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History of AHRD

History of AHRD

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) was founded on May 7, 1993, to encourage the systematic study of Human Resource Development (HRD) theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe. This remains the mission today. The organization’s vision is "Leading Human Resource Development through Research.”

The Professor’s Network of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the University Council for Research on HRD provided the catalyst for the development of AHRD. The combined goal of wanting to advance the profession through research and scholarship realigned the two groups into the newly formed and independent Academy of Human Resource Development. The founder and first president, R. Wayne Pace, was a professor at Brigham Young University and is now retired, but still participates in AHRD activities.

Currently, AHRD sponsors three International Research Conferences per year: in the Americas, in Europe (in cooperation with the University Forum on HRD), and in Asia; publishes four journals (Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development International, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and Human Resource Development Review); and has approximately 700 members across the world.

Presidents of AHRD

2010-2012

Darlene Russ-Eft


2008-2010

Michael Lane Morris, University of Tennessee


2006-2008

Jerry W. Gilley, Colorado State University


2004-2006

Larry Dooley, Texas A&M University


2002-2004

Gene Roth, Northern Illinois University


2000-2002

Gary N. McLean, University of Minnesota


1998-2000

Elwood Holton, Louisiana State University


1996-1998

Richard A. Swanson, University of Minnesota


1994-1996

Karen Watkins, University of Georgia


1993-1994

R. Wayne Pace, Brigham Young University


Conference Locations

AHRD International Research Conference in The Americas

2012

Denver, Colorado


2011

Schaumburg, Illinois (Chicago area)


2010

Knoxville, Tennessee


2009

Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area)


2008

Panama City, Florida


2007

Indianapolis, Indiana


2006

Columbus, Ohio


2005

Estes Park, Colorado


2004

Austin, Texas


2003

Minneapolis, Minnesota


2002

Hawaii


2001

Tulsa, Oklahoma


2000

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina


1999

Washington, D.C.


1998

Oak Brook, Illinois


1997

Atlanta, Georgia


1996

Minneapolis, Minnesota


1995

St. Louis, Missouri


1994

San Antonio, Texas




AHRD International Research Conference in Asia

2012

Istanbul, Turkey


2011

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


2010

Shanghai, China


2009

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain


2008

Bangkok, Thailand


2007

Beijing, China


2006

Malaysia


2005

Taipei, Taiwan


2004

Seoul, South Korea


2003

Bangkok, Thailand


2002

Bangalore, India




International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe (presented by AHRD and the University Forum for Human Resource Development--UFHRD)

2012

Famalicao, Portuguese


2011

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom


2010

Pecs, Hungary


2009

Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK


2008

Lille University, France


2007

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK


2006

Tilburg University, Netherlands


2005

Leeds Metropolitan University, UK


2004

Limerick, Ireland


2003

Toulouse, France


2002

Edinburgh, Scotland


2001

Twente, Netherlands


2000

Kingston, UK


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