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2013 Conference: Call for Proposals for Innovative Sessions

2013 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

Call for Proposals for Innovative Sessions


The Academy of Human Resource Development invites proposals for Innovative Sessions during the 2013 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Proposals are especially encouraged from SIGs (Special Interest Groups) in AHRD.

Innovative Sessions are an opportunity to present new and innovative Human Resource Development work through creative, interactive formats that do not fit the traditional categories covered in the Call for Papers (for which proposals were due on September 10). Innovative Sessions should be strategically aligned with AHRD’s vision ( and enhance the learning of participants.

Innovative Session submissions are non-refereed. They will be scheduled in the conference program and published in a non-refereed section of the proceedings.

How to Propose an Innovative Session

A proposal for an Innovative session must include two distinct elements.

Part 1: Description of the Proposed Session

  • Session Title
  • Full contact information of Organizer of the session (proposer)
  • Purpose, goals, and target audience for the session
  • Brief justification for the session that addresses (a) its theoretical and practical significance as well as (b) how participants will benefit from the session.
  • Agenda of the session (with key points and time break-out). Note: AHRD expects innovative sessions to be highly interactive and engage participants.
  • Name and brief bio (no more than 1 paragraph) of each presenter, panelist, etc..

Part 2: Proposed Submission for the Conference Proceedings

  • This is what is proposed to be included in the non-refereed section of the conference proceedings. This should provide valuable, scholarly content related to the session; and must include at least the following:
    • Session Title
    • Names & Affiliations of presenter(s)
    • Abstract/brief description of the session (not to exceed 200 words)
    • Reference list/bibliography that guides readers towards scholarship underlying and/or related to the session.
  • The entire submission should be no more than 2000 words (all inclusive) and must comply with formatting and writing style standards as defined by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.).

How will Proposals be evaluated?

Space for Innovative Sessions during the 2013 conference is very limited, and we anticipate a highly competitive selection process. Proposals are reviewed by a committee (not blind reviewed). Sessions will be selected according to the criteria below as well as to optimize the innovativeness and diversity of the sessions (topic and type) across the conference.

Proposals (and the accompanying up to 2000-word submission) will be evaluated by the committee on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the session (as related to key trends in HRD, AHRD’s vision, connection with AHRD SIG’s strategy/initiatives, and/or the theme of the conference)
  • Theoretical and practical significance
  • Innovativeness/provocativeness (extent to which the session offers new perspectives and/or stretches thinking about key issues in innovative ways)
  • Provides content of value for session participants
  • Session is designed to (a) effectively achieve purpose/aims of the session and (b) actively engage participants

Timeline for the Innovative Session Submissions

Proposals for Innovative Sessions must be sent to Wendy Ruona ( no later than Monday, October 29, 2012 (midnight EST)

Proposers will receive decision/feedback from the editorial team no later than Monday, November 12 (midnight EST).

Final (2000 word) submissions for accepted Innovative Sessions will be due to the Wendy Ruona ( no later than December 10, 2012 (midnight EST).

If you have any questions about Innovative Sessions, please contact Wendy Ruona at

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