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R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award

The R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award is presented to the author(s) of a Human Resource Development book which is identified as outstanding in advancing the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Chair, Judy Sun

Award Criteria

The Academy of Human Development may award the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award to that book which is found to make a most significant contribution to the field of HRD in a given year. Books submitted for consideration must focus on human resource development, organization development, personnel training and/or development, or more specific areas of HRD. The Award is inclusive of both print and electronic books (eBooks).

Books should be grounded in a sound foundation of theory and/or research, address a topic of timely importance, suggest new thinking about a topic, and/or challenge current values, beliefs, and assumptions. Past award winners include books that have been:

  • Scholarly, rather than a "how-to” book of checklists;
  • Well written, including editorial excellence, innovation and quality of design relative to the field, and quality of production;
  • Appropriate for the chosen publishing method (i.e., eBooks embrace technology and reader interactivity while print copies embrace advancements in printing technologies and visualization); and
  • Appropriate for the target audience (as defined by the author(s)) in connecting research, theory, and practice and filling a need or a gap in the field, contributing significantly to HRD.

Nominated books for 2015 must be published between November 1, 2015 and November 1, 2016. Books may be nominated by the author(s), academy members, publishing house, colleague(s), or a third-party.

Nomination Process

Authors, academy members, publishers, or a third-party may nominate books by providing the following in the nomination:

  • The book’s full title, year of publication, publisher, telephone, email, and fax numbers for both the author(s) and publisher
  • One or two sentences describing why you are nominating this book
  • The name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the person(s) submitting the nomination

The publisher or author must mail seven (7) non-returnable copies of a printed nominated book to the AHRD office at 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114 by the deadline.

Due to the number and variety of e-Book formats available, the seven electronic submissions must be provided by the publisher in a format which imposes no costs or other burdens upon the set of reviewers who will be considering them for the award or upon the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Dependent on the nominations for any given year, the Committee may choose to award more than one Book of the Year per cycle. Given the high criterion-based standards implicit in this award however there is no guarantee that this award will be given each year.

Award Winners

2015

Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice

  • Jamie L. Callahan
  • Jim Stewart
  • Clare Rigg
  • Sally Sambrook
  • Kiran Trehan

2014

Human Interactions, Processes, and Contexts: Reflections on the Past and Envisioning the Future

  • David Schwandt, The George Washington University
  • Ellen Scully-Russ, The George Washington University
  • Kathleen Crowley, The George Washington University

2013

Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice

  • S.B. Merriam, University of Georgia
  • Laura L. Bierema, University of Georgia

2012

Valuing People and Technology in the Workplace

  • Claretha Hughes

2011

n/a

2010

Small Group facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams

  • Judith Kolb

2009

Handbook of Workplace Assessment
  • John C. Scott
  • Douglas H. Reynolds

2008

Performance Management: Putting Research into Action
  • James W. Smither, LaSalle University
  • Manuel London, State University of New York

2007

Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts, 2nd edition
  • David C. Thomas
  • Simon Fraser University

2006

Handbook of Organization Development
  • Thomas G. Cummings, editor

2005

Organization Development: Principles, Processes, Performance

  • Gary N. McLean, University of Minnesota

2004

Research in Organizations: Foundations and Methods of Inquiry

  • Richard A, Swanson, University of Minnesota
  • Elwood F. Holton, III, Louisiana State University

2003

Leveraging the New Human Capital: Adaptive Strategies, Results Achieved, and Stories of Transformation

  • Sandra Burud
  • Marie Tumolo

2002

The Strategic Development of Talent: Framework for Using Talent to Support Your Organizational Strategy

  • William J. Rothwell
  • H. C. Kazanas

2002

Foundations of Human Resource Development

  • Richard A. Swanson, University of Minnesota
  • Elwood F. Holton, III, Louisiana State University

2001

Ethics in HRD: A New Approach to Leading Responsible Organizations

  • Timothy G. Hatcher, University of Louisville

2001

Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change: An Introduction to Strategic HRD

  • Jerry W. Gilley,Colorado State University
  • Ann Maycunich Gilley, Colorado State University

2000

Strategic Human Resource Development

  • John S. Walton, London Guildhall University

1999

Evaluation Inquiry for Learning in Organizations

  • Hallie S. Preskill, University of New Mexico
  • Rosalie Torres, University of New Mexico

1998

Corporate Creativity: How Innovation and Improvement Actually Happens

  • Alan G. Robinson, University of Massachusetts
  • Sam Stern, Oregon State University

1997

Building the Learning Organization

  • Michael J. Marquardt, George Washington

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