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By Jeff M. Allen

The Dog Days of Summer

The cycle of the Academy loosely follows the academic calendar.  I’m not so sure that there really is an academic calendar anymore since the semesters, including summer, seem to have blurred into one.  However, to keep with tradition: Welcome back!  Rather than a primer on getting ready to hit the road running, I want to take the opportunity to invite you to reach out to a colleague – MAYBE even new colleague – MAYBE several colleagues.

The Academy has made it a priority during the last two years to retain and expand membership.  Membership is the driving force that provides our organization the finances to assist individual members with their career aspirations. 

“500+ members from 39 countries. They include members who are:

HRD researchers - who join AHRD to network with peers, support HRD research, attend research-focused conferences, share their findings, and learn more about the wide range of HRD research happening around the world

HRD practitioners - who join AHRD to learn about cutting edge-research and theory, meet those who produce HRD research and theory, and network with those who are leading HRD practices in 100+ organizations

HRD students - who join AHRD to network with senior HRD academics from around the world, present their own research, and support their journey as emerging HRD researchers and practitioners.”

During the last year:  I have hired members of Academy; requested recommendation for hire; recommended members for hire; been offered research opportunities; worked with a colleague mentor; worked on co-presented sessions; created journal special issues; and shared good coffee.

There is no greater asset to an organization than its members.  The members, my colleagues, have helped me grow during my career.  Their counsel on my organization and my career advancement has afforded me many new opportunities to expand my professional and personal horizons.  Members of this Academy are my first call when I get into a bind or need a new perspective.

The Academy launched a formal mentoring pilot program this spring to address the career/professional development needs of HRD faculty across different career levels (i.e., junior, mid-career, senior).  My mentor is many years my junior – Dr. Sunyoung Park from Louisiana State University.   As a “senior” faculty member, I’m excited to have a different perspective that can expand my opportunities.  Mentoring goes both ways  - we both have aspirations that will be better achieved through our shared service to our field and each other.

Our SIGS also offer many other opportunities for great minds to interact and expand opportunities. Please take an opportunity to explore the list of SIGS under “People and Opportunities”.  Don’t know how to reach out?  Contact the SIG chair!   They are a wonderful leverage point to get an “e-introduction” to other professionals interested in your area of expertise/interest.

It’s so hot in Texas right now that hot water now comes out of both taps. While it’s hot, expand your professional connection while in your comfy chair in the air conditioning. 
Leverage your information and your opportunities through the Academy during these dog days of summer and look forward to the cooler temperature of fall!


News about the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

Submissions/Proposals Due – September 8, 2015

There’s just a few more weeks left to submit a paper, abstract, or proposal for the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. See the Call for Submissions for full details. 

All submissions are due by September 8, 2015 (11:59 p.m. PDT). We also invite and encourage you to take advantage of the benefits of early submission—all submissions received by Monday, August 24 (11:59 p.m. PDT) will (1) receive decision notification two weeks earlier than others (no later than October 2) and (2), if accepted, the first author of that submission (or a designee of that author’s choice) will be eligible for a raffle for a 50% discount on conference registration (limited to 5 winners).

A few critical notes:

  • Because the submission system is new this year, be prepared to create a new account.
  • This is the last Digest before submissions, so keep the submission dates clearly in focus. There will be no extensions.

Track Chair Editors Selected

The conference team is pleased to announce the Track Chair Editors for the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Track Chairs serve a key leadership role by ensuring that the content and the design of the refereed and non-refereed sessions are supportive of the particular track. We are excited to have them a part of the Conference Team, and deeply appreciative of their service to AHRD. The Track Chairs are:

  • Assessment and Evaluation – Darlene Russ-Eft
  • Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD – Marilyn Byrd
  • International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues – Sunyoung Park
  • HRD Performance and Strategy – Judy Sun
  • Leadership and Career Development – Kori Whitener-Fellows
  • Organizational Development and Change – Roselyn Dow
  • Research Methodology – Robin Grenier and Marie-Line Germain
  • Technology, E-learning, and Virtual HRD – David Huang and Rochell McWhorter
  • Workplace Learning – Karen Johnson
  • Non-Refereed Submissions – Sarah Minnis

Be sure to visit the Conference Team page to learn more about the team. All of the track chair editors’ profiles will be available later this month.

Calling All Reviewers

Are you interested in being a peer reviewer for the 2016 AHRD International Conference in the Americas?  If so, the program team is currently recruiting.  Please contact the Associate Proceedings Editor at about your preferences for reviewing. At minimum, we need your name, your email and phone number, the track(s) you are interested in reviewing. We will send your name and contact information to the appropriate Track Chair Editor (TCE) and then the TCE will contact you if they need your reviewing expertise.  If you were a reviewer last year, your information has already been sent to the TCE and they will be contacting you soon. Your participation is appreciated in this important role—helping to ensure quality submissions and presentations truly is the foundation of the conference.

Reviewing Training & Support

AHRD is actively developing increased ways to support our reviewers. This year we’ll be offering two types of support during this reviewing cycle:

  • Training on the New System: All reviewers will be provided short and helpful online training on how to use the new submission collection system. This training will be available to all reviewers after they volunteer and are assigned submissions to review by the Track Chair Editors.
  • Mentoring for New Reviewers:  This year each track will provide mentoring for new reviewers. If you are interested in participating—either as a mentor or to be mentored—please let us know when you submit your name as a reviewer and/or contact the Track Chair Editor of the track you’ve been assigned to review for. All mentors and mentees will be paired up before September 9, 2015.

SIG-Sponsored Sessions

The Special Interest Groups of AHRD can provide vibrant spaces for learning and networking at the conference. We hope that the SIGS that you’re a part of are already busy planning some exciting things for the 2016 Conference. If you haven’t heard from your SIG Chair(s) yet about potential submissions for papers, abstracts, or non-refereed sessions, contact them with a great idea and an offer to lead or contribute on something that the SIG can offer for its members and/or other conference participants. Reminder that all submissions are due on September 8.

Inviting Pre-Conference Proposals Now

We are currently accepting proposals for pre-conference workshops. Pre-conference workshops provide a tremendous opportunity for deeper learning around a specific topic area and/or for professional development. We’re aiming to offer 1-2 pre-conferences that will really contribute to AHRD members’ scholarly and/or research capabilities.

Do you have a great idea for a pre-conference? If so, see the Call for Pre-Conference Proposals (PDF) available at Conference Central and submit a proposal by Monday, September 14, 2015 (midnight PDT).

If you would like to share and explore your idea before submitting a full proposal, contact Wendy Ruona (

Call for Considerations for the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award

The R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award is presented to the author(s) of a Human Resource Development book which is identified as outstanding in advancing the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Submission deadline is November 2, 2015.

Chair, Brad Shuck

The Academy of Human Development may award the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award to that book which is found to make a most significant contribution to the field of HRD in a given year.  Books submitted for consideration must focus on human resource development, organization development, personnel training and/or development, or more specific areas of HRD.  The Award is inclusive of both print and electronic books (eBooks). 

Books should be grounded in a sound foundation of theory and/or research, address a topic of timely importance, suggest new thinking about a topic, and/or challenge current values, beliefs, and assumptions.  Past award winners include books that have been: 

  • Scholarly, rather than a "how-to” book of checklists;  
  • Well written, including editorial excellence, innovation and quality of design relative to the field, and quality of production; 
  • Appropriate for the chosen publishing method (i.e., eBooks embrace technology and reader interactivity while print copies embrace advancements in printing technologies and visualization); and  
  • Appropriate for the target audience (as defined by the author(s)) in connecting research, theory, and practice and filling a need or a gap in the field, contributing significantly to HRD.

Nominated books for 2015 must be published between November 1, 2014 and November 1, 2015.  Books may be nominated by the author(s), Academy members, publishing house, colleague(s), or a third-party. 

Nomination Process

Authors, Academy members, publishers, or a third-party may nominate books by providing the following in the nomination:

  • The book’s full title, year of publication, publisher, telephone, email, and fax numbers for both the author(s) and publisher
  • One or two sentences describing why you are nominating this book
  • The name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the person(s) submitting the nomination

The publisher or author must mail seven (7) non-returnable copies of a printed nominated book to the AHRD office at 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114 by the deadline.

Due to the number and variety of e-Book formats available, the seven electronic submissions must be provided by the publisher in a format which imposes no costs or other burdens upon the set of reviewers who will be considering them for the award or upon the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Dependent on the nominations for any given year, the Committee may choose to award more than one Book of the Year per cycle. Given the high criterion-based standards implicit in this award however there is no guarantee that this award will be given each year.

Nominations should be sent to the AHRD Board office by November 2, 2015. Deadline to report the award winner, if identified, is to the Office by January 7, 2016.

AHRD Awards Nominations 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 those who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research.
The Board presents all the Awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

  • Awards nominations will close at 5:00 pm (Eastern), Monday, November 2, 2015.
  • All nominations are to be submitted through the website for the award and not via email to the office. To learn more about the awards and how to submit your nomination, visit the Awards Page.
  • Given the high standards implicit in these awards, there is no guarantee that these awards will be given each year.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • ADHR Best Reviewer of the Year
  • AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice Award
  • ADHR Outstanding Issue Award
  • AHRD Service Award
  • Cutting Edge Awards
  • Early Career Scholar
  • Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award
  • Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year
  • HRDR 2014 Best Reviewer of the Year
  • Laura Bierema Excellence in Critical HRD Award
  • Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award
  • Outstanding HRD Scholar Award
  • R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award
  • Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award

The 14th International Conference of the Asia Chapter of Academy of Human Resource Development - Macao, China | November 05-07, 2015

New Deadline Submission: August 25! Due to several requests the deadline for submissions to AHRD 2015 Asia Chapter Conference was extended to August 25.

New deadlines are as follows:

  • paper submission deadline: August 25
  • acceptance notification: September 10 
  • earlybird registration deadline: September 15 

All other deadlines keep as are. More information may be found here.


Welcome HRDQ Editorial Team

By Mary Lynn Lunn, Managing Editor, HRDQ

The current and outgoing 2013-2015 Editorial Team of Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) is pleased to announce the new Incoming 2016-2018 Editorial Team. 

There will be three Co-Editors:

We are delighted that two current Associate Editors Claire Gubbins and Maura Sheehan will be serving a second term as Associate Editors. They will be joined by four more colleagues whose service and contributions to the field of HRD will be well known to many members of AHRD.

HRDQ Associate Editorial Team for 2016-2018 is:

Rona Beattie – Glasgow Caledonian University, UK,
Travor Brown – Memorial University, Canada,
Claire Gubbins – Dublin City University, Eire,
Thomas Reio – Florida International University, USA,
Maura Sheehan – Edinburgh Napier University, UK,
Seung Won Yoon – Western Illinois University, USA,

Forthcoming Content, ATD Blog, Free Access to Two Special Electronic Issues, and a Guideline for Obtaining Table of Contents Alerts

The Human Resource Development Quarterly editorial team is also pleased to present a preview of the content of 26(3) [Now Available on Early View] 26(4), along with content scheduled for Volume 27.  Issues 26(4) and content for Volume 27 should be available on Early View later this summer.  You should receive your print copies for 26(3) and 26(4) on or about September 16, 2015 and December 16, 2015 respectively.

You can access Early View by going to the main journal webpage and on the left tab, Journal Menu, you will find Early View. We hope that you will look forward to receiving your electronic or print copies of these issues.

We have also included a link so that you can access a recent HRDQ article that has been featured on the ATD Science of Learning Blog.

We have also included free links to access two Electronic Issues.

Lastly, 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, the Current 2013-2015 and Outgoing Editorial Team of 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 3:

Improving the Rigor of Quantitative HRD Research: Four Recommendations in Support of the General Hierarchy of Evidence [Editorial]
Kim F. Nimon, The University of Texas at Tyler
Marina Astakhova, The University of Texas at Tyler

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

Volume 26 Issue 4:

Talent Management and Organizational Diversity:  A Call for Research [Editorial]
Maura Sheehan, Napier Edinburgh University
Valerie Anderson, Portsmouth University

Employees’ Perceived Use of Leader Power and Implications for Affect and Work Intentions
Drea Zigarmi, Ken Blanchard Companies and San Diego State University
Taylor Peyton Roberts, Ken Blanchard Companies and San Diego State University
W. Alan Randolph, Robert G. Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore

The Impact of Ethical Leadership on Employees’ In-Role Performance:  The Mediating Effect of Employees’ Psychological Ownership
Cho Hyun Park, Samsung SDS
Woocheol Kim, Korea University of Technology and Education
Ji Hoon Song, University of North Texas

Organizational Attitudes as Precursors to Training Performance
Sungjun Kim, Korean University Business School
Huh-Jung Hahn, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota
Jinkyu Lee, Korea University Business School

Developing and Applying a New Instrument for Microanalysis of The Coaching Process:  The Coaching Process Q-Set
Tatiana Bachkirova, Oxford Brookes University
Jonathan Sibley, JS Coaching & Psychotherapy
Adrian Christopher Myers, Oxford Brookes University

Forthcoming Articles for Volume 27 Issue 1

Personality Traits and Career Satisfaction in Training and Development Occupations:  Toward a Distinctive T & D Personality Profile
Eric D. Sundstrom, University of Tennessee
John W. Lounsbury, University of Tennessee
Jason L. Huang, Michigan State University

To Reveal or Conceal?  Managers’ disclosures of private information during Emotional Intelligence training
Kathryn Thory, Strathclyde University

Education as a Response to NHRD Gaps in Developing Economies: A Case Study of l’Ecole de Choix / The School of Choice (Haiti), as Critical National Human Resource Development
Julie Gedro, SUNY Empire State College
Laura P. Hartman, Boston University

Diversity Training Programme Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Hussain Alhejji
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
Thomas Garavan
Edinburgh Napier Business School
Ronan Carbery
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
Fergal O’Brien
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
David McGuire
Edinburgh Napier Business School

Media Review of A Comprehensive Guide to the Field of Human Resource Development
Sunyoung Park, Louisiana State University

Media Review of The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development
John Dewar Wilson, Director, Developing Performance Potential

Forthcoming Content for Volume 27 Issue 2

Media Review of Organizational Climate and Culture:  An Introduction to Theory, Research, and Practice
Doug Hummer, North Carolina State University

HRDQ Article Appearing in the ATD Science-of-Learning Blog

Please check it out here. Free access to the original HRDQ abstract and article are available as PDF and enhanced HTML versions.

Free Access to Two HRDQ Electronic Issues

We are delighted to announce two “Electronic Issues” have been developed and are now freely 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. Clicking on this link will give you direct access, or you can visit the main site above and go to the left tab, Journal Menu, and select from the listing of options in the Special Features tab.

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. Please forward these links to your students and colleagues.

How to Register to Receive TOC HRDQ Content Alerts

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. 

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

  1. Go to the HRDQ homepage on WOL.

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 at Registration is free.
  2. Select “Get New Content Alerts” from Journal Tools on the top of the left-hand side menu. 
  3. 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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We thank you for your continued support of HRDQ as submitting authors and reviewers, and those of you who serve on our Editorial Board. 

Please do continue to submit your high quality research to the journal, consider performing high quality reviews, and ensure that articles published in HRDQ get disseminated to colleagues so that we can continue to generate impact for the HRD field.

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


Human Resource Development International has been included in a free-to-access article collection by Taylor and Francis. The collection includes articles on a variety of topics including work-life balance, wellbeing in the workplace, job satisfaction and engagement, leadership, and stress and anxiety. The main aim of this collection is to raise the level of full-text downloads for each of the articles included in the collection, along with encouraging authors to cite these articles in their work. The collection is available via this link:


Sage Publications’ “OnlineFirst” site shares articles ahead of print for the upcoming September 2015 issue of Human Resource Development Review. The following are available to readers at: HRDR OnlineFirst. Sign up for e-alerts from HRDR at

August 3, 2015
Autoethnography as a Legitimate Approach to HRD Research: A Methodological Conversation at 30,000 Feet
Robin S. Grenier
International HRD and Offshore Outsourcing: A Conceptual Review and Research Agenda
Valerie Anderson
August 10, 2015
The Meaning of Organizational Learning: A Meta-Paradigm Perspective
Irina Popova-Nowak and Maria Cseh


Scholar-Practitioner SIG: Sarah Minnis Takes on New Leadership Role

Dr. Sara Minnis AHRD SIG Chair The Scholar – Practitioner SIG is pleased to announce that Sarah Minnis, Anthology Consulting, has been elected as the SIG Chair by the SIG Steering Committee. Sarah takes over from Jason Moats who resigned as chair earlier this year. Sarah officially begins as the SIG Chair on August 15, 2015.

Sarah E. Minnis, PhD is the CEO and Principal Consultant at Anthology Consulting LLC. She has over 20 years of higher education, career advising, and organization development experience with almost 10 years specifically advocating for veterans’ education and employment.

As a leader in research and practice addressing veterans’ transition and career development, Sarah has published and presented nationally and internationally on her experience and research. Through her ongoing work Sarah has developed a program of support and education to help higher education and employment communities better understand the value of the veterans they serve.

Sarah holds a PhD in human resource development from Texas A&M University, a master of arts degree in student affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Central Washington University.

When asked about her new role with the SP SIG, Sarah stated, “Thank you to Jason Moats for his leadership and continued input and advisement to me and the SP SIG. I'm very excited to be stepping in as Chair of the Scholar Practitioner SIG. This group is so fundamentally reflective of the way in which HRD works best through research and implementation of HRD together. I will be working with the steering committee to continue our great work. With an outstanding group of SP SIG members, I am greatly looking forward to continuing our productivity and engagement in AHRD.”


Do you value your AHRD membership? Have a desire to give back to the organization? The AHRD Board of Directors will be seeking nominations this fall for new board members. Please consider sharing your skills and expertise to grow and keep AHRD. Keep a look out for the call for nominations coming soon and contact any board member if you want to learn more about this worthwhile opportunity.

Good News

Congratulations to Dr. Mesut Akdere. He has accepted a position as a tenured associate professor in the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation in the College of Technology at Purdue University-West Lafayette.


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