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By Ron Jacobs, AHRD Past President

Ron Jacobs, AHRD Past President

By the time you read these words, all of you have likely moved past the New Year’s holidays and are now back engaged in your daily work routines in schools or organizations. Even so, I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my personal best wishes for the upcoming year and also to comment on what this year represents for AHRD and for me personally. Let me explain.

Most of you know that our upcoming 2017 annual Conference of the Americas will be held in San Antonio, March 2-4, and it will be our 24th annual conference. It seems just a short time ago that we celebrated our 20th anniversary, but time marches on (as they say). What many of you may not know is that the first AHRD conference was held in 1994, also in the lovely city of San Antonio. This is our first opportunity to have our conference again in San Antonio. As you might expect, the first AHRD conference differed from today’s event in many ways. As I recall, there were about 85 attendees at that time; though it was relatively small in numbers, it represented the first time ever that a group of HRD scholars came together expressly to report their research and to support the research of others. At the end of the conference, many of us left San Antonio knowing that we had started something special, and looked forward to seeing how this unique community might continue to develop. Since that first year, we have proven over and again that there is something special about a gathering of HRD scholars. We have truly become a community, both in name and fact.

That first conference was also memorable for me on a personal level. At that time, I was writing much about learning in the workplace and on-the-job training. Throughout my various manuscripts, I was repeatedly using references from a researcher in the Netherlands by the name of Jan De Jong. And not surprisingly, in many of his works, I noticed that he had been repeatedly using references of my work as well. Obviously, this individual and I had much in common, but we had never met or actually communicated directly. Remember, if you can, that this was before the widespread use of email. As events turned out, Jan and I met for the first time at the San Antonio conference, and from that first meeting came many important professional collaborations as well as an abiding friendship.

So perhaps more than most other attendees, I am looking forward to returning this March to San Antonio, if only to recall how important my last visit to this city was in terms of my professional development. I can’t say that every attendee will have the same depth of experience at the upcoming conference that I had back in 1994. But I can say with certainty that no other conference affords the same opportunity for HRD scholars to come together as a professional community and build their respective professional networks to the same extent.

By the way, I am facilitating an Innovative Session at the conference on knowledge work, a topic that has not received much attention in the HRD literature. I hope to see you at the upcoming conference and especially hope to see you at our session.

Conference 2017 Updates

Graduate Student Research Colloquium

As part of the Graduate Student Research Colloquium (abbreviated as the colloquium) requirements, students are expected to be present at the conference site from early morning on Wednesday, March 1 through late Saturday, March 4, 2016. To maximize their experiential learning, students are required to attend all sessions offered during the pre-conference period (Wednesday morning through Thursday at noon), as well as the full conference (Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening). There are no exceptions to this attendance requirement.

Students are fully responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging. Hotel information can be found on the AHRD website. Finally, students are expected to arrive in San Antonio, Texas by the evening of Tuesday, February 28.

For other important pre-conference logistics, please contact the course instructor at your university.

If you need assistance regarding the Colloquium issues, please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Dr. Toby Egan
phone: 1+(317)938-9111

If you are currently enrolled in an academic program that supports your participation in the colloquium, contact the instructor regarding registration. If you are not currently a member of an institution that is supporting the colloquium, you have two options: (1) contact a faculty member at your institution to determine if he or she would support your participation in the colloquium as part of a directed study or research-related project for academic credit; (2) contact Dr. Egan at or phone: 1+(317)938-9111

As part of colloquium participation, you must do two things: 1) register for the full conference; and 2) register for the colloquium.

Managing Expenses
Former student participants have identified sharing a room with another student(s) as an important cost savings strategy. Contact your instructor or colleagues/peers to determine if this is possible. Starting to immediately investigate air travel options is also important as prices may rise as the travel dates approach. A modest continental breakfast and snacks are typically available as part of the conference, hors d'ouevres are available during the Thursday Opening Reception, and a plated dinner is available at the Saturday President’s Banquet. As noted in the hotel information, a variety of affordable restaurants are within brief walking distance.

Course Instructors
Your university should have an instructor responsible for your colloquium participation. She or he will make a final determination regarding course requirements beyond your on-site participation during the colloquium in San Antonio. However, if you are not currently affiliated with a sponsoring institution, but would like to participate in the colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator.

Although a number of faculty and guest speakers will participate in the colloquium delivery, the onsite scheduling and coordination of the colloquium will be facilitated by Dr. Toby Egan. Details regarding the course program and syllabus will be posted by November 1, 2016 (View a sample of last year’s program.)

Room Block Deadline Is Approaching

Make Your Hotel Reservations Today!

Conference Lodging

Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
111 East Pecan Street
San Antonio, TX, 78205

  • AHRD Special Room Rate: $159 + tax

  • The room rate of $159 USD per night for single/double occupancy is available until January 29, 2017, or until the contracted room block is exhausted, whichever comes first.

  • Make Your Reservations Online Here or call 1-866-764-8536 and ask for the Academy of Human Resource Development Block.

Call for Session Host Volunteers

Deadline to complete the form: January 20, 2017 at 5:00pm (Central Standard Time)

We are seeking volunteers to host approximately 60 sessions, including full manuscripts, poster sessions, and FOCUS sessions (professional development sessions will be hosted by the facilitators) for the 2017 Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas in San Antonio, Texas. Presentations for the sessions will begin on Thursday, March 2 at 3:45pm, continue on Friday, March 3, and end at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 4. Each session will feature four presentations. One facilitator (Session Host) will be present in each room or session. Review the AHRD 2017 Conference Session Host Resources for full details.

Please respond to this request by completing the form on our website to indicate which time(s) you would be available to serve no later than January 20, 2017 at 5:00pm (Central Standard Time). Please note that assignments will be made based on availability and the time you report available.

Submit the form, and find all the details with time options here!

News for Members

Open Call for Editor-in-Chief, Human Resource Development Review

We are pleased to announce an open call for Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR). In the 2016 Journal Citation Reports, HRDR’s impact factor was .659 in the highly competitive Management category.

Human Resource Development Review (HRDR), published quarterly in collaboration with the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and Sage Publications, is a theory journal for scholars of human resource development and related disciplines. HRDR publishes articles that make theoretical contributions to theory development, foundations of HRD, theory building methods, and integrative reviews of the literature, as well as addressing philosophies of HRD, historical foundations, definitions of the field, conceptual organization of the field, and ethical foundations.

Job Description

The Editor is responsible for the strategic direction of the journal; additional activities include:

  • Running the Editorial Board meetings, held at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas each February/March and when possible supplemented by Editorial Board meetings at the AHRD-sponsored conferences in Europe and Asia
    • This meeting includes delivering and discussing the annual reports from the Editorial team and the publisher (Sage)
  • Recruiting for and nominating Associate Editors (as needed)
  • Monitoring the SageTrack journal management system
  • Rendering final decisions on manuscripts
  • Maintaining a respected and well-functioning Editorial Board (which includes activities such as identifying and inviting new Board members and ensuring an effective Board composition)
  • Communicating as necessary with Sage publishing staff
  • Interacting with authors, reviewers, and Board members as necessary to meet journal goals
  • Ensuring each issue is uploaded for publishing on or before the deadlines established by Sage
  • Writing or inviting Editorials
  • Approving identified reviewers to review each manuscript (and identifying additional reviewers as necessary)
  • Ensuring the reviewing process is robust (which includes activities such as identifying new reviewers, removing unresponsive reviewers, updating reviewer search keywords, and improving reviewer feedback mechanisms)
  • Using the Sage stipend of $5,000/year to fund journal expenses as needed (e.g., funding the Managing Editor to attend the Board meeting, funding trips to conferences to market and recruit for the journal)
  • Coaching/Mentoring the incoming Editor-in-Chief for approximately six months
  • Conducting periodic reviews of the Associate Editor’s work, providing feedback and recommendations
  • Maintaining a performance evaluation system for the Associate and Managing Editors

The Editor-in-Chief position is a 3-year term that will accompany the incoming Associate Editors' terms, beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 31, 2020.

Qualifications for the Position

Applicants should possess a notable record of scholarly publications within the HRD community and related fields of study, have interest and previous experience in diverse content domains relevant to HRD, and have support from their home institution to serve in the role. Specifically, applicants should obtain a letter of support specifying that their institution will provide a dedicated graduate assistant (20 hours per week) for the three-year period of the Editorship. The applicant may negotiate additional institutional supports (such as course release) as needed. Finally, the applicant should have a record of service as reviewer and/or track chair, special issue editor, or editorial board member of one or more major journals.

Although the official start date of the position will be July 1, 2017, successful candidates should expect that training and immersion into the role will commence prior, at a time mutually agreed upon. Self-nominations are encouraged and should include a letter that fully describes the candidate’s capability, experience, and commitment to serve in an Associate Editor role based upon the position requirements, as well as a full curriculum vita.

The submission deadline is January 31, 2017. The decision will be announced in February 2017. Please submit all applications to

2017 AHRD Faculty Mentoring Program

We are excited to continue the formal mentoring program we launched last year to address the career/professional development needs of HRD faculty across different career levels (i.e., junior, mid-career, senior). If you are interested in this exciting professional development opportunity and want to join our 2017 AHRD Mentoring Partner cohort, please visit our webpage for further details about this mentoring program.

Interested faculty should submit the Participant Input Form by January 25, 2017.

2017 AHRD Research Conference in Asia Call for Papers and Reviewers

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We are pleased to announce that AHRD is partnering with AHRD-India to host the 2017 AHRD Research Conference in Asia, November 8-10, 2017. The conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. We wish to recognize Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran, Director of AHRD-India, and her team of faculty from IIM, Ahmedabad, and various scholar-practitioners from industry, for stepping forward to help make the Conference a reality.

Call for Papers and the Conference Website Links:

A special attraction of the Conference will include a visit to the famed Mundra Port, along with planned visits to many cultural sites. Pre-conference sessions will be offered by Gary McLean and Ron Jacobs, and some high-profile keynote speakers from industry and academia are being scheduled as keynote speakers.

To make the Conference truly a partnership, AHRD is seeking volunteer reviewers of the submitted manuscripts. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to review for this conference.

We are still seeking additional reviewers. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer — we promise a reasonable number of manuscripts to review please contact Rajashi Ghosh by January 31, 2017 at to express your interest and include a one-paragraph professional biography.

Also, if you know of any potential sponsors who can be contacted for this conference, email Rajashi Ghosh.

We look forward to seeing as many AHRD members as possible at the 2017 AHRD Research Conference in Asia!

Rajashi Ghosh
AHRD Coordinator
2017 AHRD Conference in Asia

Has Your Program Joined PEN?

PEN dues are now $99!

Academic Program Leaders, consider joining or renewing your PEN membership for $99 (a discount of $61!). AHRD’s Program Excellence Network (PEN) is THE PLACE where Academic Program Leaders share insights, concerns, broaden their network and fill their “leadership toolbox” in community with other academic leaders.

By joining PEN, you ensure you will be able to join the 2017 AHRD Conference PEN pre-conference meeting March 1-2 in San Antonio, TX for the upcoming AHRD conference and fully participate in PEN in 2017!

Please contact Cyndi Gaudet (Professor, University Southern Mississippi) at for questions or details.

Still contemplating whether your PEN membership is worth the investment?

Your PEN dues result in the following for your program:

Your program listed on the AHRD website. Only PEN member programs may be listed on AHRD’s website, a tremendous marketing value for your programs that only being a PEN member brings.

PEN Annual Meeting
You may attend the PEN meeting (March 1-2, 2017) for two half-days of sharing best practices, impactful professional development sessions, and networking with HRD program chairs and leaders. You spend quality time for structured networking and sharing between member programs about the challenges we face and how we respond. Being able to share program experiences always results in deeper knowledge and great ideas! And, remember, a pre-conference of this length costs over $150, so PEN meeting attendance alone will bring immediate value from your PEN dues!

You have instant access to an amazing network of HRD program leaders. Most of us in PEN agree that this listserv is underutilized. However, program leaders know that they are one email away from accessing program leaders like you for any information needed to help faculty and programs.

Benchmarking Survey
At our 2017 PEN Conference Meeting, we will share benchmarking survey updates related to our programs. This is “insider” information to help you know what’s going on in other programs like yours. Every administrator will tell you that having information about other programs is invaluable in building a case for what you need at your university. This survey will provide us all with this critical information.

Scholar Development
We have several new professional development initiatives for faculty and students for 2017, including our mentoring program and awards.

10th Critical Management Studies Conference Session Invitation

Liverpool at night

Members of the AHRD Critical HRD SIG are co-convening a stream at the 2017 Critical Management Studies Conference, to be held from 3 to 5 July, Liverpool, UK. Deadline for submission of papers/abstracts is 31 January 2017.

Stream title: 'Realising Critical HRD in the Face of Racism and Xenophobia'

This stream seeks to explore the contribution of and challenges for Critical Human Resource Development [(C)HRD] in the face of the social upheaval the world is currently experiencing. In particular our concern is to invite papers that explore how (C)HRD can make and is making a contribution to addressing current and future problems of hate-based xenophobia by facilitating and helping to achieve desired awareness and behavioural change among employees and citizens.

Journal News

MEMBERS: All AHRD members have online access to all four of our sponsored journals. To access the journals online, you must sign in to the AHRD website and then view our Journals page.


Happy New Year, HRDR family!

HRDR turns 15 this year! In addition to our weekly social media features, we will highlight milestones in our publication's 15-year history throughout 2017.

Share your favorite HRDR milestones, articles, and celebrate this 15th anniversary using #HRDRturns15 on our social media outlets.

Author Spotlights

Our December 2016 issue authors are being featured throughout the next few weeks. Check out our Facebook page to learn more about the scholars contributing to our publication!

The current issue features:

The Unheard, Unseen, and Often Forgotten: An Examination of Disability in the Human Resource Development Literature
Greg Procknow & Tonette Rocco

Writing Integrative Literature Reviews: Using the Past and Present to Explore the Future
Richard Torraco

The Impact of Team Learning Behaviors on Team Innovative Work Behavior: A Systematic Review
Andrea Widmann, Gerhard Messmann, & Regina H. Mulder

Challenges for the Theory and Practice of Business Coaching: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence
Anna Blackman, Gianna Moscardo, & David E. Gray

Data Analytics in Human Resources: A Case Study and Critical Review
Kylie Goddell King

Virtual Special Issue — Available January 17

Our next virtual issue will feature a collection of work highlighting critical perspectives and under-served populations in HRD.
HRDR author Ciaran McFadden of Maynooth University will be featured in our virtual issue author blog.
Follow our social media outlets for immediate release alerts!

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HRDI has issued a call for papers for a special issue of HRDI, ‘Critical Perspective of HRD and social transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Deadline for submissions is 20 January 2017.

Find more information here!

Job Postings

AHRD Career Center

Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Resource Development

Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson’s Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development within the College of Education invites applications for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor in Human Resource Development.This 9-month position will begin by August 2017. This is a three-year term appointment which is renewable. Read More

Clinical Assistant Professor

Louisville, Kentucky

The Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) program at the University of Louisville is looking for a dynamic individual to teach in both our innovative undergraduate program as well as our nationally ranked graduate program. OLL’s vision is to be a top tier program that integrates theory, research, and practice using the most meaningful, evidence-based methods available. Read More

Assistant/Associate Professor of Social and Educational Entrepreneurship

Sacramento, California

In 2015, University of the Pacific’s Benerd School of Education launched the Learning, Leadership, and Change Programs in Sacramento, California, to fill a specific niche in fostering true innovation and systems thinking. We are building a curious, inquiring, and courageous community of practitioners who are committed to revolutionizing learning systems, structures, and cultures. Read More

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Final Thoughts

As you begin your final preparations for the 2017 Conference in San Antonio, be sure to share your thoughts on sessions you’re hosting or attending, pre-conference experiences, and travel plans by using the hashtag #AHRD2017 on social media. Follow all the action on Twitter and updates on Facebook.


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