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Ronald L. Jacobs
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.
Ron is particularly known for his research and development work on structured on-the-job training (S-OJT), a training approach that he first introduced to the HRD literature in 1987. He is the author of the book, Structured On-the-Job Training: Unleashing Employee Expertise in the Workplace (Berrett-Koehler, 2nd edition), which has become the standard guide to help managers and national policy officials to implement this training approach. There are now Chinese-Complex, Chinese-Simplified, Korean, and Arabic language editions of the book. Much of his research on this topic has been on determining the financial benefits of using S-OJT, information that has been critical for making more informed training decisions.
Ron is also known for his writing and perspectives on the HRD research process, system theory applied to HRD, performance consulting, and introducing the ISO 10015 training guideline to the field.
Since 1980, Ron has been responsible for the graduate training of over 300 HRD professionals. More than 30 of his Ph.D. graduates now teach HRD and HRM-related subjects in universities globally. Ron has been an invited professor at numerous international universities, including the University of Utrecht, National Taiwan Normal University, and he was the Shaw Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management at Nanyang University, Singapore. He currently holds an adjunct professorship in human resource development at East China Normal University, Shanghai. He is professor emeritus of workforce development and education at the Ohio State University.
Ron has extensive consulting experience in global organizations including General Motors, KLM Airlines, Abbott Laboratories, Seagate, Morton Salt, Rohm and Haas, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, Biomet, ARAMCO, Hyundai Motors, among others. Common across all projects is the goal to help develop and improve workplace performance systems that respond to changing demands on employee competence. Dr. Jacobs actively integrates information from these various projects into his scholarship through partnership research projects and to his university instruction.
Ron enjoys sailing, golfing, and spending time at his summer home on Lake Erie.
Julie Gedro is a Professor of Business, Management and Economics 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. 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 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) was published in March, 2014. 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 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellent in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
Darren Short has been on the AHRD Board since 2006, and was VP of Membership & Marketing from 2006-2010. Darren has worked in HRD for 18 years in the public and private sectors, and in both the US and the UK. He is currently Director of Global Learning & Development at Avanade Inc, a global company based out of Seattle, USA. Previously, he chaired the ASTD Research-to-Practice Committee for three years, and also the AHRD Scholar-Practitioner Committee. His research and writing focuses on links between research and practice, and defining the HRD scholar-practitioner.
Jeff Allen is a professor and a leading scholar in the area of learning and performance innovation. At the national level, he provides leadership in numerous professional organizations and has serves as a reviewer for numerous research publications. Additionally, Dr. Allen is the Founding Editor of Learning and Performance Quarterly and current Editor for Career and Technical Education Research.
As the Director of the Center for Knowledge Solutions at the University of North Texas, it is his goal to empower scholars and scholar-practitioners to make evidence-based decisions that optimize systems to improve organizational knowledge. The uniqueness of the center is learning and performance innovation across disciplines and professions.
Ross Azevedo, University of Minnesota
Dr. Marilyn Y. Byrd is Assistant Professor of Human Relations, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. Dr. Byrd earned a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. She is a former administrator for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Byrd is co-chairperson of the Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group and has served as track chair for the Critical Social Justice and Diversity track for the 2015 and 2016 AHRD Conference in the Americas. She is also an associate editor for Advances in Developing Human Resources. Among Dr. Byrd’s publications are two textbooks: Diversity in the Workforce: Current Issues and Emerging Trends (Byrd & Scott, 2014) and Managing Human Resource Development Programs (Hughes & Byrd, 2015). Dr. Byrd's research interests include organizational social justice, theorizing Black American women's leadership, spirituality in the workplace, and organizational ethics
Dr. Grenier works with graduate students, faculty, and organizations as a qualitative methodologist, and conducts research, writes, and presents on museums as sources of adult learning, informal and experiential learning, and expertise redevelopment. Prior to becoming a professor she worked as a high school English teacher and a training and educational consultant for school districts and non-profit organizations.
Holly M. Hutchins is an associate professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Houston where she teaches courses in research design, training and development, adult learning, facilitation, and global leadership. She received her Ph.D. (2004) in Applied Technology, Training & Development at the University of North Texas. Dr. Hutchins is currently the UH HRD Undergraduate Program Director, and serves on the Academy of Human Resource Development Board of Directors.
Dr. Hutchins’ primary research areas are in training transfer, organizational crisis management, and e-Learning design. Her publications on these areas have appeared in several US and international journals, notably Human Resource Development Quarterly,Performance Improvement Quarterly, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Workplace Learning, and the International Journal of Training and Development. One of her articles on e-Learning design was selected as one of the 2009 Highly Commended articles n the Journal of Workplace Learning. Dr. Hutchins is also active in grant funding having served as a co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant examining learning outcomes from a mechanical engineering "smart platform” teaching tool. She also was recognized for her teaching practice, having won the College of Technology Fluor Award for Teaching (2008), and the 2009 University of Houston’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Hutchins is currently working with other HRD faculty to develop the UH HRD Executive Masters degree program to launch in fall 2012. Dr. Hutchins’ scholarly work was recently recognized with the 2011 AHRD Early Scholar award.
Dr. Hutchins’ training design and consulting workincludes working with (selected) the Houston Texans, Emanu El Synagogue, Exxon Mobil, Key Energy Services, Neiman Marcus Corporate, and Waste Management. She lives in Sugar Land, TX with her partner, Brandy, and two daughters, Avery and Charlotte.
Jessica Li is an associate professor at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she serves as the HRD online Masters’ program coordinator and Dean’s Fellow of Faculty Development and Diversity Initiatives at the College of Education. Jessica has been an active member of AHRD since 2003, in addition to participate, present and review for each of the conferences, she has also chaired the China HRD research SIG (2009-2013), Cutting Edge Award committee (Associate chair 2010-2011, Chair 2012-2013). She is also an associate editor for Human Resource Development International, a regional editor for the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, and a senior research fellow for The Conference Board. Prior to becoming a professor, Jessica also worked as a business executive for corporations like Motorola, Raytheon, and Nokia. She also taught at University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, and North China University and Technologies. Her research interests include work ethic, international HRD, and emerging technological applications for learning in the workplace. Her Ph.D. is from the Pennsylvania State University.
Jason Moats, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Thomas Reio, Florida International University