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Program Excellence Network

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To join the AHRD Program Excellence Network you must be an individual member in AHRD to have your organization join the PEN Network. View a list of PEN member institutions offering Academic Programs in HRD. Program Excellence Network of the Academy of Human Resource Development: Its Purpose and Activities (pdf)

For more information about the PEN or for answers to specific questions, please contact Cyndi Gaudet.


The Program Excellence Network (PEN) is committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of HRD education. This includes professional development as well as fostering the scholarship of teaching.

Benefits of the PEN

  • Annual meeting of delegates to foster networking, share best practices, engage in professional development, and more!
  • Access to a members-only listservwhere PEN members (and their faculties) can share academic resources with each other.
  • Opportunity to participate in and receive the results of benchmarking surveys.
  • Membership to a listserv that will link PEN members together throughout the year.
  • Listing of your HRD academic program on the AHRD web site.

Also, in the future, the PEN will:

  • Be a critical coordinator for innovative professional development related to mentoring/teaching/learning/leading within AHRD
  • Exploring a program to administer AHRD award(s) related to program excellence
  • Implement initiatives designed to help shape the future direction of HRD education and ensure that academic programs around the world are ready for the challenge!

Structure/Governance of the PEN

The Program Excellence Network was created by AHRD Board of Directors at the Mid-Year Board Meeting in 2006. The Board appointed a Chair and a coordinating committee who are charged with ensuring that the PEN is actively pursing goals aligned with its purpose. Wendy Ruona, Associate Professor at The University of Georgia and AHRD Board Member, is the founding chair. During PEN's inaugural year of February 2007 to February 2008, the committee, in consultation with PEN members, is working hard to develop the processes and structures that will guide PEN.

Joining PEN

PEN membership is institutional—meaning your HRD academic program joins. PEN is open to all graduate programs worldwide that provide instruction, research, service and leadership in HRD. The annual membership fee is $160USD.

Each program will designate a PEN delegate. This delegate should be the chair/coordinator of the HRD academic program at the member institution (or their designated representative). Delegates must be full-time faculty members actively engaged in HRD at their home institution and must be a current AHRD member. Delegates will represent their HRD academic program at the annual meeting as well as be the primary contact for all PEN-related communications and business.

Renew your membership in the AHRD Program Excellence Network. Or download the application here.

View a list of PEN member institutions offering Academic Programs in HRD.

PEN Job Postings

Job postings are free for PEN Members. PEN Members: download this form (docx) and complete the job posting fields. We will ask for the completed form to post your job. Please contact the AHRD office at or Jazzy at

PEN Listservs

These listservs are for AHRD PEN members only and are not moderated if email is sent from your member address. Please note that if you post from an address other than the one listed in your online Member Profile, your message will NOT be sent. At this time our listservs are only able to store one email address for each member.

Subscribers should keep e-mail discussions relevant to the Mission and public issues of concern to AHRD PEN members. Discussion happens through the asking and answering of questions and the sharing of resources via e-mail.

As a list subscriber, individuals receive copies of all e-mail sent to this listserv. When an e-mail message is sent to this listserv by a subscriber, a copy is e-mailed to all subscribers. When replying to a listserv message the response goes to all subscribers. Care should be taken to use an individual e-mail when a private message is sent.

List subscribers who disregard these guidelines will be warned privately by e-mail on the first incident and unsubscribed from the list on the second incident.

A Friendly Reminder of Listserv Etiquette

Courtesy Guidelines

  • Always remember that you are interacting with people. Please be mindful of what you post and never post anything you wouldn't say to someone directly. Never use the list for personal attacks or profanity. If you wouldn't say it in a crowded room for all to hear, do not post it to the list.
  • Write only public messages. The listserv is a public forum. Personal comments or criticisms should be sent directly to the person and not the entire list.
  • Sign postings with your brief contact information. Additionally, including the current equipment and versions you use will help the reader to respond.

Content Guidelines

  • Stick to the purpose of the list. The more topic-specific the contributions are, the more useful the list is for everyone.
  • Make sure the subject line is descriptive. If the subject changes, be sure to change the topic in the subject line.
  • Be brief, professional, clear and logical.
  • Incidental off topic posts are ok; however, please keep them to a minimum and be sure to mark them "Off Topic" or "Humor". Topics such as religion and politics tend to be controversial. Please steer clear of these issues unless they somehow involve our group.
  • Do not send chain letters, spam, flames (abusive messages about another person) or solicitations.

Format Guidelines

  • The less formatting used in your post the better.
  • Always proof read and edit your posts before sending. Poor spelling, grammar and punctuation appear unprofessional on the sender's part.

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