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From the Board

By Julie Gedro, President Elect

The Importance of Good Governance

Julie Gedro, President Elect

Julie Gedro

Dear AHRD Colleagues:

I hope that you are enjoying the month of August, as you likely might be putting the finishing touches on your AHRD 2017 Conference in the Americas submissions.

The AHRD Board of Directors follows an established pattern of board meetings, held via teleconference, accompanied by two face-to-face meetings per year. One face-to-face meeting is held before the annual Conference in the Americas (along with a “post-conference” meeting the Sunday morning after the conference). The other face-to-face meeting is held in the Fall. This year, we are meeting in late October in Houston, Texas. We operate on a blended model, which is a great model to build and sustain strong interpersonal interaction and also, continuity.

It has been my experience that the AHRD Board follows the principles of good governance set forth by the National Council of Nonprofits. These principles include efficiency, inclusivity, transparency, accountability, responsiveness, participative, consensus-oriented, and compliant with the rule of law. Our Board diligently aspires to uphold these principles. Given that we represent the leadership of an association that is committed to “leading human resource development through research,” I earnestly hope that we walk the talk of good leadership, and good governance. Governance is a crucial aspect of the health, vibrancy, and sustainability of an organization.

We are entering nomination season to identify and put forth candidates for three upcoming board vacancies. The way that our board carries out its business lends itself to helping new board members transition into their roles. Anyone who is considering being nominated, yet fearful of learning the job, should be assured that becoming a board member is a relatively seamless proposition. We have established a culture that is effective in bringing new members along, and helping them quickly feel included and engaged.

My sincere hope is that the membership of the organization experiences AHRD as vibrant and welcoming. AHRD exists to provide a venue through which we engage in and share our scholarship, to develop our careers, and to enjoy the life of the mind, and for many, the world of reflective practice.

Wishing you the best success in your conference submission preparations.

Note about Journal of Open Research

By Wendy Ruona, AHRD President

Wendy Ruona, AHRD President

Wendy Ruona

In the From the Board section of July’s AHRD Digest, Ross Azevedo (Board Member) referenced AHRD’s pride in our four long-standing academic journals as well as our newest associated publication, the Journal of Open Education Research. The last part of this statement was inaccurate. The AHRD Board has been approached by the Journal of Open Education Research as a potential future partner as that journal aims to expand its mission and international audience. We have established a Task Force to explore this opportunity; but no decision has been made about whether to pursue a future partnership or, if we did, what that would look like. If AHRD members would like to know more about this opportunity or the work of the Task Force, please contact Past President & AHRD Board Member Ron Jacobs at who is chairing that Task Force.

News for Members

AHRD 2017 Pre-conference Workshops Proposals

By Julie Gedro, President Elect

Pre-conference workshops provide a tremendous opportunity for deeper learning around a specific topic area and/or for professional development for scholars and/or scholar-practitioners. The review of the submissions will take into account the extent to which the proposals address topics directly related to the field of Human Resource Development. These sessions should be highly engaging and interactive sessions with clearly outlined objectives that can be achieved within the time frame of the session. And, they should deliver clear value for participants who attend.

AHRD typically offers 2-4 Pre-Conferences each year. They take place during the two days prior to the convening of the conference, and are typically 4-8 hour sessions that can be offered on one day or segmented between the two days (specific days/times to be negotiated with the conference team).

Proposing a Pre-Conference

A proposal for a pre-conference should include:

  1. Title of the session (to be used for marketing, website, etc.). Please be clear and concise.
  1. Name(s) and contact information of the session sponsor(s)/designer(s) (please designate a primary contact for all communications related to this proposal).
  1. Names of additional facilitator(s)/presenter(s).
  1. Abstract/description of the session (250 words maximum) and keywords that describe the session (maximum of three) (to be used for marketing, website, etc.).
  1. Clearly identified target audience for the workshop, including minimum and maximum number of participants you are comfortable with having in the session.
  1. Substantiated need for this session for scholars and/or scholar-practitioners.
  1. 3-5 page overview of the session (clearly outlining what the participants will gain via the learning objectives; the session’s schedule, flow, and time usage; and the specific ways the session will actively engage participants).
  1. Relevant biographical information for session sponsor(s)/facilitator(s), especially highlighting expertise as related to the focus of the session (200 words maximum per person), and a head shot (high res JGEG or PDF) for marketing materials.
  1. Outline of expenses associated with the session (so that the Conference Team can work with you to assess an appropriate participant fee that will cover all related expenses).

Details Related to Pre-Conferences

AHRD commits to coordinating marketing, event registration, and other assistance as related to logistics prior to and at the session. As a part of this support, AHRD provides:

✓ Meeting space at the hotel.

✓ Podium, LCD projector, screen, and wireless internet access in the meeting space (session organizer(s) will provide their own laptop to connect to the projector).

✓ Refreshment break for participants during the session (one break for 4-6 hour sessions, two breaks for 7-8+ hour sessions).

✓ Copies of participant materials (these must be delivered to the Conference Team three weeks prior to the session. Otherwise, session organizers must make and bring their own copies to the session as AHRD cannot make copies for all participants at the conference site). Copies will be printed in black and white and should be no longer than 10-15 pages per participant.

✓ Space on the AHRD website for electronic sharing of participant materials (due one week prior to the session or can be posted on the website after the conference).

✓ A modest honorarium for session designer(s)/facilitator(s), along with one room night lodging.

A participant fee for each pre-conference is set by AHRD in order to ensure these costs associated with the session are covered. While AHRD works to keep the cost for Pre-Conferences as low as possible, sessions that require a budget to cover more than those resources outlined above can certainly be considered; and the participant fee would be negotiated with the conference team. Note: Costs for any additional supplies or audio/visual equipment that are required (other than those outlined above) must be included in the proposal (see point #9 in proposal requirements). Because participants pay an additional fee, sessions must be compelling enough to attract the intended audience.

Pre-conferences that do not have the minimum registration required to “break even” on costs associated with the pre-conference will be cancelled; that decision is made 1 (one) month prior to the scheduled pre-conference. If a pre-conference must be cancelled for this reason, AHRD cannot cover fees for changing travel plans, nor offer honorarium/cost of one night accommodation.

Criteria for Evaluating Pre-Conference Proposals

Proposals will be considered using the following criteria:

  • Potential for valuable learning for the intended audience.
  • Relevance of the session (as related to the conference theme, the conference location, or key trends in HRD).
  • Session is designed to (a) effectively achieve purpose/aims of the session and (b) actively engage participants.
  • The probability that the event will meet requirements necessary to be implemented (financial viability, coordination resources of organizing team, etc.).

Submitting a Proposal for a Pre-Conference

Proposals should be submitted directly to Julie Gedro ( by Monday, September 23, 2016 (midnight MST). View a time zone converter.

Proposers will receive decisions and feedback from the Conference Team in mid-October. Pre-Conferences will be marketed beginning when the conference registration is available.

If you would like to explore your idea before submitting a full proposal, contact Julie Gedro (

AHRD Conference in the Americas 2017

By Jason Moats, Program Chair, AHRD Board Member

Your Conference Team is working steadily behind the scenes to prepare for the onslaught of proposals to roll in in about a month. As of August 5, we already have nearly 20 submissions in progress or completed. As the deadline draws near, there are a few things that we would like to share with you:

  • Please remember that the deadline for ALL submissions (refereed and non-refereed) is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on September 6, 2016. Please have your submissions submitted by this time. View a time zone converter.

  • We have had a lot of questions about the new poster submissions. So, we want to clarify a couple things. One big question is: “Do we need to submit the poster for review?” The answer is no. Another question we are getting is, “Do we need a full paper to submit a poster submission for review?” The answer is no, the only requirements for a poster submission are identifying the poster type (standalone poster or poster session); whether the poster is a research proposal or completed project; the title of the proposed poster; and an abstract of proposed poster of no more than 300 words. For more information on the requirements for poster submissions, please see pages 4 & 5 in the call for submissions.
  • Another question we have seen deals with the abstracts of refereed submissions. Please remember that we are no longer accepting abstract only submissions other than for posters. If you desire to submit a refereed submission, other than a poster, it must be a full paper. However, at the time of submission, you have a choice to publish the full paper or only an abstract of that paper in the proceedings. For further information on this, please see page 4 in the call for submissions.
  • The conference team is now recruiting reviewers for the 2017 Conference. If you were a reviewer last year, the track chairs should be reaching out to you shortly. However, if you have not reviewed for the conference before and would like to, please send an email to with your name, address, phone number and preferred email address, as well as the track(s) you would like to review for, and we will put you on the list.

Finally, please remember that there should not be any identifying information on any of the refereed submissions. As always, we are here to assist you. However, we encourage you to check out the Call for Submissions first.

Your 2017 Conference Team

Call for AHRD Board Member Nominations — Due October 14, 2016

By Darren Short, Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee

AHRD is only as strong as its Board. To remain a successful, vibrant Academy, it is essential that we have a diverse Board whose members bring the energy, passion and vision needed to lead AHRD over the coming years. Each year, new Board opportunities emerge to provide members with the chance to serve at this high level within the organization, and the chance to guide, lead, and inspire their peers throughout AHRD.

This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three Board members, and we need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions.

Any member of the AHRD, including former Board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board, or to self-nominate. As you reflect on possible nominations, it will help to know that Board members are elected for a three-year term. Those being elected this year will serve on the Board from March 2017 to February 2020. They are expected to attend Board meetings during the annual conferences in 2017-2020, as well as one additional Board meeting each Fall of the three-year term. Board members cover their own expenses for attendance at these meetings. In addition, Board members attend monthly calls, and have at least two assignments each year, which include serving on a Board committee and as Board liaison to an Academy committee.

Nominations Procedure

Whether you nominate yourself or someone else, all nominees must provide a written statement that includes both the candidate's biographical information and vision for the Academy, including how they would like to contribute in their role as President-Elect and President or 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 Darren Short (Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee) at The deadline for nominations is midnight Pacific on October 14, 2016. View a time zone converter. 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 contact

In November, all AHRD members will receive instructions for completing their ballot. The AHRD election process will be completed by mid-December, and new Board members will be announced in early 2017.

Darren Short

Faculty Development Webinar: Overview, Reflections and Advice on Applying for a Fulbright Grant Award

Date/Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Central Daylight Time View a time zone converter.

Participants will learn about the differences between two types of Fulbright scholarships. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask Robin and Holly questions about the application process.


Free for members
$25 for nonmembers

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Robin Grenier will discuss her experience in being awarded a grant with the core Fulbright U.S. scholar program. Her Fulbright took her to Iceland — where she taught and conducted research relating to learning in, with, and from museums.

Holly Hutchins will discuss her experiences in being selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Business Administration at Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom. Holly used her expertise in program evaluation to explore doctoral students' experience of online learning, virtual mentoring, and their overall satisfaction with their doctoral studies.

Leadership SIG Sponsored Webinar: Theorizing Leadership in HRD: Which Way Forward?

By Julia Storberg-Walker, PhD

Wednesday, October 19 @ 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT View a time zone converter.


Free for members
$25 for nonmembers

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This webinar will explore new ways to theorize leadership for sustainability, social change, and peace. Building off the work of sociologist Richard Swedberg (2012), the session will introduce "relationally reflexive theorizing" (Hibbert, Sillince, Diefenbach, and Cunliffe, 2014) as a way to overcome the typical suppression of generative theorizing that occurs in the academy.

After primers on theorizing (Swedberg, 2014) and relational reflexivity (Hibbert, et al., 2014), the presenter will pose several questions for the audience to consider regarding sustainability, social change, and peace. This part of the webinar will be interactive, generative, and reflexive. Audience members will engage in dialogue to explore how HRD can/should contribute to leadership theorizing on the global stage.

It is hoped that new ideas, new collaborations, and new directions for leadership scholars and scholar/practitioners will emerge from the session. Future interactive webinar sessions to support this work will be scheduled as needed.

Audience members are encouraged to review the two articles below prior to the session:

Hibbert, P., Sillince, J., Diefenbach, T., & Cunliffe, A.L. (2014). Relationally reflective practice: A generative approach to theory development in qualitative research. Organizational Research Methods, 17(3), 278-298. DOI: 10.1177/1094428114524829

Swedberg, R. (2012). Theorizing in sociology and social science: Turning to the context of discover. Theory and Society, 41, 1-40. DOI 10.1007/s11186-011-9161-5

Julia Storberg-Walker is an Associate Professor at George Washington University and Co-Director of the Executive Leadership Program, responsible for marketing and recruiting. She currently serves as the Editor of Human Resource Development Review, and is affiliated with the Taos Institute as well as the Global Women's Institute at GW. Her research interests focus on theorizing leadership for women and girls, and she has delivered theorizing workshops around the world for students and faculty. Most recently, she was recognized for her scholarly contributions by the Women and Leadership Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association and was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award.

2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA

desert with camels for the MENA and Asia location

We invite you to submit papers to the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA, which will be held in Ifrane, Morocco, between November 2 and 4 (see for more information.) Here are some conference updates:

  1. Please connect with us on Facebook and like the page.
  2. The conference paper submission portal is open.
    You can submit your paper(s) now (deadline: August 1, 2016). Before submission, please review the submission instructions carefully.
  3. Wanted! Conference Paper Reviewers.
    If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please fill out the form. We will ask you to review two papers at most, and the review process will take place August through September.

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to email at or check us out at our conference site.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Conference in Morocco.
Conference Organizing Committee

Research Grant Opportunity

Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant


The Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant promotes AHRD graduate students’ research collaboration on research in Korea. This grant provides $500 to the awardees to reimburse them for research and dissemination expenses for one year only, with eligibility to apply for a subsequent year. Eligible expenses might include, but are not limited to, gifts for participants during data collection; software; data analysis assistance, such as transcribers or translators; AHRD membership, registration for any AHRD conference where the outcome of the award is presented; and travel and lodging while at the conference.


  • Graduate students who are members of AHRD are eligible to apply with a research proposal.
  • A team of students, consisting of at least one Korean and one non-Korean, regardless of where they live, may submit one proposal. A faculty member may be part of the team in a mentor role, though he/she is not eligible to use the funds. The rationale for this eligibility criterion is our desire to expand interest in Korean HRD research, while wanting to ensure sensitivity to the Korean culture.
  • Students can find partners on the AHRD Facebook page or LinkedIn, or contact the Korea SIG chair, Heeyoung Han (, who will distribute your request.
  • Past recipients are eligible to apply in a subsequent year.

Application Process

  • Submit a proposal in electronic format in Word format (not .pdf).
  • The cover page should include:
    • Student names and affiliations
    • The title of the research project
    • The corresponding student’s email address and telephone number
  • Proposals must not exceed 3 single-spaced pages, in addition to the cover page, including:
    • Problem statement
    • Research purpose and questions
    • A brief review of the literature
    • Research methods
    • Anticipated outcomes and implications for HRD
    • Information dissemination plan (including presentation at one of the AHRD conferences)
    • Research project timeline (not exceeding one year, beginning with March following the award announcement at the February AHRD Conference in the Americas).

Submission Deadline

  • Submit a proposal by December 1, 2016, by email to Dr. Han at (
  • The Korea SIG Chair will form a three-person review panel.
  • The final decision will be announced at the AHRD Conference in the Americas in 2017.

Latest IFTDO Newsletter Available

By Ron Jacobs, Past President

AHRD members should be aware that the latest IFTDO Newsletter is now available and can be accessed through the following link: . There is much information of interest in the newsletter, including summaries of the contents of research journals.

I hope you’ll spend a few minutes exploring this interesting resource.

Ron Jacobs
Past President

Submit a Nomination for the Academy Awards

The deadline for awards submissions is November 4, 2016. Award winners are due back to the office by January 13, 2017.

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 Board presents all the Awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.

View the Academy Awards page for more information.

Journal News


Articles from our September 2016 issue are now on Online First! The following work will be featured in our forthcoming issue:

Integrative Literature Reviews

Understanding Talent Development and Implications for Human Resource Development: An Integrative Literature Review
Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi & Jessica Li

Examining Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Context of Human Resource Development: An Integrative Review of the Literature
Kevin Rose

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Work Engagement: Toward a General Theoretical Enriching Model
Liat Eldor

The cultural evolution of talent management: A memetic analysis
Stephen Swailes

Man, Have I Got a Story for You: Facilitated Autoethnography as a Potential Research Methodology in Human Resource Development
Robin Greiner & Joshua Collins

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This August, we will share two author podcasts: Dr. David Vernon of Canterbury University on his research team’s contributions to our Instructor’s Corner in our current issue and Dr. Joshua Collins on his work featured in our Virtual Special Issue.

HRD Review imageVirtual Special Issue 2 now available, click here!

The "Doing" of HRD: Pluralistic Perspectives on Organizational Studies

This virtual special issue offers a variety of articles focused on groups of people or organizational outcomes that are often marginalized or devalued. These articles are examples of ‘doing’ HRD to accomplish specific goals, including empowering, naming, upsetting, re-conceptualizing, and resisting.

We know that human resource development (HRD) theories and practices can engage multiple constituencies, and that the theories and practices can be used for multiple and sometimes competing goals. Likewise, management theories and practices are similarly complex, and articles in Academy of Management Review, for example, represent a diversity of paradigms and normative beliefs or ideologies.

As described in my first Editorial, I advocate for a pluralist perspective on doing HRD research and practice. I believe there is a need for multiple paradigms, multiple and sometimes competing beliefs, and occasional paradoxes in order for HRD to continue to serve as a viable discipline of study. As a part of this buzzing debate, HRDR continues to push the field forward through provocative ideas, innovative theories, and ideological pluralism.

This special issue highlights articles that ‘do’ HRD for specific populations of workers or emergent organizational goals that are often overlooked. What has been called ‘critical’ HRD is not present in all of these exemplars, and the articles range in epistemology from functionalist to Interpretivist to radical humanist and radical structuralist. These articles demonstrate that a pluralist perspective can and does offer value, and that ideology can and does have a positive role in ‘doing’ HRD.

I hope you enjoy this issue’s selections!

Julia Storberg-Walker
Editor, Human Resource Development Review

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Human Resource Development International: Scopus recognition and now listed by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

I am very happy to announce that HRDI has now been accepted for inclusion in Scopus databases and has also been listed by ESCI. This is extremely good news for our journal as it enters its 20th anniversary year. It was during the editorship of Sasha Ardichvili that we first applied for Scopus recognition, and I need to thank Sasha for initiating the application process. We had to wait 2 years before we received this confirmation from Scopus and we owe a huge amount of thanks to James Cleaver at Taylor and Francis who promoted our cause and liaised with Elsevier, which owns and manages Scopus.

For readers unfamiliar with Scopus, it is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature. It is very important for scholars in many countries, particularly those in Asia, for career development and grant application purposes. More information about Scopus can be found here:

HRDI’s listing by ESCI is also significant as we continue to strive towards SSCI recognition. HRDI will now be fully discoverable via the Web of Science with an identical indexing process to any other indexed journal, with full citation counts, author information and other enrichment. Articles in ESCI-indexed journals are included in authors’ H-Index calculation, and also any analysis conducted on Web of Science data or related products such as InCites.

Indexing in the ESCI should improve the visibility of the Journal and provide an independent mark of quality, which is good for authors. Taylor and Francis have already seen examples of institutions and funders suggesting publication in an ESCI-listed journal, similar to what already takes places with other Web of Science databases.

I hope you will share this good news with colleagues and encourage them to submit their manuscripts to HRDI.

Carole Elliott
Editor-in-Chief, Human Resource Development International

Accolades and Accomplishments

A New Role

Dr. Rose Opengart

Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.

Dr. Rose Opengart is now an Associate Professor of Management at Dalton State College in Dalton, Georgia. Dalton is a four-year institution with an AACSB-accredited School of Business.

Best of luck, Rose!

Final Thoughts

By Robin S. Grenier, Digest Editor, AHRD Board Member

Can’t swim a lap? Don’t know the difference between a shot put and a shot glass? Do you think floor exercise is doing sit-ups while binge-watching? That’s okay. HRD scholars and practitioners don’t have to wait for their own Olympic events — we have the AHRD “Academy Awards”. The distinguished awards program in the Human Resource Development profession is sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The awards are for scholarly professionals 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. Nominations and guidelines for the awards are now available. Nominations are due November 4, 2016.

Job Postings

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  • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

This position is an Assistant / Associate Professor, tenure-track position beginning January 2, 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately. For more than thirty years, Western Carolina University's M.S. degree program in human resources (MSHR) has been developing HR professionals to play leadership roles in organizations of all types. The program is currently delivered 100% online with over 130 students enrolled. Since 2010, the program's curriculum has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as being in full alignment with their graduate HR curriculum guidelines. In addition to the coursework, students are also provided with unique opportunities to develop their HR skills via pro bono online consulting projects with nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Read More

Cost of posting:

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Julie Gedro, President Elect
  • Ron Jacobs, Past President
  • Jason Moats, Program Chair, AHRD Board Member
  • Wendy Ruona, AHRD President
  • Darren Short, Chair, AHRD Nominations & Elections Committee

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