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Tom GaravanSetting Intentions for an Impactful New Decade
By Wendy E.A. Ruona, AHRD Past President

Happy new decade! New years are typically a time of fresh starts, new (or perhaps renewed) resolutions, and a sense of the possibilities ahead. Indeed, many of us will spend some time in January setting specific goals for this year. Others perhaps will align with the “new” trend of setting a key word or theme to guide your development and action in 2020. I, for one, am doing both!

2020 also provides another special opportunity not to be missed for AHRD members, as this year ushers in the dawn of a new decade! History is often analyzed and referenced by the decades. While it may not be entirely accurate, we tend to reflect on “the 60s” or “the 80s” as a way to describe key characteristics of the time span as well as to situate critical events in their context.

I wonder what the story of your “twenties” (2020-2029) will be, especially as related to research and scholarship that moves the knowledgebase of HRD forward.

The nature of research and theory-building forces scholars to take the long view. We all know that a research study begun this year will not likely be published for another 2-3 years (or more, depending on a litany of reasons). And, it takes more than one research study to move the knowledgebase forward. Meanwhile the day-to-day demands of our work and life roles tug at our scholarly intentions and often have us focused on the “next” things, sometimes at the expense of the “right” (strategic and top priority) things.

The decade demarcation provides the perfect “bookends” for each of us to set and then assess our research agenda with a long view of 10 years in focus. And, to do so with a commitment to impact the field in meaningful and substantive ways. I hope that in this first quarter of 2020, you are able to carve out strategic thinking and planning space to reflect on the impact you wish to have through your research, scholarship, and/or scholarly practice.

I also hope that AHRD’s 2020 International Research Conference in the Americas (February 26-29) in Atlanta will help to stimulate and nurture your planning and intents. I and my colleagues in the Learning, Leadership & Organization Development program at the University of Georgia, led by Dr. Laura Bierema (Incoming President and Conference Chair) and Dr. Seung-hyun (Caleb) Han (Site Team Chair), are looking forward to welcoming you to Georgia very soon! Please visit Conference Central for full details of the great conference that awaits you—and register for it as soon as possible if you haven’t already.

The AHRD Board of Directors certainly wishes its members great things in 2020 and in the “twenties” that lie that ahead! We appreciate that you are a member of AHRD and we hope that the AHRD community will continue to be an important part of your scholarly goals in this new decade!

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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

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News for Members

2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas logo

2020 Conference Proceedings Now Available!

We are pleased to again be able to provide you with the Conference Proceedings online, so you can review papers and abstracts in advance.

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.

Registration for the Conference is now open. Visit the AHRD website for other important links, announcements, and updates. See you in Atlanta!

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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

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Call for Proposal Submissions to the 21st International UFHRD Conference

“Sustainability and Ethics: The Responsibility of HRD in the Global Society”
Budapest Business School, Budapest, Hungary, June 10-12, 2020

The Conference committee welcomes presentations on the latest research findings, current practices, and theoretical developments in HRD. We would like to invite academics, practitioners, and students working in any HRD-related fields to contribute to the conference by presenting papers, participating in sessions and discussions, and attending workshops.

The conference accepts full papers, working papers, and practice-based papers describing original research, studies, and/or innovative practices that have not been published elsewhere. The official language for this international conference is English. Submissions are to be made to one or more of the above categories of papers by selecting the appropriate Conference Stream from the list below:

  1. Leadership Management and Talent Development
  2. Coaching and Mentoring
  3. Global, Comparative and Cross Cultural Dimensions of HRD
  4. Employee Engagement
  5. Diversity and Equality Issues in HRD
  6. Workplace Learning, Training and Development
  7. Strategic Capabilities and HRD
  8. Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  9. Critical Approaches to HRD
  10. Practitioner Research, and Learning and Teaching Research
  11. Sustainability and Ethics in HRD

The proposal submission deadline is February 10, 2020.

For more information about the Conference, the Call for Papers, and the Proposal Submissions please visit the conference website at

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Join the AHRD Book Club Focus Session

Submitted by Dr. Carole Elliott

Are you attending the 2020 AHRD conference? If so, we would be delighted if you were to join us for Book Club.

You Will Be Safe Here

What is it?

Book Club is a Focus Session at the 2020 Conference designed to provide participants with the opportunity to engage in an alternative form of social and intellectual exploration. During the Focus Session, your experiences of reading the novel, and your interpretation of it, will provide the basis for discussions around HRD’s embeddedness within the socio-political context and how HRD might respond to the challenges represented by the novel’s themes. We will conclude our group discussion with a plenary discussion addressing the benefits and challenges of embedding processes such as book club in the workplace, classroom, or online teaching environment.

How can you participate?

Prior to the conference, we ask you to read Damian Barr’s novel, You Will be Safe Here. If you like, you can take notes as you read or simply enjoy the text. Then at the conference, attend the Focus Session facilitated by Carole Elliott, Jamie L. Callahan, Robin S. Grenier, and Kristi Kaeppel.

If you have any questions about participating, please contact one of the facilitators:

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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 a.m. and end on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at noon. Students and faculty are encouraged to make 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

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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 here:

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Journal News

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor-in-Chief

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Announcing the latest Issue of HRDI

The latest issue of HRDI, Volume 23, Issue 1 is available here

Currently available on online:

  • Jessica Li (2020) Join the fight against poverty: utilizing HRD practices to support pathways to sustainable employment and decent work, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 1-4, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1701222
  • Talieh Sadeghi (2020) Associations between workplace learning patterns, social support and perceived competency, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 5-24, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1627512
  • Katherine Moore & Maria Hameed Khan (2020) Signalling organizational commitment to employability through job advertisements: The communication of HRD practices to young inexperienced job seekers, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 25-45, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1679569
  • Jeonghwan Choi (2020) The mediating effect of positive psychological capital between autonomous work environment and self-directed behavior: Evidence from South Korea, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 46-65, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1632094
  • Sean B. Justice, April Bang, Henriette Lundgren, Victoria J. Marsick, Rob F. Poell & Lyle Yorks (2020) Operationalizing reflection in experience-based workplace learning: A hybrid approach, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 66-87, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1621250
  • Adeleke Oladapo Banwo & Jianguo Du (2020) When the good outweighs the bad: Organizational citizenship behaviour (OCB) in the workplace, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 88-97, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2018.1449546
  • Sateesh. V. Shet (2020) Strategic talent management – contemporary issues in international context, Human Resource Development International, 23:1, 98-102, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1650324

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Additional News

Job Postings

Director of Employee/Labor Relations, R19118B

Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington

Under the direction of the Vice President of Human Resources (VP-HR), the Director of Employee/Labor Relations is responsible for assisting with managing comprehensive employee and labor relations for the Office of Human Resources at Bellevue College. Position duties include, but are not limited to, participation in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements (CBA); CBA administration and interpretation; providing guidance and assistance to HR team members, supervisors, and managers on employee related issues; and managing and administering organization-wide employee and labor relations that supports the mission and the goals of HR and Bellevue College.

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Assistant/Associate/Clinical Professor/Department Chair, Human Resource Dev

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

The tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department Chair, or Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development will teach and advise in two online programs: the Bachelor of Science in Workplace Training and Leadership and the Master of Science in Human Resource Development (a WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program). The position holder will advise online and face-to-face, recruit students, secure grants, and provide service to the College, University, and the Human Resource Development (HRD) profession.

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

University of Houston, 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.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika GreerDuring the first week of January 2020, I was wasting time on the Internet when I ran across an online quiz that promised to tell me what my theme word for the new year should be. These sorts of quizzes always intrigue me, so I clicked on the quiz and answered the handful of questions that were presented to me. After submitting the quiz, I was rewarded with one word: “GATHER”. Hmmm…according to this website, my theme word for 2020 was gather — a bit anti-climactic for me, to say the least.

Google tells me that gather means to “come together; assemble or accumulate”.

I don’t suspect that rallying around the word gather in 2020 will lead me to great heights of prosperity or popularity. But, I am keeping gather in my mind’s eye as a means to create meaningful relationships in personal and professional networks this year. Maybe something unexpectedly powerful will come out of it.

And this is where I encourage you to gather with me…in Atlanta, Georgia…in about a month…at the AHRD Conference! I’ll be there, seizing opportunities to gather with you! After all, I’ve been told that’s my theme word for 2020.

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  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Wendy E.A. Ruona
  • Carole Elliott

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