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Darren ShortBy Darren Short, President Emeritus

In Celebration of AHRD

This week, AHRD is celebrating its 25th annual conference in Richmond, Virginia. Just look at how far we’ve come as an organization! I can’t image my professional life without AHRD: the people, the journals, the conferences, the SIGs. I’ve been a member since 1997, and an HRD professional since 1992. That means that AHRD has walked alongside of me for the majority of my professional journey. I’ve had the joys of meeting scholars who have opened my eyes to new ways of thinking. I’ve had the chances to collaborate with researchers from around the world. I’ve met people who have grown older and wiser with me (that said, many grew much wiser, much faster than I did, but I clung on tightly to their coattails). I’m sure that many of you have shared a similar experience to me. For those who are newer to AHRD, I hope that your journey is just as remarkable as mine – that your friendships and collaborations are as rewarding, that your research blossoms and changes lives, and that you cherish AHRD like I do. It’s my professional family, and I look forward to seeing many of the family members in Richmond for the usual mix of learning and laughs. See you there!

News for Members

Taskforce on Ethics Standards

During his time as AHRD President, Ron Jacobs, established a taskforce to examine the AHRD Standards on Ethics and Integrity, published in 1999, for needed revisions. The taskforce co-chairs, Toby Egan and Darlene Russ-Eft, distributed a call for taskforce members in the Digest, and the following people have served on the taskforce:

Toby Egan, Co-chair, University of Maryland

Darlene Russ-Eft, Co-Chair, Oregon State University ,

H. Quincy Brown, U. of Southern Mississippi

Yonjoo Cho, Indiana University

Khalil Dirani, Texas A & M University

Amir Hedayati, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Donna Logan, Texas A & M University

Gary N. McLean, McLean Global Consulting, Inc.

AAhad Osman-Gani, IIUM, Malaysia,

Jim Stewart, UFHRD, UK

Over the past two years, the taskforce has examined journal articles or other papers that have examined the AHRD Standards. We have undertaken data collection efforts at the three AHRD conferences – AHRD Americas conference, the AHRD Asian conference, and the UFHRD-AHRD conference in Europe - in order to gather some international perspective. After each of these conferences, the committee reviewed the comments and made further revisions. Finally, we have had two different AHRD Boards review and critique the revisions of the AHRD Standards. Again, we have used those critiques to revise and improve the Standards.

The revised AHRD Standards on Ethics and Integrity will be announced and made available at the Americas conference in Richmond. The taskforce decided that, in addition to the revised Standards, there was a need for case studies related to the Standards. To facilitate involvement of AHRD members, there is a Focus session on Friday, February 16, from 1:30p to 3:00p in the Madison, Jefferson, Madison Rooms. All are welcome!

Faculty Mentoring Program Opportunity
Deadline extended to Feb 28!!

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. We have decided to extend the deadline of application to Feb 28 as that would enable potential participants to attend the Mentoring Meet & Greet (scheduled on Thursday, Feb 15 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at Dr. Wendy Ruona's Presidential Suite) at the 2018 AHRD conference and learn more about the program from past participants.

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 to by Feb 28, 2018.

We look forward to your interest in the program!

UFHRD Pre-Conference Workshop

On behalf of the UFHRD Research Activities Committee please Save the Date of Tuesday 5th June 2018 for:
a Pre-Conference Workshop on Theorizing HRD at Newcastle University Business School Newcastle University 10.30am-3pm.

We are offering the workshop in response to requests by UFHRD members and following a similar workshop delivered at the Cork UFHRD conference. There will be a charge of £20 on booking the event and directed pre-work for the session.

The workshop will be led by Professor Sharon Mavin, Professor Carole Elliott, Dr. Valerie Anderson and Professor Jamie Callahan. There are limited places for the workshop and you can register your interest via the attached. When the booking-payment system is available please sign up quickly! Details will follow.

Best wishes for a great 2018 and see you in the North East UK in June.
On behalf of the UFHRD Research Activities Committee,
Valerie, Sharon, Carole and Jamie.

Professor Sharon Mavin
Chair of UFHRD
Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK

Open Call for New Editor/Co-Editors for Human Resource Development Quarterly

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ), a Wiley publication sponsored by The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), invites applications for the position of Editor. Co-editorship applications are also welcome. The official term of appointment is three years beginning on January 1, 2019, although applicants should expect that soft training and transition into the role will commence in the three months prior to January 1, 2019.

HRDQ is the first and most established refereed quarterly journal in the field of human resource development (HRD) that publishes original empirical research. The journal is now in its 29th year and was inducted to the Thomson Reuters SSCI/ISI in 2010. The 2016 Impact Factor for HRDQ is 2.441 with journal rankings as follows:

  • 3/27 Industrial Relations and Labor
  • 22/80 Applied Psychology
  • 66/194 Management
  • The 5-year Impact Factor is 2.465

The Editor provides strategic and operational leadership and direction for the journal by ensuring that the journal reflects the highest quality of scholarship within the HRD field and that all publishing deadlines are met. The editor’s role includes management and collaboration with a multi-Associate Editor team and Managing Editor, and works closely with the publisher’s representative and AHRD Board of Directors in support of the journal. In addition to this role, the Editor is also responsible for:

  • Recruitment and selection of Associate Editors and a Managing Editor to support the new editor;
  • The initial review of all submissions;
  • The assignment of appropriate peer reviewers based upon content and method expertise;
  • The assignment of Associate Editors to each reviewed manuscript based on content and method expertise;
  • The review and communication of all final decision recommendations;
  • Overseeing the Associate and Managing Editors’ work flow and responsibilities;
  • The review of all content to be published in the journal and the impact achieved by journal content;
  • Representing the journal, including attending appropriate conferences to promote the journal as well as host conference sessions in support of author submissions and the peer review process;
  • The development of editorials and/or the solicitation of editorials and invited feature article submissions;
  • Effectively communicating with all prospective authors, reviewers, editorial board members, members of the editorial team, publisher’s representative and AHRD along with other important journal stakeholders;
  • Promotion of the journal and its outputs (including via social media) in collaboration with the publisher and other stakeholders to promote and market the journal to enhance its visibility, reputation, ranking, and impact factor;
  • Hosting editorial team and editorial board meetings, preparing and disseminating editorial team and board reports;
  • Maintaining and expanding an editorial board comprised of esteemed and well-respected scholars in support of the journal;
  • Maintaining and expanding the peer-reviewer database;
  • Managing the AHRD/HRDQ Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award process;
  • Coaching, mentoring and other development as appropriate with editorial team members;
  • Reviewing the journal budget in support of the Managing Editor’s position given the Wiley sponsorship of the journal;
  • Other duties as appropriate.

Selection criteria for the role of Editor/Co-Editor include:

  • Evidence of institutional support and commitment to becoming the academic home/homes for the journal for the duration of the editorial tenure. This type of support should include but is not limited to: release time, administrative support, email and archiving capacity; laptop computer and other related technology support such as social media capability; financial support, and funding for conference travel;
  • Current academic employment in a tenured, tenure-line, or equivalent faculty position at a research university;
  • Familiarity with HRDQ’s aims and scope and involvement with the journal as a previously published author, reviewer, associate editor or editorial board member;
  • Interest and experience in appropriate content and methodological fields relevant to HRD and associated fields;
  • A record of scholarly publications within the HRD and related fields;
  • Familiarity with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology research;
  • Experience with peer review of journal papers, conference papers, and so on; track chair or special issue editorship, assistant, or associate editor experience; editorial board membership of one or more journals in the HRD or related fields;
  • Leadership, communication, organizational, and project management skills in support of journal operations.

Self-nominations are encouraged; applications should include:

  • A letter of application that addresses how the applicant(s) meet the selection criteria;
  • A curriculum vita for each applicant;
  • A letter of institutional support and commitment provided by the Dean and/or Provost.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2018. The decisions will be announced in May, 2018.

For further information, please contact the current Co-Editors: Dr. Valerie Anderson, Dr. Kim Nimon, Dr. Jon Werner

Please submit all application materials as a single PDF on or before the deadline to:

2018 Conference in the Americas News

2018 Conference in the Americas News

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary since its inception in 1993! The 2018 AHRD Conference in Richmond, Virginia, will feature several special events to honor those who founded the AHRD as well as to enable members of our community to celebrate with each other and create lasting memories for the next 25 years!

The 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee, comprised of Andrea D. Ellinger, Karen E. Watkins, Victoria J. Marsick, Maria Cseh, David McGuire, Kimberly McDonald, and Julie Gedro, would like to give you a “sneak preview” so that you can plan your travel accordingly to stay through and enjoy the Saturday evening Banquet. Although more details will follow, we ask you to be prepared for the following:

Join Us!

  • A Celebration Reception — a wine “toasting” event will be hosted along with a number of fun activities (featuring a selfie-station, music, and memorial walls) that will enable members to celebrate friendships, honor colleagues who are no longer with us, and create new memories. More to follow!


  • Sharing Your Stories — a web link will be provided so that you can create a very brief video of yourself and share a meaningful story about your affiliation with the AHRD and how the AHRD has influenced your research, practice, teaching, career, and friendships. These stores will be posted in a “historical repository” and will be featured at the conference as well as in other formats. Recording booths will be set up at the Conference and colleagues will collect stories from you if you have not created your own story using easy guidelines that will follow.


  • Share Your Memories — please bring photographs and other relevant materials that can be added to two wall memorials, “Celebrating Our Memories” and “In Tribute: Remembering Our Colleagues”.
  • Time Capsule — please bring something that you would like to contribute to a Time Capsule that is being created. For example, Andrea D. Ellinger is contributing the 4 issues of Volume 25 of the Silver Anniversary Celebration of Human Resource Development Quarterly.
  • Your Billboard Top 25 Favorites from 1993! Please bring your musical requests!


  • Show Your Colors! Please wear AHRD colors (green and gold) or silver! A “fancy dress/costume party” competition will be held at the Banquet Dinner on Saturday evening!

Give Back!

  • $25 for 25 Campaign — Please consider donating $25 to the AHRD Foundation! You can do so at 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.

Capturing Your AHRD Story

February 16-17, 9:00 am-12:00pm; 1:00-5:00 pm
Apple Board Room

AHRD wants to hear from each of you!
We want to know about your most significant stories about how AHRD has made an impact on your work and life as a scholar. We will feature you and your story in our unique video— Celebrating 25 Wonderful Years! We will make it available on our private AHRD Youtube channel – videos you can share in your own classes, or with others when you want to tell them about what AHRD means to you. Come to the video room alone or with your friends—and please— share your story. Indeed – share more than one story if you like! Sign up at the registration desk.

What do you need to do?

  1. Think of a story☺. It can be a key learning moment, something that made you proud, a time when an important opportunity presented itself, realizations that have grown out of your relationship with other AHRD scholars or presentations at conferences, meeting someone special, etc.
  2. State your name and your institution.
  3. Share the story of an experience that helped you realize how AHRD has made a difference in your life and work.
  4. • How might you title your story?
    • Describe what the space/room was like when the experience took place,
    • Who was in the story with you?
    • Tell us what you experienced--
    • What did you do or say? What did others do or say? What happened next…. And then what happened? How did it turn out?
    • What made this experience particularly meaningful to you? How did it make you feel about being part of our AHRD community?

  5. If you are a founder of AHRD, share a story of what you remember from that experience?

Some Tips for video presentations

  • Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. They make us think. They make us feel. If told well, they inspire us.
  • You might begin the story by sharing a compelling fact, asking a provocative question, or a personal anecdote that sets up the story, or simply state your title for the story.
  • Relax—and just tell the story- we will edit it later to get rid of any blips. And you can always record it several times until it is exactly as you like it!

AHRD Foundation News

The AHRD Americas Conference is just around the corner, and this is the best time to give to the AHRD Foundation. If you do so during 2018, you will be entitled to wear a special ribbon celebrating AHRD and the Foundation.

The AHRD Foundation uses its influence and financial resources to support and sustain the efforts of established scholars and emerging scholars. The funds have helped to provide research grants to established scholars and awards of recognition to emerging scholars. At the upcoming Conference, the Foundation will be providing monetary support to the Dissertation Award winners and to the recipients of the Korean SIG award.

Please go to the AHRD Foundation website and donate whatever amount you can in order to further HRD scholarship and scholars. A few dollars from each of us can add up to substantial support for our community:

Note that the AHRD Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and your donations are considered charitable contributions.

Journal News



On Friday, February 16, from 12:15-1:15 pm, Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, Tom Reio, and Jon Werner will lead a session on Research Rigor: Insights on Conducting and Reporting Quality Empirical Research in HRDQ. Join us in Salon E!

New Format and Design for HRDQ Beginning with Volumn 29, Issue 1

Check out the new journal design for HRDQ! All articles in Volume 29 (2018) will appear in the new format.

The latest issue of HRDQ is available at:

For articles on Early View, go to:

Open Call for New Editor/Co-Editors for HRDQ

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ), a Wiley publication sponsored by The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), invites applications for the position of Editor. Co-editorship applications are also welcome. The official term of appointment is three years beginning on January 1, 2019, although applicants should expect that soft training and transition into the role will commence in the three months prior to January 1, 2019.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2018. The decision will be announced in May, 2018. For further information, please contact the current Co-Editors: Dr. Valerie Anderson,; Dr. Kim Nimon,; Dr. Jon Werner,

Call for Methods Submissions for HRDQ

Authors are encouraged to submit papers that demonstrate or discuss a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method with relevance to human resource development and related fields. For more information, go to:

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HRDR FOCUS Session at the AHRD Conference in the Americas

Session description: Sponsored by Human Resource Development Review, this FOCUS Session is designed to provide guidance on how to publish findings from non-empirical research. The term ‘non-empirical research’ is used to refer to any research that is conducted using methods other than quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research methods. Specifically, we will focus on four types of research—literature review, conceptual, critical and theory- or model-building research. We will also offer tips on how to develop quality manuscripts that are publishable. Given that each research project involves literature review, it is hoped that this session will stimulate researchers’ interest in disseminating the findings from their non-empirical work through journal publications.

Session time and location: Thursday February 15, from 3:45-5:15 pm at the Marriott Hotel Richmond, Virginia. See you there!

HRDR Editorial Board Lunch at AHRD Conference, Richmond, VA

HRDR’s editorial board lunch meeting will take place on Friday February 16, from 12:00-1:30pm in the Dominion/Commonwealth room of the Marriott Hotel, Richmond, Virginia.

We look forward for seeing all our board members!

January Virtual Issue

Our first virtual issue for this year, Enhancing Organizational Health: What Can be Done, is now available on our website!

Technology has created a profound impact on individuals and organizations. Think about how many types of social media tools you can use to connect with your family, friends, bosses, subordinates, and co-workers. With technology, we have access to information at our figure tips; and we can work virtually anywhere and anytime. Technology has created so many new possibilities and new breakthroughs. Nevertheless, as all things have unintended consequences, technology has also negatively impacted our family lives, individuals’ ability to focus, and organizations’ ability to make strategic decisions. What can be done to manage the frenetic communications, simplify the work processes, and reduce the stress of overwhelmed employees? These questions have become top priorities for many organizations across the globe. They have also captured significant scholarly attention.

This virtual issue features four articles that focus on the issue of organizational health through a different lens. For example, drawing from the positive psychology and positive organizational behavior literature, Article 1 by Hargrove, Becker, and Hargrove (2015) examined good stress and presented a eustress model that can be used by HRD professionals to create positive stress for the purpose of individual performance improvement. The next two articles explored issues related to work and life, each with a different focus. The authors in Article 2 (Crooker, Smith, & Tabak, 2002) provided a theoretical explanation of how life complexity and dynamism affect work-life balance by investigating the moderating effects of munificence and accessibility of resources, personality difference, and individual values. Authors in Article 3 (McMillan, Morris, & Atchley, 2010) focused on understanding constructs of work/life interface (conflict, enrichment, and balance) and proposed a new construct called “work/life harmony.” The final article (Quatro, 2004) explored organizational health by focusing on an emerging phenomenon —spirituality. The authors traced the influence of classical management theory and traditional organized religion on spirituality in the workplace movement. They then critiqued the inadequacy of these age-old theories and beliefs in enriching our understanding of this workplace emerging phenomenon.

As technology continues to dominate our work and personal lives, the issue of managing work-life and stress does not likely go away. I hope that the four articles included in this issue will give you some practical tools for managing work-life and stress, and also inspire you to make a commitment to your long-term health. As we have just started a new year, perhaps this commitment can be one of your meaningful “new year resolutions”. With this hope, I invite you to set aside some time and read on!

Jia Wang
Editor, Human Resource Development Review

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Call for Application for Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) is currently soliciting applications for an individual who will serve as Editor-in-Chief. Term begins August 2018 and runs through 2021. Qualified candidates must have earned a terminal degree and have relevant editorial leadership experience and be an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Those interested may contact Michael Leimbach, Editor-in-Chief at or (952) 828-8645 for more information or to submit your application. Application materials should arrive no later than February 15, 2018, and should include an application letter and current curriculum vitae.


HRDI's first podcast is now available, via HRDI's Facebook page:

The podcast is with Professor Monica Lee, in which she discusses her role in establishing HRDI, and her recent article in HRDI's 20th anniversary issue. Thank you to our social media editor, Dr Risky Haslan, for producing this, and to Monica for being the 'subject' of HRDI's first podcast.

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Western Carolina University | Cullowhee, NC

This position is an Assistant / Associate Professor, tenure-track position beginning July 1st, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately. Based in the College of Education and Allied Professions, Western Carolina University's M.S. degree program in Human Resources (MSHR) has been developing HR professionals to play leadership roles in organizations of all types for more than 30 years. The program is currently delivered 100% online with over 120 students enrolled.

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Assistant Professor in Training/HRD and Organizational Leadership

University of Wisconsin-Stout | Menomonie, WI

The Operations and Management Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA, has an opening for a faculty, tenure-track, nine-month academic year appointment for August 2018.

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Management Faculty Hire Number: 18-33

CSU, Northridge | Northridge, CA

The Management Department’s curriculum and service goals strive to integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills to solve problems facing organizations and institutions in our community and in society at large. The Department provides instruction for undergraduate management majors, students in other majors, and MBA students. The Department also provides non-business majors with a minor in management or human resource management. The successful candidate will be expected to take a role in the design and implementation of the HR program.

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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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By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

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This is my final Digest, and my final Final Thoughts. It has been my pleasure to serve on the AHRD Board for the last six years. During that time, I have developed a better understanding of the organization and how it operates, but most importantly I have gained a sense of fondness and admiration for the people that are truly the heart of the Academy. To the members of the Academy I say, thank you, you have made me better.

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  • Darren Short
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Sharon Mavin
  • Jia Wang

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