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July 2014 AHRD Digest
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By Darren Short, AHRD Past President
Should I renew my membership this year?
That is a valid question that strikes me every year, and I answer the same question for each of my professional associations. At the end of the day, I only have so much money (and seemingly less each year), and I only have so much time to participate. In such a world of finites, there are tough choices to be made. For 17 years, I have asked myself the question for AHRD, and I have consistently answered "yes". I have chosen to leave other professional associations on the roadside of my career path, and I recall each with fondness. They each offered a journal or some other publication, and they ran webinars, and they had conferences. It appears that, at the end of the day, those items were required but were not enough on their own to retain my membership. Why? In the world of Google searches, hundreds of thousands of blogs, and, dare I say it, Wikipedia, I find that getting an answer to a question is so easy. If I wanted to, I could spend my whole day attending online webinars – they are aplenty in this crazy world where information flows so quickly. Information is available at my fingertips, and professional associations that simply offer me information really cannot compete with the Googles of the world.
So, why do I choose to renew my AHRD membership each year? For me, it's two things – the people and the culture. On people: AHRD has a membership unlike any other professional association that I've been a part of – a membership of people who share a passion for HRD research and use it to benefit the world of HRD practice. On culture: AHRD also has a culture that welcomes, encourages, grows, supports, nourishes, and celebrates its members. I get such a buzz from standing in the hallways of an AHRD conference and hearing members talk about how they are connecting with each other, expanding their research network, joining forces and sharing their passion for HRD. Personally, I have benefited greatly from finding new research partners and from hearing new ideas that I then used to improve my practice.
I can get journals anywhere, and webinars are a dime a dozen (actually, they are often much cheaper than that). But AHRD membership is priceless. This is why I encourage you to renew your membership, recruit others from schools that are not yet represented, invite colleagues to be a co-author for next February's AHRD conference, and generally increase your involvement with AHRD in a meaningful way that aligns with your research or passions.
Being a member of AHRD is something that I cherish. I sincerely hope that you do, too, so that together we can be a part of creating this amazing vision of leading HRD through research.
Submitted by Wendy E.A. Ruona, Conference Chair
Look for the Call for Submissions in your email during the week of July 21. That same week the Conference Central website and submission system will open. Submissions are due on September 8, 2014 (midnight MST).
Call for Nominations Track Chair, AHRD Conference 2015
Submitted by Jason Moats and Diane Chapman
The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) solicits applications or nominations for the position of Track Chair of the annual AHRD Conference. There are eight Track Chair positions to be filled. The AHRD Conference Planning Team and the AHRD Board have elevated the Track Chair to a strategic leadership role as a means to provide a more rewarding conference experience for attendees. The Conference Track Chairs will play a critical role to achieve this goal.
The AHRD Conference Track Chair serves a key leadership role by ensuring that the content and the design of the refereed and non-refereed sessions are supportive of the particular Track. Track Chairs must (1) manage the process of reviewing, selecting, and organizing scholarly papers, (2) initiate, organize, and when possible facilitate invited symposia or panel discussions, and (3) actively encourage and provide feedback to individuals submitting proposals for sessions. The Track Chair interacts with the Conference Program Chair, the Conference Planning Team, and related SIG leaders to ensure the highest quality learning experience for conference attendees.
Track Chairs are responsible for assembling and managing a team to support their efforts, including the possible designation of one or more Associate Track Chairs. Track Chairs should be recognized as productive researchers in their own right and have project management, leadership, and communication skills. This is an eight-month renewable position, effective August 2014 through the conclusion of the AHRD Conference. Former Track Chairs, SIG leaders, and leading scholars/practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Tracks for the 2015 AHRD Conference are:
Applications or nominations, in the form of a CV and a cover letter specifying track of interest and qualifications as related to the role, should be sent to the AHRD Office at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 4, 2014 (midnight MST).
The Conference Team will review and recommend a slate of Track Chairs for Board Approval.
The August 2014 issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources will be out soon. Its title is "New Perspectives on Virtual Human Resource Development" and the issue editors are Elisabeth E. Bennett and Rochell R. McWhorter.
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- AHRD 2014 Board Elections: Volunteers run AHRD, and we ask that you consider supporting the organization by serving on the AHRD Board of Directors.
The AHRD Board of Directors, guided by the leadership of the President, enacts the vision and directs the activities of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three new Board members. We need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions – people who will lead our ever-growing and ever-changing Academy with vitality and vision.
Any member of the AHRD, including former Board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board. Self-nominations are also accepted. AHRD has a strong commitment to diversity in its general membership and to the diversity of the membership of its Board.
Those considering having their names placed in nomination should consider their time commitment for Board assignments. Each member of the Board is given at least two assignments, which include serving on a Board committee and as Board liaison to an Academy committee. Board members are elected for a three-year term and are expected to attend the Board meetings during the annual conferences in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and one additional Board meeting each year of the three-year term, which are scheduled in the fall and at various locations. Board members are expected to cover their own expenses for attendance at scheduled Board meetings.
Expected Time Commitments:
The call for nominations will go out soon. Please take the time to consider running.
- In June, the 15th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe took place at Edinburgh Napier University. Copies of the Preconference Presentation by Lorna Davidson (New Lanark Trust) as well as keynote speeches are now available on the "Downloads" tab of the conference website (www.ufhrd2014.com). Additionally, photos from the event are available from the "Gallery" tab of the conference website (www.ufhrd2014.com).
-The 13th International Conference of the Asia Chapter of Academy of Human Resource Development will be held in Seoul, Korea, November 12-14, 2014. Details on this exciting event can be found at: http://www.koreahrd.or.kr/ahrd/
The AHRD Awards submissions will open on August 10th.
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