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Brad Shuck, AHRD Board MemberBrad Shuck, AHRD Board Member

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) is special. The kind of place where you can belong and be a part of something exceptional. The kind of place where you can be yourself and make a real impact. AHRD is where I met most of my professional friends, where I learned from mentors how to write my first academic papers, and the reason I continue to survive as a faculty member. More, AHRD has been a place that I call home. Over the years, I have heard a lot of people use that term, as well. Home.

When I have asked people about the Academy, they almost always tell me something like, “AHRD is my professional home” or, “it is a place I come to see my academic friends and family.” Certainly, there are many members of AHRD who I consider to be my family. People who, when I needed support, were there for me, stood beside me, encouraged me, and loved me. They took me in when I needed it and they believed in me. These are the people who are in my home. My professional home. And, to my surprise every year, each conference brings new friends and ideas that I did not expect. One of my favorite things about our annual conference is meeting new people in a session and taking a shameless selfie to post online. I bet if you searched Twitter for #AHRD2018 or #AHRD2017, you would find some ridiculous pictures. But these are pictures of my family. I am proud of them.

Sometimes, families need us, too. They need us to step up and step in. To participate, to bring our best-selves and our best ideas, to be counted on, and where we can, to use our voice. This is AHRD. The upcoming conference in Louisville, KY, represents an incredible opportunity for you to be a part of something amazing. To attend the keynote. To share your research. To connect and communicate. To ask a question. To sit with someone at dinner who you do not yet know. This year, AHRD needs us to come be a part of what the experience is all about and to be partners in creating that experience.

For some of us, coming to AHRD is like going home for the Holidays. We know we are going to see people who love us. The kind of place where we will see friends who want to hear our stories and listen. And, they will want us to listen to their stories, too, over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks in the hotel lobby. When we come to AHRD, we are coming to a place that is inviting us to participate and to be with people who welcome our presence. At the same time, we also know we will see our eccentric and at times, peculiar Uncle Eddie (and, for some of you reading this, that person is me, and I love it). Some people will challenge our beliefs at the dinner table and conversations might feel passionate. Some people might even leave you speechless and invigorated in your work, knowing there is more to do: more education, more research, and more ideas. These, however, are all the hallmarks of joy. Of belonging. Of being home. This is what it feels like to be in a place where people hear you and know your voice and what it feels like to be in a place where each year, someone is looking forward to seeing you again. To know that there is someone who sees us.

When I go home, it is never perfect. And, neither is AHRD. And we should not expect it to be. No place is perfect, but also, I don’t want AHRD to be perfect. If it were perfect, and we were satisfied, what challenges would we work through? What would we talk about — and if there is nothing to talk about, who would miss us? What research would we do, and what presentations would you be preparing? There is such joy in imperfection because it points us to a vison of hope that we can contribute to. A hope that our field will make a difference and that as individual members, a hope that we can make a positive influence.

In 2019, the Conference of the Americas will be in Louisville, KY. My hometown. Literally, my family lives there. I live in a modest home 30 minutes outside of downtown. For many, Louisville is far away. I know that. When you arrive at the airport, it says International, but you’ll know. It’s regional at best. Any flight requires a connection unless you live in Atlanta, and then it’s direct. There is no lounge. And, for those across the pond or for my friends in Asia, well, it might take days for you to get here. But, coming home is a journey. It always is. When you get here, the food scene in Louisville is amazing. The culture is world-class. Louisville Slugger makes all of their bats here. We have Kentucky Fried Chicken. And, if someone calls it bourbon, they made it here in Louisville (or they are lying to you about what is in the bottle).

Coming to AHRD is a worthwhile journey and one that I hope you already plan to make. My gosh, you would be missed if you weren’t there. There is so much excitement building and so much for us to talk about. So much to create. So, when you come, be ready. Bring your best. Get involved. Be active. Make the early sessions and intentionally connect with people. Mark the day and time of the Town Hall, the Awards Ceremony, and a few SIGs you want to try out. Whatever you do, don’t be passive and satisfied. Embrace the imperfection and engage. Share your voice. Make an impact and find a way to encourage someone who may not expect to be encouraged. It will make their entire experience. Sit with new people. Don’t just trade business cards, make plans to trade ideas and conversations.

I hope you will join me in Louisville, KY, in February 2019 for what I believe will be an incredible, transformational experience. I am inviting you. And when you arrive in the airport, you will know you are home. A place where you belong. Where your friends have missed you and cannot wait to see you. Come. Join us. We are saving you a seat at the table.

Announcing an Exciting Initiative and Opportunity in China in 2019

The AHRD Board is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity in the Asian region in 2019.

As most of you know, the AHRD has been working with partners all over the Asian region for nearly 20 years to support the work of HRD scholars in Asia. The 17th AHRD Annual Research Conference in Asia was recently held in Bangkok in November 2018. The conference successfully brought together HRD scholars from Asia and many other countries. We had over 100 attendees, and distinguished keynote speakers including Dr. Julie Gedro, AHRD President. Additionally, there were thought-provoking pre-conference workshops on Writing for Publication, Theory Building, and Structured On-the-Job Training by renowned AHRD scholars such as Dr. Gary McLean, Dr. Kenneth Bartlett, and Dr. Ron Jacobs, and several panel discussions and presentations showcasing some of the latest research in HRD.

The 18th AHRD Annual Research Conference in Asia will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 6–10, 2019. We are already planning for the 19th AHRD Annual Research Conference in Asia which will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2020. The success of these conferences has become a significant point of pride for many AHRD members and the partners we have made in the region are greatly valued.

Now, the Board has seized yet another area of opportunity to support the growth of HRD in the region. We’ve noticed that participation of scholars from China in the Asian conferences has been somewhat smaller compared to other countries in the region. Thus, we’ve spent time during the past few years trying to understand why that may be as well as developing relationships with people involved in HRD there.

We believe there is a great deal of interest in fostering the community of scholars who conduct research and generate thought leadership related to HRD. Many of them are employed in universities where HRD is not an officially-approved program/area of study and they, like so many of us who are members of AHRD, are working on the margins. While there are certainly conferences related to HRD in China, most of these events focus primarily on the interests of practitioners (of which there are estimated to be over one million of in the country).

Based on our exploration, the AHRD Board has agreed to support a proactive effort to more significantly support scholars and scholar-practitioners in China who are interested in HRD. We have engaged in discussions with a relatively well-known national training consultancy in China, named On Demand. The two principals of this consulting firm both have a Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and they understand from their academic preparation the value of doing rigorous research to inform practice. As a result of these discussions, On Demand has agreed to partner with AHRD to organize a research conference (entitled the AHRD Research Conference in China) that is scheduled to occur November 14–16, 2019. The location of the conference and the call for papers will be forthcoming.

This will be a one-year trial for AHRD and does not replace our deep commitment to the Annual Research Conference in Asia. Our agreement to partner in sponsorship of this conference with On Demand will be in effect for one year only. It can be extended afterwards, depending on the AHRD’s determination of (a) the success of the conference and (b) how it relates to the Annual Research Conference in Asia. At this juncture, we believe there is strong enough interest in HRD scholarship in the region as well as in China specifically to support the success of both conferences and that the experiences won’t compete/conflict. This will certainly be evaluated in 2019-2020.

In full transparency, we also want AHRD members to know that this is one of the few times that we have entered into an agreement with a for-profit organization instead of an academic program/university for an international conference. Logically, a for-profit organization tends to have different goals than AHRD would have. However, we feel confident that On Demand deeply shares our commitment to scholarship and is not engaged in this partnership solely to further their commercial interests. On Demand will assume all financial responsibility for the conference in China, as our international partners for our Asian conferences have done in the past. AHRD will provide technical assistance related to carrying out a research conference, such as coaching and tools we’ve developed over the years to support international conferences as well as helping to conduct the peer-review process of the papers. AHRD will not provide any direct financial support, nor will it receive any of the profits or be responsible for any shortfalls should they occur.

For the convenience of attendees, the conference in China is scheduled to occur during the week following the conference in Hanoi, Vietnam. While we expect the majority of the attendees to be from China, we hope that the timing of the regional and China-specific conference around the same time period may provide the opportunity for some AHRD members to attend both conferences during an extended stay in the region.

The design of the conference will be relatively flexible, focused on presenting scholarly research papers and professional development related to supporting scholarship in HRD (as defined/interpreted by those in the region who may be approaching HRD from inter-disciplinary fields of study such as workforce development and vocational education). Participation in the conference is open to all international scholars; however, the research should focus on the Chinese context. The conference language will be English.

AHRD’s China Special Interest Group (SIG) will serve as critical supporters of the conference, with Dr. Ron Jacobs and Dr. Judy Sun serving as AHRD Co-Coordinators who will represent AHRD during the planning and delivery phases of this conference. We thank them for their commitment and energy to this exciting initiative!

We hope you join us in our enthusiasm about extending the global reach and influence of the AHRD and supporting the nascent HRD scholarly community in China. The time seems ripe for AHRD to help convene HRD scholars in hopes that they, too, may build the kind of strong community that we have within AHRD and perhaps join us to be a part of that community! If you have any input or feedback about this, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rajashi Ghosh (, who is our board member representing international strategy and initiatives.

In Memory of Dr. Jerry W. Gilley

It is with deep sadness that we inform our members of the passing of Dr. Jerry W. Gilley. Jerry served mostly recently as Department Chair and Professor of the Department of Human Resource Development, College of Business and Technology at the University of Texas at Tyler. He served in a variety of roles and built many programs during his career. Jerry served as President of AHRD from 2006-2008 and he was a friend, colleague and mentor to many. Jerry will be greatly missed. We extend our condolences to his spouse, Dr. Ann Gilley, and to their family. We plan on honoring Jerry at the conference in February.

News for Members

2019 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

Full Schedule for the 2019 AHRD Conference International Research Conference in Louisville is Now Available

The AHRD Conference Team has an exciting, thought-provoking and compelling International Research Conference in the Americas planned for you. Connect with HRD scholars, scholar practitioners, and students!

Early Bird rates end January 10, 2019, so register today and reserve your spot at the premiere HRD research conference!

The 2019 AHRD Conference will offer:
  • Thought-provoking keynote and pre-conference with Raye M. Rawls: Raye Rawls is a Senior Public Service faculty at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. Her practice area is in conflict transformation, alternative dispute resolution and dialogue. Look forward to hearing about how you can move forward into a transdisciplinary HRD future and work with people with different values, beliefs and perspectives. Learn more about Raye Rawls.
  • Three captivating pre-conference workshops: Pre-conference sessions provide a unique opportunity to dive deep into your areas of interest within the world of HRD. Be sure to sign up for the session of your choice when you register! Two of the sessions are being held on Wednesday, February 13, starting at 1:00 pm and will continue on Thursday, February 14. The third session will be held off-site at Brown-Forman Distillery on Wednesday starting at 12:00 pm.
  • Graduate Student Research Colloquium: This is a tremendous opportunity for doctoral students and advanced Master's students focused on research to engage with well-regarded scholars, peers, and academic coaches to support student research and dissertation development.
  • Connect with a global HRD scholarly community of academics and reflective practitioners. Strengthen your network outside of the meeting room through our small group meet-ups, evening social events, an off-site networking event on Thursday at the Frazier History Museum, and a President’s Banquet. Full details available online. Plus, we are adding a “Meet the Author” session during the Saturday reception for authors of published books between January 2016 and now. Authors, bring your books and sell them if you wish. We will ask you to donate a book for the AHRD Foundation silent auction. More details and a form to sign up are coming soon. Questions? Email

Register Now!

Announcing the 2019 AHRD Town Hall Forum

Sustainability through Transdisciplinarity
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 1:30-3:30 PM, Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY

  • Susanna Calvert, Pharmacist, Positive Psychologist, Faculty Developer, Nonprofit Entrepreneur
  • Joel DiGirolamo, Director of Coaching Science for the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Jill Zaretsky, AAACE liaison

We see an ever-increasing move toward inter- and trans-disciplinary attacks upon problems in the real world ... The system scientist has a central role to play in this new order, and that role is to first of all understand ways and means of how to encode the natural world into "good" formal structures. - John Casti, Mathematician, Author, Entrepreneur

During 2018 when AHRD celebrated its 25th anniversary, a think tank was held with key stakeholders to envision what the next 25 years might look like. Several scenarios were examined, and overwhelmingly, the participants supported a future in which AHRD is interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary. What does this mean for AHRD and its mission to be a community of professionals who create and apply research to build human, organizational, and social capacity to learn, change, and thrive? The short answer is we need to broaden our constituency and create partnerships with like-minded professions. The 2019 conference will build on the theme of transdisciplinarity with a preconference, keynote, and Town Forum. The Town Forum is AHRD’s traditional kickoff to the conference where key issues of the day are examined. The purpose of the 2019 Town Forum is to bring professionals from diverse, compatible fields to help us muse on the issues related to becoming more inter- or trans-disciplinary. Click here to learn more.

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 open now!
Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration page to learn more.
Registering by mail? Download the Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus!

Faculty Mentoring Partners Program Open to New Participants

Submitted 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-three pairs (46 faculty) have participated in the FMPP in the last four years.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting professional development opportunity and joining our 2019 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 by January 15, 2019. Email the completed form to Rajashi Ghosh at

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. The “meet & greet” will also provide an opportunity to network with previous cohorts of the FMPP.

Call for Contributions to the 20th Anniversary UFHRD 2019 Conference

Submitted by Stefanos Nachmias

UFHRD 2019 Anniversary Conference- Nottingham

‘From Robin Hood to the Digital Era: HRD as a Driver for Future Creativity, Innovation, and Change’

UFHRD 2019 Annual International Conference will be a great opportunity to celebrate its 20th anniversary and further advance HRD thinking and practices. Together, we will celebrate the achievement of the HRD community across the globe. HRD can shape future practices including innovation, change, and performance, thereby providing a great platform to debate the role of HRD in relation to quality of jobs, performance, engagement, diversity, leadership, talent, learning, and new technologies.

The conference will take place in Nottingham, home of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and a city with rich history. You will have the opportunity to trace the footsteps of Robin Hood and discuss how his influence can shape the future of any organisation through learning, progressive change and justice.

Most importantly, you will engage in a number of celebratory events, professional workshops, networking activities, plenary sessions, and much more. Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Fang Lee Cooke (PhD, University of Manchester, UK)
    Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Asia Studies at Monash Business School, Monash University
  • Dr. Julie Gedro
    Associate Dean and Professor of Business at SUNY Empire State College
  • Professor David Asch
    Associate Director EFMD
  • Professor Jim McGoldrick
    Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council

Call for contributions is open with the deadline fast approaching: Sunday 13 January 2019

For more information about the submission process, please click on our website:

We can’t wait to welcome you to Nottingham in June 2019!

UFHRD 2019 Doctoral Symposium

Submitted by Dr. Fotis Mitsakis

The Doctoral Symposium will be held on Monday, 24 June 2019, in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) Conference at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, on June 24-26, 2019.

The goal of the Doctoral Symposium is to provide a supportive atmosphere for doctoral students to showcase and receive feedback on their ongoing work. Doctoral students at different stages in their research will have an opportunity to discuss their problem statements, objectives, methods, and results. The symposium aims to provide participants with useful guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and other fellow students working in relevant research areas. It also aims to enable doctoral students to interact with other delegates and potential collaborators in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions and experiences towards the development of their scientific curiosity.

This is a unique vantage point to explore beyond established, taken-for-granted assumptions about research and knowledge in a supportive and friendly environment. A number of research and practical workshops will be offered as part of the UFHRD 2019 Doctoral Symposium.

If you wish to take part in this exciting Doctoral Symposium, please submit your work by Sunday, 28 April 2019.

For more information about the submission requirements and process, please click on our website:

Call for Papers: International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research

The International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research is published in partnership between the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO).

The editors of the International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research are seeking manuscript submissions in the following areas:

  • Evidence-based HRD practice;
  • Evidence-based policy and/or implications for policy within organizational and at national and international levels;
  • Applied research.

Contributions to the journal should reflect a scholar-practitioner perspective and be international with respect to the authors’ locations and/or research implications.

Click to learn more about the journal and specific topics of interest. Interested contributors are also encouraged to contact the journal editors to discuss potential submissions.

AAACE Membership Discount Code

AHRD members are eligible for a 10% discount off AAACE membership with this Promo Code: “AHRDMemberPartner

Visit the AAACE membership page here:

Member Accomplishments

K. Peter Kuchinke Inducted into Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

Kuchinke Award

Peter Kuchinke, Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was inducted into the Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in New Orleans, LA, on November 10, 2018. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education and serve as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders.

As stated in the press release from November 15, “Peter has established an international reputation as a researcher committed to deepening the understanding of work-related education across disciplinary and national boundaries. His impact on Human Resource Development (HRD) as a field of study and practice, and as a form of education for work, is immense. His scholarship has been recognized by his peers and professional associations with more than 18 awards. He has also received numerous honors for his teaching and service to his college and institution.”

The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes 13 scholars from the U.S., Canada, UK, and France. Peter joins a group of leading HRD scholars who have received this recognition over the past 23 years.

Peter has been a member of the AHRD since 1995 and has served as Proceedings Editor (1998-2000), Executive Board Member (2000-2004), VP of Research (2002-2004), and Member of the Academic Standards Blue Ribbon Panel (2005-2008). He was Editor-in-Chief for HRDI (2006- 2009), PromoDoc Ambassador for the European Union Erasmus Program (2011-2014), and President of the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Development (2014-2016).

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Kuchinke!

Journal News

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources Seeks Associate Editor

ADHR invites applications for the position of Associate Editor (AE). The successful applicant will have a terminal degree in HRD or a related field and currently work in an HRD role in education, business, government, or community sectors. In addition, applicants must have previously served as an Issue Editor of ADHR; served as a member of the ADHR Editorial Board or another HRD-related journal; and/or have other comparable editorial leadership experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have editorial leadership experience and have served as an Issue Editor of ADHR. Applicants should be an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Soliciting proposals for ADHR
  • Reviewing proposals and manuscripts submitted to ADHR for publication, as assigned by the Editor-in-Chief
  • Participating in the policy-making process for ADHR
  • Assisting with the ADHR Best Issue award selection
  • Attending the ADHR Editorial Board meeting at the annual AHRD Conference and participating in virtual team meetings called by the Editor-in-Chief
  • Recruiting candidates for the ADHR Editorial Board
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the ADHR Editor-in-Chief

An ADHR AE will not serve as an Issue editor during his/her tenure, but may contribute an article to an annual volume during his/her tenure. The AE reports to the ADHR Editor-in-Chief.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application addressing how the desired qualifications are met along with a current CV by January 30, 2019 to:

    Marilyn Y. Byrd, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Human Relations
    Editor-in-Chief, ADHR
    University of Oklahoma
    601 Elm Ave, Room 704
    Norman, Oklahoma 73019

    or email: (preferred)

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

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

New HRDQ Editor Transition on Januray 1, 2019

Thomas G. Reio, Jr. will begin serving as HRDQ Executive Editor effective January 1, 2019. Please contact him concerning HRDQ matters at

Now Available in HRDQ

The latest issue of HRDQ, Winter 2018 (Volume 29, Issue 4) is available here.

New on Early View

Frie LS, Potting KCJM, Sjoer E, Van der Heijden BIJM, Korzilius HPLM.
How flexperts deal with changing expertise demands: A qualitative study into the processes of expertise renewal.

Kotera Y, Sheffield D, Van Gordon W.
The applications of neuro‐linguistic programming in organizational settings: A systematic review of psychological outcomes.

Goldberg CB, Rawski SL, Perry EL.
The direct and indirect effects of organizational tolerance for sexual harassment on the effectiveness of sexual harassment investigation training for HR managers.

Hay A, Blenkinsopp J.
Anxiety and human resource development: Possibilities for cultivating negative capability.

Arnulf JK, Dysvik A, Larsen KR.
Measuring semantic components in training and motivation: A methodological introduction to the semantic theory of survey response.

Media Review by Watson S; Noe R. (2017).
Employee training and development. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education. ISBN: 978‐0078112850.

Click here to see all articles on Early View.

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor

HRDR Reviewer Training Workshop

HRDR will spearhead a Reviewer Training Workshop at the AHRD 2019 Conference in the Americas, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 15, from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm.

This workshop is designed to equip reviewers with knowledge and skills essential to conduct high quality review of manuscripts submitted to AHRD sponsored journals and conferences. During this workshop, you will learn from a selected group of HRD journal editors and best journal/conference reviewers how to conduct rigorous reviews and provide constructive feedback. Whether you are an experienced or new reviewer, or are interested in becoming a reviewer for HRD journals and/or conferences, this workshop will benefit you.

So come and join us! Because working lunch is provided, your advanced sign-up is required to warrant your participation. A sign-up sheet is available on the conference website.

If you have questions regarding this workshop or how to sign up for this event, please contact Yasmeen Makarem, Managing Editor of HRDR, at

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

HRDR December 2018 Issue

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Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor


HRDI Announces New Editorial Team

Human Resource Development International (HRDI) journal has now been housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as of September 1, 2018. Dr. Jessica Li has been appointed Editor-in-Chief and she will lead the HRDI team for three years. She previously served as the Associate Editor for the Perspectives and Refereed Sections for three years each.

The new team includes the following members:

  • Dr. Jessica Li, Editor-in-Chief
  • Dr. Rajashi Ghosh, Associate Editor, Refereed Section
  • Dr. Stefanos Nachmias, Associate Editor, Perspectives Section
  • Jelena Pokimica, Managing Editor

The entire team wishes to thank the previous editorial team led by Dr. Carole Elliott. We also wish to thank Katrin Scherschel, the previous Managing Editor.

HRDI Latest Issue

The latest issue of volume 21 (21.5) is a special issue on Sub-Saharan Africa. We invite you to explore it online:

Special Issue Call for Papers: Gender Hegemony and its Impact on HRD Research and Practice

Awareness of the complexity of gender and gender hegemony places an onus on HRD to recognise the significance of gender and diversity in organizations, and to question HRD’s role in perpetuating or misrecognising gendered power relations in theory and practice.

We welcome contributions to this special issue that adopt a variety of perspectives and which are located in a diversity of empirical locations or theoretical genres. Potential topics include:

  • Explorations of how has HRD contributed to and sustained structures that are rooted in gender inequity
  • Analyses of the ways in which HRD professionals are resisting gender hegemony through their work
  • Examinations of intersectional identity work encompassing the hegemonic manifestation of gender in relation to other marginalized identities (e.g., race, sexual orientation, elderly, differently abled)
  • Considerations of non-binary gender identities
  • Critiques of the weaponized subversion of feminism (e.g., ‘toxic’ feminism, as opposed to toxic femininity; Fourth Wave feminism; neo-feminism)
  • Theoretical reconceptualizations of hegemonic gender constructions (e.g., can we negate the categorization that accompanies ‘gender’? Are there ways to consider ‘being’, instead of ‘doing’ or ‘performing’?)
  • Methodologies for studying the complexities of gender and gender hegemony
  • Reflections on the ways in which mechanisms of popular culture can be applied toward challenging gender hegemony and resisting its reproduction
  • Evaluations of HRD’s role in reproducing or resisting gender hegemony in total institutions (e.g., military, prisons, higher education institutions, nursing homes, oil platforms, temples) and in different organizational sectors (e.g., high tech organizations, financial firms, fashion and beauty).

Potential Timescales

Deadline for submission of full papers:

  • Paper submission: 15 April 2019 (submit via journal’s website by following all format requirements and clearly mentioning / selecting this SI)
  • Reviews to be completed by: 15 July 2019
  • Resubmissions: 15 September 2019
  • Paper Selection: 15 January 2020

Instructions for Authors

Guest Editors

Professor Carole Elliott
University of Roehampton, UK

Professor Jamie L. Callahan
Northumbria University, UK

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The tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate 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, recruit students, secure grants, and provide service to the College, University, and the Human Resource Development (HRD) profession.

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University of Arkansas | Fayetteville, AR

The Program: The Human Resource and Workforce Development program offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Please visit the Human Resource and Workforce Development program website for more information:

Duties and Responsibilities: The duties and responsibilities of this tenure-track Assistant Professor of Human Resource and Workforce Development position include: conducting research that results in refereed publications and professional presentations; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the human resources and workforce development program; pursuing external funding through grant proposal submissions; directing graduate students’ research projects and dissertations; advising graduate students and serving on advisory committees; participating in public service and professional organizations; and engaging in service activities at the program, department, college, and university levels.

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

Tomika GreerIn this final thought of 2018, I wish you all happiness, peace, and good fortune in the New Year!

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  • Brad Shuck
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Stefanos Nachmias
  • Fotis Mitsakis

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