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Member Accomplishments

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M. Lane Morris Receives Endowed Professorship

M. Lane Morris has been appointed the Skinner Professor in Management.

The professorship was made possible by an estate gift from the late Sarah E. Skinner of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Morris is a professor in the Department of Management and has served as a UT faculty member for twenty years. He is director of the Global Leadership Scholars undergraduate honors program in the College of Business Administration.

Prior to holding this role, Morris was head of the human resource development program and the graduate program director of human resource management.

Morris also has been very active in the broader academic community. He is the past president of the Academy of Human Resource Development and a member of several prominent editorial boards on management and human resources.

Morris’s research focuses on topics including employee work-life balance, the evaluation of performance-related training programs, and leadership development.

Ron Jacobs Hired as HRD Professor; Director of International Programs

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois—Ron Jacobs has been hired as professor in human resource development in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) for the College of Education at the University of Illinois. He has also been named director of International Programs Office for the college.

Jacobs received his Ph.D. in instructional systems technology from Indiana University and taught at The Ohio State University for 27 years. He is among the most respected scholars in the field of human resource development, whose work has had a lasting impact on the field during the past 30 years.

In particular, Jacobs introduced structured on-the-job training to the field and has conducted numerous research studies around the fundamental issue of developing employee competence. Jacobs has served as editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly and currently serves as president of the Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation.

Besides his scholarly accomplishments, Jacobs has consulted with numerous organizations globally, including both small and large companies in the U.S., Asia, and the Gulf region, and with ministries of education and labor in several countries including Bahrain, South Korea, and Singapore.

"Dr. Jacobs is a top-ranked scholar and international leader in the field of human resource development (HRD), said James Anderson, department head of EPOL. "Under his leadership, the HRD program at Ohio State has been ranked number 1 by U.S. News & World Report for many years. His appointment to the EPOL faculty greatly enhances our HRD program’s reputation and standing in the field nationally and internationally.

"His engagement in international workforce education with particular emphasis on Korea, China, and the Middle East strengthens the Department and College’s international research and development agenda,” Anderson said.

Jacobs said he looks forward to serving as both a faculty member and director of international programs. "The opportunity to do both came up—to join a productive faculty already in place here and to take leadership in something I was already doing informally,” Jacobs said.

He said in his work with international students over the years piqued his interest. "Those students helped me realize early on that what they learned here could be of some value back in their own countries,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs said as director of the International Programs Office, he aspires to have engagements with global partners on initiatives that have meaningful results for both parties while keeping consistent with the U of I’s mission as a research university.

"And from a student perspective, including both graduate undergrad students, there needs to be a continual emphasis on global awareness,” Jacobs said.

On May 15, 2011, Scott McClure graduated with his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dissertation Title - "Human Resource Development Values: A Comparative Study of HRD Practitioners and Customers”

McClure's study was based on research by Dr. Reid Bates of LSU, along with Dr. Hsin-Chih Chen, published in the Human Resource Development Quarterly, vol. 16, no. 3, Fall 2005.

Steve SchmidtSteve Schmidt’s new book, Case Studies and Activities in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, was recently published by Information Age Publishing (Charlotte, NC). The book contains over 50 case studies and classroom activities related to various aspects of adult education and HRD. Dr. Schmidt is an assistant professor of adult education at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC.

HRD MagazineRonald Jacobs, professor of workforce development and education, The Ohio State University, appeared on the cover of HRD Magazine (October 2009), which is the leading HRD practitioner magazine in Korea. The magazine issue included asix-page interview based on the key-note speech that Ron gave at a September 2009 conference in Seoul sponsored by the Ministry of Labor. The conference theme focused on workplace learning and structured on-the-job training.

R. Wayne Pace, first president of the AHRD, placed second in singles lawn bowling and his team won first place in triples lawn bowling in the over-70 years category during the 2009 Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, played October 6-10, 2009. Dr. Pace is president of the St. George Lawn Bowls Club and is heading a fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 to construct a world-class synthetic surface lawn bowling center in St. George, Utah. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Although not a substitute for the excite of involvement in the AHRD, lawn bowling is a fun game.

Honorary Doctoral Degree in HRD to Professor Gary N. McLean

Professor Gary N. McLean has been working with faculties of the School of Human Resource Development (SHRD), National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) since 1995. He has been our speaker, co-author with NIDA faculties, and HRD MS & PhD program advisor. Recently, he is a co-founder of the NIDA HROD Journal. Prof. McLean has not been working only with NIDA but also with other universities and many public organizations here in Thailand, such as Burapha University, Mahidol University, and Office of Civil Service Commission.

With more than his ten year contribution, the School of HRD, NIDA is delighted to announce an honorary doctoral degree in HRD to Prof. Gary N. McLean. The commencement day is scheduled for January 6, 2010. This degree will be awarded by H.R.H. Princess Sirindhorn.

Congratulations to Prof. McLean and Family.

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