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2013 Conference in the Americas Preconference Sessions

Academy of HRD
Pre-Conference Sessions 2013


Wednesday, February 13 from 8:00am – 5:00pm


$80 for AHRD Members, $120 for Nonmembers.
After January 22, the cost is $150 for members and nonmembers.

Thursday, February 14 from 9:00am – 1:00pm


$80 for AHRD Members, $120 for Nonmembers.
After January 22, the cost is $150 for members and nonmembers.

Scholar Practitioner Pre-Conference

An introduction to the writing and publishing process: Identifying decision points, recognizing the component parts of a manuscript, and using tools to improve writing

Writing for publication is essential for students, academics, and consultants. The skills necessary to create a publishable manuscript are similar to the skills used to write effective memos, reports, and other work products. This workshop is designed to guide participants through the professional writing process with the goal of developing a publishable manuscript. The workshop begins with a discussion of decisions generally made prior to working on the manuscript. Next, we will provide an overview of the component parts and relationships between the parts of a manuscript. We will offer insights regarding tools helpful to creating a polished manuscript. The workshop will conclude by providing participants with feedback on their work in progress.  

Come to this workshop if you would like to:

  • Understand the writing, research and publication process
  • Increase the likelihood of creating a publishable manuscript
  • Improve your writing and publishing skills
  • Receive feedback on a project you are working on

This workshop is specifically designed for graduate students, former participants in the emerging scholars’ course, new graduates, and early career academics.

Workshop Schedule:
The workshop will follow the current organization of the Workbook for Scholarly Writing and Publishing (forthcoming) presented below. This workbook will be a companion to The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing (2011) published by Jossey Bass. Because there will not be enough time to cover all topics in depth, participants will complete a survey prior to the workshop to assess current writing for publication skills. This will allow us to create a customized workshop based on participant needs. Participants should bring a laptop and a work in progress (a hard copy and on a flash drive); this could be a manuscript being prepared for submission to a journal, a class paper or a draft from a dissertation to be revised into a manuscript.

Workshop Part 1: An overview of the workbook

Section I: Decision Points

  • Decision Point: Developing a researchable idea
  • Decision Point: Type of framework
  • Decision Point: Identifying and organizing literature
  • Decision Point: Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods
  • Decision Point: Developing a writing project
  • Decision Point: Journal selection

Section II: Component parts of a manuscript

  • Manuscript Part: Abstract
  • Manuscript Part: Introduction
    • Problem statement
    • Purpose statement
    • Research questions
    • Framework
  • Manuscript Part: Framework
    • Conceptual
    • Theoretical
    • Literature Review
  • Manuscript Part: Research design
    • Qualitative
    • Quantitative
    • Mixed methods
  • Manuscript Part: Findings/Results
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods
  • Manuscript Part: Discussion
  • Manuscript Part: Implications
  • Research
  • Policy
  • Teaching
  • Practice
  • Manuscript Part: Conclusions
  • Manuscript Part: Citations/ Reference list
  • Manuscript Parts Overview

Section III: Toolbox

  • Toolbox: Searching for literature
  • Toolbox: Organizing literature
  • Toolbox: Creating effective titles and headings
  • Toolbox: Attending to writing and editing
  • Toolbox: Checking citations and references
  • Toolbox: Addressing the editor’s decision letter

Workshop Part 2: Reviewing participants’ work in progress


Tonette RoccoTonette S. Rocco, Ph.D.

Tonette S. Rocco, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University) is professor and graduate program director in the Adult Education and Human Resource Development Program and Director of the Office of Academic Writing and Publication Support, College of Education, Florida International University. She is a Houle Scholar (Kellogg Foundation), and a 2008 Kauffman Entrepreneurship Professor. Rocco has published seven books and monographs winning the 2009 University Continuing Education Association Frandson Book Award for Challenging the Parameters of Adult Education: John Ohliger and the Quest for Social Democracy (with Andre Grace, Jossey-Bass, 2009. Her most recent book is The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing (with Tim Hatcher, Jossey-Bass, 2011). She co-edited with Julie Gedro & Martin Kormanik, a special issue Sexual Minority issues in HRD: Raising Awareness (Advances in Developing Human Resources, 2009). Challenging Ableism, Understanding Disability, Including adults with disabilities in workplaces and learning spaces a New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education monograph series was published by Jossey-Bass. She has co-authored two books based on student dissertations and is working on a third with another graduate.

She has over 200 publications in journals, books, and proceedings. Winner Elwood F. Holton, III Research Excellence Award 2008 for the article "Towards the employability-link model: Current employment transition to future employment perspectives” published in Human Resource Development Review with Jo Thijssen and Beatrice Van der Heijden. In addition to this four conference papers have earned awards at the Academy of Human Resource Development and the Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education. She is co-editor of New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and qualitative methods editor for Human Resource Development International. She served as qualitative methods editor andassistant editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly for the past 12 years. Editorial Board memberships include the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (founding board member), Adult Education Quarterly, Journal of European and Industrial Training, and International Journal of Mixed Methods in Applied Business and Policy Research, Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, and International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education . She served on American Society for Training and Development, Certification Institute Board of Directors.

She has been received numerous awards for writing, teaching and service. In 2010 She earned the Excellence in Mentorship Award, and earlier the MetLife Freedom Award, TIAA CREF Torch Award, and COE Builder Award from Florida International University. Many of her students have received awards for papers based on their dissertations.        

Mining for Gold: Translating and positioning the best of HRD theory and research to improve practice.

HRD theory and research provides a treasure trove of ideas and practices that can improve organizational success – but only if we can get others to buy in. HRD professionals and influential scholars need to be able to find and shine up the "golden nuggets” that should be applied to everyday HRD practice and important HRD initiatives. To do that, we need to call on the translation and influence skills that are core to the role of scholar-practitioner.

Come to this workshop if you would like to:

  • Sharpen your ability to analyze theory and research for "golden nuggets” – big ideas and critical practices that can improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Gain practice in translating golden HRD ideas into relatable and appealing language for others.
  • Improve your success at influencing others to apply HRD’s golden ideas and practices with fidelity.


The workshop is specifically designed for:

  • HRD practitioners in any specialty area who need to sell their ideas to business partners.
  • HRD scholars who want to communicate their recommendations so practitioners will use them.


Catherine Lombardozzi and Martin Kormanik

Catherine LombardozziCatherine Lombardozzi is founder and principal of the consulting practice, Learning 4 Learning Professionals, dedicated to supporting the professional development of designers, facilitators, faculty members, learning consultants, and learning leaders. Having worked in leadership roles in corporate learning and development for over 30 years, she understands the challenges of the day to day work in L&D. Catherine is a strong advocate for scholarly practice, and has been active in the scholar-practitioner interest group at the Academy of HRD for over a decade. She is a regular presenter at both practitioner and academic conferences, currently sharing experiences and suggestions for designing comprehensive learning environments and for engaging in scholarly practice.

As an adjunct faculty member, Catherine designs and teaches adult learning and instructional design courses in graduate programs at Drexel University and LaSalle University. Catherine earned a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University, with research interests in developmental relationships. She has authored articles Human Resource Development Review, the Journal of Workplace Learning, Advances in Developing Human Resources (in press), T+D (ASTD’s magazine), and Learning Solutions (eLearning Guild online magazine). She blogs at, and you can learn more about her background at

Martin B. KormanikMartin B. Kormanik is President & CEO of O.D. Systems, a 32-year old Alexandria, Virginia-based corporation providing management assessment, consultation, facilitation, coaching, and training services to corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies. His specialty is human resource and organization development. Improving practice through application of theory and research has been a constant in Dr. Kormanik’s work. An active member of AHRD since 1999, he has chaired committees and served on the Board of Directors.

His research focuses on individual and organizational learning and change, particularly the construct of awareness development at both individual and organizational levels. His work has been published in conference proceedings, journal articles, and on-line publications, including Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR), Human Resource Development International, Human Resource Development Review, AI Practitioner, Journal of European Industrial Training, and ASTD Links. He served as co-editor for two ADHR issues, serves as a member of that journal’s editorial board (2009-2015), and was named Associate Editor (2012-2015). He has co-authored contributions to the Encyclopedia of Management Theory and the book Case Studies and Activities in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.

Introduction to Action Learning Workshop: Action Learning – A Powerful Innovative Tool for Developing Leaders, Solving Problems, Building Teams, and Transforming Organizations

Action learning is not only an effective problem solving process but also has been valuable to a growing number of organizations worldwide as a powerful tool for developing leaders, teams and organizations. In this session, participants will discover the six essential components for successful action learning programs, explore the steps and processes of implementing action learning, and have the opportunity of practicing action learning in groups of 5-6 members. Successful application of action learning in companies such as Microsoft, Sony Music, Panasonic, Goodrich, Samsung, and Boeing as well as with universities and government agencies will be described.

Come to this workshop if you would like to:

  • Understand and demonstrate how and why action learning is effective in solving problems, building teams, developing leaders, and creating learning organizations
  • Apply the six components and two ground rules of action learning as well as the questioning and reflection processes of action learning
  • Understand the skills and roles of the action learning coach

Workshop Schedule:

A. Introduction and overview of action learning  

  • Essential elements in action learning
  • Types of action learning programs
  • Stages in action learning

B. Demonstration of action learning 

C. Leveraging the benefits of Action Learning

  • Problem-solving
  • Team building
  • Leadership development
  • Organizational learning
  • Professional growth and development

D. Questions and answers  


Catherine LombardozziMike Marquardt








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