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Rajashi GhoshMarilyn Y. Byrd, AHRD Board Member

An Identity Crisis: HRD and HRM-Blurred Lines, HRL-A Fuzzy Picture

When I came to the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Human Relations, I was somewhat surprised—no—greatly surprised to learn that HR was the commonly used acronym for human relations. Given my business academic background, not to mention practitioner work experience, HR has always been the standard code for human resources. I quickly learned that students thought that human relations and human resources were the same. For my own purposes, I have secretly given human relations another acronym—HRL though I dare not share it! Compounding human resource’s identity crisis even more, my department recently added a graduate level human resources track with core courses in human resource management and human resource development under the umbrella of human relations. I teach in both which has placed me in an identity crisis as well!

Having spent a number of years in an administrative/management role, my own lens had to clear when I began studying HRD in my doctoral program. Even now it is difficult not to be influenced by my MBA roots when I teach HRD or to separate from my HRD identity when I teach HRM. When I put on my HRM spectacles, I tend to see functioning systems. Then switching to my [critical] HRD spectacles, I see social systems. So I can easily relate to the students’ confusion. But does it really matter if we step across the invisible line?

This semester I taught human resource development. For the final project, I assigned a critical perspectives paper with the theme “New Directions for HRD.” Although I gave explicit instructions (at least they were to me) that HRD learning and performance paradigms were to be emphasized, most students moved back and forth between HRD and HRM without acknowledging the invisible line. For example, one student chose to envision a new direction for HRD to address ageism. However, the student’s focus was firmly situated within hiring practices [HRM] rather than using a critical approach to examine ways that age can categorize and subject a person to unjust and disrespectful treatment [critical HRD/social justice]. In retrospect, I wonder why I felt so compelled to give elaborate feedback to steer the student back to the HRD side. Using my double lens, I might have encouraged the student to build an argument for an HRD/HRM collaboration. Studying the influence of age in the hiring process along with the affective nature of ageism as a social injustice could be a new direction for HRD research. Are we so tightly bound to our own research paradigms that we cannot see the fertile landscape of shared collaboration?

Jon Werner advises us to connect the dots with HRM in the future or risk being passing ships in the night. Ross Azevedo has suggested that others recognize our presence, but oftentimes they do not know our name! So I have envisioned a futuristic workplace. Everybody is wearing names tags: HRD, HRM, and a few, like me, HRD/HRM. Occasionally I see someone with the name tag HRL (human relations), the new kid on the block. There are no lines, so I am guessing everybody knows their place. But I sympathize with the new kid who will need to navigate around the fuzziness. Meanwhile, I have adopted a philosophy for resolving my identity crisis---it is ok to color outside the line.

News for Members

Dr. Karen Johnson Appointed the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2019 AHRD Conference in the Americas

Dr. Karen Johnson

The 2019 AHRD Conference Committee on behalf of the AHRD Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen R. Johnson, Ph.D. as the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2019 Conference in Louisville, KY. The Associate Proceedings Editor is a critical leadership and volunteer position within AHRD. The appointment requires a three-year commitment that includes advancement to a position of increased responsibility in each successive year. The effective term of Dr. Johnson’s appointment extends through March 2021.

Karen R. Johnson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Originally from Jamaica, she graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Psychology. She holds both an MA and a PhD in Work and Human Resource Education from the University of Minnesota. She conducts and publishes research on international human resource development with emphasis on workforce education policy issues. In her research, she also examines factors that influence learning and the outcomes of learning on employee performance specifically in the dynamic tourism and hospitality industry. Karen has been actively engaged as an AHRD member since 2006 in various roles including workplace learning track chair editor, symposium chair, presenter, and reviewer in previously held conferences both in the Americas and Europe. She currently serves as an editorial board member for the journal Advances in Developing Human Resources. Karen is a recipient of the Emerald Literati Network 2016 Awards for Excellence as outstanding reviewer for the European Journal of Training and Development.

Call for Submissions: 2019 AHRD Conference in the Americas

AHRD is celebrating its 26th Annual Conference in 2019!

Louisville, KY
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 in 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

Journal News

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

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

Introducing Tom Reio as the New Editor of HRDQ

We are pleased to announce that Thomas G. Reio, Jr., PhD will take up the role of editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly on January 1, 2019 at the end of the editorial tenure of the current co-editors, Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, and Jon Werner.

Tom Reio has a distinguished record of scholarship in the field of HRD and related fields and has served with distinction as an Associate Editor of HRDQ from 2016-2018. He will work closely with the current editors to ensure a smooth editorial transition process that will leave the journal well placed to continue its role as a central feature of knowledge advancement in the HRD field. Congratulations, Tom!

UFHRD CONFERENCE IN NEWCASTLE, UK, 6-8 JUNE, 2018 Conference Symposium – Getting Published: Responding to Journal Reviewers’ Feedback and Journal Decision Letters

Join us in June in Newcastle, UK for the European UFHRD conference symposium about responding to manuscript decision and feedback letters. Members of the HRDQ editorial team and editors from other journals will discuss how to make sense of editors’ letters and how to respond in the most effective way. This will be a participative and informal session in three parts: interpreting comments; responding to reviews; and putting it all into practice. Check out the place and time on the UFHRD conference program when you arrive in Newcastle.

New in HRDQ

The latest issue of HRDQ, Spring 2018 (Volume 29, Issue 1) is available here.

New on Early View

Kuchinke KP, Ardichvili A, Wocken L, Seo J, Bovornusvakool W. Leadership development for undergraduate students at U.S. universities: The case for HRD research and practice. Human Resource Development Quarterly. 2018;1–9.

Lee Y, Eissenstat SJ. An application of work engagement in the job demands–resources model to career development: Assessing gender differences. Human Resource Development Quarterly. 2018;1–19.

Click here to see all articles on Early View.

Call for New HRDQ Reviewers

HRDQ welcomes new reviewers, especially from AHRD members. Expertise with quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method research designs are all welcome. For more information, click here.

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor


HRDR Ranking Update

Recently, our partner, Sage Publishing, shared with the HRDR editorial team the following rankings of HRDR. We hope you will be proud of the progress the journal has made, thanks to leadership of all the past editors and their editorial teams, as well as contributions of all the authors and reviewers.

  • Scopus ranks HRDR in Q1, #27 (out of 163) among the Business, Management and Accounting – Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management journals.
  • According to the Scimago Journal & Country Rank (SJR), HRDR is Q1, ranked #40 (out of 157) among Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management journals and #262 (out of 1139) in the wider category of Business, Management and Accounting journals.

HRDR Tip of the Month: Know Yourself as a Writer

In the academic world, the old adage, “publish or perish” is alive and well. When a tenure-tracked faculty is not publishing or not publishing enough, there can be serious negative career consequences. In this sense, the career success of an academician is largely determined by his or her ability to produce quality writing that will eventually lead to publications. While there are many books out there offering useful guides for developing effective writing practices, we argue that sustainable writing is more than learning about writing in technical terms; instead, writing is a way of expressing oneself. Therefore, this month, we encourage you to step back and reflect on the type of writer you are. We encourage you to become more observant of your own writing habits. For example, when do you write? Where do you write? What is the best time of the day for you to write effectively? How do you feel about writing in general? What challenges have you experienced during writing? By asking these questions, you will start to discover your feelings and writing patterns. The more you know about yourself as a writer, the more likely you are to engage in deliberate and sustainable writing practices. To help you better understand yourself as a writer, we recommend the following two books:

  • Goodson, P. (2017). Becoming an academic writer: 50 Exercises for paced, productive, and powerful writing (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Stevens, D. D. (2018). Write more, publish more, stress less! Five key principles for a creative and sustainable scholarly writing. (due: September 2018).

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Job Postings

Instructor, Learning & Organizational Change

Northwestern University | Evanston, Illinois

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY'S Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, teaching-track (non-tenure eligible) appointment as MSLOC Lecturer, beginning August 1, 2018.

We seek applications from candidates with excellent academic records, outstanding writing and editing skills, and experiences that demonstrate their potential for excellence in teaching. A successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in a related field (e.g., I-O psychology, organizational behavior, organizational development, etc.) and strong experience as a learning and organizational change practitioner. We prefer those applicants who have at least three years of LOC practitioner experience, as well as those who have prior teaching experience. We encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our faculty.

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Manager, Talent Acquisition

Center for Reproductive Rights | New York, New York

The Manager, Talent Acquisition will be responsible for owning and managing the full recruitment life cycle for various positions at different levels within the organization. Responsibilities will include serving as a talent partner to hiring managers to identify organizational hiring needs proactively. They will develop and execute recruitment strategies to network and hire the most qualified candidates, manage candidates through the interview process, measure and optimize various recruitment programs, and act as primary contact for recruitment systems, tools, and processes. This position reports to the Director of Talent & Organizational Development.

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Louisiana State University | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The School of Leadership and Human Resource Development announces the availability of a full-time Instructor position in Human Resource & Leadership Development to teach undergraduate courses in human resource and leadership development. The candidate will have a commitment to scholarly teaching excellence and service to the profession. The appointment will be effective August, 2018.

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Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate

Purdue University | West Lafayette, Indiana

The selected postdoctoral researchers will carry out original research with 2 or more faculty members in the college, building interdisciplinary partnerships within and across research impact areas. These positions are expected to begin in Fall 2018, and are planned to be a one-year appointments with the possibility of a one-year extension, subject to annual performance, progress review and funding. These are 12 month appointments, beginning August 2018.

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Job-Secured Track Special Instructor

Oakland University | Rochester, Michigan

Responsibilities: a) Teaching courses in the field of Human Resource Development in the following order of preference: 1) organizational development (including process & performance improvement); 2) training and development; 3) employment systems and standards; 4) career and leadership development. There is also a strong possibility of teaching at the graduate level in the Master of Training and Development and/or Doctor of Education programs. b) Engaging in institutional and professional service, including coordinating the undergraduate HRD program. Those with a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D. or J.D.) in a field relevant to Human Resource Development and with prior teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels are especially encouraged to apply.

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Vice President of Human Resources

Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. | Seattle, Washington

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and overseeing a department of 16, the Vice President of Human Resources (VP of HR) will join The Lighthouse Strategic Leadership team during a period of growth that includes expansion to its new South Carolina location. The VP of HR will work collaboratively across departments to ensure that The Lighthouse has the HR infrastructure, policies and procedures, systems, and people in place to accommodate continued growth.

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Final Thought

By Tomika Greer, Digest Editor

Tomika Greer

Yesterday was a glorious day for me! I completed my grading responsibilities and submitted final grades for the spring 2018 semester. This accomplishment brought me immeasurable pleasure for about 30 seconds after I clicked the Submit button. My immediate next thought broke through the grade-completion euphoria with, “What am I going to accomplish on my research this summer?’ and I excitedly started my list that I will later prioritize and schedule on my calendar.

I am reminded that the summer months usher in a time of the year where my identity shifts just a bit as I juggle leisure, my children’s summer activities, and the desire to progress my research. To borrow the metaphor that Marilyn used in her AHRD Board column this month, summer allows me to color outside of the lines of my stringent instructional role just a bit. And I am excited about that.

My hope is that each of you can enjoy an opportunity to dabble in something a little different from your norm in the coming months. I’m convinced that if we collectively and intentionally color outside of the lines, the resulting rejuvenation will raise the bar on our AHRD conference submissions this fall!

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