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Scholar/Practitioner Stream

Description of Stream: Perspectives from individuals actively engaged in HRD practice add significant value to AHRD conferences. The insights that can only be gained from direct experience, combined with scholarly research, can drive meaningful enhancements in the field of HRD. Manuscripts submitted to the scholar/practitioner stream will be assigned a practitioner/scholar reviewer, as well as be forwarded to the appropriate content track for reviewing from the scholar/practitioner perspective.

Donna DicksonScholar/Practitioner Stream Editor:

Donna A. Dickson, Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology; President, WorkSmart Learning Systems Inc.

Donna has focused her career on developing strategies to improve organizational performance through targeted employee development. As a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, as a consultant partner in a variety of businesses, and as a WorkSmart team member, Donna strives to provide the highest quality learning opportunities most appropriate for the environment and learners.

A seasoned and skilled HRD professional, Donna is masterful at analyzing and addressing complex and challenging organizational learning situations. Over the past twenty years, she has provided instructional design and employee development support for a wide variety of businesses and situations from high-tech engineering applications and to manufacturing production processes to front-line supervision skills. Her clients have included Eastman Kodak Company, Xerox Corporation, Prudential, GetingeUSA, JP Morgan Chase, Preferred Care, and Wegmans Food Markets. She also serves as a faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she has been recognized for excellence in instruction for five consecutive years and, in 2003, was awarded the Kazmierski Award for outstanding service to the human resource profession.

Donna works with her client partners to examine all aspects of their learning needs and takes pride in designing creative solutions that go beyond the classroom experience to ensure effective communication, targeted on-the-job reinforcement and top-down support. A strategic thinker, she routinely partners with Human Resource professionals to help them gain buy-in for employee development initiatives and with managers to help them ensure the highest return on investment for learning expenditures.

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