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AHRD Board of Directors Nominees (3 open positions)

  • Marilyn Byrd
  • Joshua Collins
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Kim McDonald

Marilyn Y. Byrd

Biographical Information
I am Assistant Professor of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. I earned a PhD in Human Resource Development from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, and MBA from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. I serve as an associate editor for Advances in Developing Human Resources and serve on editorial boards for Human Resource Development Review and Human Resource Development Quarterly. My primary research interests are organizational social justice, leadership theorizing of women of color, and spirituality in the workforce. Among my most recent publications are a co-authored book, Managing human resource development programs; a book chapter in M. F. Karsten’s Gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace: Emerging issues and enduring challenges; and a journal, Spirituality in the workplace: A philosophical and social justice perspective, New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education (Winter, 2016, in press).

Personal Statement and Vision
I am seeking a position on the Board of Directors of AHRD because I view it as an opportunity to: 1) continue service and support at a more strategic level; 2) contribute to exploring new frontiers; 3) create community; and 4) make an indelible mark in the profession and practice of human resource development.

As a scholar of HRD, I envision being part of a community of scholars and practitioners united around a common goal of advancing HRD research, theory, and practice. At the same time, I am energized by the autonomy I have to engage my knowledge and lived experiences of the world and contribute to the field in unique, yet purposeful ways.

Service to AHRD
The Academy of Human Resource Development has been my professional home since 2006. I serve as co-chairperson of the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion SIG. Under my leadership the SIG (formerly the Cultural Diversity SIG) assumed its current name having recognized the need to more effectively represent the workforce context. In May 2012, I was recognized in the AHRD Digest as Member Spotlight. I have served as the chairperson of the Advances journal award since 2012. In 2013, I served as chairperson for the nominating committee. I have served as track chair editor for the Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives since 2014. In 2015, I served as co-chairperson for the Town Hall Forum planning committee.

Joshua Collins

Biographical Information I am an Assistant Professor of HRD at the University of Minnesota and Assistant Editor for Perspectives in HRD for New Horizons in Adult Education and HRD. My research focuses on elucidating, understanding, and improving the work experiences of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities in order to foster more equitable conditions for engagement, productivity, and psychological wellbeing. My work has been published in HRDR, ADHR, HRDI, Adult Education Quarterly, and numerous other outlets.

Current/Past Service to AHRD
I have been a member of AHRD since 2010 and have served in several service roles. Presently, I am an HRDR editorial board member, co-chair of the critical and social justice manuscript track for AHRD 2017, chair of the Critical HRD and Social Justice Perspectives SIG, chair of the committee for the Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award, a member of the committee for AHRD Book of the Year, and I am involved with the pre-conference graduate student colloquium for which I am the faculty representative for the University of Minnesota. In 2014, I led the effort to establish the Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award, and I co-chaired the Town Hall Forum at AHRD 2015, exploring the range of perspectives on diversity and inclusion in the field. Prior to being a track chair, I reviewed manuscripts for multiple tracks at AHRD 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Contribution to the Vision/Aims of AHRD
AHRD is my academic and disciplinary home. I have been impressed by the community of international scholars, practitioners, and students which AHRD attracts, and my continued engagement has provided me ample opportunities for collaboration, development, and leadership. I hope to enhance the vitality and relevance of AHRD as a Board Member by leveraging this valuable community to accomplish two imperative goals. First, I want to work to create pathways for deeper interdisciplinary work that communicates the messages of AHRD and the field to a wider range of scholars, practitioners, and students in order to grow our community. And second, I want to continue to find ways to increase diversity within AHRD, while fashioning opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups to be seen, heard, and included. I hope you will consider entrusting me with your vote to join the AHRD Board, and I look forward to contributing to the great tradition of AHRD’s strong community of scholars, practitioners, and students.

Rajashi Ghosh

Biographical Information
I am an associate professor of Adult Education and Organization Development (AEOD) and director of the Ph.D. program at Drexel University. My research focuses primarily on mentoring, workplace incivility, and HRD in India. I have published widely in AHRD’s flagship journals as well as other HRD related journals and have received several prestigious awards from the AHRD, AOM, AERA, and Drexel university including the most recent AHRD Early Career Scholar Award and Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement from the Office of the Provost at Drexel university.

Contribution to the Vision/Aims of AHRD
My commitment is to help the AHRD realize its mission to be the global HRD center of excellence. I was on the AHRD Board of Directors where I took a leadership role in operationalizing AHRD’s global strategy by recommending structures and processes that foster global community growth. I hope to continue that work as it is more critical than ever to firmly anchor our global initiatives to AHRD’s global strategy and vision. In addition to supporting regional conferences in various parts of the world, I look forward to helping to build global HRD research and practice capacity by empowering and investing in our regional partners in a way that helps the AHRD grow international membership and presence.

Current/Past Service to AHRD
My commitment to supporting global HRD is reflected in the various leadership roles I have held in the past 8 years. As Chair of the India HRD SIG, I have been instrumental in developing a partnership with the Academy of HRD in India. One of the outcomes of this strategic partnership is co-sponsorship of the 2017 Asia AHRD conference in India. As a testament to my commitment to international and cross-cultural scholarship, I have been also serving as the Associate Editor for Perspectives of Human Resource Development International since last year.

I have served a variety of other leadership roles in AHRD, most notable was a prior three-year term as a Board Member during which I co-led Global Strategy & Planning. Another example is my leadership of the AHRD Faculty Mentoring program for addressing the professional development needs of faculty at different career stages. Serving the AHRD as a board member for another three years will allow me to continue the work of establishing AHRD’s legacy in strategically identifying and growing communities of HRD scholars and practitioners in different regions of the world who can engage each other through sharing diverse resources for professional development.

Kim McDonald

Hi, my name is Kim McDonald. I am a professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS) and associate dean for the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. In addition to my faculty role, I have held administrative positions at IPFW for the past 18 years – 13 years as chair of OLS and 5 years as associate dean for the college. My research focuses on career development; in 2016 my co-authored book entitled Career development: A human resource development perspective was published.
I have been a member of AHRD since 1995. During my 20+ years I have served as a conference reviewer and I have reviewed for our four journals. In 2007 I was on the site committee for the Indianapolis conference and in 2009 and 2010 I served as the conference track chair for career development. I currently serve on HRDR’s and ADHR’s editorial boards and I was the Associate Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Developing Human Resources. I completed my 3-year term as Editor of ADHR in 2015.

In reflecting on my service to the academy what I find most compelling is the importance of having members who are willing to volunteer their time and energy to the organization. I consider it my good fortune to have had excellent associate editors and many individuals willing to review conference papers and potential journal articles in my leadership roles. We are a small professional association that relies heavily on volunteerism to get work completed. So from this perspective, I feel a responsibility to continue to be involved to help maintain and strengthen AHRD’s mission/vision. The Academy has helped my career development and I would work to sustain programs such as the faculty mentoring partner project and assist with other AHRD initiatives that can support and promote members’ careers. Through supporting our members, we can strengthen the research, teaching, and practice of HRD. My hope is my past experiences as a faculty member and administrator, and as a long-time member of the Academy, can be of use in continuing the good work AHRD does.

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