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July 2014 AHRD Digest

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From the Board

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.

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2015 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

Conference Update

Submitted by Wendy E.A. Ruona, Conference Chair

  • Conference & Submission Information: The 2015 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas is in St. Louis, MO, February 19-21, 2015 (with pre-conference activities occurring February 17-19). The conference theme is "HRD Research: Gateway to New Frontiers” and we invite you to join us in exploring new and uncharted areas of scholarship and practice in HRD.

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).

  • Program Team: Two new members of the program team have been selected and the team is already hard at work. Joining Program Chair Diane Chapman (North Carolina University) are Jason Moats (Texas A & M’s Engineering Extension Service) as Proceedings Editor and Angela Titi Amayah (SUNY Empire State College) as Associate Proceedings Editor.
  • Soliciting Track Chair Editors: Applications or nominations for position of Track Chair for the 2015 conference are now being solicited. Track Chairs serve 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. See the Call for Nominations for a full description of the role and nomination process. If you are interested in this role and have further questions about the expectations or experience of the Track Chair, please contact Diane Chapman, Program Chair ( and note that applications/nominations are due to the AHRD Office at by August 4, 2014 (midnight MST).
  • Conference Ideas & Input Invited: The conference team is always actively looking for ways to ensure the conference is relevant and stimulating for all the participants. If you have any “big ideas” that would make the conference great, please let us know. These could be suggestions of specific topic areas in need of exploration, speakers to spotlight, specific sessions you wish for to advance HRD, pre-conferences, or even potential excursions in/around St. Louis that would be valuable learning experiences. If you have a great idea you deem worthy of sharing, please contact Wendy Ruona (, Conference Chair.

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:

  • Workplace Learning
  • Organization Development & Change
  • International; Global & Cross Cultural Issues
  • Leadership & Career Development
  • Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD
  • HRD Performance & Strategy
  • Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD
  • Assessment & Evaluation

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 by August 4, 2014 (midnight MST).

The Conference Team will review and recommend a slate of Track Chairs for Board Approval.
Questions about the expectations of the Track Chair may be directed to the current Proceedings Editor at or Program Chair at

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Journal News

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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Call for Abstracts on Spirituality in the workplace & HRD Implications:
India HRD SIG Interactive Roundtable session for 2015 AHRD Conference

The India HRD SIG at the Academy of HRD announces the call for brief Abstracts on “Spirituality in the Workplace.”

Do you have any interesting and innovative research to share on the topic of Spirituality in the workplace & HRD Implications? If the answer is "yes," then the India HRD SIG asks you to submit your work for consideration as part of an Interactive roundtable on “How can HRD in India inform and be informed by the global scholarship and practice of Spirituality in the workplace?”

For example, the abstracts can be on or related to topics like… Spirituality & Employee Well-being, Satisfaction, Spiritual Leadership…etc. This is by no means an exhaustive list of topics. Also, your work on Spirituality need not be focused on India. The idea is to have a stimulating discussion on how Indian perceptions of Spirituality at work compares to the understanding of Spirituality in the workplace in other countries across the globe and how HRD in India can benefit from that dialogue. If your abstract is selected, we will ask you to take part as a co-presenter/facilitator in our interactive roundtable dialogue session that we are submitting for consideration at the 2015 AHRD conference.

What we need from you:

  • A brief (200-300 word) abstract of the research paper/work you’d like to share.
  • Your name and contact information.

Please send your Abstract and contact information to no later than August 1, 2014.

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Job Openings

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News and Notes

- 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.

Board Member Nominations:

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:

  • 1 and 1/2 hour Board meeting by phone each month
  • 3 hours of Board work per week between Board meetings (5 hours for President-elect)
  • 2 and 1/2 day in-person Board meeting in the Fall
  • 1 to 2 day in-person Board meeting in conjunction with the AHRD conference

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 ( Additionally, photos from the event are available from the "Gallery" tab of the conference website (

-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:

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AHRD Awards

The AHRD Awards submissions will open on August 10th.

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AHRD Online Journals

One of the benefits of membership is online access to all four AHRD-sponsored journals. Click here to get access. You will need to sign in. Your user name is in the footer of this email and the link to "forgot my password." Other benefits are at Member Central.

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Final Thoughts

Make sure you are getting the most of your AHRD membership – check out the Member Central to access your benefits: Plus we’ve added directions on the new features of the website here:  

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