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Kimberly S. McDonald, AHRD Board MemberKimberly S. McDonald, AHRD Board Member


In my neck of the woods, leaves are beginning to change colors and nights are becoming chilly. 2018 is winding down and soon AHRD will begin its 26th year as a professional association. As a person who has been involved with AHRD since its inception, I don’t want the 25th anniversary to pass by without expressing gratitude for this organization.

I was present at the 1993 Professor’s Network at the ASTD conference in Atlanta where the chartering meeting for AHRD took place. I was a novice assistant professor attending the Professor’s Network for the first (and last!) time. I don’t remember much of the discussion as to why and how we should proceed in creating this new entity, I just know I was looking for a professional association that could meet my career needs.

In many ways, AHRD has met these needs and for that, I am very thankful. I am especially grateful for:

  • Those early leaders who had a vision for this organization and the persistence and determination to make it work;
  • Our journals that have expanded my knowledge of HRD and provided me with publication outlets for my research;
  • Opportunities to expand my skill set by reviewing manuscripts, editing a journal, serving as a conference track chair, etc.;
  • The people that make up this organization — for their support, expertise, guidance, and encouragement.

AHRD’s 25th anniversary has provided the opportunity to celebrate the past and imagine new beginnings as we look to the future and determine what we need to do to remain relevant to the field, to our members, and to future members. We have work to do to keep this organization vibrant and healthy. But for now, I am grateful for AHRD.

News for Members

2019 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

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 1-½ 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.

AHRD Board Member Nominations Due November 1, 2018

AHRD is only as strong as its Board. 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.

AHRD Academy Awards Nominations Due November 7, 2018

The "Academy Awards” is the distinguished awards program in the Human Resource Development profession that is sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). These awards are for scholarly professionals who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research.

The deadline for awards nominations is Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00 pm ET. The board presents all the awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

Awards Include:

The Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award
Honors a critical HRD scholar or practitioner who has demonstrated research and activism with impact in HRD.

Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award
Awarded to ten outstanding scholarly papers from those published in the AHRD Conference Proceedings in the same year.

AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice Awards
The awards are given for excellence in applying scholarly HRD theory and research to practice in a manner that brings measurable improvement to an organization and/or has the potential to advance the field of HRD.

Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award
Awarded for the outstanding HRD doctoral dissertation in a given year.

Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue Award
Awarded for the outstanding issue among the ending year's volume.

Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development International article in each annual volume.

Early Career Scholar Award
Awarded to an outstanding HRD scholar in the early stages of his/her career who has made identifiable and significant contributions in scholarly research to the field of HRD.

R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year
Awarded for the outstanding HRD book that advances the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Review refereed article in each annual volume.

Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Quarterly refereed article in each annual volume.

HRD Scholar Hall of Fame
Presented to scholars in human resource development and related disciplines who have made enduring contributions to the Academy’s vision of leading the human resource development profession through research.

AHRD Service Award
The AHRD Service Award is given to AHRD members in recognition of their lifetime achievement in advancing HRD through research combined with their service to AHRD as demonstrated through their time, energy, and support.

Outstanding HRD Scholar Award
The Outstanding HRD Scholar Award (formerly the HRD Scholar of the Year Award) is presented to an outstanding human resource development scholar who has demonstrated a continuing record of scholarly productivity and influence in the profession.

View the Academy Awards page for more information and submit a nomination.

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’ research 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

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 here 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

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources journal is seeking proposals in all areas of human resource development with relevancy to practitioners. Currently, topics of special interest include (broadly defined):

  • Spirituality in the workforce, new directions for meaningful work
  • Organizational ethics; socially responsible HRD
  • HRD and the environment
  • Workers with disabilities: optimizing an environment for learning and performance
  • HRD and HRM: exploring the boundary
  • Social justice: critical impacts in the workplace
  • Mobile learning, implications for training
  • Transformative learning in non-managerial to managerial roles (process of critical self-reflection/disorienting dilemmas)
  • The role of HRD education and preparing the future workforce

Other topics that explore the realms of learning and performance in the workplace are welcomed.

Please visit the journal website for specifics on submitting a proposal.

You may also contact: Marilyn Y. Byrd, PhD, ADHR Editor-in-Chief at for additional inquiries.

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

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

New in HRDQ

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

New on Early View

    Davis AS, Van der Heijden BIJM. Reciprocity matters: Idiosyncratic deals to shape the psychological contract and foster employee engagement in times of austerity.

    Perkins G. How does self‐direction within learning operate to affect idea generation in small‐medium enterprise contexts?

    Arnulf JK, Dysvik A, Larsen KR. Measuring semantic components in training and motivation: A methodological introduction to the semantic theory of survey response.

Click here to see all articles on Early View.

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor

Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

HRDR Tip of the Month: A secret formula for your literature review methods section

One common feedback our HRDR reviewers give to authors is that the “methods” section (if any) needs further clarification. Our tip to you, potential authors, for writing your methods sections is to be as thorough and transparent as possible. Remember that the ultimate goal is for a methods section to describe what you did through the review process (so that the reviewers and the future readers can evaluate it) and to convey replicability of your methods. Below are a few reminders (not comprehensive though) of what to report in your methods section.

  • Methodology: Begin your methods section with a short introduction to your literature review methodology. Remember to mention, define, and justify the literature review type (e.g., narrative, integrative, systematic, scoping) using relevant sources.
  • Search strategy: Report all the databases searched, present all the keywords and Boolean operators used, and language/year/other limitations imposed. Remember to report the total number of retrieved articles.
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria: Report the inclusion criteria and if necessary the exclusion criteria. Explain why you selected each inclusion criteria. Remember to report the total number of articles included in your review.
  • Data extraction and management: Describe how you coded and summarized the selected articles.
  • Data analysis/synthesis: Tell the reader the methods you used to analyze and synthesize the data from the reviewed articles. Make sure you describe the steps you took in the process.

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Applications are invited for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change (OLPC).

Specifically, we seek an Assistant Professor in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change, dedicated to quantitative and/or mixed methods research and scholarship related to Organization Development in workforce and societal institutions. Further, opportunities for collaboration with higher education leadership; adult education and training; counseling and career development; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through collaborative research, teaching and community engagement may be available.

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A terminal degree, such as a Ph.D., Ed.D., or J.D., in a field relevant to Human Resource Development. ABD may be considered with completed doctorate no later than May 30, 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate Evidence of scholarly potential, and evidence of potential for successful teaching, and experience with and commitment to social justice and institutional inclusiveness.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerThis month, AHRD Board Member Kim McDonald reflects on her gratitude for the people and experiences that have enriched her tenure as an AHRD member. I imagine that many of us have similar stories of gratitude and appreciation for the relationships, experiences, and opportunities gained through our affiliation with AHRD.

As we approach the month of November, a time known for giving thanks, I want to hear your stories of gratitude and thankfulness. Please drop me a quick note and let me know what you are grateful for. And in November, I will compile and share our collective thanksgivings!

“Feeling grateful and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward

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  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Kimberly S. McDonald
  • Stefanos Nachmias

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