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From the Board

By Yonjoo Cho, Board Member

Not knowing that I would work as a faculty member at Indiana University, I participated in the 2007 AHRD Conference in Indianapolis, at a time when I was looking for a professional home after having worked as an HRD practitioner in Korea for more than 10 years. I was also participating in two other conferences in neighboring fields. Since then, I have never skipped coming back to annual AHRD conferences in the past decade. Why was I always there? Looking back, I can think of at least three reasons why I come back to AHRD as my professional home.

The first reason has to do with the Academy’s family-like atmosphere in size and collegiality. I have worked in several organizations—academic, for-profit, and not-profit included. To me, feeling at home professionally is important in the U.S., far away from my native home. In annual conferences, I enjoy meeting with and talking to scholars and practitioners so that I can learn something different. I also love meeting my Korean friends so that I feel psychologically safe and free to talk in my original language.

The second reason concerns the Academy’s rigorous manuscript review process, which embodies its unique strength compared to other organizations. Every year, I plan to present a couple of full manuscripts at the annual conference. To that end, in collaboration with my colleagues, I collect and analyze the data on research topics of interest in the summer, draft and submit manuscripts, receive three blind reviews on each manuscript, submit the revised manuscripts, present those at the upcoming conference, finalize the manuscripts, and submit them to academic journals in the field. The turnaround of my co-authored research papers in the past 10 years has been over 90%, which has helped me have a decent track record of publications.

Given that AHRD members live in 32 nations as of today, with those living in the U.S. accounting for 83.6% of total members, one more reason for my attendance is the Academy’s value of diversity in nationality, ethnic origin, gender, and, more importantly, its valuing of diversity in research topics and contexts. I have conducted research on action learning and women in leadership focusing on Korea, but no one would argue that I have had too narrow a research focus on a Korean context. On the contrary, chances are good for recognition if you produce quality research studies, no matter what context and topic you choose. I do not need to worry about fitting my research studies into academic journals’ concentration because all AHRD-sponsored journals encourage us to conduct research on diverse topics and contexts.

Marking the 25th anniversary of AHRD in 2018, it is time to examine the challenges we face and to see through signs of hope to envision the future in the next 25 years. What should we do the same and what should we do differently? This is a big question we may have to tackle at this moment in time. What can each of us bring to the table to improve our family-like professional organization? Are we fully committed to embracing challenges to make our professional home stronger and sustainable? These are just a few questions we should collectively ask and take action to move forward.

In addition, it’s once again time for AHRD to administer a survey of its members to learn about your satisfaction and engagement with AHRD as well as your needs that should be considered to inform future AHRD activities and initiatives. Please be on the look-out for an email from AHRD in late November or early December asking you to complete a brief survey. Your input is critical to inform the future of AHRD and we hope you will take 20 or so minutes before the end of semester (mid-December) to complete this important survey.

News for Members

Election for AHRD Board and President-Elect

It is time to vote for three new Board members and a President-Elect for terms beginning in 2018. Please follow the instructions below to complete your ballot:

  1. Review the biographical/vision statements for the board candidates.
  2. Vote using the ballot link sent to members by email direct from Survey Monkey.
  3. Contact Jessica Gill if you do not see a ballot.

Once you have accessed the ballot, you will be asked to cast your votes for Board members. For each of these ballots, you must rank order EVERY candidate (with one being your first choice). The ballot will not be accepted unless all candidates are ranked.

The ballot system will be CLOSED at 5:00 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME (10 p.m. GMT) on November 27. The survey will only allow one-time access; if you attempt to access the survey a second time, you will be re-routed to the AHRD home page.

Please vote! We need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions—people who will lead our ever-growing and ever-changing Academy with vitality and vision.

University Forum for HRD (UFHRD) Research Honoraria — Call for Proposals

Submitted by Valerie Anderson

UFHRD invites applications for a Research Honoraria.

A priority for the Forum is to encourage the development of new-to-research HRD colleagues, both scholars and practitioners. Therefore, in this 2018 round of funding it is anticipated that up to three awards will be made for proposals that ‘twin’ a new-to-research with an experienced researcher. Whilst each award is normally capped at a maximum of £1000, modest exceptions to this will be considered. An important goal of the Honorarium is to help broaden participation in HRD research activity. The call closes at the end of November.

Honorarium awards can be made to research teams where at least one participant is from an institution that is a full member of the UFHRD so collaborative projects between a researcher who is an AHRD member and a researcher whose institution is a full member of the UFHRD would be eligible. Lecturers, researchers and postgraduates are all encouraged to apply, although in the case of the latter, proposals will not be accepted which simply seek financial assistance to complete Master's or PhD work. The Honorarium should enable commencement (or completion) of work that might not otherwise be possible to be undertaken and which contributes to promoting HRD as a field of study and professional practice.

For more information please contact

UFHRD Scholarly Practitioner Research Stream

By Jamie Callahan

Are you a scholarly practitioner? If so, you might find the Scholarly Practitioner Research stream at the 2018 UFHRD conference to be right up your alley. The stream theme is, “What is the power and possibility of scholarly practitioner research and can we unleash this potential?” Practice-based submissions are welcomed, as are papers developed through collaborative partnerships with practitioners and academics. To supplement this stream, the conference is hosting a special “Research-to-Practice” day to specifically focus on papers and workshops designed to translate research into practice. We hope you’ll submit a paper to the conference, or just come to enjoy the history, scenery, and industrial transformation of the North East of England. More information about submitting your scholarly-practitioner paper to the conference is available here.

Faculty Mentoring Program Opportunity

By Rajashi Ghosh

We are excited to continue the AHRD Faculty Mentoring Partners Program (FMPP) we launched in 2015 to address the career/professional development needs of HRD faculty across different career levels (i.e., junior, mid-career, senior). Twenty pairs (40 faculty) have completed the FMPP in the last three years.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting professional development opportunity and joining our 2018 cohort, please visit our webpage for further details. This program is a great chance to expand your HRD professional network, learn new skills, and help meet your professional goals.

Interested faculty should submit the participant input form (available on the webpage noted above) by Jan. 15, 2018.
A “meet and greet” will be scheduled at the upcoming AHRD conference to allow participants to meet each other and consider who they might like to work with over the course of the year.

Member Seeking Research Participants

* Study participation requests have been reviewed and approved by a representative of the AHRD Board

How Trainers Plan for and Cope with Cultural Differences in an International Avionics Training Program: A Research Study

You are invited to participate in a significant study of this question.

This study is not sponsored by your organization. Your organization has simply given the researcher permission to conduct the study at your organization. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You can decide not to be in the study and you can change your mind about being in the study at any time. There will be no penalty to you.

The study begins with no assumptions or pre-conceived notions of how trainers plan for and cope with cultural differences—any and all ideas you have about this question are welcome!

We invite all trainers who have experience training international participants from a different cultural background from the trainer to participate in the study. Participants should have conducted at least one international training program with a group of students from a different cultural background than the participant.

All we ask from you is approximately 60 minutes of your time to answer 7-8 open-ended questions. That’s all! No preparation to answer the questions is necessary. Interviews can be conducted over the phone, Skype, or in-person in Southern California. Interviews will be recorded to ensure accuracy of reporting results.

Everyone who participates in the study will get regular updates on the data we are collecting and a final report on the conclusions of the study. The researcher will offer an informational seminar to participants, providing details on the results and implications of the research study. Participants who meet participation criteria and are selected to participate in the study will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

This information may help you identify new ways for improving training programs provided to international audiences. You may be able to design strategies that will assist you in coping with cultural barriers in the classroom, thereby improving training results.

While study results will be reported in presentations and articles, your identity and that of your organization will be scrupulously protected and will not be revealed. The research will not reveal any proprietary information.

Contact for more information:
Gary Trimble, Instructional Designer and Technical Trainer
Capella University
Phone toll-free: 760-212-0028

2018 Conference in the Americas News

Future Trends Affecting HRD: A Call for Proposals for a Town Forum Presentation and Publication to Follow

Are you thinking about and/or researching an important trend that will substantively and even critically affect the future of HRD and the work that HRD-type professionals do? If so, you are cordially invited to submit a proposal for an exciting opportunity/project.

Wendy Ruona, President of AHRD, is looking for presenters/authors who would like to be a part of an exciting Town Forum session (Thursday, February 15, 2018) at the AHRD Research Conference in the Americas and stay involved in the project to bring their ideas to the field through an article or chapter later in 2018. The goal of this project is to call critical attention to the trends most affecting the future of HRD.
To be a part of this exciting project, you must:

  • Be able to participate “live” and in-person at the Town Forum session on Thursday, February 15 at the Research Conference in the Americas (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Be willing to deliver your presentation using the PechaKucha or Ignite format in which 20 slides are shown for 15-20 seconds each (5-6 minutes total).
  • Craft a compelling and evidence/scholarship-based presentation focused on one specific emerging/future trend that you believe will affect the work of HRD (and HRD-related) professionals in in the future.
  • Be willing to develop the presentation into an article or a book chapter for an issue or book that will be edited by Dr. Ruona by early Fall, 2018.

If you’re interested in being considered for this opportunity, no later than December 11, 2017 (end of day), please send Wendy Ruona ( a brief proposal that outlines at least the following (no more than 500 words, exclusive of references):

  • Proposer(s) contact information
  • Summary of the emerging/future trend that would be the focus of your presentation/manuscript (grounded in literature/research)
  • Argument for the potential importance of the trend for the future of HRD
  • Summary of experience, qualifications, and/or commitments that would make you great to engage in this opportunity

Creativity is encouraged for the proposal. Use APA 6th ed. for citations/references, but otherwise, proposals can be in “business” format or even more creative than that. Demonstrate in this proposal what a contribution you would be to this Town Forum and the publication that will follow from it! Contact Wendy Ruona with questions or wonderings or to float your idea for an initial reaction.

Conference Photographer Needed

The Conference Committee is looking for an AHRD member who is interested in taking professional photos throughout the Annual Conference. One full conference registration will be provided in exchange for your service. We ask that photos are taken starting on Thursday, February 15, through the end of the President’s Banquet on Saturday, February 17. Please contact Carissa Wolf, AHRD Meeting Planner, if you are interested in this opportunity.

Must have experience as a photographer (samples may be requested) and willing to attend all scheduled conference events. You will be required to bring your own camera (DSLR preferred). Photos must be uploaded to AHRD’s Flickr account throughout the conference.

The AHRD Conference in the Americas Sponsorship Opportunities

Promote Your Organization at the 2018 AHRD Conference in the Americas!

AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

February 13-17, 2018 | Richmond, Virginia USA

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AHRD is a global organization made up of, governed by, and created for the Human Resource Development (HRD) scholarly community of academics and reflective practitioners. The Academy was formed to encourage systematic study of human resource development theories, processes and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe.

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Sponsorships Available

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President’s Reception: $1,000 (1 available)

  • Logo and link to your site on the conference page of the AHRD website
  • Listing in program agenda next to sponsored reception and logo prominently displayed on sponsor page in conference program book
  • Signage at the President’s Reception and conference
  • Exhibit table
  • One full conference registration ($350 value)

Opening Reception Sponsor: $1,000 (1 available)

  • Logo and link to your site on the conference page of the AHRD website
  • Listing in program agenda next to sponsored reception and logo prominently displayed on sponsor page in conference program book
  • Signage at Opening Reception and conference
  • One full conference registration ($350 value)
  • Two complimentary tickets for your staff to attend the Opening Reception
  • Exhibit table

Mobile App Sponsor: $1,000 (2 available)

  • Sponsorship of the conference mobile app (including logo recognition in pre-conference marketing)
  • Logo in the conference mobile app
  • One full conference registration ($350 value)
  • Logo and link to your site on the conference page of the AHRD website
  • Signage at the conference
  • Exhibit table

Entertainment Sponsor: $750 (1 available)

  • Logo and link to your site on the conference page of the AHRD website
  • Listing in program agenda next to sponsored entertainment and logo prominently displayed on sponsor page in conference program book
  • Signage at the President’s Dinner and conference
  • Exhibit table
  • Two complimentary tickets for your staff to attend the President’s Dinner

Exhibit Table Space Details: $300/$175

Cost: $300 and Electricity $50
Cost: $175 for University/College/Institutions and Electricity $50.

About the 2018 Conference

This is the Academy’s 25th Annual International Research Conference in the Americas! Participants include national and international HRD thought leaders and HRD practitioners, graduate students, and university faculty. The organizations represented include national and international universities, nonprofits, governments, and corporations from around the world. Registration for the 2018 International Research Conference in the Americas will open soon.

Marriott Richmond
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA

  • Phone: 1+(804) 643-3400 or 1+(800) 228-9290
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  • Guest Room Rate: $159 plus tax
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  • Room Block Deadline: January 13, 2018, or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first. AHRD has a block of rooms reserved for the nights of Tuesday, February 13-Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Please share this information with your Dean or University Administrator, or organizational contacts that may want to sponsor or exhibit!

Questions? Please contact Kathie Pugaczewski or 1+(651)265-7859
Payment must accompany form to guarantee sponsorship.

Cancellation Policy: All Sponsor/Exhibitor cancellations by January 26, 2018 will be refunded, less a $100 handling fee. Cancellations received after January 26, 2018 will not receive a refund.

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Audio/Video Policy: Registration and attendance at, or participation at association events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to association’s use and distribution of the registrant's or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

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AHRD Foundation News

Why I Give

By Laura L. Bierema, University of Georgia

The AHRD Foundation supports and promotes HRD scholarship and research that advances HRD theory and practice for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and societies. Our goal is to provide scholarships, awards, and research grants that advance the mission and vision of AHRD. Why do I give? It is a duty. It is a privilege. It is investing in the future.

Giving to the AHRD Foundation is my duty because I have benefited from financial support during my career, particularly in the early stages when funding helped to not only subsidize my research, but also meet expectations of my institution for extramural funding. Grant funding also allowed me to do important research that has helped shape my career trajectory and scholarly contributions. Giving is a duty to the next generation of scholars who need funding, recognition, and mentoring to continue the important work of advancing HRD theory and practice.

Giving to AHRD is a privilege because it helps bolster the wonderful learning community of collegiality, support, leadership opportunities, and scholarship that is 25 years strong. The health of our AHRD community benefits not only members, but also others touched by HRD work worldwide. It is a great privilege to know, work with, and support the members of this community, particularly when it can be done in ways that promote research and career development.

Giving to AHRD is an investment in our future. If you attended my recent AHRD Webinar, you heard one of my mantras in life is “You get what you give.” AHRD is not a community I take for granted, and giving is a direct investment in protecting and growing this vital community for personal and professional enrichment. When I give to AHRD, I get so much more: a scholarly community, treasured colleagues, an advancing field, and research that informs practice. What a bargain!

Call for Silent Auction Items

The 2018 Conference will again be the site of a silent auction organized by the AHRD Foundation. Attendees are invited to donate items to the event with proceeds go to the Foundation. Please plan to bring your item with you to conference check-in along with a description of the donation item and the value.

Journal News



The 2017 International Research Conference in Asia took place November 8-10 at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India. Co-Editor Jon Werner represented HRDQ at this event, taking part in an AHRD Journal Editors Panel, with Jia Wang, Julie Gedro, and Maria Cseh (representing HRDR, HRDI, and ADHR, respectively). Over 60 people attended the session!


The latest issue of HRDQ is available here.


The following articles have recently appeared on Early View:

Watkins K.E. and Kim K. (2017). Current status and promising directions for research on the learning organization.

Alagaraja M., Egan T.M., and Woodman R.W. (2017). Towards an understanding of HRDDescription: mageLean strategy linkages: A multicase study of four U.S. based firms. https://doi:10.1002/hrdq.21292

Kirchner M.J. (2017). Veteran as leader: The lived experience with U.S. Army leader development.

Reio T.G. & Werner J.M. (2017), Publishing mixed methods research: Thoughts and recommendations concerning rigor. https://doi:10.1002/hrdq.21291

See all articles on Early View.


The HRDQ editorial team has created three editorials concerning rigor in empirical research:

  • Anderson, V. (2017). Qualitative Research. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21282
  • Nimon, K. (2017). Quantitative Research. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21290
  • Reio, T. G. & Werner, J. M. (2017). Mixed Methods Research. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21291

A summary of the recommendations/checklists from these three editorials is available online.

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HRDR Celebrates its 15th Anniversary!

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.

Upcoming December Issue

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

Integrative Literature Review

A Review of the Literature on Structured On-the-Job Training and Directions for Future Research
Sahar Ahadi, Ronald L. Jacobs

The Relationship Between Work Engagement and Organizational Commitment: Proposing Research Agendas Through a Review of Empirical Literature
Woocheol Kim, Jiyoung Kim, Heajung Woo, Jiwon Park, Junghyun Jo, Sang-Hoon Park, Se Yung Lim

Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership: A Review of Empirical Studies
Hyejin Kim, Taesung Kim

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Leadership and Employee Work Passion: Propositions for Future Empirical Investigations
Richard Egan, Mark Turner, Deborah Blackman

The Dark and Bright Sides of Personal Use of Technology at Work: A Job Demands-Resources Model
Sungdoo Kim, Amanda L. Christensen

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Executive Director, Office for Faculty Engagement and Development

University of Houston | Houston, TX

Serves as the senior administrator for the Office for Faculty Engagement and Development (FED). Directs all major functions including development and leadership of programs and projects according to both short-term and long term strategic plans.

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Assistant Professor, Human Resource Development

Idaho State University | Pocatello, ID

The tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development will teach and advise in two online programs: the Bachelor of Science in Workplace Training and Leadership and the Master of Science in Human Resource Development, a WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program. The position will advise online and face-to-face and recruit students; secure grants; and provide service to the College, University, and the Human Resource Development profession.

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Assistant Professor Of Human And Organizational Learning

George Washington University | Washington, DC

The George Washington University’s (GW) Graduate School of Education and Human Development seeks an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Learning. The position will be located on our Main Campus in Foggy-Bottom, Washington, DC. This tenure-accruing, academic year position is available beginning as early as August 2018. The University seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber and encourages applications from all underrepresented communities.

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Final Thought

By Neal Chalofsky

Dr. Leonard Nadler

Honoring the Life of Dr. Leonard Nadler

Dr. Leonard Nadler, a pioneer in the field of human resource development and a long-time professor at The George Washington University, died Oct. 12 in White Plains, NY. He was 95.

Dr. Nadler, who was born in New York City and received his doctorate in education from Columbia University, was widely credited with coining the term "human resource development," and became one of its premier thought leaders through his 11 books, more than 150 published articles and his 25 years of teaching graduate degree programs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Len was the first recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Human Resource Development Award of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and was named to the HRD Research Hall of Fame in 2001 by the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Len encouraged the development of HRD graduate programs through his affiliations with the (then) ASTD and the Commission of Adult Education Professors. He also established a weekend Master's program and a Master's program in Singapore that lasted for 25 years, as well as off-campus programs in Virginia. His curriculum was a model for other emerging graduate programs across the country in the '70s and '80s.

He built the foundation for what the HRD discipline is today.

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  • Yonjoo Cho
  • Valerie Anderson
  • Jamie Callahan
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Laura Bierma
  • Neal Chalofsky

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