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Finding Balance during This Difficult Time

Katherine Rosenbusch By Katherine Rosenbusch, Chair of AHRD Professional Development

The world we live in has changed in so many ways. We are having to balance so much more now than we ever have had before. As a full-time faculty member, mom of 3 school-age children and AHRD Board member, I have realized that we have to give ourselves grace during this time. There is so much that we would like to get done in terms of research, teaching and service but we are finding it more difficult during this global pandemic.

As I go to campus twice a week—sometimes I am filled with angst and worry but I know that I need to rise above for the sake of our students. I am finding the students to be responsible and caring for one another so that we can get through this time and learn as much as we can. It has challenged my teaching style and I have missed the engagement that I feel from our university community and fellow faculty members. We are doing the best we can by having Zoom sessions and lifting each other up with encouragement but let’s face it—it is not easy.

There are some silver linings coming through the pandemic—more time with our kids and family (for better or worse), time to breathe and take some time for ourselves, understanding the importance of relationships and connections, and realizing that maybe we committed to too much and need to slow down to enjoy life.

I encourage you to reach out to a friend/colleague that you haven’t heard from in the past 6 months, send a letter to a teacher that impacted you in your life, give a family member a hug just because and find one charity to help in this time of need. By doing a little good, we encourage ourselves and others---as I always tell my daughters: “Be the reason someone smiles today!”

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AHRD Forms Antiracism Task Force

Earlier this year, the AHRD Board of Directors issued a statement and an apology addressing the presence and impacts of systemic racism on Black students, scholars, and scholar-practitioners within the Academy. To further sustain our effort, an Antiracism Task Force was approved and charged with building a more equitable, antiracist, and socially-just Academy.

The Board would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce the inaugural members of the AHRD Antiracism Task Force. This volunteer task force consists of AHRD Members and AHRD Board Leaders:

  • Marilyn Byrd, Associate Professor, Human Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.
  • Chelesea Lewellen, Doctoral Student, Educational Administration and Higher Education, School of Education, Southern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Terry Maltbia, Associate Professor of Practice, Faculty Director of The Columbia Coaching Certification Program, Associate Professor of Practice in Adult Learning & Leadership Program, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Chaunda Scott, Associate Professor, Human Resource Development, & Graduate Coordinator, Human Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice Graduate Certificate Program, Department of Organizational Leadership, School of Education and Human Services, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
  • Torrence Sparkman, Associate Professor, Department of International Hospitality and Service Innovation, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Laura Bierema, AHRD President, Professor Adult Learning, Leadership, & Organization Development, Mary Frances Early College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • Julie Gedro, AHRD Past President, Professor and Dean of the School of Business, School for Undergraduate Studies, Empire State College, Rochester, NY.
  • Khalil Dirani, President-elect, Associate Professor, Human Resource Development, Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, Texas &M University, College Station, TX.
  • Joshua Collins, AHRD Board Member, Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

The formation of the task force represents an initial and critical step towards enabling AHRD members to be morally responsible for the important work of antiracism.

Discussions of racism, antiracism, racial injustice, and racial justice have been silent within AHRD and are long overdue despite the efforts of a handful of Black scholars who have sought to begin these conversations. The Antiracism Task Force will confront the issue of racism where it stands in society—a historical, recurring problem that will require innovation and leadership.

Antiracism work involves all of us and we need your commitment to help AHRD take a sustained and substantive approach to lead as an antiracist organization. The Board encourages you to provide suggestions for discussions or action items in addition to those outlined in the statement “Black Lives Matter: Living, Learning, and Unlearning into an AHRD Pandemic of Antiracism, Learning, and Change.

To submit recommendations, please reach out to AHRD President Laura Bierema ( or Board Member Josh Collins (

Announcing the 2020 AHRD Nominating Committee

The AHRD Board is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2020 AHRD Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee members were selected in consultation with the AHRD Antiracism Task Force and approved by the AHRD Board. Members of the 2020 AHRD Nominating Committee include:

  • Dr. Julie Gedro, AHRD Past President, Professor and Dean of the School of Business, School for Undergraduate Studies, Empire State College, New York
  • Dr. Holly Hutchins, Professor & Department Chair, Human Development and Consumer Sciences, University of Houston, Texas
  • Dr. Stephanie Sisco, Lecturer, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minnesota
  • Dr. Torrence Sparkman, Associate Professor, Department of International Hospitality and Service Innovation, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York

The AHRD Nominating Committee will be announcing the nomination process shortly.

News for Members

AHRD 2021 Virtual Conference

AHRD is celebrating its 28th Annual Conference in the Americas and its first virtual conference February 17-19, 2021! We will be moving the Minneapolis in person conference to 2023.

Curious about the virtual conference registration dates and rates? Registration will open mid-October until February 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm CT; early registration will end January 26, 2021.

When you register you will have an opportunity to also Join or Renew Your Membership in one transaction with the Conference Plus Option! Plus, you will save $20 on your membership.

IMPORTANT: We will require at least one author to register for the conference to present. At least one author of each accepted submission should be registered for the conference by December 15, 2020. If other authors want to be on the chat live during the conference simulcast of their session, they will need to register for the conference. You will pay either the member or non-member rate for the entire conference. There are no one day options for the virtual conference.

Please note, these rates allow access to the entire conference in February, plus access to the proceedings AND access to the entire set of conference presentation recordings for an entire year – a tremendous value.


Conference Plus - (Join/Renew)

$ 375.00

Conference Plus - Student - (Join/Renew)

$ 260.00


$ 175.00

Non-Member (Regular or Student)

$ 275.00

Student Member

$ 150.00


Conference Plus - (Join/Renew)

$ 450.00

Conference Plus - Student - (Join/Renew)

$ 305.00


$ 275.00

Non-Member (Regular or Student)

$ 350.00

Student Member

$ 195.00

Visit the 2021 AHRD Conference Central for more information.

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AHRD Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to get more involved in AHRD? We have some excellent volunteer opportunities for members to help you develop leadership skills, network within the field, and support the work of AHRD. We are seeking the following volunteers:

Chair of PEN (Performance Excellence Network)

The Program Excellence Network (PEN) is committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of HRD education. This includes professional development as well as fostering the scholarship of teaching. The PEN Chair is responsible for:

  • Leading the PEN Community.
  • Developing professional development to support academic programs and academic program leaders in areas such as mentoring, teaching, learning, and leading.
  • Communicating PEN initiatives to PEN Members and the AHRD Board and community.

If you are interested in applying to be the Chair of PEN, submit a bio and statement of interest to AHRD President Laura Bierema at

Member of the AHRD Fundraising Committee

A key commitment of AHRD President Laura Bierema is to ensure the longevity and fiscal health of AHRD. AHRD is a 501c3 tax exempt organization and the Board is committed to ensuring we have the funds to weather uncertainty, such as a pandemic, and to provide sustained excellent service to members. During 2019, the Board made a commitment to engage in fundraising to support the organization to lead the way in ensuring we celebrate AHRD 2043.

Activities of the Fundraising Committee:

  • Develop a fundraising strategy
  • Conduct a capital campaign
  • Identify fundraising strategies
  • Fundraise

If you are interested in joining the AHRD Fundraising Committee, send a message to AHRD President Laura Bierema at

Member of the AHRD Sponsorships Committee

Soliciting sponsors for AHRD events, particularly the annual conference, is a key activity to ensure that AHRD-sponsored events provide a source of revenue to the association.

Activities of the AHRD Sponsorships Committee:

  • Develop an annual sponsorship target and strategy
  • Identify potential conference sponsors
  • Solicit sponsorship and donations to support the AHRD conference or other programming
  • Sustaining relationships with sponsors

If you are interested in joining the AHRD Sponsorships Committee, send a message to AHRD President Laura Bierema at

2020 AHRD Webinar and Facebook Live Series

During the fall of 2020, AHRD will host a series of online events.

Join us October 15 at 11am CT/12pm ET: Facebook Live “Diversity and Exclusion: The Road Less Traveled” with Dr. Marilyn Byrd – RSVP Here!

Don’t forget to save the date for our upcoming online events:

  • October 29 at 12:30pm CT/ 1:30pm ET: “2020 Cutting Edge Award Author Series” with Dr. Joshua Collins – Register Here!
  • November 5 at 11 am CT/12pm ET: “2020 Cutting Edge Award Author Series” with Dr. Karen Johnson and Dr. Demetria Ennis-Cole – Register Now!
  • November 20 at 11am CT/12pm ET: “HRDI Special Issue on Gender Hegemony” with Dr. Jamie Callahan & Dr. Carole Elliott – Register Now!

View the AHRD Events Calendar.

Recognize your peers by nominating them for an AHRD Award!

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 11 at 5:00pm CT.

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 the 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.
  • AHRD Service Award
    The AHRD Service Award is given to AHRD members in recognition of their lifetime achievement in advancing HRD through research combined with their service to AHRD as demonstrated through their time, energy and support.
  • 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.
  • AHRD Graduate Student Outstanding Paper Award
    The AHRD Graduate Student Outstanding Paper Award is given to the student author(s) of outstanding scholarly papers published in the annual Conference Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development for the same year.

View the Academy Awards page for more information and to submit a nomination

Call for Manuscript Proposals: Innovations in Qualitative Research

Submitted by Yonjoo Cho

The AHRD Qualitative Inquiry SIG is seeking manuscript proposals for a special issue on innovations in qualitative research for Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR).

We welcome proposals that offer and address innovations in qualitative research from any perspective, both from within HRD and beyond the field that are relevant for qualitative research in HRD. We seek accounts of how we might innovate and enhance qualitative research through innovative methods of data collection, research engagement, management and practices, data analysis, interpretation, and reporting. In doing so we how to spark conversations, further investigation, debates, and experimentation around innovative qualitative research.

Innovation in research methods has been described as the creation of new concepts, designs, and ways of doing things (Taylor & Coffey, 2008) and can serve as an impetus for advancement and development of existing research methods within a field.


We encourage proposals from a diversity of authors, including students, scholars, and scholarly practitioners. Proposed articles for manuscripts are welcomed through September 30, 2020.

Proposal submissions to ADHR use a 3-part format. Authors’ proposals must address a problem and recommendations, and identify relevant stakeholders. To that end, your proposal of no more than 450 words must include:

  • Part 1: An explanation of how your topic is situated in a broad problem for individuals, organizations, and or/the field of HRD.
  • Part 2: Recommendations addressing how your topic might inform HRD/workplace practices, theory, and/or research; and
  • Part 3: The stakeholders who can gain new insight or knowledge from reading your article.
  • Name, email, and affiliation for all authors

Potential Topics

Please keep in mind that we do not seek proposals of general literature reviews or reporting research where qualitative methods and inquiry practices are not the primary focus. We seek submissions addressing qualitative methods, methodology, theories/concepts, or epistemologies that meet the above definition of innovation and have potential value for HRD researchers and practitioners using qualitative research in their organizations. In particular we are seeking proposals including articles presenting:

  1. Case studies of research skills and knowledge mobilization tools for conducting applied research in HRD and organizations;
  2. Innovative, digital spaces for conducting qualitative inquiry in HRD:
    1. blogging or ‘zines;
    2. social media including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin;
    3. mobile phone applications;
    4. YouTube and TikTok;
    5. Zoom or other conferencing apps;
    6. LMS;
    7. Github;
    8. Discord channels; or
    9. Google.
  3. Innovative approaches for recruiting and sampling participants:
    1. invisibility identity and vulnerable participants;
    2. organization-wide instant messaging (IM) to increase participation;
    3. netnographical methods;
    4. saturation;
    5. techniques for retaining and engaging participants in longitudinal studies; or
    6. web version of Respondent-Driven Sampling (webRDS).
  4. Innovative methods and methodologies with potential application in HRD:
    1. arts-based research;
    2. dyadic interviewing;
    3. evaluation research that is naturalistic, critical, and culturally responsive;
    4. Feminist Action Research;
    5. fuzzy-set qualitative analysis;
    6. Kinesthetic data such as walking interviews, transecting, or walking fieldwork;
    7. linguistic or discourse analysis for studying feedback, team process or communicating messages in organizations or digital spaces;
    8. mapping as data including argument maps, body-mapping, circle map, digital mind maps, digital traces, emotion mapping, egocentric sociograms, geo-narrative, narrative cartography, geo-ethnography, or pictorial narrative mapping;
    9. multimodal study design fusing modes such as gesturing, gaze, and proximity;
    10. narrative inquiry applications like audio diaries, scrapbook diaries, biographic narrative, creative nonfiction, digital storytelling, dramatic writing, story finishing, experimental writing, memory box, poetic reflection, scroll-back method, or stimulated recall;
    11. photo-elicitation, photovoice;
    12. postmodern analysis such as deconstruction, genealogy, archaeology, rhizoanalysis, psychodynamic analysis, or power/knowledge readings;
    13. qualitative repertory grid interviews;
    14. trauma-informed methodology; or
    15. visual approaches to representing qualitative data in HRD including Alluvial diagrams, sunbursts, circle packing (packed bubble), timelines, collage portraits, and cartoons.
  5. Challenges of innovating qualitative research in HRD:
    1. social media data analysis: the process, challenges and possibilities, and/or the ethical considerations;
    2. qualitative data analysis software for engaging with postmodern data;
    3. how to interpret, analyze, or communicate with non-textual data;
    4. the challenge of post-productive methods in HRD;
    5. countering the call for “Big Data” from an interpretivist perspective;
    6. methods and approaches that de-center conventional, western approaches to qualitative research in organizations such as indigenous methodological design; or
    7. the fear or trepidation of going outside the box of traditional forms of qualitative inquiry.

Please share this call with HRD colleagues as well as anyone who might be interested in this topic.

Special Issue Editors: Yonjoo Cho, Robin Grenier, Peter Williams

You may ask questions about this call for proposal to special issue editors. General inquiries and submissions should be directed to


Taylor, C, & Coffey, A. (2008). Innovation in qualitative research methods: possibilities and challenges [Working Paper]. Available Online.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue of The Learning Organization

Submitted by Ralph T. Soule

The editors of a forthcoming special issue of The Learning Organization (TLO) devoted to explorations of links between innovation and Learning Organizations and Organizational Learning (LO/OL). The editors are particularly seeking contributions devoted to under-explored topics in innovation and organizational learning or that offer fresh philosophical and methodological positions.

The call for papers is here

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021.

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Call for Papers: Feeding, Fueling, and Clothing the World: An Adult Education and Human Resource Development Perspective on the Agricultural Value Chain

Submitted by Susan L. Karimiha and Sunny L. Munn

New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development is preparing a special issue for publication in January 2022 on workers and workplaces which operate within the agricultural value chain. The agricultural value chain (AVC) consists of the activities, goods, and services which enable products to move from their raw state to the final usable product (Trienekens, 2011). Every day, countless people working in the AVC ensure that humans have food, biofuels, and clothing. Recently, more attention has been paid to the people, organizations, and systems which provide humans with basic necessities to survive (Sethi, 2020). For example, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic spotlighted the critical role of actors in the AVC such as farmers, processors, truck drivers, and grocery store workers. As the world population and consumption patterns for food, fiber, and fuel increase, a “revolution in social and natural sciences” (Godfray et al., 2010, p. 817) is required to address challenges in the agriculture industry.

Adult education and human resource development (AEHRD) scholars and practitioners hold a special position in this issue of global importance due to the flexibility to study the individuals, processes, and systems within the AVC. However, the current literature in AEHRD relevant to the AVC is limited. The HRD literature has explored processes such as agricultural financing (Williams & Hurley, 2017), national human resource development and agriculture (Rana, Ardichvili, & Taing, 2017), skills assessment (Yawson & Greiman, 2016), and small and medium agri-food enterprises (Lans, Verhees & Verstegen, 2016; Lans, Biemans, Mulder, & Verstegen, 2010). Other research has focused on agricultural extension (Khalil, Ismail, Suandi, & Silong, 2009; Miandashti, Mohammadi, Hoseini, & Zamani, 2008; Karbasioun, Mulder, & Biemans, 2007). Additional scholarly and professional exploration may fill critical gaps in understanding the AVC from the perspective of AE and HRD.

For instance, constructs important to the AVC, but discussed in different contexts include the concept of decent work and the vulnerability of workers (Hite & McDonald, 2018), as well as the reduced career opportunities, income, and educational inequalities of low wage workers (Torraco, 2018). Prison education research by Flatt and Jacobs (2018) revealed that formerly incarcerated individuals are employed in food services, wholesale trade, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting – all fields within the AVC. Another study showed that individuals with a disability express interest in careers in agriculture, gastronomy, trade, and transport (Michna, Kmieciak, & Burzyńska-Ptaszek, 2017). Consequently, additional research relevant to the AVC is needed within AEHRD, especially research which might positively impact the work of practitioners to provide new opportunities and overcome challenges.

This issue seeks to address and explore concepts such as:

  • How do concepts important to AEHRD such as workplace motivation, engagement, work-life balance, or other psychosocial factors impact the lives, experiences, and practices of individuals within the agricultural value chain? How do these impact the practices and outcomes of organizations within the agricultural value chain?
  • How can AEHRD contribute to the livelihoods of individuals and organizations in the agricultural value chain?
  • How can AEHRD contribute to work environments within the AVC in a way that promotes inclusivity and human rights protections?
  • What role does AEHRD play in the management of natural resources and sustainable development of the agricultural value chain?

Suggested topics for this issue focusing on the global agricultural value chain include:

  • Legacies of colonialism
  • Generational issues
  • Human rights, equity, and social justice
  • Gender relations
  • LGBTQ+ workplace challenges
  • Research funding and access to study populations
  • Migrant workers
  • Workplace perspectives of marginalized populations
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Access to education, training, and resources as a driver for market competitiveness
  • Intersections of technology, cultural practices, and employment
  • Organizational development, cooperatives, and farmer associations
  • Dangerous jobs
  • Power dynamics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • International trade
  • Job performance and individual livelihoods

Submission Information

Please use the regular process for submitting articles for the special issue (

Articles for the special issue will be accepted until February 15, 2021. Including:

  • Empirical, theoretical and conceptual manuscripts (2500-7500 words)
  • A perspective paper focusing on adult education (1000-3000 words)
  • A perspective paper focusing on human resource development (1000-3000 words)
  • A writer’s forum (1000-3000 words)
  • A media review

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. To be considered for this themed issue all papers must be submitted by February 15, 2021. Papers received after the deadline will be considered for future editions of the journal.

For questions or concerns related to the special issue, please contact Susan L. Karimiha or Sunny L. Munn.

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Journal News

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Special Issue Call for Papers

Leadership and Learning during the COVID-19 Crisis: Cross-country Perspectives on the Emerging Needs of Human Resources
Special Issue Editors:
Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Metropolitan State University,
Nisha Manikoth, George Washington University,

This special issue aims to explore a breadth of change management efforts as organizations seek to find solutions for critical workplace issues within the cultural, social, economic, and political contexts they are embedded in.   

We invite proposals from scholars and practitioners to undertake a cross-country comparison on organizations in different industries/sectors to study their specific challenges in the backdrop of the crisis triggered by the pandemic and how they are managing the expectations for human resource development.

We welcome contributing papers that are:

  • From two or more countries to collaborate to study organizations from an industry/sector of their choice and explore issues related to HRD that emerge as most critical and how leaders in organizations in each of the countries are responding to the challenge.
  • Focused on industry/sectors that face the most disruption because of the pandemic, e.g. healthcare, tourism, education. Other sectors/industry may include but not limited to entertainment, non-profit and unorganized sectors (including migrant labor), small and mid-sizes enterprises (SMEs), government, and information technology (IT).

Timeline for submission:

  • January 15, 2021: Full Paper due to HRDI for Special Issue. All submissions to be submitted through Select Special Issue option in submission management system.
  • February 15, 2021: Selection complete on manuscripts for Special Issue; authors to be notified by Editor Team with review
  • June 30, 2021: Resubmission of articles and peer reviewer process through HRDI
  • March 1, 2022: Issue finalized and completed.

View the full call for papers and submission instructions here

Announcing the latest Issue of HRDI currently available on online

The latest issue of HRDI, Volume 23, Issue 4 is available here.

Jessica Li, Rajashi Ghosh & Stefanos Nachmias (2020) A special issue on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work, worker, and workplace!? Implications for HRD research and practices in time of crisis, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 329-332, DOI:  10.1080/13678868.2020.1780715 

Monica M Lee (2020) Covid-19: agnotology, inequality, and leadership, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 333-346, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1779544 

Laura L. Bierema (2020) HRD research and practice after ‘The Great COVID-19 Pause’: the time is now for bold, critical, research, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 347-360, DOI:  10.1080/13678868.2020.1779912 

David McGuire, James E. A. Cunningham, Kae Reynolds & Gerri Matthews-Smith (2020) Beating the virus: an examination of the crisis communication approach taken by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during the Covid-19 pandemic,  Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 361-379, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1779543 

Khalil M. Dirani, Mehrangiz Abadi, Amin Alizadeh, Bhagyashree Barhate, Rosemary Capuchino Garza, Noeline Gunasekara, Ghassan Ibrahim & Zachery Majzun (2020) Leadership competencies and the essential role of human resource development in times of crisis: a response to Covid-19 pandemic, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 380-394, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1780078 

Julie Gedro, Nicola Marae Allain, Desalyn De-Souza, Lynne Dodson & Mary V. Mawn (2020) Flattening the learning curve of leadership development: reflections of five women higher education leaders during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 395-405, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1779911 

Robert Yawson (2020) Strategic flexibility analysis of HRD research and practice post COVID-19 pandemic, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 406-417, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1779169 

Gary N. McLean & Boonthipa (Kate) Jiantreerangkoo (2020) The role of national HRD in an era of COVID-19, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 418-426, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1780066 

Linda M. Hite & Kimberly S. McDonald (2020) Careers after COVID-19: challenges and changes, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 427-437, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1779576 

Pallvi Arora & Divij Suri (2020) Redefining, relooking, redesigning, and reincorporating HRD in the post Covid 19 context and thereafter, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 438-451, DOI:  10.1080/13678868.2020.1780077 

Valerie Anderson (2020) A digital pedagogy pivot: re-thinking higher education practice from an HRD perspective, Human Resource Development International, 23:4, 452-467, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1778999

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Yonjoo Cho, Editor

We are excited to share that we have a new Editorial team in HRDR. We (Dr. Yonjoo Cho as Editor, Meera Alagaraja, Julie Davies and Hyung Joon Yoon as Associate Editors, and Zandra Bosie as Managing Editor) assumed our roles on August 1st, 2020. The team is looking forward to the development of the articles that HRDR features and the advancement of HRD scholarship and research for our authors and readers. Below are our photos and bios:

HRDR Editorial team

Dr. Yonjoo Cho ( is an associate professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Texas at Tyler.  Before joining academia, she worked in profit, non-profit, and academic sectors in South Korea. Yonjoo’s research interests include action learning in organizations, international HRD, and women in leadership. She published three books including: Trends and Issues in Action Learning Practice: Lessons from South Korea (Cho & Bong, 2013) with Routledge and Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership: A Cross-Cultural Analysis (Cho et al., 2017) and Korean Women in Leadership (Cho & McLean, 2018) with Palgrave Macmillan. She was recognized with the UFHRD’s Best Paper Award and Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award in 2014. She serves on the editorial board of Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development International, European Journal of Training and Development, and Action Learning: Research and Practice.

Dr. Meera Alagaraja ( is an associate professor of Human Resources and Organization Development at the University of Louisville. Meera’s research focus primarily on three distinct streams – holistic wellbeing, strategic human resources, and workforce development. As director of Wellbeing Research Lab, she trains undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines (education, public health, humanities); leads research in collaboration with community partners and companies in the US and India. She serves on the editorial board of Human Resource Development International, and Advances in Developing Human Resources. Meera’s publications were recognized for their excellence in Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) where she also received the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award in 2017; and the Monica M Lee Research Excellence award for Human Resource Development International (HRDI) journal.

Dr. Julie Davies ( is a Reader in the Decent Work & Productivity Centre, Department of People & Performance in the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K. Julie is a current member of UFHRD’s Research Activities Committee. Her research interests include HRD in SMEs and micro-enterprises, hybrid professionals, gender and impact as well as business and management education. Her work has published recently in Gender, Work & OrganizationAcademy of Management, Learning & Education,and Journal of Small Business Management. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Strategic Management from the University of Warwick, UK. She has been a practitioner Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development since 1999.

Dr. Hyung Yoon Joon (Ph.D., SPHR, NCDA Fellow) ( is an assistant professor of Workforce Education and Development at Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State, Joon was Program Coordinator of the HRD Program at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and an assistant professor of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University. He specializes in theory building, assessment and intervention development, and program evaluation in the fields of career development, leadership development, and organization development. His colleagues and he developed Hope-Action Theory (HAT), a new CD theory that is being used internationally. He served on the board of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) twice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Penn State University.

Zandra W. Bosie ( is a fourth-year Ph.D. student and a Graduate Assistant of Human Resource Development at The University of Texas at Tyler. Zandra’s research interest includes workforce readiness in disadvantaged populations, focusing on workforce development and HRD areas of study. She completed her master's degree in Employment Law with a Human Resource Managerial Law concentration at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Her work experience includes 15 years in HR and includes roles such as HR Business Partner, HR Manager, and HR Consultant. She holds SHRM-CP and PHR certifications and volunteers as a member of a local HR professional organization where she has assisted non-profit organizations with helping individuals gain the skills needed to re-enter the workforce.

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seeks an experienced, mission-focused, and strategic leader for the position of Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (AVP). The next AVP will work collaboratively across campus to integrate the office throughout all facets of the university as a trusted resource and proactive partner on all matters related to human resources (HR). The HR staff at RIT is strong and dedicated, so to build upon this solid foundation this leader must have a roll-up-one’s-sleeves attitude while focusing on creating a strategic, unified, and ambitious vision for HR at RIT.

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

Tomika GreerI hope you are encouraged by the AHRD events and opportunities on the horizon. Life in AHRD has a natural cycle between extreme busyness and less busy throughout the year. We are currently entering the busy season with conference submissions and reviews, nominations and election of new Board members, & nominations and reviews for Academy awards. This year, we add the activities of the antiracism task force and the 2020 webinar and Facebook live series to the mix as we focus on development of our AHRD members.

If you are looking for additional ways to serve in AHRD, please consider the volunteer opportunities mentioned in this issue of the Digest. There is a lot going on in this season of busyness and your contributions are welcome and desired.

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