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Track Chair Editors
Julie Gedro, SUNY Empire State College
Julie Gedro is the Associate Dean and Professor of Businesss at Empire State College / State University of New York (SUNY). She holds a B.A. in Economics and English from the College of William and Mary, an M.B.A. in Business Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Georgia. Julie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Prior to her faculty position, Julie served in Human Resource Management and Development positions of increasing responsibility in the finance, technology and telecommunications sectors in Atlanta, GA. Her research has been published in Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development International, Advances in Developing Human Resources, the Journal of European Industrial Training, and others. Julie is a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), for which she has served as Program Chair for the AHRD Conference in the Americas (for 2013 and for 2014). Julie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Southern Management Association, the American Psychological Association (APA), and its Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) and Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). Her book on leadership, entitled Lipstick or Golf Clubs: What Lesbian Leaders Understand About Success, and What You Can Learn from Them (Chicago, IL: Discovery Association Press) is scheduled for February 2014 publication. At Empire State College, her research and scholarship have earned numerous awards, such as the Jane Altes Prize for Outstanding Community Service, and the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She is the Founding Chair of Empire State College’s Workplace Civility Committee, Co-Chair of the Collegewide Climate Committee, and the Co-Architect of Empire State College’s Interdisciplinary Business and Environmental Sustainability Certificate Program.
Jason Moats, Texas A & M Engineering Extension Service
Jason Moats, Ph.D. is an Associate Division Director of the Emergency Services Training Institute / Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TTEX). He has been with TEEX since 2002. TEEX , a member of The Texas A&M University System, offers hands-on, customized, first-responder training, homeland security exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. As Associate Division Director. Dr. Moats is responsible for ESTI’s Homeland Security National Training Program; the Curriculum Certification, and Evaluation Program; and the ESTI Preparedness Program.
In 2000, Moats became the Hazardous Materials Training Officer and the SARA Title III Program Officer for the State of Kentucky’s Division of Emergency Management. Jason managed the state’s hazardous materials training program and built partnerships between response agencies throughout Kentucky. He is currently adjunct faculty for the College of Architecture, the Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Bush School at Texas A&M University.
Jason earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education & Development from Southern Illinois University. Jason is the author of “Agroterrorism, A Guide for First Responders”. He has had articles published on a variety of topics involving training and development, technology acceptance, crisis management, and the work of scholar-practitioners. He also has published a chapter in the Handbook of Innovative Technology Integration in Higher Education. He is the past Proceedings Editor (2015) and Conference Program Chair (2016) for the Academy of Human Resource Development’s (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas. He is currently a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development’s Board of Directors. Dr. Moats is also a Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow.
Robert Yawson, Quinnipiac University
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.
Sunyoung Park, Louisiana State University
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.
Track Chair Editors
Diane Chapman, NC State University
Dr. Diane Chapman is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at NC State University where she also serves as the Director of the Office of Faculty Development. Her research interests include program evaluation in workforce development, virtual human resource development, and contingent faculty career development. She is a practicing evaluator and teaches courses in program planning and evaluation. She is a former Program Chair for the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. She has previously worked at UNC Chapel Hill and in training positions in the private sector.
Jie Ke, Jackson State University
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.
David Huang, Department of Education Policy
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.
Eunjung Grace Oh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Eunjung Grace Oh is an assistant professor in the Human Resource Development program in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has had diverse professional experiences in higher education and corporate settings in Korea and the United States. Her primary research interest focuses effective design and integration of innovations in technology-enhanced environments to provide more meaningful access and opportunities to learning. She is also interested in understanding millennial generation professionals and their behaviors and perspectives on technology and ethics in the digital world and design-based research as a methodological approach. Her Ph.D. is in Learning, Design and Technology from the University of Georgia.
YeonSoo Kim, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Yeonsoo Kim, Ph.D., SPHR is an assistant professor in School of Environmental and Public Affairs at UNLV. In that capacity she directs a graduate specialty in Human Resource Development and Management, which is designed to prepare student for careers in training and human resource management. Her research interests include training, strategic human resource management, workforce planning, talent management and development, organization development and change management.
Kori Whitener-Fellows, KWF Solutions, LLC
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.
Dae Seok Chai, Western Michigan University
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.
Gertrude Hewapathirana, Ashford University
Dr. Gertrude I. Hewapathirana is an Associate Professor and a core faculty of Business in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. She received her Ph.D.in Work Human Resource Development, MSc, and MA from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Fulbright Scholar and a Hubert Humphrey Fellow; during her tenure there, she completed Mid Career Executive Development Program and specialized in International Business and Marketing. Her focus was developing global entrepreneurship and business networks. She completed her MBA and BA in Economics from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. She has been a member of the AHRD since 2007 and chaired many sessions in addition to her research presentations.
She held senior executive positions as the Managing Director of the Business Management Bureau, the Project Director of Agromart Foundation, and Deputy Executive Director of the Business Development Center in Sri Lanka. She carries with her global work and teaching experience and travelled to more than 20 countries. She has published a book, several book chapters and reviews and peer reviewed articles.
Karen Johnson, University of North Texas
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.
Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, University of Minnesota
Dr. Sanghamita Chaudhuri is a Lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at University of Minnesota. Prior to this role, she served as the Director for Curriculum and Instruction at the State of Minnesota. She also served as the Senior Lecturer of Workforce Development and Education at The Ohio State University. She has been a Visiting Professor at Metro State University, MN and Drexel University, PA.
She has conducted and published research studies in reputed national and international practitioners’ and academic outlets on training outsourcing, work-life balance, cross-cultural leadership, and cross-generation mentoring. Her co-authored research on ‘Reverse Mentoring’ has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Canadian Broadcasting, Financial Times, and one of the leading world news channel.
Meera Alagaraja, University of Louisville
Meera Alagaraja is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville where she teaches performance improvement, leadership and advanced organization theory. Her research interests are in topics of strategic human resources, workforce development and well being. She has prior experience developing strategic HR initiatives for manufacturing companies involved in the implementation of Lean and TQM strategies. Her research on these topics has been published in HRD journals. Currently, her research examines employee well being in the health care industry.
Barbara Eversole, Indiana State University
Dr. Barbara Eversole earned her doctorate in Education and Human Resources with a specialization in Organizational Performance and Change at Colorado State University. She joined ISU in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Eversole spent many years in the private sector in Sales and Marketing positions, in both staff and management roles, and as an independent consultant specializing in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a Master Practitioner. She is married with two sons, one at university and one in high school.
Catherine Kyeyune, Jackson State University
Dr. Catherine Kyeyune is an assistant professor of human resource development at Jackson State University. She holds a doctorate in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. Her research interests include career planning and development, diversity and talent management, mentoring and global HRD . She is a member of the Scholar-Practitioner and Diversity SIGs in the Academy of Human Resource Development.
Marilyn Byrd, The University of Oklahoma
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).
Joshua Collins, University of Minnesota
Joshua C. Collins, EdD, is assistant professor of Human Resource Development and Graduate and Affiliate Faculty in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is the current chair of the Critical HRD and Social Justice Perspectives Special Interest Group of the Academy of HRD. His research focuses on linking individual and organizational learning to issues of equity and social justice in the workplace.
Sarah Minnis, Anthology Consulting LLC
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.