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Yonjoo Cho, AHRD Board MemberYonjoo Cho, AHRD Board Member

We conducted a membership survey to assess AHRD members’ needs last year, and 146 members (a response rate of 32.4%) replied. Some of the findings included:

  • 60% of the respondents were full- and part-time faculty, 20% doctoral students, followed by university staff and organizational employees.
  • Almost half had attended conference for 5 years or less, followed by more than 10 years (38%) and six to 10 years (14%) of attendance.
  • The most important experience was conference presentations, networking, and feedback.

Based on the data, we envision the future of AHRD through:

  • Continuous improvement in rigor of research and annual conferences in the Americas;
  • Member engagement and development;
  • More presence and involvement of practitioners;
  • Transdisciplinary/international research collaboration;
  • Virtual community building.

One of the ways to realize member engagement strategies involves participation in the 13 Special Interest Groups, a benefit available to members of AHRD. In a recent needs assessment conducted with SIG chairs, the following activities were identified to continue growing the SIGs and their impact:

  • Spotlight SIGs’ achievements and/or highlight their stand-out or emerging members in the monthly AHRD Digest;
  • Sponsor SIGs in meeting with conference attendees and developing webinars;
  • Align conference tracks with SIGs in submissions and reviews;
  • Use more cross-SIG teams for research collaboration (e.g., a special issue on “future research trends”).

These SIG chairs’ recommendations highlight the importance of self-managing teams in the organization and possibilities for member engagement and collaboration cross SIGs. For instance, China, India, and Korea SIGs have diligently collaborated on conference presentations, special issues, and book projects since 2014. As a result, their collaboration has delivered five conference presentations (e.g., Focus Sessions), two journal/magazine articles, one co-authored book chapter, and three books on Asian/Korean/Indian women in leadership, and two more books in the publication pipeline. In addition, the Korea SIG has created a research collaboration grant for graduate students in order to promote international research collaboration.

What else can we do?
At this critical juncture, we urgently need to pay attention to what we can do with resources that we have (e.g., SIGs) and what we should do for uncharted territories (e.g., fundraising) to make our professional home vibrant and flourishing. We are a community of professionals, researchers, and practitioners who aspire to “lead HRD through research” to provide evidence-based recommendations to improve individual/organizational performance and make a difference for society at large. The first step is to appreciate individual members’ presence and contributions through a strong sense of community that should be generated through signature conference experiences and year-long professional development workshops and webinars. What would you do to contribute to this community? The AHRD’s future is in your hands!

We greatly appreciate AHRD members and SIG chairs who participated in the 2017 membership survey and the needs assessment.

News for Members

AHRD Faculty Mentoring Program Guest Talk

Submitted by Rajashi Ghosh

The AHRD Faculty Mentoring Partner Project is excited to announce a guest talk by Dr. Jeffrey Yip on Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time.

Jeffrey YipDr. Yip will present his ongoing research (with early findings) on “Implicit Theories and Mentoring Relationships”.

View his professional profile:

All AHRD members are welcome to attend.

The Zoom login details are provided on the AHRD Mentoring Partner Project webpage.

2019 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

2019 Conference in the Americas News

We are excited to report to AHRD members that we received 292 submissions for the 2019 Conference in the Americas. Thanks to you, we have approximately 240 reviewers to review these submissions. The reviewers and Track Chair Editors are hard at work reviewing the 290+ papers, poster abstracts and proposals that were submitted in September. Thank you all for your work in this critical process!

All authors were notified of decisions on October 8. After the final decisions, approximately 85% of submissions have been accepted. Authors (with accepted manuscripts/abstracts/proposals) have submitted their camera-ready submissions by November 10. We expect that 230-240 submissions will be presented at the 2019 Conference.

Our appreciation and thanks to everyone for the effort towards the 2019 conference.

Please check out Conference Central for more information. We look forward to seeing you in Louisville!

Announcing the Graduate Student Research Colloquium during the 2019 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

The Graduate Student Research Colloquium will be held February 13-14, 2019, before the start of the 2019 Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas. Please join us in Louisville for this 1½ day session that will explore the standards for quality writing and rigorous research in HRD; research perspectives and paradigms used to conduct and report research; and criteria guiding the evaluation of research in HRD.

Dr. Maria Cseh (George Washington University) and Dr. Gary McLean (McLean Global Consulting, Inc.) will facilitate the session.

More information will be available soon!

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!

Korea SIG Grant Available: International Research on Korea


The Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant promotes AHRD graduate students’ collaboration on research that relates to 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 Proposals Due January 13, 2019

Submitted by Stefanos Nachmias

UFHRD 2019 Anniversary Conference- Nottingham

We are delighted to announce that the Call for Contributions to the Anniversary conference is now open. Do not miss the opportunity to share your work with active living researchers and professionals from around the world.

A diverse range of HRD, management, training and development themes aim to enable all participants to join an invigorating and thought-provoking dialogue around the HRD field, and the impact of learning in establishing effective organisations in the future. Academics, researchers, and scholar-practitioners are invited to contribute papers to one of the following streams:

  1. Leadership Management and Talent Development
  2. Coaching and Mentoring
  3. Global, Comparative, and Cross Cultural Dimensions of HRD
  4. Employee Engagement
  5. Diversity and Equality Issues in HRD
  6. Workplace Learning, Training and Development
  7. Strategic Capabilities and HRD
  8. HRD in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  9. Critical Approaches to HRD
  10. Practitioner Research — Learning and Teaching Research
  11. Justice, Trust, and the Ethical Dimensions of HRD

Deadline for final abstract submission is Sunday 13 January 2019.

For more information, please visit

UFHRD2019 20th Anniversary Conference

Innovative Workshop Sponsorships

In light of the celebratory nature of the UFHRD2019 conference, we are pleased to offer three individual workshop sponsorships (cover the full conference fees) for AHRD members so that they will put forward a proposal for the design and delivery of an innovative workshop.

We would like to attract proposals with either a research or a practitioner perspective. The purpose of these workshops is to showcase innovative HRD practice and research, and advance the conference theme: ‘From Robin Hood to the digital era: HRD as a driver for future creativity, innovation and change’.

The successful proposals will be included in the celebratory conference schedule with the scope for delegates to attend the workshops. We welcome submissions related to any aspects of HRD, including primary research, case studies, theoretical perspectives, research projects, or/and professional development sessions.

Submissions should include an abstract of up to 500 words describing the following areas:

  • Purpose
  • Scope and objectives
  • Intended outcomes

For the successful proposals, delegates are expected to design and deliver the workshops during the UFHRD2019 conference.

If you are interested in submitting individual proposals, please submit your abstract to: The deadline for submissions is Friday, 7 December 2018. All submissions will be reviewed by three professionals not related to UFHRD. Key criteria include level of innovation, suitability to the conference theme, and impact.

For more information, please contact Dr. Stefanos Nachmias via email:

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.

Journal News

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

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

2018 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia

Co-Editor Jon Werner represented HRDQ at a Joint Editors Panel Discussion at the AHRD/NIDA Research Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 9, 2018.

Other panelists included Jia Wang (HRDR), Rob Poell (HRDI), Maria Cseh (ADHR), and Kalayanee Senasu (HR&OD Journal).

2018 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia

Watch a New Podcast from HRDQ

Announcing a podcast on the three HRDQ methods editorials written by Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, Jon Werner, and Thomas Reio, Jr.

Listen here!

Anderson, V. (2017). Criteria for evaluating qualitative research. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(2), 125-133. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21282

Nimon, K. (2017). HRDQ submissions of quantitative research reports: Three common comments in decision letters and a checklist. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(3), 281-298. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21290

Reio, T. G. and Werner, J. M. (2017). Publishing mixed methods research: Thoughts and recommendations concerning rigor. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(4), 439-449. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21291

Now in HRDQ

The latest issue of HRDQ, Fall 2018 (Volume 29, Issue 3) is available here.

New on Early View

Yoon, SW. (2018). Innovative data analytic methods in human resource development: Recommendations for research design. doi:10.1002/hrdq.21331

Johnson SJ, Blackman DA, & Buick F. (2018). The 70:20:10 framework and the transfer of learning.

Hubner SV, & Baum M. (2018). Entrepreneurs' human resources development.

Click here to see all articles on Early View.

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HRDI Announces New Editorial Team

Human Resource Development International (HRDI) journal is now 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

  • Paper submission: 15 April 2019 (submit via journal’s website by following all format requirements and clearly
  • 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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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerIn line with Yonjoo Cho’s report from the recent AHRD membership survey, I’m inspired to continue reflecting on what AHRD is and what it will continue to become. In unpacking what AHRD is, I start with our name: Academy of Human Resource Development.

What is an Academy? Google tells me an Academy is a noun

  1. “a place of study or training in a special field”
  2. “a society or institution of distinguished scholars, artists, or scientists that aims to promote and maintain standards in its particular field”

Simply put, our name suggests that AHRD should be a place where HRD is studied/trained and the standards of HRD are promoted and maintained. To me, that sounds like a lot of responsibility that we carry as an Academy.

The aspects of AHRD’s future that Dr. Cho presents is a starting point for how AHRD will continue to evolve and live up to its responsibilities as the Academy of Human Resource Development. The power to fulfill our responsibilities lies in our membership. Member engagement has always been our foundation and will be our cornerstone as we move forward.

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Yonjoo Cho
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Stefanos Nachmias

The editors reserve the right to select and edit articles submitted.

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