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2018 Graduate Student Research Colloquium

The Academy of Human Resource Development Graduate Student Research Colloquium

Offered in conjunction with the 2018 Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference
in the Americas | Richmond, Virginia
Colloquium: February 14-15, 2018

In the past, this colloquium has involved participation by graduate students and faculty from a number of universities
including, but not limited to, the following:

Barry University (EDU 592HR Special Topics: Emerging Research in HRD);
Bowling Green State University (TECH684, TECH784 Emerging Research);
Colorado State University (VE 666 Program Evaluation);
George Washington University (HOL 8720: Seminar - Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning);
Northern Illinois University (CAHA 590-P1 Seminar: Emerging Research in Adult Education);
North Carolina State University (EAC 830 Independent Study);
Oregon State University (AHE 599 Directed Study in HRD Research);
Texas A&M University (EHRD 628 Research and Publishing in HRD);
The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast (HCD 691/692/699);
University of Arkansas (VAED 660v: Special Topics in HRD);
University of Georgia (EADU6000 Directed Study in Occupational Studies);
University of Houston (HRD 6397 Special Problems in HRD);
University of Illinois (CHRE 595 Independent Study);
University of Minnesota (OLPD 5610 Survey of Research Methods and Emerging Research in HRD);
University of Wisconsin—Milw. (AD LDSP 779 Emerging Research in HRD & Adult Education);
University of Louisville (ELFH 696: Independent Study);
University of Texas at Tyler (HRD 6359 Advanced Research Seminar in HRD).

Colloquium Description

Participants in this colloquium will examine the following aspects of HRD: the standards for quality writing and rigorous research in HRD; criteria guiding the evaluation of research in HRD; research paradigms and related methods used to conduct and report research; and, as we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), the role of our organizations to lead the profession through research. For participants engaged in and passionate for scholarship, this colloquium provides a venue for sharing research work and exploring the path to establish a scholarly identity in the pursuit of an academic or scholar-practitioner career. For participants engaged in practice and passionate about understanding how research leads practice, this colloquium provides an opportunity to experience how to evaluate and critique HRD research and to discuss means to incorporate research into practice.

Colloquium Requirements

In preparation for the colloquium, all participants should complete the four readings listed below and should come prepared to share their reflections on a) Easy to understand ideas/concepts; b) Challenging to understand ideas/concepts; c) Personal experiences related to the readings; and d) Questions for discussion.

Anderson, V. (2017). Criteria for evaluating qualitative research. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(2), 125-133. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21282

Ellinger, E. D., & Yang, B. (2011). Creating a whole from the parts: Qualities of good writing. In T. S. Rocco & T. Hatcher (Eds.), The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing (pp. 115-124). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nimon, K. (2017). HRDQ submissions of quantitative research reports: Three common comments in decision letters and a checklist. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(3), 281-298. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21290

Reio, T. G., &Werner, J. M. (2017). Publishing mixed methods research: Thoughts and recommendations concerning rigor. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(4), 439-449. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21291

Participants engaged in and passionate for scholarship should prepare a one-page description of their research study proposal and bring six copies to the colloquium. The description should include the problem that led to the proposal, the purpose of the study, the potential significance of the study, and the proposed methodology.

Colloquium Outline

In order to ensure the development of a learning community during the colloquium, participants will be engaged in discussions in a) large group sessions with all colloquium participants, featuring panel presentations and facilitated discussion by the colloquium coordinators and HRD scholars and scholar-practitioners; and b) small group sessions facilitated by the colloquium coordinators and HRD faculty.

Wednesday, February 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Large Group Session: Welcome and introduction session
Small Group 1 - Session 1: Research concepts and proposal presentations, discussion, and feedback
Small Group 2 - Session 1: Incorporating research into practice and evaluating and critiquing research
Large Group Session: Developing a HRD professional identity – HRD Scholar and Scholar-practitioner Panel

Thursday, February 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Large Group Session: Qualities of good writing and writing processes
Small Group 1 - Session 2: Lessons learned about participants’ own research paths
Small Group 2 - Session 2: Article critique presentation
Large Group Session: Closing of the colloquium and welcome to the conference

Colloquium Logistics

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging. Hotel information can be found on the AHRD website. To manage expenses, former participants have identified sharing a room with another participant as an important cost-saving strategy. Note: Attendance guidelines, expectations, and requirements for course credit are facilitated by faculty members leading courses affiliated with the colloquium and conference from different academic institutions.

If you are currently enrolled in an academic program that supports your participation in the colloquium, contact the faculty leading your course regarding registration, expectations, and requirements. If you are not currently a member of an academic institution that is supporting the colloquium, you have two options: (1) contact a faculty member at your institution to determine if s/he would guide your participation in the colloquium as part of a directed study or research-related project for academic credit; or (2) contact the two colloquium coordinators listed below:

Dr. Maria Cseh: or tel: 1-703-740-7785; and Dr. Gary McLean:

Academy of Human Resource Development

1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114 USA
Phone: 1+(651)290-7466 • Email:
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