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AHRD Service Award Winners - 2010

AHRD Service Award Recipients

Dr John W Bing – recognized in 2010

AHRD announced in January 2010 that Dr. John W Bing would receive the AHRD Service Award in recognition of his contribution to Human Resource Development and to AHRD. Dr Bing has a 40-year record in the profession, including 10 years as a member of AHRD. From his service in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan in the mid 1960’s to his ongoing work in cross-cultural consulting, Dr Bing continues to advance the field through his writing, research and practice.

Dr Bing earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and completed his Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in International Education. He has since been a founding member of SIETAR (the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), a recipient of the ASTD International Practitioner of the Year Award in 1992, and a founding member of the AHRD Scholar-Practitioner Committee and the AHRD Scholar-Practitioner SIG. Dr Bing is a regular attendee and speaker at AHRD conferences, including regular engagement in sessions related to culture, globalization and research-to-practice. He has been published in HRDQ and ADHR, and is a member of the ADHR Advisory Board. Dr Bing is recognized as a role model scholar-practitioner who has demonstrated a passion for implementing research in practice, and a passion for feeding back to the research community.

Dr Robert (Lex) Dilworth – recognized in 2010

AHRD announced in January 2010 that the late Dr. Robert (Lex) Dilworth would be a posthumous recipient of the AHRD Service Award in recognition of his contribution to Human Resource Development and to AHRD. Dr Dilworth, a good friend of AHRD, passed away in June of 2009, at the age of 72. Dr Dilworth was an amazing man with a rich background. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army for over 31 years achieving the rank of Brigadier General and, near the end of his military career, he served as The 54th Adjutant General of the Army (a position dating back to 1775). Following his military service, he received his doctorate from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he taught Adult Education and Human Resource Development in the School of Education.

Dr Dilworth joined AHRD in 1996, and was active through his organizing and running of conference sessions and pre-conferences on action learning, globalization, and research-to-practice. During this time, he was a two-time recipient of the AHRD Top 10 Cutting Edge Paper Award. In addition, he went on to serve the wider profession through membership then chairmanship of the ASTD Research Committee.

Dr Dilworth retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus in 2005, but remained active in action learning and through his writing. To his friends and colleagues in AHRD, Dr Dilworth was considered a model scholar-practitioner with a passion for learning, and someone who mentored, encouraged and championed those around him. Although he is no longer with us, the way he impacted the lives of his fellow professionals and friends ensures that we will never forget him.

Dr. Sharon Gibson – recognized in 2010

AHRD announced in January 2010 that the late Dr. Sharon Klatzko Gibson would be a posthumous recipient of the AHRD Service Award in recognition of her contribution to Human Resource Development and to AHRD. Dr Gibson was an associate professor in the Organization Learning and Development Department in the University of St. Thomas' College of Applied Professional Studies when she passed away in June of 2009. Dr Gibson was a long-time member of AHRD after joining during her Ph.D. studies at the University of Minnesota. After completing her doctorate, she began her academic career at The University of St. Thomas in 2000 where she was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award and was widely appreciated for her teaching abilities.

To her friends and colleagues in AHRD, Dr Gibson is remembered for her capacity to bridge her extensive experience in human resource management with her deep knowledge of human resource development and adult education. She was a highly visible member of AHRD through the Leadership Committee of the Program Excellence Network, her work as Chair of the Elections Issues Committee, her work as Chair of the Outstanding Book of the Year Committee, and membership of the Editorial Board of Advances in Developing Human Resources. In addition, Dr Gibson was a 2003 Recipient of the AHRD Top 10 Cutting Edge Paper Award. Dr Gibson’s intellectual curiosity, pure kindness, generosity of spirit, and contributions to the field, AHRD, her students, and her colleagues will always be remembered.

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