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Katherine RosenbuschAHRD as a Career Builder
By Kimberly S. McDonald, AHRD Academic Programs and Services Committee Chair

I have always been interested in individuals’ careers. As a child, I loved reading books in which the central character’s career played an important role in the story. Since adulthood I’ve enjoyed engaging individuals in conversations about their careers and I have devoted the past 30 years to the study of careers as my research focus.

Recently, I’ve spent some time thinking about my own career and how it has evolved. Perhaps I’m more reflective since I’m in the late stage of my academic career. One thing I’ve realized is that AHRD has played an important role in the development and the sustainment of my career.

Certainly being actively involved in a professional association can significantly develop one’s career capital. Attending conferences; reading, reviewing, and publishing in the association’s journals; and becoming active on committees, task forces, and/or other projects can increase one’s knowledge, skills, and capabilities (often referred to as “knowing how” competencies that Arthur, DeFillippi, Inkson, etc. have identified as important career facilitators). All of these opportunities are readily available through AHRD, even if you are a relative newcomer to the field.

Another important aspect of career capital is the “knowing-whom” competency. This refers to the relationships (e.g., networks, mentors) we cultivate throughout our careers. Many within the academy have discussed the importance of the relationships they have developed through AHRD. I know my involvement in this organization has expanded the network of individuals I can call on for advice and support.

Both of these competencies, knowing-how and knowing-whom, can positively impact our careers. Both have been found to be predictors of perceived career success and perceived marketability. Supportive relationships and networks can help individuals form and develop their career identity and to be more resilient when faced with career challenges.

So I feel fortunate to have found AHRD early in my academic career. My sons — both of whom are in the early stages of their careers — have not had the good fortune to connect with a professional association. I hope they find one soon! I also hope all of you can find ways AHRD can play a role in your career development.

Communications and Branding Committee Seeks Social Media Enthusiasts

  • Are you a LinkedIn guru? Do you want to be?
  • Are you an Instagram influencer? Do you want to be?
  • Do you have ideas on how AHRD can maximize the power of social media to disseminate information, engage a wider audience, and solidify our brand?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the AHRD Communication and Branding Committee wants your help! If you are interested in working with the AHRD Communication and Branding Committee, contact Dr. Tomika Greer at

News for Members

AHRD Board and President-Elect Nominations: Extended Deadline is Wednesday, November 6

Submitted by Dr. Jon Werner, Chair of AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee

We have extended the deadline for Board of Directors and President-Elect nominations from Friday, November 1, to Wednesday, November 6.

Service is a valued part of membership in AHRD, and there are different ways that you can serve. I ask you to consider nominating someone or self-nominating to run for a Board of Director seat or President Elect*.

Please submit your nomination(s) to Dr. Jon Werner, Chair of our Nominations and Elections Committee, at by Wednesday, November 6.

We are also staffing our committees, and would be grateful for a stronger and wider presence of members on those committees. The committees include Member Engagement and Development, Academic Programs, Research and Journals, Conferences, Global Initiatives, Development and Fundraising, and Communications and Branding. Please contact the AHRD Office ( if you would like information about serving on a committee.

*The President-Elect must have served on the Board for at least 1 year.

AHRD Foundation Needs Your Contributions and Recyclables

We are rapidly approaching the AHRD Conference in Atlanta, GA. The AHRD Foundation Board is hoping to improve considerably the quality of our silent auction.

Many of you are, I know, in the process of downsizing. Rather than giving your items to a charity to sell, bring them to Atlanta for our auction. What are you downsizing that can be packed easily? Pictures? Decorative bowls or vases? Cultural artifacts? Wine? Gift cards that could be used nationally? Jewelry?

Of course, all items should be new, like new, or have antique value. If you live in the Atlanta area, perhaps you can solicit contributions of gift cards from restaurants, the University, entertainment during the conference, and so on.

If everyone pitches in with even one or two items, we will have a marvelous auction, and AHRD will benefit through its Foundation.

Let Gary McLean know SOON what you can contribute. Text 651-895-2315, or email at

Thanks for helping develop AHRD and our human resources!!

2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas in Atlanta, GA: REGISTRATION OPENS IN NOVEMBER!

Hotel & Lodging Information

February 26-29, 2020

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
3405 Lenox Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Room rate: $168 (plus tax) per night for single or double.

Room block deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Book online or call the hotel directly at (404) 261-9250. To get the discounted rate, mention the AHRD room block when you call.

2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas Exhibiting & Sponsorship Opportunities

2020 conference in the Americas Sponsor & Exhibitor Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration page to learn more about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at the 2020 AHRD Conference in Atlanta. To complete sponsorship registration by mail: Download the Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus!

Announcing the 2020 Graduate Student Research Colloquium

We are delighted to offer the 2020 AHRD Graduate Student Research Colloquium at the AHRD Conference in Atlanta, GA. The colloquium is designed to engage Master’s and doctoral students in evaluating research quality, promoting evidence-based HRD practices, developing a professional identity, and preparing for completion of their research projects.

The colloquium will use a 1.5-day format to maximize interactions and collective learning among facilitators, students, scholars, and practitioners. The event will start on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 9:00 am and end on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at noon. Students and faculty are encouraged to start making plans to participate.

If you are a student interested in registering for the colloquium, please contact your sponsoring instructor at your institution. If you are faculty interested in facilitating this colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinators: Dr. Tomika Greer (, Dr. Sarah Minnis ( and/or Dr. Quincy Brown (

We look forward to your participation!

Dr. Tomika Greer, Dr. Sarah Minnis, and Dr. Quincy Brown
Coordinators, 2020 AHRD Graduate Student Research Colloquium

Call for Proposals for the Routledge Companion to LGBTQ Identity in Global, Social, Political, and Work Contexts

Submitted by Dr. Julie A. Gedro

Dr. Julie A. Gedro of SUNY Empire State College and Dr. Tonette S. Rocco of Florida International University are co-editing the Routledge Companion to LGBTQ Identity in Global, Social, Political, and Work Contexts. The purpose of this Companion is to describe the complexity and dynamic reality of LGBTQ identity through presentation of the key principles, practices, structures, ideological frameworks, and issues. This Companion will be a foundational volume, offering a comprehensive characterization of current research, practice, and policy, as well as delineating the larger contextual trends, and issues. It will offer the following:

  • An orientation to LGBTQ identity (including analyses of each facet);
  • A synthesis of foundational principles, practices, and related theory and research surrounding LGBTQ identity in global, social, political, and work contexts;
  • An overview of key contemporary legal and policy practices;
  • An overview of key touchstone perspectives framing current debates, advocacy, and commitments to social justice;
  • An examination of current issues reflecting the nexus of global forces and the contemporary practices and beliefs surrounding LGBTQ identity.

Full chapter proposals will be accepted between November 15, 2019 and December 15, 2019. Proposals should be no more than two (2) single-spaced pages (approximately 1,000 words) and should include a brief discussion of the structure of the chapter as envisioned by the author. Specifically indicate the problem and purpose; areas to be covered; issues, disagreements, problems in practice or research; principal authors or sources to be used within the chapter; and a brief outline illustrating the organization of the chapter. Please contact or to send a proposal, or to find out more.

Korea SIG International Research Grant Available

Submitted by Dr. Sehoon Kim


The Korea SIG’s International Research Grant promotes AHRD graduate students’ research collaboration on research that relates or contributes to Korea. This grant provides in total up to $1,000 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.
  • 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 international collaboration.
  • Students can find partners on the AHRD Facebook or LinkedIn pages, or contact the Korea SIG chair, Sehoon Kim (
  • 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 three (3) single-spaced pages, 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, 2019 to Sehoon Kim at
  • The Korea SIG Chair will form a three-person review panel.
  • The final decision will be announced at the 2020 AHRD Conference in the Americas.
  • For additional information, contact Sehoon Kim at

AHRD Awards Nomination Deadline: November 6!

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 submissions is Wednesday, November 6 at 5:00 pm EST. There will be no extensions on the submission deadline this year. 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.

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.

AAACE Membership Discount Code

AHRD members are eligible for a 10% discount off AAACE membership with this Promo Code: “AHRDMemberPartner”

Visit the AAACE membership page.

Journal News

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor-in-Chief

Announcing the Latest Issue of HRDI

The Special Issue of HRDI, Volume 22, Issue 5: Learning in SMEs is available here.

    Guest Editor: Dr. Heather Short
    University of Portsmouth, UK

Now available online:

Learning in SMEs.
Heather Short (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 413-419
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1658368

The owner-manager’s role as a facilitator of informal learning in small businesses.
Alan Coetzer, Andreas Wallo & Henrik Kock (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 420-452
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1585695

What makes small beautiful? Learning and development in small firms.
Sára Csillag, Péter Csizmadia, Anna Laura Hidegh & Karina Szászvári (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 453-476
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1641351

External and internal networks and access to HRD resources in small professional service firms.
Ciara T. Nolan & Thomas N. Garavan (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 477-503
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1625853

Succession in Chinese family-SMEs: a gendered analysis of successor learning and development.
Michael Mustafa, Carole Elliott & Li Zhou (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 504-525
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1608123

Business support and training in minority-ethnic, family-run firms: The case of SMEs in Scotland.
James Cunningham & David McGuire (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 526-552
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1608124

Talk-about talent: Underlying philosophies on talent in Thai SMEs.
Aileen Lawless, Fuangfa Panya, Seamus O’Brien & Seng Kok (2019)
Human Resource Development International, 22:5, 553-572
DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1656988

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Executive Editor

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 September Issue

Our September 2019 issue features the following four articles:


Enhancing Research Significance by Addressing “Why”
Jia Wang

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Meaning in Mentoring: More than Meets the Eye/”I”
Russell P. Warhurst & Kate Black

Bringing Context to Workplace Coaching: A Theoretical Framework Based on Uncertainty Avoidance and Regulatory Focus
Gil Bozer & Marianna Delegach

Integrative Literature Review Employee Adaptive Performance and its Antecedents: Review and Synthesis
Sohee Park & Sunyoung Park

Workaholism, Motivation, and Addiction in the Workplace: A Critical Review and Implications for HRD
Sehoon Kim

HRDR 2018 Impact Factor

We are pleased to announce that the impact factor for HRDR for 2018 was released. HRDR achieved its highest impact factor yet at 2.487. As the editorial team, we are very happy with this accomplishment and would like to thank all the past editors and their editorial teams, the editorial board members, reviewers, and authors for their fine contributions and continuous support for the journal.

Human Resource Development Review Welcomes New Associate Editor

We are excited to announce that the editorial team of Human Resource Development Review has now grown further with the joining of our third associate editor, Dr. Meera Alagaraja, from the University of Louisville.

Dr. Alagaraja joins the editorial team that currently consists of four members: Editor-in-Chief (Jia Wang), two Associate Editors (Yonjoo Cho and Mina Beigi), and Managing Editor (Yasmeen Makarem). We are honored to have Meera as part of the HRDR editorial team!

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Job Postings

Assistant or Associate Professor - Human Resource Development - (FAC001245)

Houston, Texas

The College of Technology is the third largest college at the University of Houston. As a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university, we are looking for highly dedicated scholars, researchers, and teachers to help us create and prepare the talent for the future's technologists, engineers, scientists, and business leaders for a lifetime career of innovation, economic development, and workforce creation.

The Human Development and Consumer Sciences (HDCS) Department in the College of Technology at the University of Houston seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant or Associate Professor level for the Human Resource Development (HRD) program to start September 1, 2020.

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Human Resources Business Partner, R19117

Bellevue, Washington

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

The position serves as a skilled, experienced, human resource consultant performing professional, human resource duties. Responsible for resolving complex human resource issues. Plans and carries out work independently and with minimum supervision, 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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Director of Employment Services, R19118

Bellevue, Washington

Under the direction of the VP-HR, the Director of Employment Services is responsible for assisting with the overall management operations and leadership for Employment Services performing highly skilled and professional human resource management functions. Provide direction, guidance and leadership in any, some, or all of the following depending on the specific assignment: corrective and disciplinary action, classification; compensation; recruitment; training and development; interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies and procedures; appeals, grievances or unemployment hearings; performance management; program and policy development; performance reviews; career counseling; organizational analysis and development; employee recognition; labor relations; or other functions relating to human resource management.

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Associate Professor of Adult Education and HR Development, with Tenure

College Station, Texas

Texas A&M University's Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, in the College of Education and Human Development, seeks an Associate Professor in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. The Department of Education Administration and Human Resource Development and the College of Education and Human Development are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerI am composing this final thought on a Sunday night. My family and I are gathered in our family room and I just said aloud, “Hey ya’ll…what do you think I should say as my final thought for the AHRD Digest this month?” My 14-year-old daughter immediately responds, “AHRD Rocks!” She then punctuates her proclamation with a smile and two-fingers to display the "peace" sign. Although she knows virtually nothing about AHRD or what I am writing right now, she is absolutely correct...AHRD totally rocks!

This edition of the AHRD Digest is a testament to the many great things that are going on within AHRD as a result of the efforts of AHRD members and guests who continually propel this organization forward. This month I invite you to visit AHRD’s YouTube channel to learn more about how and why long-term members value their AHRD experiences.

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