scholarly development of faculty, staff and students. Read more

Instructor / Coordinator (one of two postings) - Oregon State University

The position teaches and advises graduate students, serves on and chairs Master's and doctoral student committees, participates in college and university service activities; pursues professional development programs, acts as a liaison with community college and adult, workplace, and community learning settings. Read more

Instructor / Coordinator (one of two postings) - Oregon State University

Responsibilities include: coordinating two program areas of Adult and Higher Education Leadership with a primary emphasis in the Community College Leadership doctoral program and the Adult Education-Workplace and Community Education Master’s degree program. Provide collegial service to these two program areas and to university and professional organizations related to community college leadership and adult education, workplace education and human resource education. Read more

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Contributors to this Issue

Robin Grenier, Editor
Yonjoo Cho
Rajashi Ghosh
Ron Jacobs
Jessica Li
Judy Yi Sun

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