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Awards Nominations Due by November 4

Thursday, August 11, 2016  

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.

Awards Information & Deadline Date

  • Awards nominations are due by November 4, 2016.
  • All nominations are to be submitted through the website for the award and not via email to the office.
  • Given the high standards implicit in these awards, there is no guarantee that these awards will be given each year.

Click on award names below for more detailed descriptions of each award, how to contact the chairs, and lists of previous award winners.


The Laura Bierema award

The Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award

Honors a critical HRD scholar or practitioner who has demonstrated research and activism with impact in HRD.

Chair - Joshua C. Collins




HR Development cutting edge

Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award

Awarded to the ten outstanding scholarly papers from those published in the AHRD Conference Proceedings in the same year.

Contact - Jason Moats




Excellence in scholarly practice

AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice Awards

The awards are given for excellence in applying scholarly HRD theory and research to practice in a manner that brings measurable improvement to an organization and/or has the potential to advance the field of HRD.

Chair - Carol Packard




esworthy malcolm s. knowles award

Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award

Awarded for the outstanding HRD doctoral dissertation in a given year.

Chair - Sewon Kim




advances in developing human resources outstanding issue

Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue Award

Awarded for the outstanding issue among the volumes associated with each editorship cycle (three years) of the journal.

Chair - Marilyn Y. Byrd




monica m. lee research

Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award

Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development International article in each annual volume.

Chair - Carole Elliott




early career scholar

Early Career Scholar Award

Awarded to an outstanding HRD scholar in the early stages of his/her career who has made identifiable and significant contributions in scholarly research to the field of HRD.

Chair - Holly Hutchins




r.wayne pace hrd book of the year

R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year

Awarded for the outstanding HRD book that advances the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Chair - Judy Sun




Elwood F. holton III award

Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award

Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Review refereed article in each annual volume.

Co-Chairs - Julie Gedro and Jia Wang




Rchard A. Swanson award

Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award

Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Quarterly refereed article in each annual volume.

Co-Chairs - Jon M. Werner and Thomas G. Reio, Jr.




HRD scholar hall of fame award

HRD Scholar Hall of Fame

Presented to scholars in human resource development and related disciplines who have made enduring contributions to the Academy’s vision of leading the human resource development profession through research.

Chair - Wendy Ruona




AHRD service award

AHRD Service Award

The AHRD Service Award is given to AHRD members in recognition of their lifetime achievement in advancing HRD through research combined with their service to AHRD as demonstrated through their time, energy and support.

Chair - Darren Short




OUtstanding hrd scholar award

Outstanding HRD Scholar Award

The Outstanding HRD Scholar Award (formerly the HRD Scholar of the Year Award) is presented to an outstanding human resource development scholar who has demonstrated a continuing record of scholarly productivity and influence in the profession.

Chair - AAhad Osman-Gani




Outstanding HRD Academic Program Award

    This award became inactive with the formation of the AHRD Program Excellence Network (PEN) in 2007. One of the PEN's objectives is to develop a new way of recognizing academic excellence.


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