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2019 AHRD Conference Committee

Conference Leadership

Karen R. Johnson

Associate Proceedings Editor
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Conference Track Chairs

Jie Ke

Assessment and Evaluation
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Katsiaryna Matusevich

Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
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Kibum Kwon

HRD Performance and Strategy
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Dae Seok Chai

International, Global & Cross-Cultural Issues
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Katherine Yeager

Leadership and Career Development
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Katherine Yeager

Leadership and Career Development
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Michael Kirchner

Organization Development and Change
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Rose Opengart

Research Methods and Foundations in HRD
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Eunjung Grace Oh

Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD
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Leadership Bios

Program Chair (Sunyoung Park)

Sunyoung Park, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Program Chair

Sunyoung Park, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University. Her research interests include organizational culture and behavior; learning and performance in the workplace; and research trends in HRD and related fields. Sunyoung served as the Chair of the International; Global & Cross Cultural Issues Track in the AHRD Conference in 2014-2016, as the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2017 Conference, and as the Proceedings Editor of the 2018 Conference. Prior to joining academics, Sunyoung worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors in the area of human resource development and instructional design. Sunyoung has received several research awards including a 2011 Outstanding Paper Award from Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Cutting Edge Awards at 2011, 2014 and 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas, and Awards for Excellence 2016: Highly Commended Paper Award from European Journal of Training and Development. Sunyoung also received 2017 LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award at Louisiana State University. She is an editorial board member for Human Resource Development Review and European Journal of Training and Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Proceedings Editor (Sarah E. Minnis)

Sarah E. Minnis, Ph.D., Western Carolina University
Proceedings Editor

Sarah E. Minnis, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the MSHR program at Western Carolina University and owner of Anthology Consulting. She has over 25 years of higher education administration, career advising, and organization development experience with 10 years specifically addressing veterans’ transition, career development, and sustainable employment. Sarah is a recognized leader in research and practice to help higher education and employment communities better understand the value, and more effectively utilize the talents, of the veterans they serve. Sarah has published and presented nationally and internationally on her research and practice. With eight years of active involvement with AHRD, Sarah has served as a member of the Scholar Practitioner SIG Steering Committee, Scholar Practitioner SIG Chair, conference submission reviewer, non-refereed track chair, Editorial Board member for Advances in Developing Human Resources, Editorial Board member for International Journal of HRD Policy, Practice & Research, and reviewer for several AHRD journals. Sarah is the second runner up for the 2015 Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award from AHRD. Sarah holds a PhD in HRD from Texas A&M University, an MA degree in student affairs from Western Kentucky University, and an MA degree in psychology from Central Washington University.

Associate Proceedings Editor (Karen R. Johnson)

Karen R. Johnson, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Associate Proceedings Editor

Karen R. Johnson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Originally from Jamaica, she graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Psychology. She holds both an MA and a PhD in Work and Human Resource Education from the University of Minnesota. She conducts and publishes research on international human resource development with emphasis on workforce education policy issues. In her research, she also examines factors that influence learning and the outcomes of learning on employee performance specifically in the dynamic tourism and hospitality industry. Karen has been actively engaged as an AHRD member since 2006 in various roles including workplace learning track chair editor, symposium chair, presenter, and reviewer in previously held conferences both in the Americas and Europe. She currently serves as an editorial board member for the journal Advances in Developing Human Resources. Karen is a recipient of the Emerald Literati Network 2016 Awards for Excellence as outstanding reviewer for the European Journal of Training and Development.

Track Chair Bios

Assessment and Evaluation (Jie Ke)
  • Jie Ke, Chair

Jie Ke, Jackson State University
Assessment and Evaluation

Dr. Jie Ke, currently an assistant professor of Human Resource Development with School of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University, obtained her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and MBA from EDHEC in France. Her research interests include Evaluation and Assessment, Diversity Training, International Human Resource Development/Management, Motivations and Needs of Adult Undergraduates, and Effectiveness of eLearning.

Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD (Katsiaryna Matusevich)
  • Katsiaryna Matusevich, Chair

Katsiaryna Matusevich, Barry University
Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD

Dr. Katsiaryna Matusevich is the Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in Human Resource Development at Barry University. She is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development at the Adrian Dominican School of Education and an adjunct professor of Human Resource Management at the Andreas School of Business at Barry University. Dr. Matusevich holds a PhD in Human Resource Development from Barry University, an MA in Community Psychology from Sage Graduate School, and a BS in Teaching and Linguistics with the specialization in the English language and literature from Minsk State Linguistic University. Dr. Matusevich has served as a reviewer for HRDR and AHRD for several years. She also holds a Brain-Based Coaching certificate from the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI) and is a NLI Results Trained Coach.

HRD Performance and Strategy (Kibum Kwon)
  • Kibum Kwon, Chair

Kibum Kwon, Texas A&M University-Commerce
HRD Performance and Strategy

Kibum Kwon is an assistant professor in the Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies at Texas A&M University-Commerce and teaches graduate courses in the Organization, Learning and Technology program. He holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Pennsylvania State University. He served as an HRD manager for a Fortune 500 company, where he designed the talent strategy and implemented enterprise-wide programs to drive talent development initiatives. His research focuses on human capital investment, organizational innovation, and employee engagement, as well as statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis.

International, Global & Cross-Cultural Issues (Dae Seok Chai)
  • Dae Seok Chai, Chair

Dae Seok Chai, Colorado State University
International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues

Dae Seok Chai (Ph.D., G.P.H.R) is an assistant professor in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change at Colorado State University. Before his doctoral journey at Texas A&M University, he was involved in designing and delivering various training programs, including cultural diversity and leadership, for various types of employees in a large Korean conglomerate. During his doctorate, as a subject matter expert and training designer, he consulted private and public sector organizations for the development of several hybrid training programs. Based on his research interests on expatriate effectiveness, international HRD, and indigenous leadership, he has published eight peer-review journal articles, two book chapter, and more than 20 conference presentations.
Leadership and Career Development (Katherine Yeager and Rebecca McPherson)
  • Katherine Yeager, Chair
  • Rebecca McPherson, Associate Chair

Katherine Yeager, Texas A&M University
Leadership and Career Development

Katherine L. Yeager is an Assistant Professor at Abilene Christian University in the EdD Organizational Leadership program. Dr. Yeager is an active member of AHRD, having served as the Leadership Special Interest Group’s Faculty Member-at-Large and a reviewer for HRDQ and HRDR. She also performed as Associate Track Chair for the Workplace Learning track for the 2018 AHRD Conference and has served on the dissertation review committee for the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year award since winning second runner-up for her dissertation in 2014. Research interests include leader and leadership identity development and women and leadership.

Rebecca McPherson, Texas A&M University – Central Texas
Leadership and Career Development

Rebecca McPherson is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. As a practitioner, she has a background in the field of human resource management and is certified as a senior professional in human resource management. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development with a focus in Adult Education from Texas A&M University. Her research interest includes investigating job mobility with a particular emphasis on adult learning and development over the life course as it relates to developing, sustaining, and retaining a qualified workforce.

Non-Refereed (Rita Kowalski and Deepika Pandita)
  • Rita Kowalski, Chair
  • Deepika Pandita, Associate Chair

Rita Kowalski, Work Life Consulting LLC
Non-refereed Track

Rita Kowalski is an organizational development consultant and an adult educator. She is the owner of Work Life Consulting LLC and is an adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her practice and research focus upon human resource development, positive organization development, workplace learning, and collaborative inquiry. She has presented work at academic and professional conferences. She earned a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. She is an editorial board member for Advances in Developing Human Resources.

Deepika Pandita, Symbiosis International University
Non-refereed Track

Deepika Pandita, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune at Symbiosis International University. She teaches post graduate and Executive MBA courses in the area of human resources, organizational learning and leadership and talent management. Dr. Pandita`s research focuses on talent management, leadership, and learning within organizations. She has published in reputed journals: European Business Review, Industrial and Commercial Training Journal and Social and Behaviour Sciences Journal. She has a graduate degree in Management and post graduate degree in Management and Human Resources. Her PhD is in the area of Talent Management and Employee Engagement. She has been in the human resources field both professionally and academically for more than 12 years.

Organization Development and Change (Michael Kirchner)
  • Michael Kirchner, Chair

Michael Kirchner, Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Organizational Development and Change

Michael Kirchner is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Purdue University-Fort Wayne. His research explores veteran career transitions, as well as the application of military leader development in non-military organizations. He has current and upcoming publications in several reputable journals including Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and Industrial and Commercial Training. Kirchner has a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development and an MA in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Research Methods and Foundations in HRD (Rose Opengart)
  • Rose Opengart, Chair

Rose Opengart, HRDOC
Research Methods and Foundations in HRD Track

Rose Opengart, Ph.D. is owner and President of HR Doctor consulting, and was most recently an Associate Professor of Management. Dr. Opengart has taught a variety of management-related courses and has worked in HR in multiple industries including manufacturing, non-profit, and academia. She holds a PHR, professional human resources certification and has received awards for course development, teaching, and publishing. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Resources & Organizational Development from The University of Georgia. Dr. Opengart’s research interests include emotional and cultural intelligence, women’s career development, mentoring, and authentic leadership.

Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD (Eunjung Grace Oh)
  • Eunjung Grace Oh, Chair

Eunjung Grace Oh, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Technology, E-Learning, and Virtual HRD

Eunjung Grace Oh, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Grace has diverse professional experiences in Korea and the United States. Her research interest includes teaching and learning in online and technology-enhanced learning environments to facilitate meaningful learning and engagement, different generational groups of workforce in terms of their learning, use of and perspective about technology, and design-based research. She was recognized as the 2017 Outstanding Assistant Professor for the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education. She teaches courses on training systems design/instructional design, learning technologies, online teaching and learning, adult and professional education, program evaluation, and management of eLearning. Her Ph.D. is in Learning, Design and Technology from the University of Georgia.

Workplace Learning (Caleb Seung-Hyun Han)
  • Caleb Seung-Hyun Han, Chair

Caleb Seung-Hyun Han, The University of Georgia
Workplace Learning

Dr. Caleb Seung-hyun Han is an Assistant Professor of Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (LLOD) at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master’s degree in Human Resource and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Research work of Dr. Han uncovers and tests the mechanisms by which individuals learn and develop from others’ expertise and experiences at work. His primary focus is on individual-level learning within organizations by exploring how this learning is influenced by interpersonal relationships and social interactions in organizations.