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Julie Gedro, AHRD PresidentCongratulations, Invitation, and Thank You
Julie Gedro, AHRD President

Greetings! In this message, I have three main points: 1) Thanking and celebrating wonderful people — award winners and conference leaders and volunteers; 2) Offering an earnest invitation for members to join our working groups (committees) chaired by board members; and 3) Extending a sincere and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful management consultants at Ewald, who work with us to ensure that our “trains are running on time” (regular business) and raise the quality and professionalism of our organization in ways that are often behind the scenes, yet vital.

First, may I please offer congratulations to all who won awards and were recognized for their excellent work at our conference last month. Also, I would like to thank the conference team, track chairs, symposium chairs, and all who worked so diligently to put together what I hope was an enriching and joyful experience for all attendees.

Second, I celebrate the work that the board has done and is poised to do for this year. Further, I want to extend an invitation for all members to consider how you will get more deeply involved in our beloved organization. Below is a chart that provides information about our board structure and our respective roles in leading our committees. It will benefit each committee to have at least two AHRD members serving. The heterogeneity of membership on these committees (chair, board members, and AHRD members) provides a crucial breadth and depth of perspective and stakeholder input from which we will all benefit. Please contact either the respective chair noted in the chart, or contact me personally, if you are interested in learning more about ways that your talents and interests might align with our committee work.

Committee Chair Contact
Academic Programs and Services Kimberly McDonald
Awards Marilyn Byrd
Communications and Branding Tomika Greer
Conference in the Americas (Future state) Jason Moats
Fund Development and Strategic Product/Service Offerings Laura Bierema
Global Rajashi Ghosh
Member Engagement and Development Brad Shuck
Research and Journals Robert Yawson

Third, I offer a heartfelt thanks to our management consultants at Ewald Consulting. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the work that Kathie Pugaczewski and her team accomplish with a variety of mission-critical functions to our organization. If you were at the conference last month, you likely met Kathie and Jill Tichy, either at the registration desk or quietly working to help our conference rise to its highest potential. It is probably not possible to overstate what a joy it is to work with Kathie and her staff.

Onward we go, leading the field of HRD through research!


Graduate Student View

The graduate student view is a forum for the voices of AHRD graduate student members. Topics are student-led and designed to facilitate community and dialogue among the graduate student members of AHRD.

In the Arena Daring Greatly

By Shawn Riordan, Doctoral Candidate at The George Washington University

Shawn RiordanI just returned from AHRD in Louisville where I made contacts, networked, and spent some time focused on my needs. As a full-time federal employee, wife of a Senate staffer, mom to a son living at home while finishing his Master’s degree, and caregiver daughter to a mom who is living with us while her nearby condo is being prepared; my doctoral studies take what’s left of my energy and strength. The time away from the office and my family renewed my energy and motivation (please don’t tell them) and I came home ready to push through my proposal work. However, as a doctoral candidate, I regularly find myself “in the arena”, so things came up short.

My dream was planned long ago…when my son left for college, I was going to get my doctorate. As a former military wife, I was told by my husband that it was “my turn.” I had followed him around through his 23-year military career, so he supported the pursuit of my dream. He took on 100% of all the household chores and I started my doctorate. We knew it would be a five-year journey. What we didn’t know were the obstacles we would encounter. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m incredibly blessed with a wonderful family and a great job, and I’m not complaining. However, I do know that life happens while you’re a graduate student. Obstacles arise that you didn’t plan for, even if you’re an obsessive planner, like me.

George Washington University’s Human and Organizational Learning Program is a dream program, but it isn’t cheap. When I started my program, my federal agency was all in…excited about what my program would bring, and they agreed to pay for my studies. However, it wasn’t long before the tuition assistance became ad hoc, which involved filling out pages of paperwork every semester. Sometimes they paid, sometimes they didn’t; mostly they didn’t. Then I applied for a sabbatical for the later part of my program. I wanted to focus on my dissertation for a year, without the distraction of work. They informed me that my doctoral studies weren’t useful for the agency. So, no help from my employer, in either time or dollars. Every time they said no, a family meeting was convened, and I was encouraged to not worry, just to focus on my studies. Team Riordan would make it work, and we have.

Last January, a simple procedure for my Mom turned into a two-month stay in the hospital. I was flying back and forth every other week to her hospital in Denver to be with her, while taking two classes. When I called my advisor and told her what was going on, I asked if I needed to drop my classes, I had gotten way behind. In case you were wondering, sitting next to a hospital bed is not conducive to a productive literature review. My advisor was wonderful, ”do what you need to do, Shawn, we’ll figure everything out when you’re in a good place.” And we did.

We had been telling my mom that Cheyenne, Wyoming, was too far away for us to help to take care of her and last winter proved that. Over last summer, we found her a place here in Northern Virginia to live. In case you were wondering, buying and renovating a condo isn’t conducive to studying for comprehensive exams.

I took my comprehensive exams just before Christmas and with most of my committee in place, I was firming up my study of digital transformation of a very large national firm that I’ve been talking to and looking at for 18 months, and I’m scheduled to defend my proposal this semester. Then, last night, a very nice, short email from the Senior Vice President said, “good luck, no study, thanks.” In case you were wondering, an organization to study is very helpful for a dissertation.

Again, I know I’m very lucky and my obstacles are very small grains of sand on a very big beach. However, when you’re a graduate student, you’re already doing something most folks don’t do. According to the U.S. Census (2017), less than 13% of Americans have a Master's, doctorate, or professional degree. Those numbers don’t say how many students have given up. The Council of Graduate Schools reported more than 50% of doctoral students haven’t completed after 10 years. There’s plenty of research out there on the reasons why, but let’s be honest here. It’s hard to be a graduate student…life doesn’t stop because you have a paper or project or proposal due. Work gets crazy, families get hurt, or money gets tight.

I am a fan of Dr. Brené Brown’s work. Her work on vulnerability and wholeheartedness gives me strength and courage when I want to give up. She’s a qualitative researcher/storyteller and passionate about her work. She uses Theodore Roosevelt’s Citizenship in a Republic (aka the Man in the Arena) speech (April 1910), and I find great comfort in his words (here’s just a part):

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…”

I’m telling you this story because, as graduate students, we are in the arena. There is no life without trying, struggling, and learning. With our communities, our cohorts, our families, our friends, our committees’ support, we continue to strive. However, we are the ones “daring greatly.”

News for Members

Nominations Due by March 31: Track Chair Editors and Associate Track Editors for 2020 AHRD Conference in the Americas

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) solicits applications or nominations for Track Chair Editors and Associate Track Chair Editors for the 2020 Conference in the Americas. There are 10 Track Chair Editor positions and 10 Associate Track Chair Editor positions. The Track Chair Editors and Associate Track Chair Editors play a vital and strategic leadership role and collaborate with the Conference Team to provide a rewarding conference experience for conference attendees.

AHRD Conference Track Chair Editors and Associate Track Chair Editors serve key leadership roles by ensuring that the content and design of the refereed and non-refereed sessions are supportive of their respective tracks. Under the leadership of the Proceedings Editor, Track Chair Editors perform the following key functions:

  1. Manage their track’s process of reviewing, selecting, and organizing conference submissions
  2. Initiate, organize, and when possible facilitate invited symposia or panel discussions
  3. Actively encourage and provide feedback to individuals submitting proposals for sessions
  4. Provide training and support to the Associate Track Chair Editors learning the Track Chair Editor role

The Track Chair Editor and Associate Track Chair Editor for each track, together, are responsible for assembling and managing a team of reviewers for their track. Both roles require productive research experience as well as project management, leadership, and communication skills. These positions are effective April 2019 through the conclusion of the 2020 AHRD Conference in the Americas in Atlanta. Former Track Chair Editors, SIG leaders, and leading scholars and scholar-practitioners are encouraged to apply.

The tracks for the 2020 AHRD Conference in the Americas are as follows:

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

Applications or nominations, in the form of a CV and a cover letter specifying the interested track, should be sent to the AHRD Office at by March 31, 2019.

The Conference Team will review and recommend a slate of Track Chair Editors and Associate Track Chair Editors for AHRD Board approval. Questions about the roles may be directed to Dr. Sarah Minnis, current Program Chair, at or Dr. Karen Johnson, current Proceedings Editor, at

Call for Authors for Human Resource Development in Vietnam: Research and Practice

We are working on a book on Human Resource Development in Vietnam: Research and Practice (Co-Editors: Tran, H. T., Phuong, T. T., Van, H. T. M., and McLean, G. N.) for publisher Palgrave Macmillan via Springer Nature. The book will provide an outlet to describe the status of, and current research on factors influencing, human resource development (HRD) in Vietnam.

Vietnam, amazingly, has had one of the highest Gross Domestic Product growth rates in the world during recent years (7.08% in 2018, published by General Statistics Office of Vietnam), yet it remains a developing economy. There remains a need to improve factors influencing the development of its human resources through education at all levels, workplace training, immigration practices, corporate social responsibility, support for entrepreneurship, and other HR-related practices and policies. Yet, it is said that HRD is a relatively new concept in Vietnam. The purpose of this book is to highlight the importance of developing human resources, from a multitude of perspectives, enabling Vietnam to continue its growth to move out of the middle-income trap and, ultimately, to move into the ranks of developed countries. By underlining research into HRD in Vietnam, we hope to encourage academics and practitioners to undertake such research and to try out offering HRD curriculum in Vietnamese business schools, humanities, and social sciences and other universities as well.

We invite you to express your interest in participating in this book project. Please email Dr. H. T. Tran, the lead editor, by 31 May 2019, midnight, Vietnam time, at and provide an abstract of 150 words maximum to indicate your expertise (bio).

Please submit your abstract based on your interest, and, if selected, we will work together with our inputs as we move forward. We will allocate chapters in a manner that balances your interest with our need of providing a comprehensive coverage. Our preference is to have each chapter co-authored to represent varied perspectives. If you are willing to co-author a chapter and have a preferred partner, please indicate who the team will be and provide the 150-word biographies for each of you. If you do not have a partner in mind, but you are willing to co-author, please let us know. As there will be others in a similar situation, we will help match co-authors with the approval of both parties. The book will be published in English. If you need assistance with your English writing, you will need to hire a professional proofreader at your own or your institution’s expense.

Additionally, please forward this information to people who may be interested in the book topic. We welcome perspectives from scholars and practitioners, and those from Vietnam and those outside. We will make a decision in June 2019 about the participating authors. At that point, we will invite you to submit your chapter. The chapter will be sent out to review before it is accepted.

The deadline for the submission of the first draft of the book chapters is tentatively 31 August 2019. You may contact either of the following if you would like more information. We are so excited to be working on this project and look forward to collaborating with you on the successful completion of the book!

    Hien Thi Tran
    Lecturer, Researcher, Consultant
    Foreign Trade University
    91 Chua Lang St.
    Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

    Gary Neil McLean
    McLean Global Consulting, Inc.
    Professor Emeritus
    University of Minnesota, USA

20th Anniversary UFHRD 2019 International Conference Doctoral Symposium

By Dr. Fotis Mitsakis

The University Forum of Human Resource Development (UFHRD), Nottingham Business School (NBS), and the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice are delighted to host a Doctoral Symposium (Monday, 24 June 2019) for PhD/DBA students in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary UFHRD Conference held at NBS, Nottingham Trent University.

The UFHRD 2019 Doctoral Symposium offers a great opportunity to join a vibrant community of PhD/DBA students in order to initiate an invigorating and thought-provoking dialogue through various networking events and workshops with academics and other doctoral students across the globe. It is a unique vantage point to share your work with active living researchers and professionals from around the world, as well as to explore beyond established, taken-for-granted assumptions about research and knowledge in a supportive and friendly environment.

Participants are welcomed to submit their abstract and poster by visiting our Ex Ordo submission system (set up an account first):

For additional information:

Key deadlines:

  • Abstract submission: 28 April 2019
  • Poster submission: 3 June 2019

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Journal News

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor


Announcing the Latest Issue of HRDI

    The latest issue of HRDI, Volume 22, Issue 2 is available here.

Currently available 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

Deadline for submission of full papers:

  • Paper submission: 15 April 2019 (submit via journal’s website by following all format requirements and clearly mentioning/selecting this SI)
  • Reviews to be completed by: 15 July 2019
  • Resubmissions: 15 September 2019
  • Paper Selection: 15 January 2020

Instructions for Authors

Guest Editors

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Executive Editor

Call for Methods Submissions for HRDQ

To extend the previous Co-Editor’s call for Research Methods submissions, authors are encouraged to submit papers that demonstrate or discuss a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method with relevance to human resource development and related fields. For more information, view our general call for submissions.

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The Program of Adult Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (LLOD) at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce a Clinical Assistant Professor position to begin August 2019.

Qualifications for the position include an earned doctorate by start of the contract with specialization in Adult Learning, Leadership and Organization Development or a closely related field such as adult learning, community engagement, organization development, or leadership. Candidates must have expertise and ability to teach in Adult Learning, Leadership and Organization Development; ability to design and deliver online instruction; and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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Bellevue College | Bellevue, WA

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

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This position requires proficiency in general program management skills including but not limited to: strategic and tactical implementation, legal reporting requirements, training, recording accomplishments, meeting deadlines, budget administration of up to $80,000, staff supervision and supporting field operations. The Human Resource Manager maintains professional/technical expertise and knowledge of varied human resource practices, serves as staff expert advising the Associate Director of Administration on policies and regulations within the University system, and maintains current fundamental knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations. The Human Resource Manager must maintain strict adherence to confidentiality requirements in their assignments and responsibilities.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerOften when there is a lesson that I need to learn, I see that lesson appear repeatedly in various scenarios and contexts in my life until I finally “get it.” Sometimes I have to see it play out more times that I want to admit.

Lately, my life has been inundated with a repeated message that I want to share with you in this final thought: “Let your voice be heard.”

As HRD professionals, we generally have a high level of concern for personal development and well-being that should compel us to speak up, especially for those who are not in a position to be heard. Our AHRD Standards on Ethics and Integrity remind us of our social responsibility as HRD professionals:

“HRD professionals are aware of their professional responsibilities to the community, the society in which they work and live, and the planet. They work to minimize adverse effects on individuals, groups, organizations, societies, and the environment. They understand that a healthy economy, healthy organizations, and a healthy ecosystem are intricately interconnected. They apply and make public their knowledge of learning and performance in order to contribute to human welfare. They are concerned about and work to mitigate the causes of human suffering.”

I’m also reminded that part of letting our voices be heard is getting involved in AHRD, our professional community that many of us call “home.” Our professional responsibilities include taking care of this home. We need your voice to be heard on our committees and in our SIGs. In doing this, we can strengthen our collective voice in the world as HRD professionals. If you don’t know how to let your voice be heard, the first step is to send me an email.

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Julie Gedro
  • Shawn Riordan
  • Fotis Mitsakis

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