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Pre-Conference 2014

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Scholarly Writing & Publishing

An introduction to the writing and publishing process: Identifying decision points, recognizing the component parts of a manuscript, and using tools to improve writing

Wednesday, February 19, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Member: $190; (Member (Late): $215)
Non-member: $270, (Non-member (Late): $295
* This cost includes dinner on Wednesday evening in the hotel restaurant

Writing for publication is essential for students, academics, and consultants. The skills necessary to create a publishable manuscript are similar to the skills used to write effective memos, reports, and other work products. This workshop is designed to guide participants through the professional writing process with the goal of developing a publishable manuscript. The workshop begins with a discussion of decisions generally made prior to working on the manuscript. Next, we will provide an overview of the component parts and relationships between the parts of a manuscript. We will offer insights regarding tools helpful to creating a polished manuscript. The workshop will conclude by providing participants with feedback on their work in progress.

Come to this workshop if you would like to:

  • Understand the writing, research and publication process
  • Increase the likelihood of creating a publishable manuscript
  • Improve your writing and publishing skills
  • Receive feedback on a project you are working on



Tonnette S. RoccoTonette S. Rocco is Full Professor and Graduate Program Leader of adult education and Human resource development and Director of the Office of Academic Writing and Publication Support at Florida International University. She is a Houle Scholar, a Kauffman Entrepreneurship Professor, and a former board member American Society for Training and Development, Certification Institute Board of Directors. She is an award winning author, co-editor of The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing, and articles on writing and publishing. She has over 200 publications, serves on ten editorial boards, and is lead editor, New Horizons in Adult Education and HRD published by Wiley On-Line.

Sunny MunnSunny L. Munn (PhD, Workforce Development, The Ohio State University) is a Postdoctoral Associate and the Project Manager for the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) at The Ohio State University (OSU). She works closely with OERC partners to maximize collaboration and research opportunities. Dr. Munn has responsibility for the management of large-scale state funded projects in education, including reporting systems and functions; communication materials and website management; and plays an integral role in the research agenda setting process. Her previous experience in higher education includes advising, teaching and research. In addition to her current research with the OERC on remediation, Dr. Munn conducts research on the work-life system, the intersection of organizational culture, work-life benefits and organizational performance, non-traditional families, and low-wage workers. Other research includes the evaluation of TANF demonstration (welfare-to-work) projects for the State of Ohio. Dr. Munn has authored four book chapters including Learning to Write: Wisdom from Emerging Scholars in The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing. She has also published articles in the Journal of Public Policy and Management; Advances in Developing Human Resource; New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development; and Work, Employment and Society. She is a founding board member of the non-profit organization Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline (E-SToPP) in Miami, Florida.


Mining for Gold: Translating and Positioning the Best of HRD Theory & Research to Improve Practice

Thursday, February 20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Member: $80; (Member (Regular): $105)
Non-member: $160, (Non-member (Regular): $185


HRD theory and research provides a treasure trove of ideas and practices that can improve organizational success – but only if we can get others to buy in. HRD professionals and influential scholars need to be able to find and shine up the "golden nuggets” that should be applied to everyday HRD practice and important HRD initiatives. To do that, we need to call on the translation and influence skills that are core to the role of scholar-practitioner.

Come to this workshop if you would like to:

  • Sharpen your ability to analyze theory and research for "golden nuggets” – big ideas and critical practices that can improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Gain practice in translating golden HRD ideas into relatable and appealing language for others.
  • Improve your success at influencing others to apply HRD’s golden ideas and practices with fidelity.


The workshop is specifically designed for:

  • HRD practitioners in any specialty area who need to sell their ideas to business partners.
  • HRD scholars who want to communicate their recommendations so practitioners will use them.






Catherine Lombardozzi is founder of Learning 4 Learning Professionals, a consulting practice dedicated to supporting the professional development of designers, facilitators, faculty, learning consultants, and learning leaders. Having worked in leadership roles in corporate learning and development for 20+ years, she understands the challenges that professionals face, especially related to pursuing scholarly practice. Catherine holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. She is a frequent contributor to industry conferences and journals, and she teaches adult learning, instructional design, consulting, and related courses at LaSalle University and Drexel University. She blogs at, and you can learn more about her background at

martinMartin Kormanik
is President & CEO and a Senior Associate with O.D. Systems, a 33-year old Alexandria, Virginia-based management consulting firm that provides organizational assessment, consulting, training, facilitation, and coaching services. He has 35 years experience working with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits. Dr. Kormanik uses a strengths-based organization development (OD) approach to planned change efforts, designed to enhance organizational, work group, and individual learning and performance. The foundation of his consultancy is assessment, incorporating quantitative and qualitative methods. His research focuses on individual and organizational development, and has been published on-line, and in books, conference proceedings, and journals. Dr. Kormanik is professorial lecturer on the graduate faculty of the George Washington University, teaching courses on management, leadership, and organizational diagnosis and development. He earned his doctorate from the George Washington University.

Note that if the pre-conferences do not have the requisite number of participants by Monday, February 3, 2014, the pre-conference will be cancelled.




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