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Laura L. Bierema, President-ElectLaura L. Bierema, President-Elect

AHRD 2043: Positioning the Academy for its 50th Anniversary

AHRD 2043—Will you help us get there? 2018 marked the Academy of Human Resource Development’s 25th anniversary—a milestone that was commemorated by celebrations and a thinktank during the conference to determine our vision for the future. What do we need to ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission of Leading Human Resource Development through Research for the next 25 years and beyond? The obvious answer is we need YOU—to continue contributing rich scholarship and model practice to our exciting field. We also need your help to put AHRD in a more stable position for the long term.

AHRD is a nonprofit organization and our health and vitality depend not only on our creative scholarship and reflective practice, but also on the health of this organization. To ensure that we continue to thrive for the next 25+ years, AHRD needs to develop an endowment to protect its ability to operate and serve its members so that we are not almost solely dependent on the conference as a source of income as we are today.

AHRD had modest beginnings in 1993 and little money. At one point in our early history, a founding member loaned AHRD money so we could continue operating. Although AHRD is a long way from that destitute moment in our first years of operation, our reality is that it costs money to support our members with international conferences, awards, webinars, program excellence network, special interest groups, website, administration, and publications.

AHRD exists to provide a scholarly community for academics and reflective practitioners who are committed to the systematic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices, and the application of HRD research findings. AHRD also provides a vital network for practitioners, faculty, and students to connect across multiple disciplines from across the globe.

AHRD is making impact in the professional lives of its members with recognized high-quality journals, collaborative opportunities, and recognition of our members’ contributions to the field.

Here is how you can help. AHRD needs your financial support. To be frank, AHRD’s budget has been operating with an approximate $20,000 shortfall for the past few years, and this is not a sustainable financial picture. As President-Elect, I am committed to leading a fundraising initiative to help bridge this shortfall. I am proud to donate to AHRD personally and ask each of you to donate what you can in honor of our 25th anniversary and the next 25+ years. Would you donate $25, $250, $2500, or $25,000 (as your budget allows) to help us move AHRD into a more stable financial position? My long-term dream is to one day have an endowed fund that fully covers AHRD’s operational expenses.

AHRD is a 501c3 tax exempt organization (tax id #74-2675977). Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the deductibility of your contribution.

AHRD 2043—join me in ensuring that the Academy of Human Resource Development is thriving on our 50th anniversary!


News for Members

AHRD Awards Nominations Now Open

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 deadline for awards nominations is Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00pm ET. The board presents all the awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

Awards Include:

The Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award
Honors a critical HRD scholar or practitioner who has demonstrated research and activism with impact in HRD.

Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award
Awarded to ten outstanding scholarly papers from those published in the AHRD Conference Proceedings in the same year.

AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice Awards
The awards are given for excellence in applying scholarly HRD theory and research to practice in a manner that brings measurable improvement to an organization and/or has the potential to advance the field of HRD.

Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award
Awarded for the outstanding HRD doctoral dissertation in a given year.

Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue Award
Awarded for the outstanding issue among the ending year's volume.

Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development International article in each annual volume.

Early Career Scholar Award
Awarded to an outstanding HRD scholar in the early stages of his/her career who has made identifiable and significant contributions in scholarly research to the field of HRD.

R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year
Awarded for the outstanding HRD book that advances the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Review refereed article in each annual volume.

Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Quarterly refereed article in each annual volume.

HRD Scholar Hall of Fame
Presented to scholars in human resource development and related disciplines who have made enduring contributions to the Academy’s vision of leading the human resource development profession through research.

AHRD Service Award
The AHRD Service Award is given to AHRD members in recognition of their lifetime achievement in advancing HRD through research combined with their service to AHRD as demonstrated through their time, energy, and support.

Outstanding HRD Scholar Award
The Outstanding HRD Scholar Award (formerly the HRD Scholar of the Year Award) is presented to an outstanding human resource development scholar who has demonstrated a continuing record of scholarly productivity and influence in the profession.

View the Academy Awards page for more information and submit a nomination.

Deadline Nears (September 5) for Submission to the 2019 AHRD Conference in the Americas

AHRD is celebrating its 26th Annual Conference in 2019!

2019 AHRD Conference in the Americas

Pre-Conferences February 13–14, 2019 (Wednesday–Thursday)
Conference February 14–16, 2019 (Thursday–Saturday)
Location Marriott Downtown
280 W Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 23219
Hotel Website

The 26th AHRD annual conference will include leading scholars and 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.

The Call for Submissions can be accessed on the Conference Central site.

Important Notes, Dates and Deadlines

July 1, 2018 Begin accepting conference submissions
September 5, 2018 Final (NO EXTENSIONS) submission deadline for manuscripts
October 8, 2018 Decision notifications to authors
November 10, 2018 Camera-ready submissions due
December 13, 2018 Call for Session Chair volunteers

2019 Conference in the Americas Exhibiting & Sponsorship Opportunities

2019 AHRD Conference Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus

Interested in sponsoring the 2019 conference in the Americas?
Online Registration is now open!
Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration page to learn more.
Registering by mail? Download the Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus!

Korea SIG Grant Available: International Research on Korea


The Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant promotes AHRD graduate students’ research collaboration on research that relates to or contributes to Korea. This grant provides up to $500 to the awardees to reimburse them for research and dissemination expenses for one year only, with eligibility to apply for a subsequent year. Eligible expenses might include, but are not limited to, gifts for participants during data collection; software; data analysis assistance, such as transcribers or translators; AHRD membership; registration for any AHRD conference where the outcome of the award is presented; and travel and lodging while at the conference.


  • Graduate students who are members of AHRD are eligible to apply.
  • A team of students, consisting of at least one Korean and one non-Korean, regardless of where they live, may submit one proposal. A faculty member may be part of the team in a mentor role, though he/she is not eligible to use the funds. The rationale for this eligibility criterion is our desire to expand interest in Korean HRD research and international collaboration.
  • Students can find partners on the AHRD Facebook or LinkedIn pages, or contact the Korea SIG chair, Sehoon Kim, who will distribute your request.
  • Past recipients are eligible to apply in a subsequent year.

Application Process

  • Submit a proposal in electronic format using the Korea SIG Grant Template in Word format (not .pdf).
  • Proposals must not exceed 3 single-spaced pages, in addition to the cover page, including:
    • Problem statement
    • Research purpose and questions
    • A brief review of the literature
    • Research methods
    • Anticipated outcomes and implications for HRD
    • Information dissemination plan
    • Research project timeline

Submission Deadline

  • Submit a proposal by December 1, 2018 to Dr. Sehoon Kim at
  • The Korea SIG Chair will form a three-person review panel.
  • The final decision will be announced at the 2019 AHRD Conference in the Americas.
  • For additional information, contact Dr. Sehoon Kim at

UFHRD 2019 Anniversary Conference

UFHRD 2019 Anniversary Conference- Nottingham

We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UFHRD annual conference in 2019. With five internationally renowned keynote speakers and eight tailored professional workshops, the conference explores the role of HRD as a driver for future creativity, innovation, and change. Your attendance at the conference will be invaluable to progressing these ideas and enable you to network with 200 delegates from across the globe. The conference aims to generate lively discussions and memorable celebratory events. Taking place 24-26 June 2019 at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK.

For more information, please visit

Journal News

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, and Jon Werner, Co-Editors

2017 Clarivate and Scopus Impact Factors Released for HRDQ

    The 2017 Impact Factor for HRDQ released by Clarivate is: 1.875

    ISI JCR Ranking: 2017:8/27 (Industrial Relations & Labor)

    ISI JCR Ranking: 2017:104/209 (Management)

    ISI JCR Ranking: 2017:38/82 (Psychology, Applied)

    The 2017 CiteScore for HRDQ from Scopus is: 2.61. This places HRDQ in the 85th percentile for OB & HR journals. The 2016 CiteScore was 1.96.

New in HRDQ

The latest issue of HRDQ, Summer 2018 (Volume 29, Issue 2) is available here.

New on Early View

    Pousa, C., Richards, D.A., & Trépanier, C. (2018). Managerial coaching of frontline employees: The moderating role of gender.

    Jeong, S., Song, J., & Hsiao, Y‐Y. (2018). Testing multi‐group measurement invariance of data from the knowledge creation practice inventory.

    Flatt, C., & Jacobs, R.L. (2018). The relationship between participation in different types of training programs and gainful employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.

See all articles on Early View

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Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Michael P. Leimbach, Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources Announces New Editor-in-Chief

Marilyn Y. Byrd Marilyn Y. Byrd, PhD, will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of ADHR on September 1, 2018, at the end of the editorial tenure of Michael Leimbach, PhD. Dr. Byrd has served on the Editorial Board of ADHR from 2009 until present and served as an Associate Editor from 2012 until her current appointment. Dr. Byrd and the editorial team of ADHR look forward to a smooth editorial transition and continuing to bring topics of relevance to the emergent field of human resource development.

Editorial Board membership inquiries can be directed to Dr. Byrd at

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The Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University invites applicants for an open rank, tenure track (9 month) position in the Workforce Development and Education program area. The program area offers undergraduate and graduate programs in workforce development and education, and prepares students for future careers in schools, industry, and higher education. The specialization area of vocational/career-technical education is currently #1 in U.S. News and World Report rankings. The College of Education and Human Ecology provides extraordinary opportunities for a scholar in this area to engage in collaborative, cutting edge research across a broad range of areas. The Department of Educational Studies is also home to the Center for Education Training and Employment (CETE), which employs over 30 research staff specializing in workforce development scholarship.

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Final Thought

By Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor

Tomika GreerHere we are again on the cusp of another change in seasons! Late August and early September mark the end of summer and the beginning of fall. For many of us, we equate this time of the year with a new academic school year. It’s a busy time of the year that abruptly encroaches on the more leisurely summer. But, if you’re like me, there’s also an excitement as I anticipate and learn to embrace the newness of it all. I wish for each of you to have an uneventful, non-exhausting, peaceful, enjoyable, successful transition into the new season.

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