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By Ron Jacobs, Past President

Reflections on Being 25

You’ve likely heard that the upcoming AHRD conference celebrates our 25th conference. Let’s be clear, 25 years is a big deal, considering the journey we’ve traveled since 1994 to get where we are today. Remembering back, our first conference was a time of great hopes and uncertainties. We knew there was a need for a professional organization different from ASTD and ISPI, but several questions remained unanswered. Could AHRD attract scholars beyond the core group? Was there enough HRD-related research being done on an ongoing basis to make an annual conference worthwhile? Could we challenge scholars to consider the value of presenting their research to a small group of like-minded scholars, instead of practitioners? After all, at the time, getting a presentation accepted at the ASTD conference was the holy grail for many researchers, since you could expect a few hundred people to attend your session and many of them might be interested in using your work in practice.

Looking back from today’s vantage point, it’s clear that our questions have been answered in the affirmative, and that we’ve overcome most or all of our initial uncertainties. We are a healthy professional organization representing a globally vibrant and productive community of scholars. So there is much reason to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and I will be among the most vocal people at the conference to help us mark this milestone. What an achievement we have accomplished, together.

That’s the good news. But with every celebratory occasion, there is also a need to reflect on sobering questions about the future. Like the singer who just recorded a hit song, after a while the audience invariably begins to ask, what else have you got? What’s next? It’s the same for HRD as well.

For the HRD field, many of the drivers responsible for our past successes have changed. There’s noticeably less growth in the number of HRD graduate programs. A cohort of faculty who have made important contributions to the field have retired or are nearing retirement. And perhaps most importantly, organizations are asking different questions related to HRD than before. From my perspective, until recently, much of our scholarship has broadly sought to help organizations address questions about the fundamental value of HRD, whether it be a from a humanistic, learning, or performance perspective. Today, organizations seem to be asking much more sophisticated — and perhaps more difficult — questions, focusing on the emerging nature of the workforce and work itself. There are many new challenges today related to the workforce and organizations, unheard of 25 years ago.

Our relevance as an association and a field depends on being able to respond to the questions of the day, all the while staying true to our core value about the role of theory as a critical means to advance knowledge and practice.

So as we celebrate 25 years of success, I hope you will also be mindful that nothing is guaranteed for the future. Our next 25 years may have equally or even greater treacherous shoals to navigate around. My advice to the next generation of HRD scholars is to get involved in AHRD and help steer AHRD toward future milestones consistent with our mission. We are 25, but our work is not over yet.

News for Members

UFHRD Pre-Conference Workshop

By Sharon Mavin

On behalf of the UFHRD Research Activities Committee please Save the Date of Tuesday, 5 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 seats 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 Northeast UK in June.
On behalf of the UFHRD Research Activities Committee,
Valerie, Sharon, Carole and Jamie.

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:

Call for Needs Assessment Case Studies

We are seeking case studies for the textbook, Casebook of Needs Assessments, which will be published by Sage, with Thomas Michael Power, Darlene Russ-Eft, and Cathy Sleezer as editors. The aim of this textbook is to help students apply the abstract concepts and theories of needs assessment in dynamic real-world organizations. The textbook will be used in graduate and undergraduate courses in Instructional Design and Technology, Program Planning, Human Resource Development, Adult Education, and Evaluation.

This textbook will address the challenge by presenting 20 real-world case studies including discussions of the influences and the issues that had to be addressed for success. Each case study should be a maximum of 3500 words, use APA format, and contain the following information:

  • Abstract (50-75 words).
  • Background: Describe why you are conducting a needs assessment and the presenting problems.
  • Profile of the organization: This includes organization type (i.e., higher education, business & industry, government, health care, non-governmental organizations) and size (small business / organization, large national organization, global organization).
  • Pre-assessment information: For example, describe what led to the decision to conduct a needs assessment, the boundaries for the effort, the key players, and the focus of the needs assessment (i.e. individuals, team, organization, or community).
  • Needs Assessment Process: This includes the needs assessment approach (i.e., knowledge and skill assessment, job and task analysis, competency-based needs assessment, strategic needs assessment, complex needs assessment), data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews, observations, archival records, some combination) and data analysis.
  • Results of the needs assessment.
  • Influences: e.g., politics, culture, language, interactions among people in social situations.
  • Issues and challenges: Describe issues, problems, and challenges that had to be addressed for success and how you addressed them.
  • Discussion questions.
  • The author (i.e., your name and institution as you want it to appear in the publication).
  • References.

If you are interested in submitting a case, please contact Darlene Russ-Eft at You will need to submit an abstract and an outline of the case by January 29, 2018.

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.

AHRD Foundation News

Recognition of Donors

The AHRD Foundation would like to recognize all of the people who have supported the Foundation’s work during the past two years. This support has come in the form of monetary donations as well as purchases during the Silent Auctions. The Foundation, in turn, has provided monetary support to Dissertation Award Winners and to selected groups of HRD scholars.

Alanzy Abdulrhman
Justo Armando
John Dirx
Toby Egan
Ronald Jacobs
Boyoung Jung
Junghwan Kim
Rita Kowalski
Dmitry Kucherov
John LeCounte
Michael Leimbach
Victoria Marsick
Anne Namatsi Lutomia
Zsolt Nemeskaori

Carol Packard
Thomas Reio
Tonette Rocco
Darlene Russ-Eft
Kristin Scott
Jang Soebin
Richard Swanson
Oleksandr Tkachenko
John Turner
Marie Valentin
Karen Watkins
Jennifer Whitener
Kori Whitener Fellows

So, consider supporting the AHRD Foundation and other HRD-related research efforts with your individual gift of any amount. You can do 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.

Call for Silent Auction Items

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

Journal News



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!

The latest issue of HRDQ is available at:

The following articles have recently appeared on Early View:

Schmid Mast M, Kleinlogel EP, Tur B, Bachmann M. The future of interpersonal skills development: Immersive virtual reality training with virtual humans. Human Resource Development Quarterly. 2018;1–17.

Tonkin K, Malinen S, Näswall K, Kuntz JC. Building employee resilience through wellbeing in organizations. Human Resource Development Quarterly. 2018;1–18.

For all articles on Early View, go to:

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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.

Additional News

Research Request

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

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

The purpose of the proposed study is to uncover and illuminate how trainers adapt and modify existing
training content and training delivery strategies, and cope with cultural barriers that emerge when providing training to students that have a different cultural background than the trainer. The study uses Hofstede’s cultural dimensions as a theoretical lens to identify how trainers prepare and cope with cross cultural dynamics in the training classroom. The data collected and analyzed in this study will be used to gain insight into current practices of trainers as they adapt and modify training content and training delivery strategies, and cope with cultural barriers that emerge while conducting training with students that have a different cultural background than the trainer. The study will also review the data against current practices within the higher education field for applicability to the Human Performance Technology field, and specifically the training field. The results of this study may help scholars and practitioners understand more about how to better prepare workplace trainers to overcome cultural barriers during training.

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

We ask for approximately 60 minutes of your time to answer 7-8 open-ended questions. Interviews can be conducted over the phone, Skype, or in-person in Southern California. Interviews will be recorded to ensure accuracy of reporting results.

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

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

Those interested in participating should contact:

Gary Trimble
Instructional Designer and Technical Trainer
Capella University
Phone toll-free: 760-212-0028

Job Postings

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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Final Thought

By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

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As some of you know, one of my scholarly passions is studying cultural institutions and museums. I am interested in how they help us learn and develop across the lifespan. I find this context particularly interesting because of the heavy reliance on informal learning that provides adults a chance to pursue interests, gain new knowledge and experience, and have fun. So, of course, I am taking this opportunity to share with you some opportunities for a little adult learning if you are joining us in Richmond next month. Here are some suggestions:

Terra-cotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China
At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this temporary exhibit from China is a collection from the underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terra-cotta figures. It features ten majestic terra-cotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation.

Nuestras Historias: Latinos In Richmond
In the Richmond metropolitan area, there are approximately 100,000 Latinos representing a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Through interviews, objects, and images, Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond documents the region’s diverse Latino experience.

Richmond Trolley Tours
See the sights while learning about Richmond’s landmarks, riverfront, architecture, and history. The trolley will take you to many of the most historic and popular landmarks in the city, with both a driver and guide who will share the rich history of Richmond.

Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Poe called Richmond home, and this museum is the world’s most comprehensive collection of Edgar Allan Poe artifacts and memorabilia.

Finally, the Wall Street Journal said Richmond "is home to one of the region's fastest growing beer scenes" so maybe try a little beer culture by taking a beer tour. There are also great restaurants, theatre, and clubs in Richmond, so I hope you will find a bit of time to learning something new, explore the region, and have an adventure. See you in Richmond!

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