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2016 Conference Team

Conference Chair

Wendy E.A. Ruona



Conference Chair


Wendy E.A. Ruona
Conference Chair
University of Georgia
wruona@uga.edu

Dr. Wendy E.A. Ruona is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) at the University of Georgia (United States). Wendy’s work during the past 15 years has been devoted to developing (1) aligned organizational systems that are poised to achieve strategy, foster optimal organizational effectiveness, and be amazing places for employees to work and (2) the leaders needed to enable that. The key areas that she’s worked in include: strategic planning, alignment, and implementation in organizations, the system that support performance, talent management, organization development and change, and building the HRD profession (foundations and what is required for strategic alignment and contribution). Wendy has published over 50 articles, chapters, and papers and received numerous awards recognizing her scholarship and service in HRD. Wendy served as the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Developing Human Resources (2004-2007) and has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Academy of Human Resource Development four times during 2000-current.

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Program Committee


Jason Moats
Program Chair
Texas A & M Engineering Extension Service
jbmoats@tamu.edu

Jason Moats is the Director of WMD Programs for the Emergency Services Training Institute / Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. He currently directs three programs with a combined annual budget of more than 8.1 million dollars. He has been with TEEX since 2002. He has been a member of AHRD since 2006. Since 2009, Jason has served as the Chair of the Scholar Practitioner Special Interest Group. He has also been a reviewer for the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas since 2007 and is serving this year as Proceedings Editor for the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Much of Jason’s career has been focused on scholar-practitioner issues and the training and development of emergency responders. His most recent research involves the acceptance and integration of innovative technologies in training. He is currently adjunct faculty for Adelphi University’s Emergency Services Administration program and has been adjunct faculty for The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He has over 20 years’ experience in emergency services and was decorated for Valor in 1993. Jason has also developed or co-developed more than 15 nationally recognized training courses for emergency response professionals. He received his B.S. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University

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Angela Titi Amayah
Proceedings Editor
SUNY Empire State College
Angela.TitiAmayah@esc.edu

Angela Titi Amayah is an Assistant Professor of Business, Management and Economics at Empire State College / State University of New York (SUNY). She holds a B.A. (Maîtrise) in Law from the University of Bordeaux IV Montesquieu (France), M.B.A. in Management from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Education, Workforce Education and Development (Human Resource Development) from the Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining academics, Angela worked in the corporate sector in the area of accounting. Her research and writing focus on generational differences, and knowledge sharing to improve organizations’ processes.

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Robert Yawson
Associate Proceedings Editor
Lender School of Business Quinnipiac University
Robert.Yawson@quinnipiac.edu

Robert M. Yawson, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Lender School of Business, Quinnipiac University, USA. Robert has a BS in Chemistry and MPhil in Biochemistry, University of Ghana; Post Graduate Certificate in Food Management, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; MS in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; and PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota. Robert has over 21 years working experience in Academia, industry, public, and non-profit sectors. He is a member of several professional bodies and has participated and presented papers in over 30 international conferences. He has several academic publications including peer review papers in leading academic journals such as the R & D Management Journal, Journal of Consumer Policy, International Journal of Nanotechnology, Human Resource Development Review, among several others. Robert serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research. Robert served as the Track Chair Editor of the Organization Development and Change Track of the 2015 AHRD Conference in the Americas. His current research is on using the "wicked problem construct" for leading organizational development and change; and also using systems approach to human resource development for emerging technologies. Robert was named the 2014 – 2015 Faculty Scholar for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac University; and also serves as the Graduate Assessment Coordinator of the Lender School of Business of the University.

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Track Chair Editors

Darlene Russ-Eft


Assessment and Evaluation
Darlene Russ-Eft

Darlene Russ-Eft, Ph.D. is a Professor at the College of Education, Oregon State University. She teaches research and program evaluation courses in the Community College Leadership program (doctoral) and the Adult Education - Organization and Human Resource Education program (masters). Darlene is a Past President for the Academy of Human Resource Development and a current Director of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction. She has served as Vice President for Research for AHRD, past Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly, past Board member of the American Evaluation Association, and past chair of the Research Committee of ASTD.

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Marilyn Byrd


Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD
Marilyn Byrd

Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd is Assistant Professor of Human Relations, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma where she teaches graduate courses in Organizational Behavior for the Human Relations Professional, Human Resources for the Human Relations Professional, Diversity and Justice, and Leadership in Organizations. Dr. Byrd earned a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. Her research interests include organizational social justice, organizational ethics, critical workforce diversity/inclusion, intersectionality in the leadership experiences of American Black women, and spirituality in the workforce. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Dr. Byrd has co-edited/authored a textbook: Diversity in the Workforce: Current Issues and Emerging Trends (Byrd & Scott, 2014) and a research handbook: Handbook of Research on Workforce Diversity in a Global Society (Scott & Byrd, 2012). She is co-author of Managing Human Resource Development Programs (Hughes & Byrd, in press).

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Sunyoung Park


International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues
Sunyoung Park, Track Chair and Dae Seok Chai, Associate Track Chair

Sunyoung Park, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include organizational culture and behavior; learning and performance in the workplace; and research trends in HRD and related fields. Sunyoung has served as the Chair of the International; Global & Cross Cultural Issues Track in the AHRD Conference in the Americas since 2014. Prior to joining academics, Sunyoung worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors in the area of human resource development and instructional design. Sunyoung has received several research awards including a 2011 Outstanding Paper Award from Leadership and Organization Development Journal and Cutting Edge Awards at the 2011 and 2014 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. She received her PhD form the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Dae Seok Chai


Dae Seok Chai (G.P.H.R) is currently a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. Before joining the doctoral program, Dae Seok was involved in designing and conducting various training programs, including leadership, cultural diversity, and problem solving, for various levels of employees in a large Korean conglomerate. Educated mainly in USA for his higher education, Dae Seok’s research interests include expatriation, cross-cultural training, global leadership, organizational behavior, immigrant women in Korea, and managerial effectiveness.

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Judy Sun


HRD Performance and Strategy
Judy Sun, Co-Chair and Jie Ke, Co-Chair

Judy Yi Sun is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development at The College of Business and Technology, The University of Texas at Tyler. She has been engaged in the AHRD research community since 2007. In the past eight years, she has actively participated in the AHRD International Conferences in Americas and in Asia as a reviewer, presenter, and symposium chair, track chair in the previous AHRD conferences and currently serves as the chair for China HRD SIG and Co-chair of R.Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award Committee. Additionally, she has been the recipient of Dissertation of the Year Award at the 2013 AHRD conference, and has received Cutting Edge Award in both 2012 and 2013. Prior to her academic appointment, she had worked for multinational corporations, such as Motorola and KPMG, as a senior consultant for over ten years. Her research interests include career development, international HRD, HRD theory building, and management development.

Dr. Jie Ke


Dr. Jie Ke, currently an assistant professor of Human Resource Development with School of Lifelong learning at Jackson State University, obtained her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and MBA from EDHEC in France. Her research interests include Evaluation and Assessment, Diversity Training, International Human Resource Development/Management, Motivations and Needs of Adult Undergraduates, and Effectiveness of eLearning.

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Kori Whitener-Fellows


Leadership and Career Development
Kori Whitener-Fellows

J. Kori Whitener Fellows, is currently president and owner of KWF Solutions, LLC, a Human Resource Development consulting firm specializing in organizational, career and leadership development, as well as training and development. Kori will graduate with her Doctorate in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in December. As a corporate consultant, trainer and organizational development specialist, Kori has worked with individuals at all levels in their careers to help them develop successful career strategies. With an extensive background in communications, she has facilitated, designed and developed career and leadership development programming, as well as programming focused on interpersonal and organizational communications. Kori’s main research focus is in the area of leadership and organizational culture. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She has experience working with a wide variety of industries from telecommunications and software development to hospitality, retail, energy, entertainment and healthcare.

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Roselyn Dow


Organizational Development and Change
Roselyn Dow

Roselynn Dow, Ph.D., is a professor of Business, Management and Economics at Empire State College, State University of New York. Her research focus is on socialization of new workers, age and gender influences on job satisfaction, and organizational development, culture and change.

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Robin Grenier


Research Methodology
Robin Grenier, Co-Chair and Marie Line Germain, Co-Chair

Robin S. Grenier, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Adult Learning in the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has worked as a high school English teacher and a training and educational consultant for school districts and non-profit organizations. Her research interests include: expertise development, informal and experiential learning, museums as places of learning, and qualitative inquiry. Away from UCONN Robin enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter exploring the wonders of New England.

Marie-Line Germain


Marie-Line Germain’s Ph.D. is in Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development. Her research interests include leadership, organizational psychology, and HRD, with a specific focus on the concept of human expertise and mental health in the workplace. She has published book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development International, Performance Improvement Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, etc. Dr. Germain is a current review board member for the journal Career Development International. She is an ad-hoc reviewer for half a dozen peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of several professional organizations, and has been the recipient of several national grants and research awards (including the national and competitive "Dissertation of the Year Award" from AHRD) and several reviewer awards. She is an associate professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western Carolina University (The University of North Carolina). In 2015, she was a scholar in South Korea. In 2014, she was a visiting professor in Finland and a scholar in Japan through the Japan Studies Institute. She has presented her research at international conferences (India, The Netherlands, Brazil, France, Canada, India, and Peru). She has been a pro-bono HR consultant to over 40 nonprofits and small businesses in SC, NC, TN, and VA since 2011. She is the current Book Review Editor for the European Journal of Training and Development and is a leadership member of the Eastern Academy of Management.

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Rochelle R. McWhorter


Technology, E-learning, and Virtual HRD
Rochell McWhorter, Track Chair and David Huang, Associate Track Chair

Rochell R. McWhorter is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development in the College of Business and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. degree in Educational HRD from Texas A&M University. Dr. McWhorter has edited two special issues of the Advances in Developing Human Resource Development (ADHR) journal including the 2010 volume that introduced Virtual HRD to the field and she currently serves a member of the ADHR Board of Directors. She has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters around technology-facilitated learning in higher education and in the workplace. Her publications include topics such as Virtual HRD, professional virtual conferences, virtual scenario planning, virtual grief education, ePortfolios, visual social media, and virtual leadership development. She is a co-chair of the Virtual HRD, Technology, and e-Learning SIG and this is her second year to serve as a Track Chair Editor for AHRD.

Wenhao David Huang


Dr. Huang is an Associate Professor of E-Learning in Human Resource Development at Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests mainly focus on designing and validating technology-enabled learning engagement systems and environments across organizations, to improve individual and organizational learning. Dr. Huang is particularly interested in how to better design and integrates learning and performance solutions for various technological platforms (e.g., game-based, mobile-based, social media-based, MOOCs). His research efforts inform the alignment of individual, social, organizational, and systemic factors for effective and sustainable technology integration efforts.

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Karen Johnson


Workplace Learning
Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. She graduated with both Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota in Work and Human Resource Education with an emphasis in Human Resource Development. In her research, she examines workforce development and training as well as learning outcomes specifically in the dynamic tourism and hospitality industry. Her scholarship is also internationally focused with emphasis on workforce education policy issues and national human resource development. She has been actively engaged as an AHRD member since 2006 as a presenter, reviewer, and symposium chair in previously held conferences both in the Americas and Europe.

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Sarah minnis


Non-refereed submissions
Sarah Minnis

Sarah E. Minnis, PhD is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Anthology Consulting LLC. She has over 20 years of higher education, career advising, and organization development experience with almost 10 years specifically advocating for veterans’ education and employment. As a leader in research and practice addressing veterans’ transition and career development, Sarah has published and presented nationally and internationally on her experience and research. Through her ongoing work Sarah has developed a program of support and education to help higher education and employment communities better understand the value of the veterans they serve. Sarah holds a PhD in human resource development from Texas A&M University, a Master of Arts degree in student affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Central Washington University.

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