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Katherine RosenbuschMaking Connections…Building a Strong Community
By Katherine Rosenbusch, AHRD Professional Development Chair

When I joined AHRD in 2005, it was because I wanted to present my paper at the conference. Fast forward 14 years later, I am reflecting on why I have remained a member. It comes down to one word… RELATIONSHIPS. For me, the Academy of HRD is about fostering connections and building relationships so that we can thrive in our own communities and the world through our research, teaching and service to our profession and universities for which we work. The people are what makes this organization so dynamic.

As the board liaison for the AHRD SIGs (Special Interest Groups), I would like to see these groups grow and thrive. The purpose of the SIGs is to encourage scholarship, dissemination of information, and fellowship among persons of similar academic and/or professional interests. They should be a launchpad for thought leaders and dynamic innovation to emerge based off the connections we are making with one another.

As a former SIG chair, I know SIG leaders have struggled to get AHRD members involved and committed throughout the year between the conferences. I would like to challenge each of you to reach out to the SIGs you belong to. SIG leaders need your participation, ideas and collaboration. You can volunteer for a position or steering committee. You can find out what the SIGs are doing and engage in the activities. You can spark an idea or event that would connect the members.

At the 2020 AHRD Conference in Atlanta, my team hopes to spotlight the SIGs in various activities. We would love to see these groups blossom into incredible platforms of engagement and commitment to grow the seed that was planted at your first conference. Together, we can create amazing ideas.

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

Board Member Resignation


Over the last decade, you have trusted me to help in the leadership and direction of our Academy in various positions, including my current position on the Board of Directors. I cannot explain what your confidence in me means. It is humbling and I appreciate your trust in me. However, I had to make a difficult decision about my future in AHRD. I have informed President Gedro of my decision to resign from the Board of Directors effective September 30, 2019.

My reasoning for this decision is manifold; but it stands on my belief that I am no longer able to represent you effectively on the board. I am and will remain an adamant supporter of our Board of Directors and the difficult job they have.

As I tender this resignation to you, I want to assure you that I am still a member of the Academy. I will continue to work in the roles where I am needed and I continue to claim this organization as my professional home.

Thank you for allowing me to serve our Academy as a member of your Board of Directors. Your confidence and trust in me has been beyond what words can describe.

Jason Moats

News for Members

Call for Pre-Conference Proposals for 2020 AHRD Conference in Atlanta, GA

Call for Pre-Conference Proposals

This year, the AHRD Board of Directors initiated a new Research and Conference Engagement Team, which has been tasked with enhancing engagement and inclusion within the Academy at our annual conference in the Americas and beyond. One component of this team’s work is to oversee the recruitment, selection, and successful facilitation of AHRD 2020 Pre-Conferences, which will take place between the afternoon of February 26 and noon on February 27, 2020, in Atlanta, GA.

The call for Pre-Conference Proposals is now live on the AHRD website!

The deadline for proposals is October 11, 2019, at midnight (PST). We are particularly interested in proposals relevant to researchers, scholars, and scholar-practitioners which further the aim of enhancing engagement and inclusion in AHRD, but all are welcome.

Please direct any specific questions regarding Pre-Conferences to Laura Bierema, Conference Chair, at We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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 AHRD Board Member Nominations – Due November 1

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

If you are reading this, you have hopefully had a positive experience with, and connection to, the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). In the June 2019 AHRD Digest, Board Member Jason Moats wrote: “We are in a moment of great opportunity and change.” Jason expressed his concern for the future of AHRD, as well as his hope that all connected to this organization would find ways to share their energy and expertise with the rest of us.

A strong Board is vital for any organization, including AHRD. To remain a successful, vibrant Academy, it is essential that we have a strong and diverse Board, whose members bring the energy, passion and vision needed to lead AHRD over the coming years. Each year, new Board opportunities emerge to provide members with the chance to serve at this high level within the organization, and the chance to guide, lead, and inspire their peers throughout AHRD.

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 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, 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 250-500 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 Jon Werner (Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee) at The deadline for nominations is midnight Pacific on November 1, 2019. 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 2020.

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 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.

Call for Authors for Human Resource Development in South Korea: Theory, Research, and Practice

Submitted by Dr. Doo Hun Lim, Dr. Seung Won Yoon, and Dr. Daeyeon Cho

We are planning to publish an edited book titled Human Resource Development in South Korea: Theory, Research, and Practice (Co-Editors: Lim, D. H., & Yoon, S. W., and Cho, D. Y.) for publisher Palgrave Macmillan via Springer Nature. This edited book will include various topical articles covering the theoretical foundations, current status, research, and practices on HRD in South Korea.

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is one of frequently benchmarked developed countries representing the world's 11th largest economy. This country has been renowned for many facts: the world's most innovative country, a global leader in many technology driven fields, the highest ranking in the obtainment of tertiary education, globally influential pop culture called Korean Wave, etc., yet embracing various societal, political, and economical issues stemming from fast aging population, severe educational competitions in public educational settings, and complex political relationships with surrounding countries such as North Korea, China, Japan, and the U.S. In addressing various issues and collective goals, HRD has always been recognized and adopted by various stakeholders at the corporate, governmental, and national levels.

The purpose of this book is to introduce the history and overview of HRD, theories and practices of HRD, research agendas and trends of HRD in South Korean context. More specifically, the following topics are some possible issues to be included but are not limited to:

History and Overview

  • HRD History in South Korea
  • National HRD in South Korea
  • Corporate HRD in South Korea
  • Theoretical Disciplines Contributing to HRD in South Korea

HRD Theories and Practices in South Korea

  • HRD in Public Setting
  • HRD in Corporate Setting
  • HRD in Non-profit Setting
  • HRD in Higher Education Setting
  • HRD and Adult Education
  • HRD and Lifelong Learning
  • HRD and Multi- or Cross-cultural Education
  • Strategic HRD in South Korea
  • Career Development in South Korean Context
  • Organizational Development in South Korean Context
  • Leadership Development in South Korean Context
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Performance Management
  • Competency Management
  • Workforce and HR Analytics
  • Action Learning in South Korea

HRD Research in South Korea

  • Trends in HRD Research in South Korea
  • HRD Research Methodology

HRD Trends in South Korea

  • HRD and 4th Industrial Revolution
  • HRD and Neuroscience
  • HRD and Big Data
  • HRD and Artificial Intelligence
  • Gamification in HRD in South Korea
  • Aging Issues and HRD in South Korea

By addressing various issues of HRD in South Korea, we intend to provide resourceful information to academicians, researchers, students, and practitioners to utilize the knowledge from our book to pursue their academic, career, and professional goals. This book also can be adopted as a textbook for HRD academic programs in South Korea.

We invite you to express your interest in participating in this book project. Please email Dr. Doo Hun Lim, the lead editor, by October 15, 2019, at and provide an abstract of 150 words maximum to indicate your interested topic.

Please submit your abstract based on your interest, and, if selected, we will work together with our inputs as you move forward. We will allocate chapters in a manner that balances your interest with our need for providing a comprehensive coverage of the edited book. Our preference is to have each chapter co-authored to accommodate diverse perspectives. If you have preferred collaborators, please indicate their names and provide a short biography for each of you (about 100 words). If you want to participate, but do not have a partner in mind, please let us know. We will help match co-authors with similar interests. The book will be published in English. If you need assistance with your English writing, please hire a professional proofreader at your own or your institution’s expense.

To publish this book in a timely manner, please forward this information to those who may be interested in participation. We welcome perspectives from scholars and practitioners, and those from South Korea, Americas, and those in other countries. We will make final decision in November 2019 about the participating authors. At that point, we will invite you to submit your chapter. We strongly suggest limiting the length to 4,000-7,000 words including the references. The chapter will be sent out for review before it is accepted.

The deadline for the submission of the first draft of the book chapters is tentatively May 31, 2020. You may contact either of the co-editors if you need more information. We are excited to collaborate on this project and look forward to your active participation for the successful completion of the book!

Dr. Doo Hun Lim, University of Oklahoma,
Dr. Seung Won Yoon, Texas A&M University-Commerce,
Dr. Daeyeon Cho, Korea University,

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 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 Submissions Now Open

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 5:00pm ET. 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 Quarterly (HRDQ)

Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Executive Editor

There was a joint Editorial Boards meeting at the University Forum for HRD (UFHRD), hosted by Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK, on June 25, 2019. Much of the discussion centered on encouraging better quality submissions, journal rankings, Editorial Boards, and social media collaboration. Action items included mentoring PhD students in terms of methods choices and checking into translation services for non-English speakers, and encouraging the use of the AHRD mentor match program. Good news about the latest impact factor information was shared as well (#.0 for HRDQ).

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 September 2019 issue will feature 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!

Stay in touch with HRDR

To learn more about HRDR’s announcements, Table of Contents, and updates, please sign up here for e-alerts from us.

Join our conversation on Facebook @HRDRjournal and Twitter @hrdrjournal.

Job Postings

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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Assistant Professor, Learning Experience Design

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University announces an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. The person hired for this position will contribute to the teaching and ongoing development of a BS program in Learning Experience Design and Innovation. This program prepares students to be leaders in the design, development, and implementation of web-based and e-learning technologies in today’s workplace that are user-friendly, contemporary and engaging.

This is a 9-month academic appointment with an anticipated start date of January or September 2020. Options for summer employment are available. Successful candidates must hold doctorate or be a doctoral student in the candidacy phase with graduation by January or September 2020. The School of Leadership and Human Resource Development houses a vibrant, interdisciplinary group of scholars whose teaching, scholarship, research, and outreach centers on the creation of positive change in people, organizations, and communities globally. Successful candidates will be collaborative team players who conduct high quality research and can contribute to the development and teaching of superior graduate and undergraduate courses. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The positions will remain open until filled.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerEarlier this month, I met with my fellow AHRD Board members for our fall retreat in Atlanta, GA. We stayed at the host hotel for the 2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas – the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. While there, we noted our excitement for returning to this site for the conference in February 2020. We were energized by the excellent hospitality, ample meeting space, and proximity to public transportation and restaurants. We are eagerly looking forward to sharing that experience with all conference attendees!

This month, I want all of you to consider these action items:

  • contact me if you are a social media enthusiast with great ideas on how to build AHRD’s social media presence
  • find out how to engage with your SIGs (you can ask me if you are unsure)
  • submit an excellent idea for a pre-conference session at the Atlanta conference
  • nominate yourself or someone else for the AHRD Board of Directors

About the Digest


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Contributors to this Issue

  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Katherine Rosenbusch
  • Jon Werner
  • Julie A. Gedro
  • Doo Hun Lim
  • Seung Won Yoon
  • Daeyeon Cho
  • Sehoon Kim

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

The AHRD Digest is published electronically the second week of each month. Please submit ideas and content that would be valuable to members to by the 10th day of the month previous.

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