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2018 AHRD Conference in the Americas

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From the Board

Julie Gedro, President Elect, AHRD By Julie Gedro, President Elect, AHRD

Greetings! I hope you have had a fabulous summer!

We are headed into the last weeks of the submission “season” for our 2018 AHRD 25th International Research Conference in the Americas. Reminder that all proposed submissions are due September 3 (11:59 p.m. PST).

It is in these weeks that the conference team begins the onboarding and training for our track chairs and the upcoming conference comes into sharp focus. There is a substantive amount of work that goes into preparing for a conference, and I have no doubt that many of you reading this month’s Digest are very aware of that because so many of us have taken a turn at a volunteer position (or two, three, or more). I would like to express profound gratitude to the conference team as we turn our attention to receiving papers, posters, and other types of submissions, and begin the review process.

AHRD has a wonderfully rich history as an organization of which we can be extremely satisfied and proud. The journals that we sponsor, the conferences (including those that we co-sponsor such as University Forum for HRD, the AHRD Conference in Asia, and this year’s 1 Annual Joint IFTDO-AHRD Conference in Addis Ababa, Africa), our 13 special interest groups (SIGS), and a multitude of other opportunities for learning and collaboration represent the momentum that our individual and collective efforts and commitments have manifested. I think our organization has a particular kind of adaptive capacity that has brought us to this remarkable and exciting 25th anniversary. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins (2001) uses a metaphor of a “flywheel.” In great organizations, Collins observes that transformations from good to great are not captured by one single push, that is, a particular decision or action. Instead, they are the cumulative effect of actions — the “turn by turn” of the flywheel — that all powers together to create the momentum.

It is indisputable that the activities and achievements of AHRD’s past 25 years are the result of literally hundreds of committed hands cranking the flywheel. There will be much to celebrate in Richmond (the site of the 2018 conference). I wonder, too, if it is possible to invite some new hands to help crank the flywheel of our organization? We are always hoping for more current members to be involved. President Wendy Ruona mapped a strategy comprised of eight areas (please see Dr. Ruona’s March 2017 Digest article) of focus, and she issued an invitation to support and engage in one or more of these areas. These eight areas are our flywheel. What might you want to get involved in to contribute to the future momentum of AHRD?

I also wonder what potential new members are out there that would benefit from and contribute to HRD scholarship and our AHRD community? Perhaps YOU could reach out to those people and bring them with you to the 2018 conference. Now is a great time to actively look for partners to develop a collaborative paper or poster for the 2018 conference!

Let us keep striving to improve and enjoy this remarkable organization, which leads HRD through research!


2018 AHRD Conference in the Americas

Call for 2018 AHRD Pre–Conferences

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) is currently soliciting proposals for pre-conference sessions to be offered prior to the convening of the 2018 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

About Richmond
With the James River as an anchor, Richmond reveals a stark natural beauty that no matter the season, offers a distinctive urban charm and vibrancy. With over 400 years of history, a growing future and family thrills outside, on the track and in the theme park, we’ve got the best Richmond attractions waiting for you. Race friends and family at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. Ride the thrill rides and slide the water slides at Kings Dominion or literally climb the walls at indoor rock climbing park Peak Experiences. Walk the Canal Walk, Brown’s Island and Belle Isle. It’s all waiting for you in the Richmond region.

General Information about Pre-Conferences
Pre-conference workshops provide a tremendous opportunity for deeper learning around a specific topic area and/or for professional development for scholars and/or scholar-practitioners. The review of the submissions will take into account the extent to which the proposals address topics directly related to the field of Human Resource Development. These sessions should be highly engaging and interactive sessions with clearly outlined objectives that can be achieved within the time frame of the session. They should deliver clear value for participants who attend. AHRD typically offers two to four Pre-Conferences each year. They take place during the two days prior to the convening of the conference, and are typically 4four to eight hour sessions that can be offered on one day or segmented between the two days (specific days/times to be negotiated with the conference team).

Proposing a Pre-Conference
A proposal for a pre-conference should include:

  1. Title of the session (to be used for marketing, website, etc. Please be clear and concise.
  2. Name(s) and contact information of the session sponsor(s)/designer(s) (please designate a primary contact for all communications related to this proposal).
  3. Names of additional facilitator(s)/presenter(s).
  4. Abstract/description of the session (250 words maximum) and keywords that describe the session (maximum of three) (to be used for marketing, website, etc.).
  5. Clearly identified target audience for the workshop, including minimum and maximum number of participants you are comfortable with having in the session.
  6. Substantiated need for this session for scholars and/or scholar-practitioners.
  7. Three to five page overview of the session (clearly outlining what the participants will gain via the learning objectives; the session’s schedule, flow, and time usage; and the specific ways the session will actively engage participants).
  8. Relevant biographical information for session sponsor(s)/facilitator(s), especially highlighting expertise as related to the focus of the session (200 words maximum per person), and a head shot (high res JGEG or PDF) for marketing materials.
  9. Outline of expenses associated with the session (so that the conference team can work with you to assess an appropriate participant fee that will cover all related expenses).

Details Related to Pre–Conferences
AHRD commits to coordinating marketing, event registration, and other assistance as related to logistics prior to and at the session. As a part of this support, AHRD provides:

  • Meeting space at the hotel
  • Podium, LCD projector, screen, and wireless internet access in the meeting space (session organizer(s) will provide their own laptop to connect to the projector)
  • Refreshment break for participants during the session (one break for 4-6 hour sessions, two breaks for seven to eight+ hour sessions.
  • Copies of participant materials (These must be delivered to the Conference Team three weeks prior to the session. Otherwise, session organizers must make and bring their own copies to the session as AHRD cannot make copies for all participants at the conference site). Copies will be printed in black and white and should be no longer than 10-15 pages per participant.
  • Space on the AHRD website for electronic sharing of participant materials (due one week prior to the session or can be posted on the website after the conference.
  • A modest honorarium for session designer(s)/facilitator(s), along with one room night lodging.

A participant fee for each pre-conference is set by AHRD in order to ensure these costs associated with the session are covered. While AHRD works to keep the cost for pre-conferences as low as possible, sessions that require a budget to cover more than those resources outlined above can certainly be considered; and the participant fee would be negotiated with the conference team. Note: Costs for any additional supplies or audio/visual equipment that are required (other than those outlined above) must be included in the proposal 4 (see point #9 in proposal requirements). Because participants pay an additional fee, sessions must be compelling enough to attract the intended audience.

Pre-conferences that do not have the minimum registration required to “break even” on costs associated with the pre-conference will be cancelled; and that decision is made 1 month prior to the scheduled pre-conference. If a pre–conference must be cancelled for this reason, AHRD cannot cover fees for changing travel plans, nor offer honorarium/cost of one night accommodation.

Criteria for Evaluating Pre–Conference Proposals
Proposals will be considered using the following criteria:

  • Potential for valuable learning for the intended audience
  • Relevance of the session (as related to the conference theme, the conference location, or key trends in HRD)
  • Session is designed to (a) effectively achieve purpose/aims of the session and (b) actively engage participants.
  • The probability that the event will meet requirements necessary to be implemented (financial viability, coordination resources of organizing team, etc.)

Submitting a Proposal for a Pre-Conference
Proposals should be submitted directly to Julie Gedro ( by Monday, September 4, 2017 (11:59 p.m. PST). Proposers will receive decisions and feedback from the conference team in mid-September. Pre-conferences will be marketed beginning when the conference registration is available. If you would like to explore your idea before submitting a full proposal, contact Julie Gedro (

Call for Conference Submissions Deadline September 3

The academy is celebrating its 25th annual conference in 2018 in Richmond, Virginia from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 17.

  • Pre-Conferences: February 13 – 15, 2018 (Tuesday – Thursday)
  • Conference: February 15 – 17, 2018 (Thursday – Saturday)

The 25th AHRD annual conference will include leading scholars and senior-level practitioners reporting their cutting-edge research and theorizing. The program will be comprised of blind, peer-reviewed submissions that offer a diverse range of topics, perspectives, and research paradigms. In addition, the conference will include several types of non-refereed sessions that provide excellent opportunities for bringing together conference participants to engage in generative learning through both formal and informal interactions about topics of mutual interest. AHRD is an inclusive organization and invites all those who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on their scholarly journey.

Submission Tracks
The Academy of Human Resource Development welcomes submissions from all academic fields and disciplines that focus on workplace and organizational learning, performance, change, and related issues and challenges.

Conference tracks for this year are:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
  • HRD Performance and Strategy
  • International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues
  • Leadership and Career Development
  • Non-Refereed
  • Organization Development and Change
  • Research Methods and Foundations in HRD
  • Technology, E-Learning and Virtual HRD
  • Workplace Learning

Important Notes, Dates, and Deadlines

September 3, 2017

Final (NO EXTENSIONS) submission deadline for manuscripts

October 14, 2017

Decision notifications to authors

November 30, 2017

Camera-ready submissions due

December 18, 2017

Call for session chair volunteers

February 14 – 17, 2018

Conference Dates
(with pre-conference activities February 13 -14, 2018)

News for Members

Call for AHRD Board Member Nominations – Due November 1

AHRD is only as strong as its Board. To remain a successful, vibrant Academy, it is essential that we have a diverse Board whose members bring the energy, passion and vision needed to lead AHRD over the coming years. Each year, new Board opportunities emerge to provide members with the chance to serve at this high level within the organization, and the chance to guide, lead, and inspire their peers throughout AHRD.

This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three Board members, and a President Elect and we need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions.

President Elect Nominations
Any current or former board member is eligible to be nominated to serve as president-elect, with the assumption that that person will later serve as president and past president. Self-nominations are also accepted. AHRD has a strong commitment to diversity in its general membership and to the diversity of the membership of those serving in leadership roles. Those considering having their names placed in nomination should recognize their time commitment for the leadership positions. The president-elect oversees the annual conference. The president runs the board meetings and ensures that the board and Office work are accomplished. The past-president typically undertakes international initiatives and works with the international conferences. The president-elect serves for two years (2018-2019); the President serves for two years (2019-2020), and the past president serves for two years (2020-2021). The person is expected to participate in all leadership conference calls, attend all the board meetings during the annual conferences in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and one additional board meeting during each year of the-term of office – typically held in the Fall. All presidential officers are expected to cover their own expenses for attendance at scheduled board meetings.

Board Member Nominations:
Any member of the AHRD, including former board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board. Self-nominations are also accepted. AHRD has a strong commitment to diversity in its general membership and to the diversity of the membership of its board. Those considering having their names placed in nomination should recognize their time commitment for board assignments. Board members are elected for a three-year term and are expected to attend the board meetings during the annual conferences in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and one additional board meeting each year of the three-year term, which are scheduled in the fall and at various locations. Board members are expected to cover their own expenses for attendance at scheduled board meetings.

Nominations Procedure:
Whether you nominate yourself or someone else, all nominees must provide a written statement that includes both the candidate's biographical information and vision for the academy, including how they would like to contribute in their role as president-elect and president or as a board member. You are restricted to a total of 250 words for your statement, which includes both your biographical information and vision. If the statement exceeds this word restriction, sentences will simply be dropped from the end of the statement to fit the space limitation. Note that the use of flyers or the AHRD listserv for the promotion of candidates is prohibited.

Send nominations and nominee statements to Darren Short (Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee) at The deadline for nominations is midnight Pacific on November 1, 2017. A reply email confirmation will be sent to you indicating that your nomination has been received. If you do not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please re-send and contact

In November, all AHRD members will receive instructions for completing their ballot. The AHRD election process will be completed by mid-December, and new board members will be announced in early 2018.

Leadership SIG Webinar

Mark your calendars for an upcoming webinar hosted by the Leadership SIG! Meet the Editors: Publishing Your Academic Work scheduled for September 8th @11:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT. In this webinar participants will hear from the editors of three scholarly journals who will discuss the aim and the scope of their respective journals and elaborate on the expectations from potential contributors to help academics understand and appreciate the process of academic publishing. The journals represented are Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Quarterly and Industrial and Commercial Training.

Watch for more information coming soon!

Early Registration Deadline of Sept 30 for the 2017 Asia AHRD Conference in India

Remember to Register and Sign-up for the Pre-Conferences!

Conference Website:

Workshops & Pre-conferences on Nov 7:

  1. Engaging in Non-empirical Research: A Road to Successful Publication sponsored by Human Resource Development Review facilitated by Dr. Jia Wang, (9 am – 10.30 am)
  2. Pre-Conference workshop on Academic & Research Writing by Dr. Gary McLean, (11 am – 5 pm)
  3. Pre-Conference workshop on Developing the Leadership Pipeline: Structured On the Job Training by Dr. Ron Jacobs, (11 am – 5 pm)

Engaging in Non-empirical Research: A Road to Successful Publication Introduction

Research that is not published is not meaningful research. As scholars, we believe that it is our obligation to advance knowledge by disseminating our research findings. One effective means to accomplish this goal is to publish our scholarly work through research journals. However, we are keenly aware that, in the Asian context, for historical reasons, empirical research, in particularly, quantitative, are more valued than other types of research which we refer to as ‘non-empirical research’ (i.e., literature reviews, conceptual work, critical theory, and theory- or model-building research. Therefore, it is no surprise that, compared to their counterparts in the west, fewer authors in Asia are interested in submitting non-empirical research articles to journals. Recognizing the value of non-empirical research, the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) has dedicated one of its core journals (SSCI indexed), Human Resource Development Review (HRDR), to publish this type of research. However, an analysis of who typically has submitted manuscripts to HRDR has revealed that authors from Asia are very few. When they do submit non-empirical research, the quality has been challenging. With this in mind, HRDR is offering this session to serve educational and professional development purposes.

Purpose and Goals

The primary purpose of this session is to provide participants with knowledge about and guidance for how to create non-empirical research articles for journal publications. We use the term ‘non-empirical research’ to refer to any research that does not require researchers to go to the field to collect data. Specifically, we will focus on four types of research— literature reviews, conceptual work, critical research, and theory- or model-building research. This workshop is an extension of the efforts of HRDR’seditorial team in their commitment to enhancing the quality of non-empirical research manuscripts. Upon completion of this educational session, participants should have a deeper understanding in three areas: (1) the different types (or epistemologies) of non-empirical research; (2) the value and purpose of non-empirical articles; and (3) tips for creating high-quality non-empirical research articles.

The goals of this session are three-fold. First, this session will serve as a learning platform for scholars, practitioners, and students who are interested in improving their ability to write and critique publishable non-empirical research articles. Second, it will provide participants with an opportunity to share ideas and exchange practices, including success tips and pitfalls. Finally, this workshop will enhance appreciation for non-empirical research and stimulate authors’ interests in publishing this type of research, particularly to HRDR.

The target audience for this session includes three groups: (1) students who are interested in learning how to create high-quality manuscripts for journal publications; (2) scholars who are interested in publishing literature reviews, conceptual papers, critical theory, and theory- or model-building articles; and (3) scholar-practitioners who are interested in learning about the value of non-empirical research articles and their application in practice.

Session Description

With education and development as the goal, this session will equip authors with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to prepare high-quality non-empirical research manuscripts. We will, among others, draw on the guidelines provided by former and present HRDR editors, such as Torraco (2005), Callahan (2011, 2014), Storberg-Walker (2006) as well as other scholars, such as Rocco and Hatcher (2011), Rocco and Plakhotnik (2009), Storberg-Walker and Chermack (2007) and Daley, Conceicao, Mina, Altman, Baldor, and Brown (2010), and Gilson and Goldberg (2015). We will distinguish four types of non-empirical research—literature reviews and integrative/systematic literature reviews, conceptual, critical research, and theory- or model-building research. We will examine their characteristics and the nature of associated research problems. In addition, we will provide criteria for evaluating each type of research and practical tools for theory-building. With this knowledge, authors will be better positioned to determine when type of research papers to prepare for a quality journal such as HRDR.

Agenda and Format

HRDR editors will facilitate this session. Assuming the session will last 90 minutes, it will follow the




10 minutes

Overviews and Introductions

“Getting to Know You” activity

10 minutes

Value and Purpose of Non-empirical Research

Interactive Discussion Facilitated by the Facilitators

30 minutes

Four Types of Non-empirical Research Articles

PPT Presentation and
Interactive Session with Participants

30 minutes

Writing for Publication: Tips and Pitfalls

PPT Presentation by Facilitators
Interactive Session with Participants

10 minutes

Q&A, Learning Takeaways & Closing



This session is important and beneficial for several reasons. First, to make meaningful impact, researchers must have the ability to disseminate their research through publications. This session provides a venue for writers to hone in on their writing skills. Second, this session may be particularly helpful to writers in Asia. Considering the lack of popularity or recognition of non-empirical research articles in Asia, this session is particularly useful for the Asian conference, with a hope to raise the level of appreciation for this type of research articles and stimulate authors’ interest in conducting non-empirical research and disseminating findings through journals.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Jia Wang received her Ph.D. in Human Resource and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia in 2004. She joined the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor in 2007. Dr. Wang teaches graduate courses in the educational human resource development program and is a vital contributor to the curriculum design. Dr. Wang's research focuses on international and national human resource development, organization crisis management, and learning within organizations. She has led a $450,000 industry-based research project on optimizing human capital development for companies in industrial distribution. Dr. Wang is the current Editor of Human Resource Development Review and a member of editorial boards for four other international journals. She has written 34 peer-reviewed journal articles, 5 book chapters, and made over 70 presentations at international conferences. Dr. Wang has chaired and/or co-chaired 23 doctoral committees, and served on 26 others. Dr. Wang received the Early Career Scholar Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development in 2011, and Outstanding Assistant Professor from the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education in 2011. She is also a recipient of eight awards for her excellence in teaching, mentoring and service.

Academic & Research Writing by Dr. Gary McLean

One Day Workshop

In today’s academic environment, especially in Asia, faculty members are facing more and more pressure not only to publish research, but also to publish that research in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals. Most of these journals are published out of the United States or the United Kingdom. The standards and expectations of academia in Asia appear to be very different from those expected by international journals, making it difficult for Asian faculty members to get published in these journals.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with the opportunity to explore such differences in expectations across the two cultures. Through interactive, hands-on work, participants will be able to apply the principles and processes used by international journals to improve their writing. Ultimately, the goal of the workshop is to help participants understand why they face difficulties in getting published in highly ranked international journals and what they need to do to meet the expectations of these journals. With this outcome, they will improve their possibilities for promotion requirements of research and dissemination.

Workshop Agenda

  • Why Do Research?
  • Why Publish?
  • Should I Present at a Conference?
  • How Do I Choose the Right Journal?
  • What Are Citation Indices and Ranking Systems? Are They Important? Why?
  • Tips for Novice Authors
  • What Is Plagiarism and How Do You Avoid It?
  • What Are Common Mistakes Authors Make?
  • How Can You Improve Your Writing Mechanics for International Publication?
  • What Journal Style Should You Use?
  • How Should You Structure Your Articles?

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Gary N. McLean, president, McLean Global Consulting, teaches in the PhD, HROD, program, NIDA (National Institute for Development Administration) in Thailand and in a master’s program, Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico. He was Senior Professor, Texas A&M University, and is professor emeritus and co-founder of the HRD program, University of Minnesota. He has supervised 104 doctoral students to completion. He was President, Academy of HRD and International Management Development Association. He is former editor of several peer-reviewed journals: Human Resource Development Quarterly (Associate Editor and Editor), Human Resource Development International (General Editor), Journal of Education for Business (Executive and Consulting Editor), Transnational Management Development Journal (North American Editor), HROD NIDA Journal (Associate Editor), and editor of several issues of Advances in Developing Human Resources. He authors or co-authors an average of ten peer-reviewed journal articles a year, more than half of which are published in SSCI-ranked journals. He has authored or edited over 20 books, including an award-winning text, and contributes chapters regularly to edited issues. He is currently co-editor of a book series and five books on Asian Women in Leadership. As a result of his scholarship, he has been installed in two halls of fame and has received an honorary PhD. His research interests focus on organization development and national and international HRD.

Developing the Leadership Pipeline: Structured On the Job Training (S-OJT)
by Dr. Ron Jacobs

One Day Workshop

Current global economic challenges require that companies make wise decisions on how they train their employees. This highly-interactive workshop introduces structured on-the-job training (S-OJT) and describes how to design, deliver, and evaluate this training approach. By the conclusion, participants should have sufficient information to decide how they might use S-OJT in their own situations.

S-OJT was first developed by Dr. Jacobs in the 1980s to help organizations respond to demands for greater productivity. S-OJT has since become one of the most frequently used training approach for many companies. Today, S-OJT is especially well-suited to help companies address an emerging human resource issue: How to reduce the cost of training without affecting training effectiveness. S-OJT has been proven especially effective in addressing the development needs of employees performing knowledge-based tasks.

During the past 20 years, Dr. Jacobs and his colleagues have conducted numerous research and development projects on S-OJT, which have shown the following benefits:

  • Reduced training times
  • Lower training costs
  • Improved quality rates
  • Increased development opportunities for employees

Workshop Outcomes

By the conclusion of this highly interactive workshop, participants will:
A. Understand how changing employee competence requirements has promoted the use of S-OJT
B. Understand what is meant by S-OJT and how it differs from OJT
C. Understand the outcomes that have been achieved through S-OJT
D. Understand how S-OJT has been implemented in global organizations
E. Understand the process used to design, deliver, and evaluate S-OJT programs
F. Discuss issues that should be addressed when implementing S-OJT programs
G. Plan how S-OJT might be used in their organization.

There will be a set of handouts and worksheets. A limited number of English-language versions of the book, Structured on-the-job training: Unleashing employee expertise in the workplace (2003) will be for sale at the workshop.

Instructor Bio:

Ronald L. Jacobs, Ph.D. is professor of Human Resource Development, University of Illinois, USA. Dr. Jacobs has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, four books on human resource development topics. Dr. Jacobs is particularly known for introducing the training approach, structured on-the-job training, in 1987. He is the author of the book, Structured On-the-Job Training: Unleashing Employee Expertise in the Workplace (2003, 2nd edition), which has become the standard guide to help implement this training approach in organizations. Since 1980, Dr. Jacobs has been responsible for the graduate training of over 300 HRD professionals. More than 30 of his Ph.D. graduates now teach HRD-related subjects in universities globally. Dr. Jacobs has been an invited speaker and instructor at numerous conferences and universities in Europe and Asia. In 1994, he received the instructional technology research award from ASTD. In 1995 he was recognized for his scholarly contributions by the Academy of Human Resource Development. From 1998-2001, Dr. Jacobs served as the editor of the Human Resource Development Quarterly, the major scholarly journal of the human resource development field.
Dr. Jacobs has extensive consulting experience, having worked with numerous national and international organizations, including companies in the Gulf Middle East, China, Taiwan, and Korea.

AHRD Foundation News

Funding for Advancing Research on Teachers’ Role in addressing Student Bullying
Rajashi Ghosh, Jamie Callahan, Penny Hammrich

AHRD Foundation logo

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation for supporting our research proposal titled "Exploring the Impact of Peer Mentoring Action Learning Intervention for Teachers Experiencing Student Bullying in Schools." As researchers in the field of Human Resource Development (HRD), we know how difficult it is to avail funding opportunities. Not many foundations, whether public or private are geared towards supporting research on adult learning. Thus, this generous endeavor by the AHRD Foundation deserves to be applauded.

Most importantly, we are grateful to the foundation for supporting our research even though our topic is not among the ones that may be considered mainstream HRD topics. Our research study focuses on teachers, a population whose plight in the context of student bullying in schools is not commonly researched in the field of HRD. Even scholars researching the topic of bullying in schools tend to focus more on students than teachers who are expected to intervene and address instances of student bullying without much support.

Through funding our research the AHRD Foundation has enabled us to apply HRD concepts and theories such as action learning and peer mentoring to the important issue of teacher professional development needed for addressing student bullying in schools. This opportunity has allowed us to integrate the fields of HRD and teacher education and pursue multi-disciplinary scholarship to study the complex phenomenon of student bullying and teachers’ roles in addressing it.

We are glad to share that we have completed our three-phase study with teachers from schools located in high need areas in the U.S. city of Philadelphia, and our manuscript reporting the findings is currently under review. Our study examines the perceptions that shape teachers’ beliefs about student bullying to help improve their ability to meaningfully address and prevent bullying in schools. Unless teachers’ perceptions about bullying are surfaced and contextualized, providing a tool kit of anti-bullying response strategies is likely ineffective.

The action learning conversations carried out in peer mentoring groups were seen by participating teachers as a non-judgmental reflective space where they could freely share their dilemmas, shortcomings, and doubts to get objective feedback from their peers. Although necessary, this opportunity of critical reflection is not commonplace in schools where teachers seldom get time for peer support to think differently about managing their classrooms. Applying a HRD lens helped us to propose how building a peer mentoring action learning community can be a form of systemic support that school leadership can advocate to help teachers gain resilience in acting against bullying in schools.

So, consider supporting the AHRD Foundation and other HRD-related research efforts with your individual gift of any amount. You can do so going to: www.ahrdfoundation.comThere you will find a box “Make a Difference DONATE.” Clicking on the box will take you to a form to complete and submit with your donation.

Academy Award Nominations Due November 1

The deadline for awards submissions is Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00pm ET. Award winners are due back to the office by Monday – January 8, 2018 at 5:00pm ET. The "Academy Awards” is the distinguished awards program in the Human Resource Development profession that is sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). These awards are for scholarly professionals who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research.

The board presents all the awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

View the Academy Awards page for more information.

Journal News


HRD Review magazine cover

In celebration of HRDR’s 15th anniversary we will highlight milestones in our publication’s history. Follow us on social media for access to photos, articles, and fun facts!

We encourage our HRD community to share their favorite HRDR milestones and celebrate the journal’s 15th anniversary using #HRDRturns15 on our social media outlets.

HRDR’s Vision Statement from the Editor-in-Chief Jia Wang

Thanks to the generous support from HRDR’s outgoing editor, Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker and her managing editor, Mariela Campuzano, the journal transition has been a very smooth process. Beginning August 1st, the new editorial team (editor—Jia Wang, associate editors—Yonjoo Cho and Mina Beigi, and managing editor—Yasmeen Makarem) enthusiastically assumed our roles. Our collective energies are focused on the following vision statement.

Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)is an international journal focusing on theory development for scholars and practitioners in human resource development and related disciplines. HRDR publishes high-quality conceptual work using non-empirical research methods. The journal is committed to advancing HRD by providing fresh theoretical insights, new conceptual models, critical examination of literature, and multi-paradigm approaches to theory building.

Upcoming September Issue

We are excited to share the forthcoming articles in our September 2017 issue. The issue will feature:

Integrative Literature Review

Career Resilience: An Integrated Review of the Empirical Literature
Paresh Mishra Mishra, Kimberly McDonald

Research-Practice Gap in Applied Fields: An Integrative Literature Review
Oleksandr Tkachenko, Huh-Jung Hahn, Shari L. Peterson

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Definitional and Conceptual Muddling: Identifying the Positionality of Employee Engagement and Defining the Construct
Brad Shuck, Kobena Osam, Drea Zigarmi, Kim Nimon

Foundations and Philosophy of HRD

Conceptual Organization and Identity of HRD : Analyses of Evolving Definitions, Influence, and Connections
Seung-hyun Han, Chungil Chae, Soo-Jung Han, Seung Won Yoon

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Final Thought

By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

I am sure that whatever you did this summer, it was time well spent! I for one take Lubbock’s words with me throughout the summer as I recharge for a busy fall.

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ―John Lubbock, The Use of Life

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  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Julie Gedro, President Elect, AHRD
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Jamie Callahan
  • Penny Hammrich

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