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ASSOCIATION NEWS

From the Board

Global AHRD Strategy

By Khalil M. Dirani

The purpose of the Academy states that we are "a global organization incorporated in the United States of America serving scholars and scholar practitioners in human resource development (HRD)".

I am proud to announce that now the academy has a Global Strategy statement. This past year, I helped develop a systematic global strategy for the academy that is consistent with its purpose and vision. The goal is that this strategy will help us promote, support, and develop scholarly research and informed practice related to HRD. The goals of the global strategy include: a) finding opportunities for knowledge sharing, b) promoting cross-cultural mentoring, c) developing partnership relations with global organizations, d) empowering academy members to collaborate with global partners, and e) publishing our global HRD research. My hope is by this time next year, I will be writing about our success stories on one or more of these goals. But for this to happen, we all need to work together, engage in the process and be part of recognizing the vision and purpose of being a global organization leading HRD through research.

In addition, I am working, along with my friend and fellow board member, Rajashi Ghosh, on organizing a webinar in January 2015, in which we will host a panel of top scholars in international affairs and in international HRD, to discuss the recent events in the Middle East, and the impact of the sociopolitical environment on broad-based perspectives of HRD practices.

While numerous factors influence HRD work in general and international work in particular, several of these factors deserve special attention when designing and managing international HRD interventions. Two of these factors include paying attention to socioeconomic conditions and constructing the meaning of work. The Middle East, a region infected with conflict and detestation, faces questions about living conditions, moral caring about people, and ethical business behavior that are hard to answer. In addition, understanding how individuals in that region are reconstructing the meaning of work is a central question for HRD professionals.

One important aspect in understanding the meaning of work is to consider work’s relative importance when it is compared to other factors such as safety, family, religion, and community. I hope the panel will engage in this difficult dialogue to shed light on how socioeconomic factors are driving HRD practices, and how, if possible, HRD can play a role in easing the pain and hopefully thinking of ways to bring positive change to that part of the world and elsewhere.

Finally, I want to send a personal thank-you to all my friends and colleagues in the academy for all your care and hard work to serve our community.

Happy Holidays!

You can access the Global AHRD Strategy Statement via the AHRD website.

Upcoming Webinar

Middle East Crises and the Impact on/of International HRD

January 28, 2015
10:00 am
Khalil M. Dirani & Rajashi Ghosh

This Webinar will host a panel of top scholars in international affairs and in international Human Recourse Development (HRD), Greg Gause, AAhad Osman Gani, and David McGuire, to discuss the recent events in the Middle East and the impact of the sociopolitical environment on broad-based perspectives of HRD practices.

While numerous factors influence HRD work in general and international work in particular, several of these factors deserve special attention when designing and managing international HRD interventions. Two of these factors include paying attention to socioeconomic conditions and constructing the meaning of work. With all the uncertainty in the Middle East, a region infected with conflict and detestation, questions about living conditions, moral caring about people, and ethical business behavior are hard to answer.

In addition, understanding how individuals in that region are reconstructing the meaning of work is a central question for HRD professionals. One important aspect in understanding meaning of work is to consider work’s relative importance when it is compared to other factors such as safety, family, religion, and community.

Our panel will engage in a dialogue to shed some light on how socioeconomic factors are driving HRD practices, and how, if possible, can HRD play a role in easing the pain and hopefully shaping the future of that part of the world.

To view more information or to register for this event, visit our website.

NEWS FOR MEMBERS

Faculty Mentoring Partner Project!

We are excited to launch a formal mentoring program to address the career/professional development needs of HRD faculty across different career levels (i.e., junior, mid-career, senior).

Based on survey feedback concerning faculty development needs, the AHRD Board approved a pilot project for a faculty mentoring partner program to be launched at the AHRD 2015 Conference in the Americas. The program concept is based on the relational mentoring literature where both parties in the mentoring relationship can be mentors and/or mentees depending on their developmental needs.

For our pilot program, we will accept a small number of faculty interested in enhancing their career development needs. Our intent is to pilot the program to understand how it can best attend to our faculty members’ professional development.

Please visit our webpage for further details about this mentoring program.

Interested faculty should submit the Participant Input form (available on the webpage noted above) by Jan 15, 2015.

JOURNAL NEWS

HRDR

Dear AHRD Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that Thomson-Reuters has selected HRDR for coverage in the Social Science Citation Index. This is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of countless people over the years including Editors, Associate Editors, Reviewers, Authors, and Sage Publications staff. Congratulations to us!

HRDR will be indexed beginning with the 2012 volume. This means that we will receive an Impact Factor next year when the Journal Citation Reports are released.

As the current Editor, I am mindful that this recognition is based on the past accomplishments of the HRDR community, and it is my mission to ensure the journal continues its ascendency. Associate Editors Jia Wang and Julie Gedro, as well as Managing Editor/Social Media Coordinator Mari Campuzano, will continue to work hard to attract quality manuscript submissions; to work with reviewers and authors to foster innovation, rigor, and clarity; and to publish the best theoretical and conceptual HRD papers globally.

Congratulations to the Academy!

Julia Storberg-Walker
Editor-in-Chief
Human Resource Development Review

NEWS ABOUT 2015 CONFERENCE IN THE AMERICAS (February 19-21, 2015)

Conference Registration Is Open

Conference registration is now available via Conference Central. Check out Conference Central to learn all about the many exciting developments emerging for the conference. We hope you agree it’s shaping up to be a conference you won’t want to miss! Please register as soon as you can — especially for the pre-conferences which all have caps on the maximum number of attendees, so be sure to secure your spot in the one(s) you would like to attend!

Announcing the Town Forum

We are excited to announce the details of the Town Forum that will open the 2015 conference on Thursday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m. (Important note: The Town Forum this year is in the afternoon instead of the evening — please make your travel plans so you won’t miss the conference opening and the Town Forum).

This year’s Town Forum is stimulated by the events of Ferguson, MO, which is near the St. Louis area and our conference venue. In the wake of these events, the Eric Garner case in New York, and ample evidence of the work yet to be done to improve diversity and inclusion in the United States and beyond, the conference team wanted to create a way to engage members in reflection and dialogue. Thus, this year’s Town Forum is:

Enhancing the Frontiers of Diversity and Inclusion in Research & Practice:
Performative, Critical, and Radical Perspectives on the Contexts and Issues for HRD

Co-sponsored by AHRD’s Critical HRD and Social Justice Perspectives SIG and the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion SIG, the Town Forum will feature expert panelists/facilitators (see Conference Central) who will interactively engage conference participants in reflecting on the role of HRD in enhancing the frontiers of diversity and inclusion. During the Town Forum, we will explore three different views (performative, critical, and radical) on HRD’s responsibilities and limitations for diversity and inclusion as related to the issues for HRD (relating, learning, changing, and organizing) and in various contexts that HRD serves (individual/career, relational/workforce, organizational/ workplace, and structural/community). We invite your active particpation during this session via small and large group conversations to engage in discourse that supports new frontiers for discussing and operationalizing diversity and inclusion in HRD practice and research.

Spotlight on Conference Events You Won't Want to Miss!

We want to spotlight a few things about the conference in hopes of getting you excited about registering soon (check out Conference Central for all details):

  • 175+ Papers & Presentations Featuring HRD Research & Scholarship: One of the ways that HRD’s vision to Lead Human Resource Development through Research is operationalized is through the conferences it sponsors — which provide one of the world’s largest and best venues for scholars in HRD to share their research and insights. The 2015 conference will feature 175+ papers and presentations! The Conference Team has excitedly worked with the Track Chairs to design tracks that are engaging and thematically organizing sessions that are centered on key questions to explore together during the sessions. We’re confident you’ll feel a positive shift in how the sessions are designed to be truly interactive and engage people in the room to move beyond the presentations!
  • Keynote Address: The New Frontier of Workplace Learning with Jane Hart: Join Jane Hart, Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performing Technologies) and one of the world’s leading experts on modernizing Learning & Development for a stimulating keynote that explores “what’s next” for workplace learning methodologies. Note: Dr. Hart is also offering a pre-conference (see below) if you want deeper work directly with her on these important themes!
  • Pre-Conferences: Select from three pre-conference workshop opportunities. Two ½ day workshops are being offered (The Modern Workplace Learning Landscape: What it Means for You and Your Organization and Intersecting Mixed Methods Research Techniques and HRD Research Topics: A Willing Combination. Participants who sign up for both of the ½ day workshops will receive a 20% discount on the cost of each of them. Use promo code 2015THANKYOU when registering to take advantage of this discount. We’re also offering a full day (plus!) pre-conference, The Writing and Publishing Process: Identifying Decision Points, Recognizing Component Parts of a Manuscript and Using Tools to Improve Writing that will offer deep guidance on the professional writing process. Please note that each of these pre-conferences has a cap (maximum number allowed), so we encourage you to register early to secure your spot!
  • Graduate Student Colloquium: Formerly known as the Emerging Research Course, this experience for graduate students has been newly redesigned and improved. Two tracks are now offered—one for Masters students and another for doctoral students—to create valuable experiences for each group of students.
  • Program Excellence Network Meeting: Faculty Members, is your academic program a part of AHRD’s Program Excellence Network yet? If so, note that PEN representatives will meet February 18-19. PEN members will participate in a session titled Academic Branding: The Changing Face of Research Scholarship and Documentation as well as work together on the award program to acknowledge excellent academic programs and the benchmarking survey that PEN is designing. For any academic program that is not yet a part of PEN, we hope you’ll consider joining this year. Please check out PEN’s web page on the AHRD website for more information or to join.
  • Opening Reception: On Thursday evening, we’ll celebrate the opening of the conference at the City Museum, a truly unique museum dedicated to preservation and creativity! Cost for this off-site event and transportation to it is a part of conference registration.
  • Optional Excursion/Tour & Dinner of Anheuser Busch Brewery: Looking for a fun way to enjoy one of the places that St. Louis is known for? Join a group of up to 50 people for dinner and a private tour of the brewery and the stables of the world-famous Clydesdales.
  • Presidential Dinner: St. Louis has quite the reputation for jazz and blues, so it’s only fitting that we enjoy the music and vibe of the city at our closing dinner. Bring your dancing shoes for some great fun to end the conference! Partially sponsored by Wiley Publishing, we’ll also celebrate the recent publishing of the Handbook of Human Resource Development (edited by Neal Chalofsky, Tonette Rocco, and Michael Lane Morris and sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development).

A MESSAGE FROM THE AHRD PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow AHRD Members:

AHRD’s 2015 International Research Conference in the Americas is in St. Louis in February. And, as you know, Ferguson, Missouri, a part of the St. Louis metropolitan area, has been in the news for the past several months.

Some people have voiced concerns about the safety of the St. Louis area. The AHRD Board shares concerns and has monitored the situation since this summer, in part, through statements issued by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which seems to be an honest and informed voice. Please see the message below for the latest statement from the commission. We will post all future CVB updates as they become available to us on the Conference Central website.

Our uppermost concern is for the safety of everyone attending the conference. Our assessment is that our downtown conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Arch, located about 12 miles from Ferguson, continues to be a safe venue and that no special precautionary issues need to be considered at this time.

We would be most willing to respond to any questions about the situation as it relates to the AHRD conference.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Ron Jacobs, President - AHRD

A MESSAGE FROM THE ST. LOUIS CONVENTION & VISITORS COMMISSION

With the grand jury announcement in late November, a series of demonstrations have begun as people voice their opinions on the decision [not to indict a police officer in the death of an unarmed man]. We remain hopeful these demonstrations remain respectful to the important issues of social justice and equality that have been raised during the past few months. This is the democratic process of our country at work, and we fully respect everyone’s right to peacefully assemble and exercise their rights to free speech.

As you may have seen in news reports, the announcement also prompted unfortunate criminal activities in Ferguson and nearby communities. These activities are not reflective of our community and are not productive in moving the discussion forward to make real lasting change. Local law enforcement is taking the necessary steps to deal with those individuals responsible for criminal activity. As in any major metropolitan area, improvements can and must be made in equality; there are many initiatives already underway in this regard and additional efforts will be forthcoming. For more information on some of these efforts, we encourage you to visit www.STLForward.com and the website of the newly established Ferguson Commission www.stlpositivechange.org.

As a visitor to our region, you may have concerns about the effect these events are having on the region as a whole. Please be assured that hotels, visitor attractions, restaurants, parks, transportation companies and other components of the tourism infrastructure in our region are open for business. Visitors continue to arrive by air, by train or by car, they use the MetroLink light rail or travel the four interstates that connect the region with the rest of the country. There is no negative impact in getting to, from or around the metropolitan area. The St. Louis region has hosted hundreds of conferences and events for hundreds of thousands of attendees in the last 100-plus days. These have all been met with great success and enjoyment for the participants.

Our hospitality community looks forward to welcoming you.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Looking for a fun way to experience St. Louis and socialize with AHRD Conference attendees?

Join us Friday, February 20, 6:30-9:00 pm for a memorable brewery tour and dinner in the Biergarten at Anheuser Busch Brewery. This tour will offer you the opportunity to take an in-depth look at how some of America’s favorite beers are crafted, using the finest, all-natural ingredients, by following it through the steps of the entire brewing process. While on tour, you will see and learn about the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at our historic stables built in 1885. You will also explore the rich architecture and heritage of the oldest and largest Anheuser-Busch Brewery. After the tour, you will be taken to the Biergarten for a buffet dinner and you’ll have the opportunity to taste a sample of the products.

Cost: $60 per person (includes dinner and transportation)

Limit of 50 attendees. Registrations for this event must be received by Thursday, February 5, 2015. Event will be cancelled if less than 25 participants sign up. A refund will be provided in the event of a cancellation.

JOB POSTINGS

Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor - Human Development and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences (HDCS) in the College of Technology at the University of Houston seeks qualified candidates for an Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor position in Human Resource Development (HRD). The preferred fields of specialization are: organization development, instructional design, adult learning and learning and development, but the position is open to all interest areas. To be successful, candidates must have a commitment to excellent teaching at the graduate level. Courses will be offered at the Sugar Land campus. Read More

Cost of posting:

Members - $25.00
Non-members - $100.00
PEN Members - FREE

Posting information :

Job ads are posted for 90 days and are available to all members and non-members visiting the AHRD website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at office@ahrd.org.

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Contributors to this Issue

Robin Grenier, Editor
Khalil M. Dirani
Ron Jacobs
Wendy Ruona
Julia Storberg-Walker

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