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Nominees for President-Elect and Board

Nominees for 2014

President-Elect Nominee

Wendy E.A. Ruona, Ph.D.

AHRD has been a critical force fostering the scholarly foundation of HRD. As we celebrate 20 years of AHRD’s founding, we must now look to how we can sustain and build future success for a profession facing challenging times. AHRD must clearly define its value to our stakeholders and build a business model and strategy that brings that value to life for its members and the profession. For me, AHRD’s value proposition centers on innovations that facilitate (1) the development and dissemination of research, theory-building, and scholarship and (2) the support and development of researchers and scholars (in academia and practice); individually and as a community. My commitment to our profession and AHRD runs deep, and I have a demonstrated track record of putting my best efforts behind my commitments to help make things happen. I would be honored to contribute to shaping the next decade of AHRD.

Wendy E. A. Ruona, Associate Professor of Human Resource & Organization Development (HROD) at the University of Georgia, has been working in the field for over 15 years. Most of that time, she has been an active leader in AHRD. Notable contributions include serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Developing Human Resources (2004-2007) and as Editorial Board Member and/or Reviewer for all of the journals sponsored by AHRD. She has also served on AHRD’s Board of Directors for seven of the past 11 years and was the Founder and Chair of AHRD’s Program Excellence Network.

AHRD Board of Directors

Jeff Allen

I welcome the opportunity to further contribute to the Academy by serving on the Board of Directors. It is my desire to further the reputation of the Academy of Human Resource Development through mentorship, leadership, and advocacy. As a member of the Board, I will serve with other experienced leaders to achieve these tenets.

I believe the following to be true: The Academy must remain faithful to the idea of advancing and promoting the field of HRD through scholarship. The Academy must embrace and advance the breadth of faculty scholars, student scholars and scholar-practitioners that represent our diverse and global field. We must prepare the next generation of members to further advance HRD through mentoring and career development. We must define and defend our presence in the scholarly community and seek cooperative leverage points with other complementary disciplines.


Dr. Jeff M. Allen, Ph.D., is a Professor and scholar in the area of learning and performance innovation. At the national level, he has served as President of the University Council for Human Resource Education and as an Editorial Board member for numerous international journals. Additionally, Dr. Allen is founding editor of Learning and Performance Quarterly and serves as the chair of the Faculty Learning and Development SIG. As the Director of the Center for Knowledge Solutions at the University of North Texas, it is his goal to empower scholars and scholar-practitioners to make evidence-based decisions that optimize systems to improve organizational knowledge. ­

Julie Gedro

Julie Gedro is an Associate Professor of Business, Management and Economics at Empire State College (State University of New York). Dr. Gedro holds a B. A. in Economics and English from the College of William and Mary, an M.B.A. in Business Information Systems from Kennesaw State University, and an Adult Education and Human Resource Development from the University of Georgia. Dr. Gedro has been active in AHRD in a variety of roles since 2002. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Human Resource Development Review, and Advances in Developing Human Resources, and as Program Chair for the 2013 and 2014 Conferences in the Americas. Her research and scholarship have appeared in several AHRD journals.

The world has become replete with tensions and challenges related to the availability, treatment and distribution of environmental, financial and human resources. As human resource development scholars and scholar-practitioners, we have a unique opportunity to address these hurdles. AHRD is positioned to synthesize the leading minds in our field, and to extend our scholarship and our community even farther and with more impact. My vision for AHRD is threefold:

  1. To increase our number of active and engaged members;
  2. To evolve into such a compelling organization for professional development, research dissemination, and relationship-building that member retention increases as a natural and inevitable consequence; and
  3. To develop and act on initiatives that connect us with related disciplines in both formal (for example, joint conferences or other events) and informal ways.

Holly Hutchins

I am an associate professor of human resource development at the University of Houston and completed my Ph.D. at the University of North Texas. My primary research focus is transfer of learning with an emergent area on faculty development and learning. I have published in the AHRD’s flagship journals as well as other HRD related journals whose foci include workplace learning, performance improvement, and human resource management.

I have been active in AHRD for the past nine years and proudly consider it my professional home. I am nearing completion of my first three-year term as a Board member, specifically as VP of Membership, and would very much like to serve a second term. During my tenure, we stabilized membership numbers and added member value in the form of: reducing dues, diversifying journal access and format, expanding our communications outreach (e.g. through the Digest, social media outlets), enhancing our member website, and offering more affordable conference locations. I work with a great Board team and many have lead the design and implementation of many of these activities.

My vision and work as an AHRD Board member would be to continue creating engagement and developmental opportunities for scholars and practitioners, focus on benchmarking and recognizing HRD education, and to broaden AHRD cross-disciplinary and international outreach, I listed similar goals during my first Board nomination, and I believe these are essential to member satisfaction and retention.

Ellen Scully-Ross

I am an Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. If elected to the board of AHRD, I will encourage the Academy to promote a wider role for Human Resource Development (HRD) in society and in the political economy of communities and industries. Specifically, I will help develop research, outreach, and communication strategies that will assist policy makers, managers, and other professionals understand the consequences of their economic and human capital policies and decisions for the work, learning, and future opportunity of people and communities.

In my work on the Board I will draw upon my 35 years of HRD scholarly-practice in a variety of industries. In this work, I have developed policies and programs to improve performance, upgrade working conditions, and support individual learning and development. My research is concerned with the lack of opportunity structures in the new economy that can support lifelong learning, in particular in low-waged industries and among undereducated adults. I study the new institutional arrangements that can make education and training more relevant to firms and communities and more accessible to all adults. I also explore how people learn to cope and navigate a more complex and insecure labor market.

My work has been published in AHRD journals as well as other journals and edited books. I was awarded an AHRD Cutting Edge Award in 2010 and the Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award in 2012.

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