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From the President

By Ron Jacobs, AHRD President

As I am writing this, the submission deadline for the 2015 annual conference in St. Louis has just passed, and there’s a palpable silence around our HRD faculty offices here at the University of Illinois. For the past three to four days, there seemed to be a continuous stream of students milling around, intensely discussing their most recent drafts with each other and asking faculty for any last-minute feedback for improvement. “Do you think I should include both figures in my paper?” “Is the problem statement adequate?” I even had a few faculty colleagues ask me, “Since you’re the president, can’t you get me an extension for my submission?” Thankfully, that decision is out of my control. For me, all of this has been an invigorating experience observing our highly committed Illinois scholarly community prepare their manuscripts for the conference.

Now comes the most difficult part. That is, waiting to hear back the results as the peer review process kicks into gear. Many of you may have received email solicitations from the various track chairs, requesting your assistance as a peer reviewer. I hope you have agreed to serve the field in that role. The contributions of reviewers cannot be under-estimated. Reviews form the core of the scholarly process, without which we lose the essence of determining the trustworthiness, stability, and credibility of the knowledge in our field. One of the growing (and humbling) experiences for all scholars is to receive critical feedback about our work. I tell my students that sometimes a rejection is as important professionally as an acceptance. But this is only if the individual views the rejection not as a representation of themselves as a person, but as a judgment of their performance in this instance. I have to admit that even for me, after all these years in the field, a rejection does sting and my ego suffers tremendously. But that’s how the peer review system is supposed to work: objective, fair, and helpful.

The 2015 annual conference is shaping up to be one of our best. More information will be forthcoming about our keynote speaker – you’ll be pleased – and with the format of the Town Hall Forum. I cannot honestly wish that everyone’s papers receive positive feedback and are accepted. That might be too much to ask for in a research conference. But I do wish that the reviews will be both critical and constructive in furthering your personal scholarly journey. We are a community of HRD scholars, and to that extent we belong to a select group in the broader scientific community. The basis of our value comes from the sound research that we do to facilitate the learning and performance of individuals, organizations, and societies. That purpose statement sounds pretty important to me, as much as joining us at the annual conference in February. As the title of the 1945 film classic starring Judy Garland implores all of us, “Meet Me in St. Louis.” I hope to see all of you there.

Ron Jacobs
President, AHRD

From the Board

AHRD SIGs – Building Our Scholarly Communities

By Jessica Li

In the midst of recent events at the University of Illinois, one cannot help to reflect on the nature of scholarly communities and what makes them vibrant and impactful. After all, organized communities of scholars have certain responsibilities to their members. For one thing, the community should offer a safe environment for its members to debate, exchange, create novel ideas, and to advocate for and protect its members when external pressure interferes. In turn, each member has the responsibility to actively participate and contribute to the growth and the health of the community.

AHRD SIGs are a form of scholarly communities, which seek to advance scholarly discussion and dissemination. SIGs have been a part of AHRD for six years now. As I responded to the call to fill the Board role held by Martin Kormanik to coordinate the SIGs, I could not help but to be reflective as well. First of all, I appreciate the Board’s confidence in me when they accepted my nomination. Second, I wanted to recognize the hard work of my predecessors, Martin Kormanik and Shani D. Carter, for their combined six years of hard work to bring SIGs to what they are today. Most importantly, I want to thank the hard working SIG chairs, members of SIG leadership teams, all active SIG members, and everyone else who have contributed to the development of SIGs in the AHRD community. ALL OF YOU ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SIGs.

You may recall in the last edition of the Digest, Jeff Allen talked about finding a professional home. SIGs can serve as a professional home, but with a more narrowly focused agenda and possibly a more fluid structure. SIGs offer a place for scholars having similar interests to come together for discussion, exchange of ideas, and to create new opportunities for its members. Members of the SIGs have produced scholarly outputs, such as journal publications, creative projects, and so forth. As a by-product, they offer opportunities for individuals who are inspired to be academic leaders to polish their leadership and organizational skills, giving members a sense of belonging and an enhanced academic portfolio.

Exchange of ideas requires the participation of two or more participants. Obviously, the activity levels of our SIGs vary. Some are more active than others. Last month, Wendy Ruona, the conference chair, contacted all SIG leaders to gain input about how SIGs would best use the time at conference, and how the Conference can schedule SIG meetings that can best meet these needs. Again, this demonstrates AHRD’s vested interest for ensuring the success of the SIGs.

As I am reflecting on my role, I may not have groundbreaking ideas to contribute to the SIGs. But I remind myself that many new ideas are generated as a community. In that sense, I want to be a liaison, a supporter, a cheerleader, a helper, an advocate and maybe even a counselor for the SIGs. Together, we will continue to push this community of scholarly practice forward. I want to challenge you to up your level of active participation, and I want to see all of you in St. Louis!


Call for Board Nominations

The AHRD Board of Directors, guided by the leadership of the President, enacts the vision and directs the activities of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three Board members. We need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions – people who will lead our ever-growing and ever-changing Academy with vitality and vision.

Board Member Nominations:

Any member of the AHRD, including former Board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board. Self-nominations are also accepted. AHRD has a strong commitment to diversity in its general membership and to the diversity of the membership of its Board. Those considering having their names placed in nomination should consider their time commitment for Board assignments. Each member of the Board is given at least two assignments, which include serving on a Board committee and as Board liaison to an Academy committee. Board members are elected for a three-year term and are expected to attend the Board meetings during the annual conferences in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and one additional Board meeting each year of the three-year term, which are scheduled in the fall and at various locations. Board members are expected to cover their own expenses for attendance at scheduled Board meetings.

Nominations Procedure:

All nominees must adhere to following election guidelines.

Nominations for Board members should be sent to Darlene Russ-Eft by October 24, 2014. Nominations will close on October 24, 2014. Whether you nominate yourself or someone else, all nominees must provide a written statement that includes both their biographical information and vision for the Academy, including how they would like to contribute in their role as a Board member. You are restricted to a total of 250 words for your statement, which includes both your biographical information and vision. If the statement exceeds this word restriction, sentences will simply be dropped from the end of the statement to fit the space limitation.

Please note that the use of flyers or the AHRD listserv for the promotion of candidates is prohibited.

Please send nominations and nominee statements to Darlene Russ-Eft, Chair, AHRD Nominating Committee, via email A reply email confirmation will be sent to you indicating that your nomination has been received. If you do not receive this confirmation within 48 hours, please re-send and/or contact

All AHRD members will receive instruction for completing their ballot, which will be found at the AHRD website in November. The AHRD election process will be completed by December 12, 2014 and new Board members will be introduced to the Academy at the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas February 18-22, 2015.

AHRD Webinars

AHRD SIGs – Building Our Scholarly Communities

The Academy is dedicated to providing relevant and innovative professional development to its members. One way AHRD does that is through providing webinars to members and the wider community of HRD scholars and practitioners. Currently we are seeking individuals who are interested in facilitating a webinar. Webinars last between 1-1.5 hours, focus on a wide range of topics, and can be facilitated by a single individual or small group. Expressions of interest in the form of proposed webinar title, primary audience, and aims, along with your contact information, can be sent to Robin Grenier by November 1, 2014.


Submissions & Proposals Are "In"

Submissions/proposals for the 2015 AHRD Conference were due on September 8, and we’re pleased to report that we received over 230 of them! We appreciate the enthusiastic participation of HRD scholars and practitioners in submitting all of these submissions – and we’re confident we’re headed towards a very stimulating conference in St. Louis in February.

The review of these will commence by the end of this week and feedback will be back to authors in late-October. If you have any questions about the review process, contact the Program Team (listed at Conference Central).

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 2-3 pre-conferences that will really add value to our members, especially in areas that are particularly fitting with the conference theme related to exploring the “frontiers” of HRD research and practice.
Do you have a great idea for a pre-conference? If so, see the Call for Pre-Conference Proposals available at Conference Central and submit a proposal by Monday, September 15, 2014 (midnight PDT). If you would like to explore your idea before submitting a full proposal, contact Wendy Ruona (

Call for Nominations

One highlight of the AHRD conference is the awards ceremony where the Academy recognize the contribution of our members to the field of HRD and to our community. Members can nominate themselves and colleagues for the following awards by visiting the Academy Awards page on the AHRD website

  • AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice Award
  • Early Career Scholar Award
  • HRD Scholar Hall of Fame
  • Outstanding HRD Scholar Award
  • Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award
  • R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award
  • AHRD Service Award

Please visit the site to learn about the criteria for these awards. Nominations will be accepted through the AHRD website only. Nominations remain open until 5:00 pm Eastern, November 3, 2014.

Hold the Dates on Your Calendar & Make Your Travel Plans

Reminder that the AHRD conference is February 19-21, with pre-conference sessions and activities February 17-18. We hope you’ve reserved those dates on your calendar and plan to attend the conference! Conference registration will be available in late-October/early-November, but you may want to consider starting to make your travel plans (hotel details on Conference Central now).

We hope you’ll consider participating in a pre-conference this year (on February 17 and/or 18). The Conference Team has already had a preview of some proposals for pre-conferences and we can assure you that there will be 2-3 really compelling pre-conferences available to select from! Also, we highly recommend being at the conference hotel by noon on Thursday, February 19 to optimize the first day of conference activities. The Conference Team is considering introducing some innovation around the way that first day of the conference has traditionally been scheduled, and you won’t want to miss it!

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

Does your organization or one you know of want to reach leading national and international scholars and practitioners in HRD? If so, check out the opportunities AHRD provides for exhibitors and sponsorship at Conference Central and/or contact Carissa Wolf ( directly.

Journal News

Call for Papers for HRDI: HRD in South Korea

Call for Papers for HRDI: HRD in South Korea

The Guest Editors – Seung Won Yoon, Doo Hun Lim, and Deayeon Cho – seek papers that capture best practices, insights, challenges and future needs of HRD in South Korea. Submissions are due on February 1, 2015. Review the Call for Papers:

Announcing HRDR’s New Editorial Team

Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker, The George Washington University, officially took over as the Editor in Chief of Human Resource Development Review from Dr. Jamie Callahan, Drexel University, in August 2014. Ms. Mariela Campuzano, The George Washington University, has been named the new Managing Editor. Congratulations and best wishes to Julia and Mariela and our heartfelt thanks to Jamie and her team for their leadership and contribution to HRDR and the AHRD.

News from ADHR

Check out the latest news regarding Advances in Developing Human Resources on the SAGE management blog:


AHRD Asian Chapter Conference

The early bird registration deadline has been extended to October 17, 2014. More information is available on the AHRD website.

Call for Contributions

Routledge Studies in HRD (Series editor: Monica Lee, University of Lancaster, UK): Identity as a Foundation for HRD. This is an invitation to contribute theoretically or empirically to an emerging and important area of identity scholarship, with a view to stimulating academic debate and supporting innovations in policy and practice in the area of Human Resource Development (HRD). Expressions of interest in the form of proposed chapter titles and aims should be submitted by 31 October, 2014 to Questions or queries may also be addressed to Kate Black via this email.

It is anticipated that chapters, which will be subject to editorial review, will be required by January, 2016.

The following areas are suggested, but by no means limiting:

  • Conceptualizing the contributions of identity theorizing to learning and HRD
  • Traditions and trajectories in identity theorizing
  • The dialectic of the individual and the social in identity
  • Identity positions and the effectiveness of HRD interventions
  • The contribution of formal HRD to the formation of identity
  • The contribution of non-formal HRD to the formation of identity
  • Researching with identity: research methods for exploring identity in HRD
  • Working with identity: the interpretation of learning needs
  • Working with identity: designing HRD interventions
  • Working with identity: resources and techniques of HRD educators
  • The implications of identity for HRD strategy

The 12th International Conference on Knowledge, Economy and Management

You are invited to the ICKEM2014 on November 27-30, 2014 in Antalya-Turkey. The ICKEM Conference has a very special place as it is one of the very few continuous conferences regularly held in this area. The conference has teamed up with the International Journal of Knowledge Economy and Knowledge Management (The JKEM) for publishing a Special Journal Issue on Knowledge Economy and Knowledge Management. Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is October 15, 2014. For further information about the conference, visit the conference website.


With the Conference Proposal Deadline in the rearview mirror, it is now time to look ahead to meeting in St. Louis. In the coming months, The Final Thought in the Digest will feature a fact or bit of trivia about our host city.

Anheuser-Busch, famous for its beer, has called St. Louis home since 1852. While in St. Louis, why not take a complimentary brewery tour? Or if beer is not for you, head over to the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog. With over 700 objects, it is home to one of the world's finest collections of art devoted to the dog.


Assistant/Associate Professor of K-12 Education Administration and Leadership

Texas A&M University's Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, in the College of Education and Human Development, seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor of Education Administration and Leadership. This individual will assume the duties typically expected of Assistant/Associate Faculty at a Research-Extensive, Tier I university. Read More

Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development and Technology Management

Texas A&M University's Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, in the College of Education and Human Development, seeks a Clinical Assistant Professor of Technology Management and Human Resource Development. This individual will assume the duties typically expected of a Clinical Assistant Professor at a Research-Extensive, Tier I university. Read More

Clinical Assistant Professor

The program of Adult Education, Learning & Organization Development program at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce a full time 9-month Clinical Assistant Professor position to begin on August 18, 2014. Read More

HRWD Clinical Assistant Professor

The faculty in the Human Resource and Workforce Development Education program at the University of Arkansas is seeking candidates for a full-time, non-tenure-track, Clinical Assistant Professor position. We are particularly interested in candidates who embrace the scholar-practitioner approach to integrating theory, research, and practice with teaching and professional service. Read More

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

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Job ads are posted for 90 days and are available to all members and non-members visiting the AHRD website.

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Contributors to this Issue

Robin Grenier, Editor
Holly M. Hutchins
Ron Jacobs
Jessica Li
Wendy Ruona
Ellen Scully-Russ

The editors reserve the right to select and edit articles submitted.

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