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Jason MoatsResponse Requested: A Personal Value Proposition
By Jason Moats, Chair of Future Conference in the Americas Committee


If you have read my letters over time, you know how I feel about our Academy and about everyone I’ve come to know during my tenure in the organization. You also know that I’ve been very open about my challenges and successes in my personal and professional life. This note will be no different.

Frankly, I am deeply concerned about our organization. For the first time in my years as a member, I am concerned about whether or not we will exist in five years.

I have learned, often from firsthand experience, that what propels our organization is you — the members. Every position within the Academy is volunteer, from the President to the symposium chairs and even our ambassadors. Without you, the organization is empty: we produce nothing, we research nothing, and we lead nothing.

Most everyone acknowledges that academic programs in HRD are experiencing a period of powerful and significant change. This is evidenced by the changes in faculty lines that have traditionally been marked for HRD, that are transitioning to other disciplines. HRD-dedicated programs are being renamed, retooled and some — unfortunately — are being disbanded.

While many may fear that HRD is doomed as a field of scholarship and practice, I reject this idea. In fact, these changes do not mean that HRD is any less needed in theory, research, and practice. I propose just the opposite: HRD is becoming so valuable and commonplace that we find it woven into the fabric of so many other disciplines that would struggle without the work we so passionately carry out.

Leading Human Resource Development Through Research...The AHRD vision statement has provided a guide for many discussions about the present and future of our Academy. While we can (and I think we should) discuss research as the only way of leading our field; there is need — nonetheless — for leadership in and by our field. For many organizations, developing the human capital is a luxury that requires time, resources, and immense amounts of effort. Yet, we know and our products show, time and time again, that developing the human resource is a critical and essential part of positive organizational performance and overall effectiveness.

There is no doubt that the Academy of Human Resource Development is an organization rich in spirit and scholarship. Yet, there is a phenomenon I (and others) continue to observe that is the cause for my aforementioned concern. We continually witness a drop in member involvement. To be honest, I am not sure why and, regretfully, don't have the time to research the question. However, I do often think about this and wonder what you value about this organization.

More than two and a half decades ago, our AHRD founders understood there was a need for what we offer. In recounting the founding of the Academy, R. Wayne Pace (2016) stated what the Academy offered at the time of its start, "...[to] encourage the systematic study of HRD theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe." (p. 457).

I have to wonder: what is the value that our organization provides to scholars and scholar-practitioners today? Is this vision of our founders still valid? Has it changed to something else? The current AHRD Board of Directors wrestles with answering these questions. Of course, we each know our personal answer, but we cannot answer for you.

We are in a moment of great opportunity and change. We are leaders — by mission and vision — and without you, the Academy is empty. You bring value to the Academy. So, as I close, I ask you to consider what the Academy provides to you? What is this Academy worth to your continued journey in HRD scholarship and practice? What could be offered to increase the Academy's value to you? We want to know. We need to know. And, only YOU hold the answers.



Pace, R. W. (2016). The Founding of the Academy of Human Resource Development. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 18(4), 454–466.

News for Members

Call for Submissions to 2020 AHRD Research Conference in the Americas

Call for Submissions to 2020 AHRD Research Conference in the Americas

The 27th International Research Conference in the Americas will be held February 26-29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission system is now open!

The 27th 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 who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on their scholarly journey.

In addition to the information contained in this Call for Papers, important details can be found on the Conference Central page. The Conference Central site will be your go-to location for news about conference updates, pre-conference workshops, hotel and travel information, access to the program (available January 2020), and registration. Information about the benefits of AHRD membership —including journals, online networking, Special Interest Groups (SIGS), professional development, awards, and other events, including the conferences in Europe and Asia–MENA—can also be found on the AHRD website.

Review the Call for Submissions (PDF) for full details. Submissions will be accepted until September 3, 2019 (11:59 p.m. PDT).

2020 Conference Tracks

The Academy of Human Resource Development welcomes submissions from all academic fields and disciplines that focus on workplace and organizational learning, performance, change, and related issues and challenges.

Conference tracks for the 2020 Conference include:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
  • HRD Performance and Strategy
  • International, Global & Cross Cultural Issues
  • Leadership and Career Development
  • Non-Refereed
  • Organization Development and Change
  • Research Methods and Foundations in HRD
  • Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD
  • Workplace Learning

2020 Submission Categories

Submission categories for the 2020 Conference include:

  • Refereed full manuscript
  • Refereed poster and poster session
  • Refereed symposium
  • Non-refereed FOCUS session
  • Non-refereed professional development workshop
  • Non-refereed HRDtalk session

Refer to the Call for Submissions (PDF) for complete information on each category.

Call for Submissions to the 18th International Asian Conference of the AHRD: Innovation and Evolution in the Digital Era

Foreign Trade University (FTU) is pleased to host the 18th International Asian Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 5-8, 2019.

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

The conference accepts manuscripts of original research that has not been published elsewhere. Researchers and scholar-practitioners from all academic, governmental, and enterprise fields are invited to contribute papers related to HRD. The tracks will consist of the following:

  1. National, regional, and international HRD
  2. HRD and sustainable development
  3. Leadership development
  4. Workplace learning and training & development
  5. Career development
  6. Organization development and performance
  7. HRD and education
  8. Corporate social responsibility and ethics in HRD
  9. Information & communication technology and HRD
  10. Emerging issues and innovations in HRD

Submission deadline is July 15, 2019.

Accepted papers will be presented during presentation sessions of the conference, November 6-8, 2019. Each presentation will be approximately 20 minutes in length.

For more information about the conference, including the full call for submissions:

Call for International Host Location and Conference Coordinator for the 2021 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia

Submitted by Dr. Rajashi Ghosh

I am writing to invite AHRD members to engage with their respective contacts in the Asian region to consider hosting the 2021 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia; and to serve as the coordinator of the conference on behalf of the AHRD, representing AHRD in the planning, implementation, and evaluation processes.

We have had many successful international conferences in Asia, including the most recent one, the 17th AHRD International Research Conference in Asia, which was hosted by the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand. Gary McLean served in the role of AHRD conference coordinator. The upcoming 2019 conference will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the 2020 conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We are hopeful that, through this call, we will identify AHRD members who may not have been involved in the process previously and who have institutional contacts in the region to have the opportunity to step forward and express their interest in AHRD serving in this important leadership role. Identifying and confirming the host location requires a formal agreement between the institution and AHRD. The agreement specifies that joint conference coordinators be identified.

The following are the responsibilities of the Conference Coordinator serving as liaison between the AHRD board and the host coordinator(s):

  • Assist in developing a management plan (timelines, roles, committee responsibilities, resource needs) with the local Conference Committee to implement the pre-conference, keynotes, and the refereed and non-refereed sessions of the Conference.
  • Provide assistance to the local Conference Committee on issues that arise throughout the implementation of the management plan.
  • Assist in managing the paper review process and identifying track chairs, reviewers, and proceedings editors.
  • Provide formal updates to the AHRD Board on the progress of the management plan and any issues that need to be addressed by the Board.
  • Ensure that marketing information about the Conference is developed and scheduled for publication in the AHRD Digest, the AHRD and host conference websites, and other conferences, especially the AHRD conferences in Europe and in the Americas.
  • Assist in promoting the membership of AHRD and the HRD scholarly community to participate in the Conference.
  • Facilitate the Best Paper Awards review process in coordination with AHRD journal editors who attend the Conference.
  • Provide a final Conference Report to the AHRD Board, including Conference data, list of participants, lessons learned, and budget information.

We welcome you to share with us if you have connections with a university/institution in any country in Asia that would like to host our 20th AHRD International Research Conference in Asia in 2021. And please let us know if you would like to serve in the Coordinator role. The university/institution should have experience and resources in organizing research conferences, including the preparation of budgets to ensure sound financial practices and needed IT support.

As stated, AHRD has now established a formal process for engaging with global partners to organize a research conference, making the idea of proposing a conference or getting involved easier. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the Academy and to be recognized for extending AHRD’s footprint internationally.

If you have interest and connections with a university/institution in Asia for hosting AHRD International Research Conference in Asia in 2021, please contact me at The AHRD Board plans to finalize the Conference Host and Coordinator for the 2021 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia by December 1, 2019.

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Journal News

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources Special Issue Call for Papers

Topic: The Impact of Resilience in Developing Individual and Organizational Capacity to ‘Bounce Back’ from Challenges

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Guest Editors:

Dr. John Mendy (for inquiries email:
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, UK

Professor P. Matthijs Bal (
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, UK

Description: Stress, anxiety, depression, and similar emotional and psychological inhibitors may negatively impact employee well-being and dignity (Bal, 2017), quality of work-life (Morris & Madsen, 2007) and overall organizational performance. These inhibitors may be produced through events such as structural or procedural changes, tensions emanating from diminished work relationships, pressures related to the work itself, or other forces that may affect an individual’s capacity to function and perform well. In addition, perceptions of unfair treatment can impact an individual’s resiliency (Kurian, 2018). It is, therefore, crucial to gain insight as to the ways individuals, as well as the organizations they serve, may become more resilient and bounce back from these types of challenges (Lock & Janas, 2002).

ADHR is a thematic journal that features current and emerging topics of significance to the field of human resource development (HRD). The journal is highly relevant to both scholars and practitioners. The guest editors of this special Issue seek manuscripts that will inform scholars and practitioners about the application of resilience enhancing approaches to an individual’s well-being and the organization’s capacity to resolve intractable problems of development and performance. Possible topics for this special Issue include:

  • The impact of resilience in HRD’s quest for employee well-being and dignity
  • The impact of resilience in HRD interventions developing employees’ quality of life and work
  • New questions raised by HRD practitioners on the application of traditional resilience approaches and interventions for new organizational challenges and adaptations
  • Organizational change and intervention programs and the development of organizations’ and individuals’ capacity to be resilient
  • Building new leadership forms and their effects on HRD and employee and organizational resilience
  • Resilience enhancement characteristics and effects on HRD’s employee and organizational learning and development
  • Creating new methodological designs in HRD for workplace resilience building activities and interventions
  • Novel application and evaluation techniques in HRD and implications for employee and organizational resilience
  • Perceptions of unfair treatment and building resilience
  • Qualitative research approaches for studying resilience at the individual or organizational level
  • Theoretical frameworks for studying resilience and individual performance

In support of a move toward transdisciplinary approaches to research, ADHR welcomes contributions to this special Issue from a broad range of disciplines that complement HRD research and practice.

Submission Information: Full manuscripts of 4500 to 5000 words should include an abstract that is written in a 3-part format.

  1. Problem (that is being addressed and that relates to the topic of resilience)
  2. Solution (that resolves the problem)
  3. Stakeholders (the organizational members most directly affected by the problem).

Manuscripts, formatted in accordance with the APA Style Guide (6th Edition), should be submitted to:

For further inquiries, contact Dr. John Mendy:


Bal, P. M., & de Jong, S. B. (2017). From human resource management to human dignity development: A dignity perspective on HRM and the role of workplace democracy. In Dignity and the Organization (pp. 173-195). London: Palgrave Macmillan

Kurian, D. (2018). Organizational justice: Why does it matter for HRD. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 18(2), 11-22.

Lock, R. H., & Janas, M. (2002). Build resiliency. Intervention in School and Clinic, 38(2), 117-121.

Morris, M. L., & Madsen, S. R. (2007). Advancing Work-Life integration in individuals, organizations, and communities. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9(4), 439-454.

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor


Announcing the Latest Issue of HRDI

    The latest issue of HRDI, Volume 22, Issue 4 is available here.

Currently available online:

  • Rajashi Ghosh (2019) Inviting contributions on international HRD research in HRDI. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 317-320, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1622262

  • Kelechi Ekuma (2019) Postcolonialism and national HRD: Understanding contemporary challenges to skills development in sub-Saharan Africa. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 321-342, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1612651

  • Srikanth PB (2019) Developing human resource competencies: an empirical evidence. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 343-363, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1605580

  • Piety Runhaar, Machiel Bouwmans & Marjan Vermeulen (2019) Exploring teachers’ career self-management. Considering the roles of organizational career management, occupational self-efficacy, and learning goal orientation. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 364-384, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1607675

  • Mostafa Ayoobzadeh (2019) The impact of frequency of contact on protégé mentoring outcomes: The moderating effects of protégé general self-efficacy and face-to-face interaction. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 385-404, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1615309

  • Joshua C. Collins (2019) A more radical human resource development: The time is now. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 405-411, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2018.1506649

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Executive Editor

HRDQ Earns New Impact Factor

As Executive Editor, I am delighted to announce that we have received our latest Impact Factor from Wiley Publishers (Joshua Tufts). I am excited to report that our 2018 Impact Factor is 3.0, our highest ever! Further, as far as categories go, we are ranked 3/27 Industrial Relations & Labor, 18/82 Applied Psychology, and 72/217 Management.

This wonderful achievement could not have occurred without all the support from the previous Co-Editors (Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, and Jon Werner), past and current Associate Editors (Travor Brown, Maura Sheehan, Sewon Kim, Seung Won Soon, Thomas Reio, Claire Gubbins, Robert Yawson, Andreas Gegenfurtner, and Regina Mulder), Managing Editors (Heather Short and Tara Fitzgerald), and the Editorial Board. Thanks so much for all your contributions to making Human Resource Development Quarterly a rigorous, top-tier journal.

My editorial team and I look forward to working in the coming months to continue making things happen at the journal. Onward and upward!

The latest issue of HRDQ is available here.

HRDQ articles available on Early View.

Call for Methods Submissions for HRDQ

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit papers that demonstrate or discuss a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method with relevance to human resource development and related fields. Click here for more information.

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor


HRDR June Issue

Our June 2019 issue will feature the following four articles:

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Talent Management and Employee Retention: An Integrative Research Framework
Anoopa Narayanan, S. Rajithakumar, & Manoj Menon
An Ecosystems Perspective on International Human Resource Development: A Meta-Synthesis of the Literature
Thomas N. Garavan, Alma McCarthy, & Ronan Carbery
Integrative Literature Review Exploring the Boundaries of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Development
Torrence Sparkman
Vertical Trust Within Organizations and Performance: A Systematic Review
Jacob Guinot & Ricardo Chiva

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Job Postings

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Houston, Texas

The College of Technology is among the fastest growing colleges at the University of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university. We are looking for highly dedicated scholars, researchers, and teachers to help us prepare the future's technologist, scientists, and business leaders.

The Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences (HDCS) in the College of Technology at the University of Houston seeks qualified candidates for an Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor position in Human Resource Development (HRD). The preferred fields of specialization are: organization development, instructional design, e-Learning, adult learning, and learning and development. To be successful, candidates must have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses will be offered at the University of Houston at Sugar Land.

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Bellevue, Washington

The Human Resource Business Partner will provide guidance and consultation in any, some or all of the following human resources functional areas: recruitment, classification, compensation, employee/labor relations, grievances, affirmative action, training and development, performance management, program and policy development, organizational analysis, interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies, and/or other functions relating to human resources management.

Serve as a skilled, experienced, human resource professional. Responsible for resolving complex human resource issues. Plans and carries out work independently, utilizing knowledge of laws, policies and regulations. Responsible for prioritizing and managing issues within designated area of responsibility. Maintain and ensure a confidential environment at all times.

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Stockton, California

We seek a leader with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation and learning in Northern California and beyond. We are searching for a colleague with a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. We are building a curious, inquiring, and courageous community of practitioners who are committed to revolutionizing learning systems, structures, and cultures.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas

The duties and responsibilities of this Instructor of Human Resources and Workforce Development position include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource and workforce development; mentoring undergraduate students; advising graduate students and serving on advisory and dissertation committees; and engaging in service activities at the program, department, college, and university levels.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerAs I compose this final thought, the UFHRD conference is in full swing in Nottingham. Sitting in the comfort of my home in Texas, I am eagerly following Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to see updates from the conference. I have seen fascinating presentation topics, notable HRD legends, and photos of my colleagues and friends enjoying the conference and each other as they engage in the scholarly exchange of cutting-edge HRD research.

I could wallow in FOMO. Instead, I choose to get excited about upcoming AHRD conferences, including the Asian conference in Vietnam in November and the Americas conference in Atlanta in February. Now is the time to prepare for both of those experiences, or risk experiencing it all through social media, which just isn’t the same!

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  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Jason Moats
  • Rajashi Ghosh

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