Monthly Newsletter | September 2017 | View Online facebook linkedin twitter
AHRD Digest banner

Association News

News for Members

Journal News

Additional News

Association News

From the Board

By Thomas G. Reio, Jr., AHRD Board Member

Volunteer Professionals and HRD

After evacuating Miami for St. Augustine to avoid the worst of Hurricane Irma, it remains hard not to be fearful for everyone. The rains and winds have come and we are deeply concerned for all our friends, colleagues, students from around the world, the animals and plants upon which we depend, and of course the communities in which we live. Besides praying that everyone will be safe, we hope the loss of property is minor and that we have a home to return to soon. To me, not being fearful and wary of the unknown associated with one of the biggest Atlantic storms ever is akin to being foolhardy and unreal.

I am pleased that at every place I have ventured, one thing has been the same. Despite the bad driving behavior of a few testy individuals, people at gas stations, supermarkets and restaurants have been uncommonly kind. Complete strangers have been shaking my hand and wishing me and my family the very best. It has been like I had always imagined it would be when going into battle; with everyone genuinely wishing each other the best, knowing all too well that some might not make it. Refreshingly, no one has asked about my position on anything; rather, they asked how I was as a human being. This experience is teaching me is that even in a period of great darkness, human goodness will shine through.

I have been thinking much about all the individuals who are putting their lives in harm’s way during this troubling time so that we may remain safe. I have been humbled by how emergency preparedness personnel, federal, state and local government agencies, the National Guard, the Red Cross, churches, and residents in greater Houston have come together to assist their fellow human beings in the wake of the disastrous flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Fortunately, they have had many well-trained, paid professionals to draw upon in this time of dire need.

What has also caught my attention is the volunteers who step up to augment all these efforts, despite the risks. Back in Miami, hurricane-hardened local volunteers are helping the disabled and elderly pack their cars and manage the evacuation centers. In St. Augustine, while standing in line at the supermarket, my line mate informed me he was going to make himself and his Kubota tractor available to help those stranded by the flood waters. No matter that he had four children and his own home to protect, he wanted to help the local relief agency, just as he did when Hurricane Matthew passed through last year. I think back, too, to Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago when one of my relatives from Maryland volunteered with local agencies to help people clean up after the hurricane for two periods of over a month.

Undeniably, without the volunteer activities of our fellow citizens, community relief efforts would be far more problematic. I wonder how we as HRD professionals might assist community agencies to create that vitally-needed cadre of well-trained individuals like those seen at volunteer fire stations and the Red Cross. Research has been conducted about motivating volunteerism and how best to manage volunteers, but work exploring the role of HRD in motivating and managing a volunteer workforce has been virtually untouched. What motivates someone to volunteer for a relief agency? How does one keep volunteers committed to the organization once they arrive? How do volunteer socialization needs (e.g., coaching and mentoring) mirror those of paid workers? How can HRD professionals help managers identify and develop the specific skills needed to manage volunteers? How can HRD professionals meet the training and development and career needs for volunteers, when balanced against possible costs? The possibilities for HRD to help honor the training and development and career needs of those who volunteer seem endless. We must do our part to develop the groups of motivated, expert volunteers that undergird every community. We can accomplish this through research designed to best meet volunteer needs and its thoughtful, grateful application tailored to venerate the volunteer.

News for Members

AHRD 2018 Conference in the Americas Submissions

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas is this Friday, September 15, 2017. The AHRD Conference Team expresses our concern for all of those in the path of Irma and potentially Jose as well as those in the aftermath of Harvey. We cannot move the deadline again because of the length of the review process.

However, we will work with any individuals affected by these hurricanes/storms on a case-by-case extension if needed. If you have been directly affected and as a result, you cannot make that September 15 deadline, we will work with you to ensure that your scholarship is a part of the 2018 conference. Please contact Robert Yawson, Program Chair, personally at should you need to make arrangements for a submission later than September 15.

This year’s conference marks the 25th anniversary of the Academy of Human Resource Development. That means 25 years of outstanding research and scholarship, 25 years of collaborating, synergizing, writing, publishing, and demonstrating in so many ways our sustained commitment to Human Resource Development. This year’s conference is historical for these reasons and many more — and we look forward to seeing you there!

Call for AHRD Board Member Nominations – Due November 1, 2017

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; 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 this 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. Please note that the use of flyers or the AHRD listserv for the promotion of candidates is prohibited.

Please 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.

2017 AHRD Faculty Mentoring Program Webinar Announcement for October 17, 2 pm EDT (Open to all AHRD members)

We are excited to share that Dr. Laura Bierema will give a Webinar on Oct. 17 at 2 pm EDT on her work related to mentoring and relational learning at work and personal reflections on mentoring colleagues and leaders.

Although provided as a part of the AHRD Faculty Mentoring Program, this Webinar is open to all AHRD members. If you are interested, please look for the registration link on the AHRD website page for the Faculty mentoring Partner program.

AHRD Awards Nominations Due November 1, 2017

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.

Awards Information & Deadline Date

All nominations are to be submitted through the website for the award and not via email to the office.
Given the high standards implicit in these awards, there is no guarantee that these awards will be given each year.

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, November 1 at 5:00pm Eastern time.

Submit a Nomination Today!

First “Human Capital Development in Africa” Conference

The first of what is hoped will be an annual conference focusing upon HRD In Africa was held in Addis Ababa at the end of August. Nearly 350 participants attended the conference, representing faculty and students from several local and regional universities, private sector companies (such as Ethiopian Airlines, Ethio Telecom, and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia), and representatives from several government ministries. The conference was organized by i-Capital Africa Institute in partnership with AHRD, IFTDO, Addis Ababa University, and Jimma University. A generous financial grant was provided by the German Foundation, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit).

Read More

2018 AHRD Conference in the Americas Announces Keynote

We are thrilled to announce that Patricia (Pat) A. McLagan will be our keynote speaker at our upcoming conference in Virginia. Pat is a recognized expert and thought leader in in the adult development arena. The title of her speech is “Re-thinking Learning and HRD for the Age of Artificial Intelligence.” Pat’s view is that learners’ capabilities, confidence, and self-image in learning need radical change in order to thrive in a world of proliferating resources, information overload, artificial intelligence, and many other paradigm shifting forces. Find out more!

2018 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

Conference Central

Location & Lodging

Conference Committee

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.

Sign up Online

Sponsorships Available

Download the Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus (PDF) »

President’s Dinner – $1,500 (1 available)

  • Logo and link to your site on the conference page of the AHRD website
  • Listing in program agenda next to sponsored dinner and logo prominently displayed on sponsor page in conference program book
  • Signage at the President’s Dinner and conference
  • Exhibit table with preferred location
  • Two full conference registrations ($700 value)
  • Verbal recognition of your sponsorship at the conference
  • Three complimentary tickets for your staff to attend the President’s Dinner

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 (3 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 in October.

Marriott Richmond
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA

  • Phone: 1+(804) 643-3400 or 1+(800) 228-9290
  • Hotel Website:
  • Guest Room Rate: $159 plus tax
  • Book Online:
  • 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.

PCI Compliance: Please do not send credit card information via email. Per standard by the Payment Card Industry, AHRD has met the requirements of the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).

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 or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events and activities.

AHRD Foundation News

Warriors in Suit: Identity Transition and Military Experience of Korean Males
Jin Lee, Melika Shirmohammadi, Jihye Oh, Dr. Soo Jeoung Han, Dr. Lisa Baumgartner

The research project described below is being supported by the Korean SIG and the AHRD Foundation. It represents an international collaboration between Korean and US scholars.

Confucianism values have often been studied as the main reasons for the highly masculine Korean workplace culture. However, in this article, we argue that the mandatory military duty of Korean men also explains the dominant masculine Korean corporate culture. Our paper explored the role of the military experience as one underlying mechanism of the masculine identity transition into workplace settings. We addressed two primary research questions: (a) How does Korean males’ identity transition occur through their military experience? and (b) How is the militaristic masculine identity of Korean males institutionalized in the workplace?

To answer our research questions, we interviewed 11 Korean men, who completed the military service, possessed B.A. degrees, and worked as full-time employees. All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim, which yielded 211 pages of transcript data. Using grounded theory, we proposed a four-stage model showing the sequential masculine identity transitions of Korean males including college, military and workplace. We found the militaristic compliance as the core of the underlying process of the militaristic identity transition and college as the platform where Korean men learned and practiced the militaristic masculinity. We observed that the military experience is culturally capitalized and used as a justification for male dominant workplace culture.

Our findings help HRD scholars and practitioners to have a better understanding of masculinity formation and transition of male workers. To do so, we offer a lens other than Confucianism perspective to interpret Korean male behavior at the workplace.

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: There 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.

Journal News



The HRDQ editorial team has created three editorials concerning rigor in qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research. All three are now available online:

Anderson, V. (2017), Criteria for Evaluating Qualitative Research. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28: 125–133. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21282 (free access; Issue 2)

Nimon, K. (2017), HRDQ Submissions of Quantitative Research Reports: Three Common Comments in Decision Letters and a Checklist. Human Resource Development Quarterly. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21290 (appearing in Issue 3)

Reio, T. G. and Werner, J. M. (2017), Publishing Mixed Methods Research: Thoughts and Recommendations Concerning Rigor. Human Resource Development Quarterly. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21291 (Early View; appearing in Issue 4)


The latest issue of HRDQ will be available at:


Wiley, the publisher of HRDQ, reports that there were 9,305 full text downloads of HRDQ articles in 2016. The three most downloaded articles in 2016 were:

Hussain, A., Garavan, T., Carbery, R., O’Brien, F., & McGuire, D. Diversity Training Programme Outcomes: A Systematic Review, 27:1 (1,642 downloads).

Sundstrom, E. D., Lounsbury, J. W., Gibson, L. W., & Huang, J. L. Personality Traits and Career Satisfaction in Training and Development Occupations: Toward a Distinctive T&D Personality Profile, 27:1 (1,183 downloads).

Diehl, A. B., & Dzubinski, L. M. Making the Invisible Visible: A Cross-Sector Analysis of Gender-Based Leadership Barriers, 27:2 (931 downloads).


An Altmetric Score shows the number of times that an article has been mentioned in social media, such as Twitter or Facebook. The top four HRDQ Altmetric Scores are:

Peluchette, J., & Karl, K. The Impact of Workplace Attire on Employee Self-Perceptions (70 mentions)

Marques, J. Colorful Window Dressing: A Critical Review on Workplace Diversity in Three Major American Corporations (10 mentions)

Gubbins, C., & Rousseau, D. Embracing Translational HRD Research for Evidence-Based Management: Let’s Talk About How to Bridge the Research-Practice Gap (10 mentions)

Saks, A., & Gruman, J. What Do We Really Know About Employee Engagement? (10 mentions)


The following article has recently appeared on Early View:

Jones, O., Gold, J. and Claxton, J. (2017), A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action: Illustrations of the Mediated Discourse Analysis Method. Human Resource Development Quarterly. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21289

For all articles on Early View:

Connect With Us!

twitter facebook linkedin

Follow HRDQ on Twitter
Like HRDQ on Facebook
Connect with HRDQ on LinkedIn


HRD Review magazine cover

HRDR continues to celebrate its 15th anniversary!

As we continue to celebrate HRDR’s 15th anniversary, we extend our invitation to our HRD community once again, to share your favorite photos, articles, and fun facts that highlight the journal’s milestones.

Please use #HRDRturns15 on our social media outlets:
Facebook: @HRDRJournal Twitter: @hrdrjournal

Also, we are excited to announce the forthcoming virtual issue that highlights the evolution of HRD as an academic discipline. The issue will be available in October! Stay tuned!

To learn more about HRDR’s announcements, Table of Contents, and updates, please sign up here for e-alerts. Stay in touch with HRDR!!!

Please submit all applications to Professor Carole Elliott, Editor-in-Chief at:

Additional News

Job Postings

Job Posting Fee

  • Members - $25.00

  • Non-Members - $100.00

  • PEN Members - FREE; complete the job posting form. Do not send PDFs.

Posting information

  • Job ads are posted for 90 days and are available to all members and non-members visiting the AHRD website.

  • If you have any questions, contact us at

  • PEN Members: Email the office the completed Job Posting Form. Once you have completed the form, we will post the job for you. Do not send PDFs of job postings.

Subscribe to AHRD Job Postings now! job posting subscribe icon


all four journal covers

Access the Journals

membership renewal

Membership Data and Renewal

SIG's homepage

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

member central

Member Central

Final Thought

By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

It’s likely been a busy start to your fall, and for many members, Mother Nature has compounded the load we often carry this time of year. I know that for me, when my academic year begins in August everything seems to be demanding of my time. I can feel overwhelmed and out of breath, but I always feel a little bit better when I get my AHRD conference submitted, when my hotel and flight are booked, and I can pencil the dates into my calendar. This is because I always look forward to seeing colleagues from far-off places, meeting new scholars and practitioners, and learning more about myself and the great scholarship of others. I hope that we can look ahead together to meeting in Richmond for the 2018 AHRD Conference in the Americas. Richmond is a beautiful city, regardless of the season, and offers a distinctive urban charm and vibrancy. It has a rich and complex history worth exploring between conference sessions and will be a great place to share a meal, grab a drink, or take a stroll while reflecting on how much we’ve accomplished since the end of summer.

About the Digest


Be sure to let us know if you move or if you change email addresses. You can sign in to your profile or email us at

Contributors to this Issue

  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Thomas G. Reio, Jr.
  • Jin Lee
  • Melika Shirmohammadi
  • Jihye Oh
  • Soo Jeoung Han
  • Lisa Baumgartner

The editors reserve the right to select and edit articles submitted.

The AHRD Digest is published electronically the second week of each month. Please submit ideas and content that would be valuable to members to by the 10th day of the month previous.

Academy of Human Resource Development
1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114 USA
Phone: 1+(651)290-7466 | FAX: 1+(651)290-2266