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2013 November Digest


November 2013 AHRD Digest

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From the Board
by Ronald Jacobs
President Elect

Opportunities for Members

Member Spotlight
Catherine Lombardozzi

AHRD Foundation Letter

Call for Papers -Human Resource Development International: Special Issue CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and International HRD:

Call for Proposals for Food N’ Though Sessions

Job Openings

News and Notes

Research Requests

Final Thoughts


From the Board

Ronald Jacobs President Elect

AHRD and Global HRD

The dateline of this Board message is Taipei, Taiwan, where I am now attending the 12th Annual Conference of the Asian Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development. It is likely that just a few AHRD members from outside the Asian region have attended this conference. That is unfortunate as there are many insights to discover about HRD when the research and practice is situated in a different cultural context. Of the nearly 200 attendees at this conference, I estimate that nearly 90 percent of them are from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Japan, or some other Asian country. I have had the privilege of attending eleven of the twelve Asian Chapter conferences, each of them conducted in a different Asian country and thereby giving each of the conferences a slightly different cultural emphasis. I have benefited greatly from attending each conference.

I am frequently asked in what ways HRD researchers in Asia differ from HRD researchers in, say, North America. My considered response is that HRD researchers here seem much more attuned to on-going societal issues, which by extension have much more immediate influence on what HRD agendas they decide to pursue. One prominent issue is the extent to which Asian populations are aging. Few of the countries here have large inflows of new skilled emigrants and the birthrate is below the replacement level. That combination has many people here worried for the future. This is a concern for public policy makers and senior managers in organizations as well. It is a fact that as a whole, people in Asia devote much time and effort to work, bringing about new wealth but also having the effect of lowering family sizes. They say that as a nation’s wealth increases, people should feel greater personal security for the future and make more time for leisure and family balance. Yet, according to OECD studies, people in Korea still work an average of over 2000 hours per year, an amount more than workers in any other developed country.

How to understand such societal anomalies, found only in Asian national and organizational cultures, represents a unique HRD research agenda. In addition, the Asian context represents new research opportunities related to the training and retraining of older workers. It is likely that the most influential HRD researchers on this topic will likely come from Asia, simply because the societal need to find answers about the topic are deemed to be so critical here.

Skeptics have questioned the need for regional research conferences. After all, can’t researchers just present their papers at international conferences, regardless of the location? This perspective is pure folly. Just one experience at an Asian Chapter Annual conference would make any doubter into a believer. For one thing, as an applied field, HRD benefits from having the research done in varied contexts. For another thing, and perhaps more importantly, the Asian Chapter conference puts researchers closer and in more immediate contact with the consumers of their research. I hope you someday get the opportunity to attend this conference and, by the way, don’t forget to consider attending the 15th Annual Conference on Human Resource Development on Research and Practice in Europe, as well. AHRD has become truly global.

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Opportunities for Members

2014 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

Registration is Now Open! The 21st Annual Conference will be held in Houston, TX from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22. Registration is now open and information on travel, lodging, and fees, as well as a preliminary schedule are available here.

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AHRD Foundation Letter

Dear AHRD Colleagues,

As we wind down another year and reflect on the role of The Academy of Human Resource Development in our lives, members of the Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation Board would like to share why we give to the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Why I Give- Laura Bierema, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Education, The University of Georgia

I have enjoyed the collegiality, support, leadership opportunities, and scholarly community of AHRD for over 20 years. It is a privilege and a duty to give back to the community that has given me so much. It is also a responsibility and honor to support scholars in their career development. As the foundation grows we will be able to fund doctoral student and emerging faculty research and awards. As a recipient of similar professional development opportunities and recognition, I understand how important it is to make them available for others. Contributing to the AHRD Foundation is investing in the future of the field, and I do it with pride. Developing strong scholars and academic programs is an excellent return on investment!

Why I Give – Karen E. Watkins, Professor & Associate Head, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration & Policy, The University of Georgia

It gives me great pleasure to support the Academy foundation fund! Having helped to nurture the Academy into being, and subsequently having seen the role the Academy has played in my own life and in that of other faculty, I am delighted to be a part of supporting doctoral student and emerging faculty research and awards. I have been a recipient of the collegiality, support, and professional development the Academy has provided as the only scholarly community created to foster research and development in human resource development. We have grown as a community of scholars and scholar-practitioners, and our research has grown with it. The most obvious and satisfying way for me to show my support of the Academy and its programs and to build a strong future for the Academy is to provide financial support. I am so proud of what we have accomplished, and equally excited about what is yet to come. What a joy it is to be part of the AHRD Foundation Board and to be able to give back a little of what the Academy has given me.

Why I Give – Gary McLean, Professor Emeritus, The University of Minnesota and Founder, McLean Global Consulting, Inc.

I have been involved with the Academy since its organization because I believe that the practice of HRD needs to be grounded in solid theory and research. Unfortunately, as a field, we are often enticed to follow fads that have no or poor theoretical foundations and little to no research to support the practice. The Academy’s focus on research has continued to encourage me to believe that we can help individuals, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, government institutions, and people globally.
For this to occur, we need to continue to emphasize research and to support it when we can through funding for research. Modest contributions from many members of the Academy can make a huge difference in what we are able to do as a community in forwarding research. I invite you to join me in this undertaking!

Please consider making a gift to our foundation. You can help make a difference in the lives of our colleagues.

Go to:

Many thanks for your support,

Karen E. Watkins, President
Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation Board

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Call for Papers -Human Resource Development International: Special Issue CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and International HRD

This special issue seeks to advance debate about the relationship between Human Resource Development (HRD), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability and ethics focusing particularly on the challenges and ambiguities presented in an international context. We hope that this special issue will build on the insights of the HRD literature but advance the debate through a variety of methodological and international perspectives. We encourage papers that:

  • focus on the contribution of HRD to ethical behaviours, CSR and sustainability at the levels of the individual, the team, the organisation and the community in different social contexts.
  • examine new areas and frames of reference related to CSR and sustainability that have not been well explored in the HRD literatures.

You can access the full call for papers on the HRDI website

The deadline for the submission of full papers is Friday 29 November 2013. Please contact if you would like additional information or to discuss a potential proposal or idea for a paper.

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Call for Proposals for Food N’ Though Sessions

2014 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

If you missed the deadline to submit a paper on one of the tracks scheduled for the 2014 AHRD conference you still have an opportunity to dialogue with scholars and practitioners who may have a mutual interest in your topic. Submit your proposal on a scholarly topic in a category listed below. You will have access to all conference participants and an opportunity to get immediate feedback to further your personal research agenda.

Consider submitting a proposal to the Food N’ Thought sessions at the 2014 AHRD conference!
Food N’ Thought (FNT) sessions are 1-hour informal brown bag sessions where participants dialogue about a scholarly topic of interest. We will be holding our FNT sessions first thing in the morning, giving you an opportunity to plant some seeds in our attendees as they start their day.

The purpose of the FNT session is two-fold. One purpose is to encourage scholarly dialogue on topics important to the field of HRD. The second purpose is to build a sense of community by helping to ensure that no participant at the conference should have to eat alone. For that reason, we always look for an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere at our FNT sessions.

In the past, FNT topics have included globalization, leadership, organizational learning, spirituality, book reviews, and more. FNT call for proposals includes three types of FNT sessions:

  • Research & Practice: Scholars from research and practice team up to offer their perspectives on a scholarly topic
  • Research Horizons: Any innovative dialogue on a topic of current or future research interest in AHRD
  • Book Club: A review and dialogue on a recent book of interest to members of AHRD

Submission guidelines:

  • 500 word (maximum) proposal and a 150-200 word abstract in one WORD file
  • Identify the type of FNT session (Research & Practice, Research Horizons, or Book Club)
  • Preferred day (Friday or Saturday) of session
  • Complete contact information (Title, Position, Institution, contact info)
  • Submit electronically to Tracy Pakornsawat at
  • Deadline for proposal submission is December 4, 2013 with anticipated notification of 12/20/13

Submissions are reviewed for innovative opportunities for field growth in both theoretical exploration as well as implications for practice.

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Member Spotlight

Catherine Catherine Lombardozzi

This month we spotlight Catherine Lombardozzi. Catherine is the founder of Learning 4 Learning Professionals, a consulting practice dedicated to supporting the professional development of designers, facilitators, faculty, learning consultants, and learning leaders. She describes her work and true calling as "engaging with others who work in this exciting field – and helping them to develop their knowledge base and skill to be effective.”

Catherine teaches graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member in a number of masters’ programs including LaSalle University and Drexel University. Her areas of interest are in promoting scholarly practice and advocating for designing comprehensive learning strategies in organizations using a framework she calls learning environment design. More information about Catherine and her work can be found on her blog

Catherine joined AHRD in the late 1990s when she was doing her doctoral work at George Washington University. She saw AHRD as the place to come for research that could and should shape her work in learning and development. At AHRD’s conferences she found a group of fun, smart people who she now calls friends and colleagues. She stated that "They keep me on my toes!”

As an AHRD member, Catherine enjoys hanging out with the scholar-practitioner crowd at the conference. She describes it as "an annual ritual I very much enjoy nearly every year”. Moreover, she contributes to advancing the scholar-practitioner SIG agenda, including collaborating with terrific colleagues to design and facilitate preconference workshops, lead conference innovative sessions, and write articles to help practitioners get better at incorporating theory and research into their work. Recently, she led a team from the scholar-practitioner SIG to figure out a way to "translate theory and research into practice recommendations, and make those recommendations available to practitioners in formats that they can access, relate to, and share” (from the team’s mission statement). She has spent the year since the last conference defining a process, prototyping articles, and getting ready to report out the team’s ideas at the 2014 conference. She described the work as "very exciting stuff and we are looking forward to sharing it.” Catherine’s favorite memories of AHRD have been intense conversations in scholar-practitioner pre-conference sessions, around dinner tables in various conference cities, and hanging out in the lobby bar at conference hotels.

When asked what she’s been reading recently, Catherine described read a lot about learning in the Internet age – lately, Smarter Than You Think, by Clive Thompson and Writing In The Wall, by Tom Standage. She’s also a big pleasure-reader. Her recent favorites have been Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan and The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan. She is also looking forward to re-reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson in anticipation of book 2 coming in the new year.

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Job Openings

1)Assistant Professor of Human Capital Development

The successful applicant will have an earned Ph.D. in human resource development, workforce development, organizational behavior or closely related discipline; demonstrated quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design and methodology skills as related to areas of expertise; evidence of experience using research-based and creative pedagogical approaches for graduate-level instruction of research courses.

More information may be found here.

2) Assistant Professor

1. An earned doctorate in human resource and workforce development education or related discipline.
2. Demonstrated record of peer reviewed publication.
3. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students using online technologies.
4. Demonstrated proficiency in research methodology and the ability to supervise dissertation research.
5. An explicit and comprehensive research agenda related to human resource and workforce development.

How to apply, click here.

3) Lecturer/Teaching Specialist of Undergraduate Programs

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Full time 9 month appointment, starting January 2014. Open until filled. Please refer to the University of Minnesota employment system at for required qualifications and application instructions. (Requisition number 187794).

Click here for more information.

For additional information about job openings, check out the Career Opportunities page on the AHRD website.


Job ads are posted for 90 days and are available to all members and non-members visiting the AHRD website.

Cost of posting:
Members - $25.00
Non-members - $100.00
PEN Members - FREE

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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News and Notes

  • Don’t forget to vote! Elections are open for AHRD board and president. Please check your e-mail for a link to the ballot, or contact the AHRD office for more information.

  • Photographer Opportunity AvailableThe Conference Committee is looking for a member who is interested in taking professional photos at the conference. Complimentary conference registration will be offered in exchange for your service. We ask that photos are taken at the Friday night awards presentation, Saturday night reception and banquet and throughout the conference at various sessions and other conference events.Requirements:You will be required to bring your own camera. Photos must be sent to the AHRD office on a CD following the conference by Friday, March 7. Email if you are interested in this opportunity.

  • AHRD Awards The submissions deadline has been extended to November 22. Go to for more information.

  • Call for Book Chapter Proposals -Impact of Diversity on Organizational and Career Development. For release in the Advances in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development (AHRMOD) The Advances in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development (AHRMOD) Book Series aims to publish the latest research on all aspects of human resources as well as the latest methodologies, tools, and theories regarding organizational development and sustainability. The AHRMOD Book Series intends to provide business professionals, managers, researchers, and students with the necessary resources to effectively develop and implement organizational strategies. The official Call for Chapter Proposals is posted on the IGI Global website at

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Research Requests

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

Exploring Faculty Experiences and Coping Skills of Imposter Phenomenon

Have you ever had the experience of feeling like a fraud, or wondering when others would "discover” you are not really as smart, or confident, or able as they think you are? If so, you might have experienced "imposter phenomenon” described as having fraudulent thoughts and experiencing difficulty internalizing success by attributing accomplishments to luck, supportive colleagues or other external sources.

My name is Holly M. Hutchins and I am an associate professor of human resource development at the University of Houston. I am recruiting higher education faculty to participate in a study exploring their experiences with imposter phenomenon. My research into this area will explore the extent to which higher education faculty experience imposter phenomena thoughts, how these relate to individual work performance, stress and satisfaction and the type and frequency of coping attempts they use to address imposter thoughts.

Imposter phenomenon is thought to be prevalent among early career professionals especially in competitive and demanding careers (like higher education), but a study examining how this relates to stress, performance, and satisfaction has not been conducted using a faculty sample. I expect the results to elucidate not only the existence of imposter phenomenon among faculty, effects on performance and subsequent coping strategies, but also add to the limited HRD research examining faculty development.

Below is a link that will take you directly to the survey. The survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete:

This study does has been approved by the University of Houston IRB. Please direct any questions to Dr. Holly M. Hutchins (; 713-743-4059). Any questions regarding your rights as a research subject may also be addressed to the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713-743-9204).

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Final Thoughts

This year’s keynote at the 2014 AHRD Conference in the Americas will be Lisa Haneberg. She will be speaking on the topic: Generating Organizational Breakthroughs – Enhancing the Synergies Between HRD Research and Practice. Find out more about Ms. Haneberg at

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