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Exploring the Frontiers of HRD

By Wendy E.A. Ruona

Hopefully all AHRD members know by now that the theme of the 2015 International Research Conference in the Americas is HRD Research: Gateway to New Frontiers.  One of the primary duties of AHRD’s Incoming President is to serve as Conference CEO; thus, much of my past 6 months has been in service of the upcoming conference in St. Louis, MO (February 19-21). As you will see below, conference registration is opening soon!

I helped to develop the conference theme, and I hope you agree that it is quite fitting given our conference venue literally in the shadow of the internationally renowned Gateway Arch—a monument that recognizes the pioneering spirit of those who ventured into the Western part of the United States in the early-1800’s. However, since its inception, this theme has become more meaningful to me than simply influencing our conference planning. During the past 6 months, I have spent time reflecting and ruminating on this big idea of “frontiers”.  It has stimulated me to tune into emerging and future trends with fresh eyes and new zeal. And, thus, plunged me into new areas in the literature that challenge my perspectives and add dimensionality to my thinking. I have critiqued my own work and future research agenda on the extent to which it aligns with what I understand to be the potential futures for HRD; and I’ve made some modifications that I hope will contribute to the field more meaningfully in the future.

I’ve also begun to grow a bit concerned as I reflect on the future of HRD. I wonder if we, as a collective, are readying well for what lies ahead? I could offer a litany of examples for the evidence that justifies my question, but I’ll save that for another time and place. For this message, I’ll just offer a few cogent examples. For instance, I see the practice of learning and development shifting dramatically to respond to virtual learning and social media, but am challenged to find a great deal of research and theory-building in these areas in our journals and increasingly entry-level jobs in L & D are going to those expert in Instructional Technology instead of HRD. I see organizations desperately needing to shift to a new frame that has organizational capabilities and employees at the center, and yet we continue to struggle to powerfully influence that. And I see the power and politics of professionalization playing out in ways that make HRD as a field of study and practice potentially vulnerable, while I see HRD scholars continue to insist that we’re not really a part of the HR infrastructure or that we aren’t really connected to a more systemic set of processes related to talent management and workforce development.

What is your read of the emerging and future trends? You don’t have to agree with any of my interpretations of the trends affecting our profession, but I hope you agree that it is vital for us as scholars and scholar-practitioners to be thinking deeply about what the future holds and how best we can respond via our research and theory-building. Are you bringing a pioneering spirit to your work? What are you doing to really stretch to see beyond today and begin to explore the new frontiers related to the areas you research and practice in? What expeditions do you need to take to really lead the profession though research?

I invite you to take some time as we approach 2015 to ask yourself these questions, craft the compelling answers needed, and begin the exploration! And, I most certainly hope to see you in St. Louis in February as we join to explore the frontiers of HRD research together!


Vote for AHRD Board Members

The AHRD board ballot was emailed to all members on November 5th. The deadline to vote is December 1, 2014. If you did not receive a ballot please contact

New AHRD Communications Policy

Last month the AHRD Board of Directors meet to discuss a number of business issues and organizational policy. During that time the Board approved a new policy to guide the communications of the Academy, including social media, the website, and the Digest. All members are encouraged to review the policy, but in particular it is relevant to anyone seeking to include content in the Digest or producing social media content under the AHRD name.


Conference Registration Opening Soon

Conference registration will be available via Conference Central next week. The Conference Team will send an e-mail to all members when it’s available along with information about many exciting developments emerging for the conference. We are so excited to share with you all the news about the conference events—we think it’s shaping up to be a conference you won’t want to miss!

Reviews Process

Refereed Submissions: The review process has gone well, although there have been some technical challenges. If you have not received notification of a decision on refereed submissions, please contact your track chair immediately (see contact information below).
Reminder to all authors that you must complete and submit final revisions to this Track Chair no later than November 21, 2014. Please advise your Track Chair that you have completed your revisions via email. The revision process often requires multiple iterations of submissions and revisions between the author/s and this Track Chair, which can be very time-consuming. So beginning as soon as possible will make it possible to meet the camera-ready deadline of December 1.

Assessment and Evaluation

Katie Desiderio

Technology, E-Learning, and Virtual HRD

Rochell McWhorter

HRD Performance and Strategy

Judy Sun

Leadership and Career Development

Kori Whitener-Fellows

International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues

Sunyoung Park

Workplace Learning

David McGuire

Org Development and Change

Robert Yawson

Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD

Marilyn Byrd

Non-Refereed Submissions: Decisions on the non-refereed submissions are in the process of being made. It takes longer to make the final decision on these as the number of non-refereed submissions that can be accepted is contingent on the number of refereed submissions that were accepted and the emerging program. If you haven’t received notification about your non-refereed submission by Monday, November 24, please contact Wendy Ruona ( directly.


Seeking Research Participants

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

Saul Carliner, an Associate Professor at Concordia University in Montreal and Research Director of Lakewood Media, is conducting a survey of knowledge about various learning technologies and the distinctions among the different types, the extent of participation in past purchasing decisions, comfort doing so in the future, and the various sources used to prepare for such a selection and purchase. 

This study specifically seeks three points of view about selecting and purchasing learning technologies:

  • Training professionals and training managers, who serve as consumers in this process
  • Vendors of learning technologies, who serve as the providers in this process
  • Full-time faculty in academic programs that prepare training professionals as well as the task of purchasing learning technologies (programs such as Adult Education, Educational Technology, HRD, and Management programs) 

The results will inform future coverage of learning technologies in our magazine and, we hope, the ways that vendors and academic faculty educate our community about these issues. To participate in the study, please visit this link:

The survey will remain open through Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Ethics approval was awarded by Concordia University in Montreal.  For more information about the study, contact either the primary investigator, Saul Carliner at or the Manager of Research Ethics at Concordia University at

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) Editor-in-Chief

ADHR invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief. The term of office is three years, beginning in July 2015. ADHR covers topics that are relevant to HRD practice. Each issue of the journal is devoted to a specific theme central to the development of human resources. Recent issues have focused on coaching, virtual human resource development and critical HRD.

Desired qualifications for the EIC include:

  • A strong record of scholarly contribution to human resource development, reflected in publication in scholarly journals and presentations at professional conferences
  • Experience as an editor, associate or assistant editor, or editorial review board member
  • Familiarity with ADHR – its mission and the audience it serves
  • A demonstrated ability to lead an editorial team, editorial board, and authors and reviewers
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills to ensure publication deadlines are met and quality is maintained
  • Evidence of support and commitment from the applicant’s institution – particularly in terms of release time and administrative support 

Applications should include the following:

  • A letter of application that addresses how the candidate meets the desired qualifications
  • A current curriculum vita
  • A letter of institutional support (e.g., dean and/or provost)

The successful applicant will have an advanced degree in HRD or related field and be currently working in an HRD role in education, business, government, and/or community sectors. Demonstrated experience with the editorial process (as editor, associate editor or editorial board member) is preferred. A stipend is provided.

Please send application materials to Kim McDonald by December 15.

Questions? Please contact:

Kimberly McDonald, Ed.D.
Editor-in-Chief, ADHR
Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: 260-481-6418

Looking for AHRD Webinar Ideas

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 run 60 to 90 minutes, 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 December 1, 2014.


Are you planning to attend the conference in St. Louis? Please take advantage of the AHRD website as a place to share requests for carpooling or room sharing, and for posting your slides or handouts. You can locate the Conference Conversation by going to AHRD, and placing your cursor on the Membership tab at the top of the main page. From there roll down to Member Central, and click on Conversations. The Conversations include one for AHRD conferences (plus others that you can join, or start).


UGA Seeking Adjunct/Part-Time Instructor: Evaluation of OD & HRD

UGA is seeking a part-time instructor who can teach a course during Summer, 2014 with deep expertise and practical experience in evaluating organization development and HRD interventions. The course can be offered in-person or blended learning at our UGA Gwinnete campus or could be offered 100% on-line. If interested in this opportunity, please contact Wendy Ruona ( to outline your qualifications and more information about this opportunity.

Assistant Professor in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

Teach a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate courses in occupational education, career and technical education, and leadership; teach courses on campus (San Marcos or Round Rock), off campus, and online; supervise interdisciplinary internships, practicums, and research projects; teach quantitative and qualitative research methodology; participate in curriculum development including online courses; participate in undergraduate prior learning assessment (PLA); serve on graduate exit committees. Read more

Tenure-track Professor: Technology and Innovation Leadership

To build a new interdisciplinary practice focused on tackling the changing nature of technology leadership, the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation (TLI) at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2015. We expect to hire a candidate at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The position involves scholarship in research, teaching, and engagement as is required for tenure and promotion in rank. Read more

Assistant Professor/Research Director of Continuing Medical Education

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Department of Medical Education is seeking applicants for the position of Research Director of Continuing Medical Education. This is a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will participate in the leadership team that will transform Continuing Medical Education activities for the SIU School of Medicine, and participate in the team which sets the overall direction and national initiative for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI). We believe that a medical school should treat itself and its teaching and learning programs as proper subjects for study. It should contribute to the improvement of medical education worldwide through systematic research, program evaluation, development, and dissemination that is public, open to critique and evaluation and in a form that others can build upon. Read more

Assistant/Associate Professor of Human Resource Development

Assistant/Associate Professor of Human Resource Development, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.  Regular Faculty Tenure-Track, full time 9 month position, starting August 31, 2015; salary commensurate with qualifications.  Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Human Resource Development or closely related field, a record of publication in HRD and/or closely related fields commensurate with the rank sought, evidence of or potential for a national and international scholarly reputation in HRD, evidence of teaching skills, and evidence of a commitment to multicultural education through research, teaching, or service/outreach. This position will remain open until filled, but the search committee will begin its review of applications on December 18, 2014. Read more

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Tenure-Track)

The Department of Creative Human Resource Development, Incheon National University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at an open rank faculty position (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor) in Human Resource Development (HRD). Candidates must have a Ph.D. in HRD or related disciplines. Candidates must have a proven track record of publications in leading journals, and hold a foreign citizenship (non-Korean) who can teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in English. Incheon National University is in Songdo, located within the grater Seoul metropolitan region of South Korea. Read more

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track)

The Assistant Professor is a full-time faculty position in Human Resource and Leadership Development to teach undergraduates and graduates in program evaluation and workforce development systems and planning. The candidate will have a commitment to scholarly teaching excellence and service to the profession. The candidate will potentially serve on student independent study projects and dissertation committees; participate in the development of the Human Resource and Leadership Development program and serve on school, college, university, and profession-based committees as appropriate. Read more

Assistant/Associate Professor of HRD

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Science in Workplace Training and Leadership, as well as graduate courses in the Master of Organizational Learning and Performance, both of which are fully online programs, with face-to-face delivery opportunities. The position will teach online and advise online and face-to-face undergraduate and graduate students, as well as conduct research and publish in the Human Resource Development field, secure and perform grants, and provide service to the College, University, and the HRD profession. Read more

Assistant/Associate Professor, Organizational Learning, Undergraduate

The College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences (UL&LS) has a faculty opening in the Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program. This position is a 9-month tenured/tenure-track faculty appointment. The faculty rank and tenure status are negotiable based on qualifications and experience, with an anticipated start date of August 10, 2015. The annual salary is negotiable based on qualifications and includes full benefits. Read more

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