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March 2014 AHRD Digest

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From the Board
by Ron Jacobs, President

Update from the AHRD Foundation Board
by Karen E. Watkins, Chair, Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation Board

A Word of Thanks

AHRD’s Program of Excellence Network Visits NASA

AHRD 2014 Academy Awards Given out in Houston

Job Openings

News and Notes

Final Thoughts


From the Board

Ron Jacobs, President

Reflections on the 2014 Conference in the Americas

The 21st annual AHRD Conference in the Americas has just taken place, and it’s now time to reflect on what occurred.  As president-elect, I was responsible for the overall coordination of the conference components and implementing some changes in the conference structure.  Along with the Host Committee chair, Holly Hutchins, I was also responsible for selecting the conference theme and planning the Town Hall Forum and the Keynote speech.  Needless to say, the conference has become more and more complex and complicated.  But the pay-off is that it continues to inspire and celebrate multiple generations of HRD scholars.

A point of emphasis this year was to encourage Track Chairs to become more empowered in regards to the design of their respective tracks.  Instead of the track chair being an essentially passive role – just waiting to receive papers and proposals from authors – we hoped the role might move more toward becoming a proactive designer, so that they could determine what topics might be missing and then assemble one or more innovative sessions to address the need.  We moved in that direction this year, and next year we expect to make even more progress.   The conference provides opportunities for HRD scholars to come together and share their work.  But, we’ve learned that this means more than just having a series of presentations of refereed papers only.  There needs to be a logical blend of session types.  The innovative sessions appear the best mode to encourage formal and informal interactions among conference participants, especially in providing an venue for our senior scholars.  We appreciate all the efforts of this year’s track chairs to help see this change start to become a reality, and look forward to more progress next year.

Another change was that we attempted to ensure that papers in each session were connected by topic or at least by track.  Early feedback suggests that attendees noticed that we had tried to make this change and reacted positively to it.  All track sessions were scheduled in the same meeting room, so attending the sessions within each track might be easier.
Perhaps the most prominent aspect of the conference was our attempt to identify a strong theme and carry out that theme throughout the conference events.  It would be difficult not to remember that this year’s theme focused on connecting HRD research to practice, as symbolized by the ubiquitous wooden coins.   I have promised, again, not to mention the coins anymore, but I will break that promise here because their meaning bears repeating.  By virtue of our mission, we are primarily a society composed of HRD scholars and emerging scholars.  Yet, our world does not end with doing research alone.  HRD scholars realize that research is actually a transaction between the new knowledge they generate and the usefulness of the knowledge in a practical context.  That relationship is critical because we have a fundamental belief in the principle that the most sound research leads to the best practices.

The Town Hall Forum echoed that theme by assembling a panel of scholars, all from the University of Houston, representing other applied fields.  It was instructive to learn about the challenges that others face in connecting research and practice in the fields of healthcare, social work, management, and economics.  In the healthcare field, there are licensure requirements, which govern the body of knowledge for the licensure and, in a sense, help guide and connect the research and practice.   My introduction to the panel discussion listed some well-known instances of “HRD Malpractice”, including the 70-20-10 rule.  When such information is blindly repeated without basis, can it be anything other than a form of professional malpractice?

We were especially gratified by the response to Lisa Haneberg’s keynote speech.  Her presentation slides can be downloaded from the AHRD website.  Some individuals had questioned the appropriateness of not having a recognized scholar as the keynote speaker, which we had usually done in the past.  Our approach this year was to take a slightly different approach.  I had predicted that AHRD was unlikely to have ever had a speaker as Lisa, and her comments proved my observation to be true.  As a true scholar-practitioner, Lisa forcefully shared with us how she actually uses the results of research in her practice.  She wasn’t just saying this should be done.  Instead, she was saying that she actually does it.  Her perspective was as an active consumer of HRD research.  She definitely challenged us to think more critically about our work.  From her message, it became clear that while good research oftentimes needs to address broad issues in a narrow way, there is another role of importance in HRD.  That is, the research connector role, which entails the translation of what researchers say for access by practitioners.  This is a powerful message that many in the audiences seemed interested in discussing further.

My final reflection about the conference is my heartfelt gratitude and thanks for the efforts of so many people to make the conference a success: from student volunteers, to conference team members, to track chairs, to conference presenters and participants, to our various sponsors, and of course to Ewald Consulting for their continuing commitment to our mission.

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Update from the AHRD Foundation Board

Karen E. Watkins, Chair, Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation Board

Dear AHRD members,

On behalf of the AHRD Foundation Board, I cannot thank you all enough for your incredible generosity during the AHRD conference in Houston. Together, we raised almost $5,000 at the conference in gifts ranging from $10 to $1500. As a result, I am delighted to be able to announce that we will again be able to offer funding opportunities for research to advance the profession of Human Resource Development. Proposals are due June 10, 2014 for funding for the next academic year. The Request for Proposals is available here. For further information, please contact Dr. Karen E. Watkins at

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A Word Of Thanks

A conference is not the work of a single individual, and the 2014 Conference in the Americas would not have been possible with out the support of Kathie Pugaczewski and Carissa Wolf, numerous volunteers, and the following individuals.

2014 Conference Chair
Julie Gedro, SUNY – Empire State College

2014 Conference Proceedings Team
Proceedings Editor
Diane D. Chapman, North Carolina State University

Associate Proceedings Editor
Kate Guerdat, Manchester Community College

Innovative Session Chair
Wendy Ruona, University of Georgia

Food 'N' Thought Chair
Tracy Pakornsawat, North Carolina State University

Track Chairs
James Bartlett, North Carolina State University
Doo Hun Lim, University of Oklahoma
Marilyn Byrd, PhD, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 
Claire Gubbins, Dublin City University
Sunyoung Park, Louisiana State University
Ji Hoon Song, University of North Texas
Julia Storberg-Walker, North Carolinia State University
Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo, Winona State University
Rochell McWhorter, The University of Texas at Tyler
Yonjoo Cho, Indiana University

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AHRD’s Program of Excellence Network Visits NASA

PEN members at NASAAs part of the 2014 Conference in the Americas the Programs of Excellence Network (PEN) visited NASA in Houston. The tour and speakers provided an engaging and informative afternoon for PEN’s faculty representatives. Faculty in programs in HRD, if your academic program is not currently participating in AHRD’s Program Excellence Network (PEN), you are missing some great opportunities for development and knowledge sharing among your peer institutions (like this trip to NASA). We hope you’ll consider joining PEN for 2014. Join over 25 institutions – share your successes, get new ideas, connect with your peers! PEN is a network of academic programs committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of HRD education. To learn more about PEN visit: and/or contact Wendy Ruona (

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AHRD 2014 Academy Awards Given out in Houston

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 those who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Award winners!

HRD Scholar Hall of Fame presented to
Karen E. Watkins, The University of Georgia

Outstanding HRD Scholar Award presented
Tom Garavan, Edinburgh Napier Business School
Michael Marquardt, The George Washington University

Early Career Scholar  presented to
Kim Nimon, University of North Texas

ADHR Outstanding Issue Award presented to
Issue 15(1): Evaluating Leadership Development; Feb. 2013
Gareth Edwards, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England
Sharon Turnbull, University of Gloucestershire

ADHR Best Reviewer of the Year presented to Kyle Stone, Colorado Mesa University

Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award presented to
The Jingle Jangle of Employee Engagement: Further Exploration of the Emerging Construct and Implications for Workplace Learning and Performance", HRDR, Volume 12
Brad Shuck, University of Louisville
Rajashi Ghosh, Drexel University
Drea Zigarmi, University of San Diego
Kim Nimon, University of North Texas

HRDR Best Reviewer of the Year presented to
Brad Shuck, University of Louisville

Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award presented to
Mobilizing organizational alignment through strategic human resource development, Human Resource Development International, 16:1, 74-93.
Meera Alagaraja, University of Louisville

Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award presented to
Yonjoo Cho, Indiana University
Toby Egan, Purdue University
Organizational Support for Action Learning in South Korean Organizations, HRDQ, 24:2, 185-213

R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year presented to
Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice
Sharan B. Merriam, University of Georgia 
Laura L. Bierema, University of Georgia

Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year presented to
Nisha Manikoth
The George Washington University
Maria Cseh, Dissertation Advisor
Scale Development and Validation to Measure the Dimensions of 
Contemporary Career Development Organizational Culture

Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year – First Runner Up Finalist
Zachary Johannes Van Rossum
Teachers College, Columbia University
Ellie Drago-Severson, Dissertation Advisor
The Development of Social Perspective Taking and Leadership Decision-Making in City Government Managers

Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year – Second Runner Up Finalist
Katherine Yeager
Texas A & M University
Jamie L. Callahan, Dissertation Advisor
Leader Identity Development: Understanding Adolescent Practice Experiences of Future Organizational Leaders

Cutting Edge Awards were presented to the following:
Employee Engagement: The Impacts of Perceived Learning Organization Culture, Learning Goal Orientation, and Psychological Empowerment; Leadership and Career Development Track 
Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo, Winona State University
The Impact of Ethical Leadership on Employees' In-Role Performance: The Mediating Effect of Employees' Psychological Ownership; Leadership and Career Development Track
Cho Hyun Park, The Pennsylvania State University; Woocheol Kim; The Pennsylvania State University;
Ji Hoon Song, University of North Texas; Yu Kyoung Park, The Pennsylvania State University
The Effects of Empowering Leadership on Psychological Well-being and Job Engagement: The Mediating Role of Psychological Capital; Leadership and Career Development Track
Jong Gyu Park, The Pennsylvania State University; Seung Won Yoon, Western Illinois University; Jeong Sik Kim, Sungkyunkwan University; Baek-Kyoo (Brian) Joo, Winona State University
Knowledge Sharing: The Impacts of Learning Organization Culture and Learning Goal Orientation, Workplace Learning Track
Seung Won Yoon, Western Illinois University; Jong Gyu Park, The Pennsylvania State University
The Impact of Organizational Learning Culture, Goal Orientation, Managerial Effectiveness, and Psychological Empowerment on Employees’ Workplace Learning
Organization Development and Change Track
Sunyoung Park Louisiana State University; Gary N. McLean, McLean Global Consulting, Inc.
Leadership and Engagement: Proposing Research Agendas Through a Synthesis of Literature
Leadership and Career Development Track
Marie Saul, The Pennsylvania State University; Woocheol Kim, The Pennsylvania State University; Taesung Kim, The Pennsylvania State University
The impact of innovative climate on creating knowledge: The mediating relationships of knowledge sharing and work engagement in the workforce education school context
Organization Development and Change Track
Ji Hoon Song, University of North Texas; Woocheol Kim, The Pennsylvania State University; Dae Seok Chai, Texas 
A & M University; Sang Hoon Bae, Sungkyunkwan University; Brian Ahn, University of North Texas

Distinguished Service Award presented to
Darlene Russ-Eft, Oregon State University
Past President 2012-2014
President 2010 – 2012
President Elect 2008-2010

Service to as AHRD Board Members was recognized for
2010 – 2013
Julia Storberg-Walker, North Carolina State University
2011 – 2013
Carole Elliott
Durham University Business School

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Job Openings

1) Curriculum Coordinator

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with Deans, Associate Deans and faculty to manage the development and maintenance of courses and course curriculum to reflect consistent quality standards and ensure integrity, rigor and currency.

  • Work with Deans, Associate Deans and faculty to ensure that student learning outcomes are used to organize curriculum, guide the delivery of instruction, direct learning activities and evaluate student progress.

  • Support Deans, Associate Deans and faculty in their efforts to analyze assessment data for curricular planning and decision making.

  • Work with Deans, Institutional Research and the College’s Accreditation Crossfunctional Team to facilitate the implementation of a program evaluation system.

More information may be found here.

For additional information about job openings, check out the Career Opportunities page on the AHRD website.


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

Cost of posting:

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Non-members - $100.00
PEN Members - FREE

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News and Notes

  • Webinar: Practical HRD: Steps toward leading the field through research

    Thursday, April 10 at 11:00am (central time)

    webinar buttonIntroducing the “Practical HRD” project – a concrete AHRD effort to “lead the field through research.” At AHRD gatherings, we have often expressed concern that everyday practice in HRD often does not reflect what we know works based on theory and research. Practitioners say that finding appropriate research is difficult for them, and interpreting appropriate recommendations also poses challenges. To meet the needs of our colleagues in practice, and to further disseminate the work of our scholars, we’d like to create a database of practitioner-focused, research-based articles on a full range of HRD challenges. We’d like you to learn about the project and join the effort!

    Catherine Lombardozzi, Carol Packard, and Brad Estes will share the project details in a webinar on April 10 at noon ET/ 11 am CT (an extension of our conference presentation). Register for the webinar here (link needed). Additional information will be available in the coming weeks. For more details about the project, contact Catherine Lombardozzi at or Carol Packard at

    You will need to sign in to register. You may retrieve your password if you have forgotten it here. This webinar is limited to 95 participants and is free for members. Nonmembers may register for $25.

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    AHRD European Conference 2014

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    UFHRD Conference Information

    HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future

    4th to 6th June 2014 | Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

    Key dates:

    1. Conference registration closes: 30th May 2014
    2. UFHRD 2014: 4th to 6th June 2014

    Conference Website:

    As we reach our 15th UFHRD conference, it is apposite and timely for the field to take stock and reflect upon our history, the lessons we have learned and how we are positioned to meet contemporary challenges in an increasingly complex world. Through looking back, we capture the past and move forward together as a stronger, more cohesive discipline built upon secure sustainable foundations. The conference theme reflects the host location of Edinburgh, a city which seamlessly fusions the atmospheric and historic cobbled streets of the Old Town with the breath-taking modern architecture of the New Town – a city steeped in both tradition and modernity. The aim of this Conference is to advance a research agenda which looks at past, present and future perspectives of HRD as a profession.

    Conference Location:

    As home to the largest international arts festival in the world (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and named as European Destination of the Year 2012, Edinburgh is a city of iconic landmarks, vibrant culture and exciting possibilities. As the capital city of Scotland, throughout its history it has played host to Kings, Queens, Religious Reformers, Renowned Surgeons and a host of other colourful characters. With its streets humming to the rhythm of bagpipes, visitors to Edinburgh are seduced by the city’s old-worldly charm, friendly inhabitants and fine-dining restaurants

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    The 13th International Conference of  The Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development

    Conference Theme:

    Exploring Leadership from a Human Resource Development Perspective hotel prima south korea

    Conference Date:

    November 13-14, 2014

    Pre-conference Date:

    November 12, 2014

    Host Institution: The Korean Joint Association for Human Resource Development (KJAHRD)

    • The Korean Association of Human Resource Development
    • Korean Society for Learning and Performance
    • Korean Society for Training & Development
    • Korea Action Learning Association

    Conference CEO & AHRD Asia Chapter Coordinator: Dr. Mesut Akdere, Associate Professor of HRD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Conference site-chair: Dr. Ki-sung Lee, President of the Korean Association of Human Resource Development.

    Sightseeing Tours: Insa-dong District & Myeng-dong District in Seoul ($5)

    Cultural show/performance: available during the closing dinner

    Conference Venue: Hotel Prima, Seoul (

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    Final Thoughts

    We hope to see you all next year beginning on February 18th in St. Louis, Missouri and if you would like to volunteer your expertise, ideas or elbow grease to making next year’s conference better than ever, we encourage you to reach out to any board member. Board members contact information can be found at

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