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Robert M. YawsonRobert M. Yawson, AHRD Board Member

Let us do away with the Dormant Season

Countries close to the Equator have two main seasons - the dry and the wet seasons. AHRD seems to share a similar ‘weather pattern’ – the active and the dormant seasons. The active season starts around September through to the end of the International Research Conference in the Americas. The ‘dormant’ season starts immediately after the conference until around the time submissions are due for the International Research Conference in the Americas. Should this be the case? Should all our activities be centered on the International Research Conference in the Americas?

Of course, attending the International Research Conference is a must, and I would not miss it for anything. There are many reasons for me and others to not miss the AHRD Annual Conference: From academic holiday to networking, to meeting the keynote speakers and other awesome attendees and presentations, to create connections with researchers of similar interests, to enjoy the extra-curricular conference program, etc. Therefore, the delight of attending the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas is engineered by an improvement and incremental growth in our approach to doing things, to see things more broadly, and the beauty to live our common but diverse professional calling.

However, there is much more that happens beyond the International Research Conference in the Americas that we need to take advantage. The Special Interest Groups have webinars and other professional development activities. Unfortunately, some of these activities are more of demand and supply situation, as continually, there is lack of participation in SIG activities. We can also be active on AHRD social media forums like Twitter and Facebook to share our research and interact with other researchers. We should be involved with reviewing for our annual conferences and other AHRD-affiliated conferences.

This message is essentially a call for innovative ideas to do away with the dormant season in AHRD. How can we harness all the vast resources we have in the Academy for the benefit of all? How can we get the involvement and active participation of members in other programs the AHRD can offer? We have a great organization, with a great legacy and a great future and we should all be involved in enjoying the benefits all year long. As a member of the AHRD Board of Directors, I am of a firm conviction that the AHRD will continue to play a vital role in the professional lives of our members. I am also the first to admit that we need to do more to improve our value proposition, including providing tools that support online collaboration and visibility, and that is our commitment.

News for Members

2019 AHRD Conference in the Americas Submissions are Open

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!

Call for AHRD Board Member Nominations – Due November 1

AHRD is only as strong as its Board. To remain a successful, vibrant Academy, it is essential that we have a diverse Board whose members bring the energy, passion and vision needed to lead AHRD over the coming years. Each year, new Board opportunities emerge to provide members with the chance to serve at this high level within the organization, and the chance to guide, lead, and inspire their peers throughout AHRD.

This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three Board members, and we need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions.

Board Member Nominations:

Any member of the AHRD, including former Board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board. Self-nominations are also accepted. AHRD has a strong commitment to diversity in its general membership and to the diversity of the membership of its Board. Those considering having their names placed in nomination should recognize their time commitment for Board assignments. Board members are elected for a three-year term and are expected to attend the Board meetings during the annual conferences in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, and one additional board meeting each year of the three-year term, which are scheduled in the fall and at various locations. Board members are expected to cover their own expenses for attendance at scheduled Board meetings.

Nominations Procedure:

Whether you nominate yourself or someone else, all nominees must provide a written statement that includes both the candidate's biographical information and vision for the Academy, including how they would like to contribute in their role as a Board member. You are restricted to a total of 250 words for your statement, which includes both your biographical information and vision. If the statement exceeds this word restriction, sentences will simply be dropped from the end of the statement to fit the space limitation. Note that the use of flyers or the AHRD listserv for the promotion of candidates is prohibited.

Send nominations and nominee statements to Ron Jacobs (Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee) at The deadline for nominations is midnight Pacific on November 1, 2018. A reply email confirmation will be sent to you indicating that your nomination has been received. If you do not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please re-send and contact

In November, all AHRD members will receive instructions for completing their ballot. The AHRD election process will be completed by mid-December, and new Board members will be announced in early 2019.

Submission Deadline Nears (August 15) for the 2018 Asian Conference of the AHRD

The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) will host the 17th International Asian Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference will be held November 8-10, 2018 following preconference sessions on November 7.

The conference will present the latest research findings, current practices, and theoretical development in HRD. NIDA proudly invites academics and professionals working in any specialty field of HRD to contribute to the conference by presenting papers, participating in forum discussions, and attending workshops.

For additional information about the conference and call for papers, click here.

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 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 UFHRD2019 annual conference. 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

Open Call for Associate Editors for HRDQ

The incoming editor (Dr. Thomas G. Reio, Jr.) of Human Resource Development Quarterly seeks nominations for consideration as incoming Associate Editors, beginning January 1, 2019.

Human Resource Development Quarterly uses a multiple Associate Editor platform. The role of the Associate Editors will be to assist the Editor with all aspects of the journal, including but not limited to, identifying prospective authors and encouraging high quality submissions, identifying and recruiting additional skilled and competent reviewers, developing thoughtful, respectful, and timely decision letters on new manuscripts as well as on previously submitted and revised manuscripts. It is possible that Associate Editors will be asked to write editorials or other thought pieces in support of the journal and will be asked to promote the journal at national and international conference venues and at other events by serving as an exemplary ambassador of the journal. Associate Editors will be required to participate in conference calls among the editorial team as well as attend (if possible) the Editorial Board meeting held at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference in the Americas, as well as other editorial team meetings and events scheduled at the conference that promote and support the journal.

The appointment to the Associate Editor position is a three-year term that will accompany the incoming Editor’s term. Associate Editors may be invited to serve a second (but not to exceed a second) term, and are also eligible for consideration of the next Incoming Editor position as part of the succession plan for the journal. Although the official start date of the position will be January 1, 2019, successful candidates should expect that training and immersion into the role will commence four months prior to January 1, 2019. It is anticipated that the applicants for the Associate Editor positions currently hold a tenured or tenure-line faculty position at a research university. Applicants should possess a notable record of scholarly publications within the HRD community and related fields of study, have interest in and previous experience in diverse content domains relevant to HRD and international aspects of the field, have support from their home academic departments to serve in the role, and have a record of service as reviewer and/or track chair, special issue editor, or editorial board member of one or more major journals. Self-nominations are encouraged and should include a letter that fully describes the candidate’s capability, experience, and commitment to serve in an Associate Editor role based upon the position requirements, as well as a full curriculum vita. The submission deadline is August 25, 2018. The decisions will be announced in August 2018.

Please submit all applications to incoming Editor Thomas G. Reio, Jr. at:

New in HRDQ

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

New on Early View

    Lee, Yunsoo (2018). Identifying latent profiles in work‐to‐family conflict and family‐to‐work conflict. Human Resource Development Quarterly.

    Gubbins, Claire, Harney, Brian, van der Werff, Lisa, and Rousseau, Denise M. (2018). Enhancing the trustworthiness and credibility of human resource development: Evidence‐based management to the rescue? Human Resource Development Quarterly.

See all articles on Early View

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor

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HRDR Impact Factor Update

    Last month, Clarivate Analytics released the 2017 Impact Factor Journal rankings, and the newest Impact Factor for HRDR is 2.050, representing an increase of 14% from our 2016 Impact Factor (1.795). The current editorial team would like to thank the past editors and their editorial teams for their vision and leadership, the Editorial Board for their continuous support, the reviewers for their excellent feedback on the manuscripts, and most of all, the authors for submitting their quality work to the journal! Congratulations to all!

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

Tomika GreerI enjoy putting together the AHRD Digest each month. Last month, I was particularly excited to highlight an AHRD member, my colleague at the University of Houston, who has recently been promoted to full Professor. It occurred to me then that I would like to see more of these types of articles in the AHRD Digest each month. I think it’s important to celebrate our members, their ordinary accomplishments, and their Herculean feats. But, to include these types of articles in the Digest, you guys have to tell me what’s going on!

Please remember that all AHRD members are welcome to contribute content to the Digest. If you have news that you would like to share with the rest of the Academy, please send your announcement (and a photo, if possible) to by the 10th day of the month in which you would like the announcement published. Many of us like to know what our fellow members of the Academy are up to. So, please do share.

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  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Robert M. Yawson

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