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From the Board

By Holly Hutchins

On the Importance of Honoring

It is no small coincidence that I am writing my Board column on the way back from the AHRD 2015 Conference in the Americas, as this is usually when I am brimming with ideas and reflections about another great conference event. Today also marks the Academy Awards event in California where celebrities will gather to honor those recognized for their performance, creativity and masterful directing of cinematic features. As such, I found myself reflecting on how we recognize our own Academy members for their exceptional research, innovation, and service to the profession.

I love the Academy Awards, not so much for their pomp and circumstance, but for the speeches that both honor and express gratitude for the recipient’s creative work (and yes, the commercials!). I believe we, in our own Academy awards celebration, can take some cues from their design (presentation duration notwithstanding!). These include careful and intentional preparation (i.e., practice what you will say), short but specific descriptions of the importance of the award and a few examples of the recipient's work relative to the award, and projected enthusiasm for the winner. I would also like to hear from the recipient accepting the award: what the award means, the work it took, and who she/he wants to acknowledge. All of this could happen in 5 minutes (or less) per award. Given our number of awards, this would still keep us to a one hour time slot.

When Jia Wang and I won the Early Career Scholar Award in 2011, I remember time standing still as they read our names. The excitement of the recognition made the moment electric for me, and there were things that I wished were shared about my work — and how hard but so important the work was — and for me to acknowledge those who had mentored me, the importance of the Academy in my own research development, and to acknowledge how humbled I was to be joining a group of researchers who had also received the award. So much to say, to honor, and to encourage others to follow.
I will use two examples from our 2015 recent awards event to represent my suggestions as examples:

Great example: Joshua Collins’ introduction and presentation of the “Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award” to Jamie Callahan. Josh was authentic in his remarks noting, “I am not sure I would have the language around conducting critical HRD research without Laura’s work.” He also described Jamie’s pursuit of doing advocacy work with her steady progress in heightening the critical perspective in the HRD field as author, HRDR editor, and former Board member. I would have liked to hear Jamie’s voice as well, and expect she would have acknowledged the importance of the critical work by calling for more scholars to apply a critical research lens.

A Less than Great Example: My introduction of the AHRD Service Award to Neal Chalofsky (George Washington University). I quickly compiled a speech in the moments walking up the podium and struggled to offer a few general comments about the award significance and the recipient. However, there was much more to say and it was a disservice to Neal and the award that I didn’t speak more about how his service impacted the profession. If I were to do this over again, I would have said the following:

                  The AHRD Service award recognizes individuals who have contributed considerable time, emotion, resources and leadership in support the Academy’s work. Often times, this consistent work is hidden in supporting conference events, engaging our students, spending hours reviewing articles, or in the time spent in Board or committee meetings supporting AHRD’s future direction. Today, we recognize Neal Chalofsky’s considerable service to the AHRD in the last 20 years, exemplified through his leadership and consistent support of AHRD. I will now share a few examples of Neal’s service and impact to the Academy. Neal served as Chair of AHRD’s Committee on the Status of HRD Programs (1996-1997), which was the first committee to examine the issue of the quality of our academic programs and whether AHRD should play a role in advancing the level of academic quality. Neal also served as co-chair of AHRD’s Committee on Standards and Accreditation (2004-2008), which was a four-year effort to establish quality standards for academic programs. He was a founding member of the Qualitative Inquiry SIG, serves as the GWU PEN member, and continues to support AHRD’s mission of leading the practice through our research.

I know the Board had intentional conversations shortly after our 2015 conference about how we can alter our 2016 Academy Awards program to better recognize our winners. I look forward to the celebration and our honoring of those that do such important work for the Academy and our members. I may even sport fashionable attire in case there is a red carpet. Look out, Josh Collins!


Howdy from Your Conference Team!

We hope you have not forgotten about the conference…next year’s conference will be held February 18-20, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. We are already working hard to make this even better than the 2015 conference and we need YOUR help!

Now is the time to identify what your contribution to HRD will be at next year’s conference! We are still working on the call for submissions, but we expect to have the same type of sessions (see below for brief descriptions of each). So, take this time to figure out what you can do. What are you interested in? What is that burning question you have about our wonderful field? Who would you like to work with? What would you like to share with your AHRD colleagues?

Refereed Options
Refereed Full Manuscripts (8,000 word maximum) — This is a fully developed, scholarly product sharing completed empirical studies and/or substantive theoretical/conceptual works.
Refereed Abstract (2,000 word maximum) — Abstracts for consideration as a refereed presentation can include conceptual/theoretical work, empirical studies, and other research. Abstracts should outline completed work.
Refereed Symposium — These symposia provide the opportunity for a group of authors to submit a pre-defined group of either 3-5 full manuscripts or 3-5 abstracts. Each individual manuscript or abstract must meet the requirements outlined for that type of submission.

Non-Refereed Options
Focus Session — This format allows the opportunity to offer a session that focuses in-depth on a specific topic area. These might be colloquiua, expert panel discussions, or other kinds of session designs that foster scholarly exploration as related to a specific topic.
Interactive Roundtable Dialogue — This format is designed for small groups to focus on topics of common interest. The organizer frames the topic, poses guiding questions, and facilitates a dialogue with participants joining the table.
Professional Development Workshop — The PDWs provide the opportunity for colleagues to share knowledge and expertise that foster professional development of AHRD members around capabilities to support research, theory-building, and/or scholarly practice.
Food ‘n’ Thought — These sessions are informal brown bag sessions where participants engage in thoughtful conversations about topics important to HRD researchers and scholar-practitioners.

Don’t be shy! Jump in and participate! We will have more for you on next year’s conference, next month!

Mark Your Calendar

The International Conference on “Human Resource Development: The Roadmap to Strategic Business Leadership” will be held December 17-19, 2015 in Ahmedabad, India.

This conference is organized by the Academy of HRD, India in co-operation with the Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The call for papers/proposals will be out soon. For more information, please contact Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran.

CIPD Conference Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of HRD

A new award will be presented at the UFHRD 2015 conference to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of HRD. Nominations are now open for this award and will close on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

The award is open to academics, practitioners and others who have had wide influence upon the field of theory and practice of HRD across Europe. The award comprises of a cash prize of £200 and a plaque for the winner.

The criteria for the award are as follows:

  • Nominations must be made before Tuesday 5 May 2015
  • Self-nominations are not accepted (because the award is about the impact on others)
  • Nominations should include a maximum of 300 words in support of the nominee

The decision of the selection committee is final. The selection committee comprises of Prof. Jim McGoldrick (President, UFHRD), Ruth Stuart (L&D Research Adviser, CIPD) and Dr. Ronan Carbery (Conference Chair). Nominations should be sent by email to: and should contain the words ”CIPD Conference Award” in the subject title to the email.

The NEW AHRD Store

Do you consider yourself fashion forward? A trendsetter? Then now is your chance to bring your fashion sense and passion for HRD together by wearing AHRD merchandise. AHRD has a new storefront featuring shirts, vests, and jackets that can be customized with your choice of colors, additions of university or company logos, and names. Visit the AHRD store today!



The Human Resource Development Quarterly editorial team is pleased to present a preview of the content of 26(2) and 26(3).  These issues should soon be available on Early View. We hope that you will look forward to receiving your electronic or print copies of these issues. 

In addition, we are delighted to announce that two “Electronic Issues” have been developed and will be available on the Wiley Online Website

The first “E-Issue” is our “Silver Anniversary Edition — Celebrating 25 Years of HRD Scholarship.” This issue contains all of the invited editorials and featured articles commemorating our anniversary. The second “E-Issue” is our “Award Winning and Highly Commended HRDQ Articles in 2013-2014.” This issue contains the award winning and highly commended articles in HRDQ during 2013-2014. The content of these “E-Issues” will be available for free for a period of time. We hope that these “E-Issues” will be useful resources to you.

We have also included a guide that you can follow so that you can register to ensure that you receive HRDQ Table of Contents Alerts through Wiley Online. Please kindly share this guide with your colleagues and students so that the content of HRDQ can be widely disseminated.

With our best wishes, Andrea D. Ellinger, Editor, Mary Lynn Lunn, Managing Editor, Valerie Anderson, Claire Gubbins, Kim F. Nimon, Maura Sheehan, and Jon M. Werner, Associate Editors

Volume 26 Issue 2:

Embracing Translational HRD Research for Evidence-Based Management: Let’s Talk About How to Bridge the Research-Practice Gap [Editorial]
Claire Gubbins, Dublin City University
Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University

Factors Affecting Perceptions of Procedural Fairness of Downsizing: A Policy Capturing Approach
Jennifer Bragger, Montclair State University:
Diana Evans, Montclair State University
Gene Kutcher, Rider University
Ken Sumner, Montclair State University

Intra and Inter-organisational Learning Networks and the Implementation of Quality Improvement Initiatives: The Case of a Portuguese Teaching Hospital
Sara Mónica Moutinho Barbosa de Melo, Queen's University Belfast
Matthias Beck, Queen's University Belfast

(Mis)Interpretations of Organizational Socialization: The Expectations and Experiences of Newcomers and Managers
Russell Korte, Colorado State University
Samantha Brunhaver, Stanford University
Sheri Sheppard, Stanford University

Theoretical Constituents of Relatedness Need Satisfaction in Senior Executives
Marcus B. Mueller, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg
Geoff P. Lovell, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Australia

Volume 26 Issue 3:

Learning Transfer in Practice: A Qualitative Study of Medical Professionals’ Perspectives
Myungweon Choi, Ajou University
Kathryn Roulston, University of Georgia

Measuring the Business Impact of Employee Learning: A View from the Professional Sector
Shahron Williams van Rooij, George Mason University
Jerusalem Merkebu, George Mason University

The Invisible Learning Ceiling: Informal Learning Among Pre-School Teachers and Assistants in a Norwegian Kindergarten
Vidar Schei, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
Ida Nerbo, NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Psychological Capital Intervention (PCI): A Replication and Extension
Silvia Dello Russo, ISCTE-IULl
Petya Stoykova, ISCTE-IUL

We thank you for your continued support of HRDQ as submitting authors and reviewers, and those of you who serve on our Editorial Board. Kind regards, Andrea D. Ellinger, Editor, Mary Lynn Lunn, Managing Editor, and Associate Editors Valerie Anderson, Claire Gubbins, Kim Nimon, Maura Sheehan, and Jon Werner

How to Register for HRDQ New Content Alerts

By Mary Lynn Lunn, Managing Editor, HRDQ

Would you like to receive automatic alerts when new Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) articles are available online? This instruction guide provides the steps for quickly registering for email alerts from Wiley Online Library (WOL). HRDQ readers, authors, and reviewers, who are WOL registered users, can register to receive alerts about new HRDQ articles available online in Early View (EV) and to receive the detailed table of contents each time a new issue of HRDQ is published online. 

Here are the four easy steps for registering for Content Alerts:

  1. Go to the HRDQ homepage on WOL using the following link:

On the HRDQ homepage, click on “How to Register for New Content Alerts” under the Special Features menu on the bottom left-hand side of the webpage. (A screen shot of the Special Features menu is shown below in Figure 1.) The steps (the same as steps 2-4 below) for registering for new content alerts will be displayed.

  1. Log into Wiley Online Library (at the upper right-hand corner of the screen). If you are not a WOL registered user, you can create your profile using the link below. Registration is free.
  1. Select “Get New Content Alerts” from Journal Tools on the top of the left-hand side menu.
  2. Submit your preferences and you are done. With this simple registration process, you will now receive an email alert each time a new Early View article(s) or new issue of the journal is posted online. 

There is a second option for setting up and revising Content Alerts. After creating a WOL profile, users can also choose “Alert Manager” from the “My Profile” menu (see highlighted in screen shot below in Figure 2). To register for new content alerts or revise existing journal content alerts, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the HRDQ homepage on WOL.
  2. Log into your WOL user account at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Select “My Profile” at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  4. Select “Alert Manager” at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

On this screen, you can then select additional journals under “Publications” and “Browse by Subject” from the menu bar at the bottom of the screen, or you can remove content alerts under the “Content Alerts” section of the screen.

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Research Request

Identifying Common Core Strategies to Understand the Intersection of Research and Practice in Human Resource Disciplines

* Study participation requests have been reviewed and approved by a representative of the AHRD Board

Dear Colleague,

We are conducting a research project entitled: “Identifying common core strategies to understand the intersection of research and practice in human resource disciplines”. The purpose of this quantitative study is to fill some of the voids in current scholar-practitioner literature by beginning to establish a common vocabulary for theory and practice. The objectives are twofold:

(1) to expand upon the knowledge base to bridge the gap between research and practice in HRD; and (2) to identify strategies that have proved effective in integrating research into practice and/or align practice with theory. We are requesting your participation as an active participant in HR disciplines.

We realize that your time is valuable and have attempted to keep the requested information as brief and concise as possible. It will take no more than 30 minutes of your time. Your participation could add value by acquiring additional knowledge on factors that influence HR professionals’ success.

Your consent is implied by the completion of the questionnaire, participation in this project is voluntary, and you may stop participating at any time during the survey without consequence.

There are no known risks to you for participating in this study. Responses will be recorded anonymously, and the information collected will be kept confidential to the extent allowed by law and by University policy. Please assist us in our research by completing the survey via the following link by May 25, 2015.

IRB #15-02-539
Approved: 03/06/2015
Expires: 03/05/2016

Thank you for your time and assistance.
Claretha Hughes, Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA

Jia Wang, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA


Congratulations to Jeff Allen from the University of North Texas, Department of Learning Technologies, who was promoted to Regents Professor.

Barbara Eversole was granted an AY 2015-2016 sabbatical to continue Bob Hamlin's work in more European countries and New Zealand. She received two internal grants and applied for a SHRM Foundation grant to support her work. Best of luck, Barbara!

Congratulations to Marie-Line Germain, who received promotion and tenure from Western Carolina University.


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Instructional Design Specialist II (one of two postings)

The Instructional Design Specialist II will be responsible for executing an established curriculum development process. The Instructional Design Specialist II will work with subject matter experts and technical writers to establish training needs, prepare learning objectives, and define and sequence course content for both classroom and online learning. Read more

Instructional Design Specialist II (two of two postings)

The Instructional Design Specialist (IDS) II will be responsible for executing an established curriculum development process. The IDS II will work with Subject Matter Experts (SME) to establish training needs, prepare learning objectives, and define and develop course content for both classroom and online learning. He/she will utilize knowledge of adult education theory, various learning styles, and effective information design principles to maximize learner success and ensure overall effectiveness of the training materials. Read more

Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development

Academic Professional Faculty members are essential to accomplishing the departmental vision of serving a new undergraduate student population in Human Resource Development and Technology Management. This is a nine-month appointment with responsibilities for four undergraduate courses per semester in the area of human resource development. Read more

Cost of posting:

Members - $25.00
Non-members - $100.00
PEN Members - FREE

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Robin Grenier, Editor
Holly Hutchins
Mary Lynn Lunn

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