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October Digest 2013


October 2013 AHRD Digest

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From the Board
by Wendy Ruona

Opportunities for Members

Member Spotlight
Dr. Jamie Callahan

2013 Board and President Elections


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

Final Thoughts


From the Board

Wendy Ruona, VP, Development & Education

Leading & Vision

I recently saw a bumper sticker that seemed like just the kind of reminder needed right now. It read:

"Lead, follow, or get out of the way”

The quote has been credited to Thomas Paine, an English-American political activist and theorist that helped to lay the foundations for the American Revolution in the late-1700’s. How fitting of a quote to inspire us this month as the United States government is shut down and in many areas of the world we are surrounded by issues that reflect deadlock and risky and costly experiments in game theory.

When I read the quote, I was immediately reminded of the wasted time, energy, and resources that many put into critiquing another person’s or group’s plan. I’ve often been on the receiving end of this, and, in full transparency, I, too, have likely too often been a part of the side indulging the critique. However, what I have learned through serving in leadership roles and from those whose leadership I aim to model is this—unless you have an alternative vision that is more compelling than that which you are critiquing, it really is best to just get out of the way. If you cannot follow the lead, move to the side and invest your energies in crafting a vision that provides a better path forward and qualifies as follower-worthy.

What that means for each and every one of us is the onus is on us to come to the table with a better vision. I challenge you to identify a situation that you are currently involved in and that is either "stuck” or headed in a direction that you don’t like. Then, labor to create and articulate a vision that’s so well crafted that it’s clear to others (even on the "other side” of the issue), that it’s worth pursuing. This is one of the foundational competencies of true leadership!

How can you turn that leadership towards AHRD? I can think of a couple of AHRD initiatives that I can get involved in as either as a ardent follower or in which my energies would be best invested working with a few other people who care about the issue to develop a vision for forward movement. And, after 15+ years as an active AHRD member, I absolutely know that every good thing that has emerged from AHRD has resulted from this kind of leadership and collaboration.

AHRD needs great followers and great leaders. What will you do to make AHRD the professional organization all it can be? Will you get out of the way? Will you be a zealous follower? Or, will you lead the AHRD community? What vision do you have for something that is or should be getting done in or by AHRD? What can you do in the next six months to make that vision a reality? Or, perhaps you will consider running for election for the Board of Directors (or President-Elect if you’ve already served on AHRD’s Board) (see call for nominations below)? Is this your time to lead? In whatever capacity you are feel called, if you have a vision for AHRD and our community, get to it! And, let the AHRD Board of Directors know how we can help.

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Opportunities for Members

UFHRD Conference Information
HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future

4 to 6 June 2014 | Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Key dates:
Final date for abstract submission: 1 November 2013
Decision on abstracts: 13 December 2013
Final date for full paper submission: 31 January 2014
Registration deadline for presenters: 25 April 2014
Conference registration closes: 30 May 2014
UFHRD 2014: 4 to 6 June 2014
Conference Website:

As we reach our 15th UFHRD conference, it is apposite and timely for the field to take stock and reflect upon our history, the lessons we have learned and how we are positioned to meet contemporary challenges in an increasingly complex world. Through looking back, we capture the past and move forward together as a stronger, more cohesive discipline built upon secure sustainable foundations. The conference theme reflects the host location of Edinburgh, a city which seamlessly fusions the atmospheric and historic cobbled streets of the Old Town with the breathtaking modern architecture of the New Town – a city steeped in both tradition and modernity. The aim of this Conference is to advance a research agenda which looks at past, present and future perspectives of HRD as a profession.

Conference Theme:
"HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future
Conference Streams:
The conference welcomes submissions across the following 16 streams:

• Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation
• Career Development and Diversity Issues
• Creativity, Innovation and Sustainability
• Critical, Social Justice and Ethical Issues in HRD
• Employee Engagement
• Global, Comparative & Cross Cultural Dimensions of HRD
• Knowledge Management and Learning Organisations
• Leadership, Management and Talent Development
• Organisational Change and Development
• Performance issues in HRD
• Scholarly practitioner research
• Strategic HRD (PO)
• Theory & Foundations of HRD
• Vocational Education and Training
• Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning
• Workplace Learning, Training & Development

Conference Location:
As home to the largest international arts festival in the world (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and named as European Destination of the Year 2012, Edinburgh is a city of iconic landmarks, vibrant culture and exciting possibilities. As the capital city of Scotland, throughout its history it has played host to Kings, Queens, Religious Reformers, Renowned Surgeons and a host of other colourful characters. With its streets humming to the rhythm of bagpipes, visitors to Edinburgh are seduced by the city’s old-worldly charm, friendly inhabitants and fine-dining restaurants.

The Craiglockhart campus is home to Edinburgh Napier Business School and is located only 10 minutes from the city centre. The campus is an inspiring blend of old and new, combining a 19th Century Victorian Building with the best of 21st Century architecture. Formerly a World War 1 military army hospital, it was here that famous poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen recuperated from their war injuries and produced some of their most famous work.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts should stress and sum up the paper’s importance, theoretical base, research purpose, research question, implications for practice, and conclusions.
All abstract submissions should be in English, and can take one of the following formats:
• Refereed papers: 1250 words max.
• Working papers: 750 words max.
• Doctoral Submission: 750 words max.
• Poster sessions: 500 words max.

Submissions are welcome through the conference website:

Conference Co-chair: Dr. David McGuire
Telephone +44 (0) 131 455 4453
Conference Co-Chair: Dr. Thomas Garavan

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in June 2014.

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AHRD 2013 Board and President Elections

The AHRD Board of Directors, guided by the leadership of the President, enacts the vision and directs the activities of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). This year, AHRD members will nominate and elect three new Board members and a new President-Elect. We need your help to find the best candidates for these important positions - people who will lead our ever-growing and ever-changing Academy with vitality and vision.

Board Member Nominations:

Any member of the AHRD, including former Board members, is eligible to be nominated to serve on the Board. Self-nominations are also accepted. AHRD has a strong commitment to diversity in its general membership and to the diversity of the membership of its Board.

Those considering having their names placed in nomination should consider their time commitment for Board assignments. Each member of the Board is given at least two assignments, which include serving on a Board committee and as Board liaison to an Academy committee. Board members are elected for a three-year term and are expected to attend the Board meetings during the annual conferences in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and one additional Board meeting each year of the three-year term, which are scheduled in the fall and at various locations. Board members are expected to cover their own expenses for attendance at scheduled Board meetings.

President-Elect Nominations:

Current and former Academy Board members are eligible for nomination for President-Elect. Any AHRD member meeting this criterion can be nominated or can self-nominate. The term of President-Elect is for two years followed by two years as President and two years as Past-President. The President-Elect serves as the Conference CEO for the annual conferences during that two-year term. Please consider stepping forward to serve the Academy in this critical leadership role. The President-Elect is reimbursed for some expenses for attendance at scheduled Board meetings.

Expected Time Commitments:

*1 and 1/2 hour Board meeting by phone each month * 3 hours of Board work per week between Board meetings (5 hours for President-elect) * 2 and 1/2 day in-person Board meeting in the Fall * 1 to 2 day in-person Board meeting in conjunction with the AHRD conference

Nominations Procedure:

All nominees must adhere to following election guidelines.

Nominations for Board members and President-Elect should be sent to Marilyn Byrd (<>) by October 21, 2013. Nominations will close on October 21, 2013. Whether you nominate yourself or someone else, all nominees must provide a written statement that includes both their biographical information and vision for the Academy, including how they would like to contribute in their role as a Board member or President-Elect. 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 Marilyn Byrd, Chair, AHRD Nominating Committee, via email A reply e-mail 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/or contact

All AHRD members will receive instruction for completing their ballot, which will be found at the AHRD website in November. The AHRD election process will be completed by December 10, 2013 and new Board members will be introduced to the Academy at the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas February 19-22, 2014.

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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

jamie Dr. Jamie Callahan

Dr. Jamie Callahan is the spotlighted member for October. Dr. Callahan teaches at Drexel University, in the HRD Program in the School of Education’s Department of Policy & Organizational Leadership. She became a member of the AHRD in 1995 after Dr. Neal Chalofsky asked George Washington University doctoral students to get involved in the Academy. She was selected to receive funding to attend the St Louis conference that year. She has been to every conference since then and has come to see AHRD as her professional home.

Since 1995 Dr. Callahan has worked extensively for and with AHRD members. Highlights of her service include serving on the board from 1999-2000 and again from 2008-2011, chairing numerous committees, acting as a program chair, moderator, Editor of Human Resource Development Review, and Associate Editor of Human Resource Development Review. Dr. Callahan has also contributed 68 refereed conference papers at AHRD and UFHRD conferences and has won numerous AHRD awards including the Early Career Scholar Award in 2006.

When asked about her most memorable AHRD moment, Dr. Callahan states, "There are SO many! But one … is a session that I feel served as a catalyst for the development of the Critical and Social Justice SIG in AHRD. It was the 2010 paper entitled "Five women professors discuss Wilson’s Thai Bar Girls” that was published in HRDI and that Julia Storberg-Walker, Juanita Johnson-Bailey, Laura Bierema, Diane Chapman, Julie Gedro, and I presented (Juanita served as discussant for our bricolage work that gave each of our commentaries on problematizing Wilson’s presentation of Thai bar girls). People still talk about that session today. The topic of discussion and the organic nature of the dialogue in the symposium encapsulated what I feel the CSJ SIG stands for and encourages. It also encouraged me to make a concerted effort to shift my work toward more critical endeavors AND it has informed how I approach my role as the current editor of HRDR.”

Currently Dr. Callahan is reading a few different things including, The 4-hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss, and Educating the ‘right’ way: Markets, standards, god, and inequality by Michael Apple.

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Job Openings

1) Assistant Professor of HRD- Towson University

Applicants must possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and show potential for a productive research program in the fields and sub-disciplines of human resources management and development. Applicants must hold an earned doctorate degree in human resource management or development, industrial or organizational psychology, or a closely related discipline. It is preferred that applicants have experience teaching at the University level as well as a history of professional work experience.

More information may be found here.

2) Coordinator, Management DevelopmentHuman Resource DevelopmentUF Health Shands Hospital, located in beautiful Gainesville, Florida and affiliated with the University of Florida, is one of the premier health systems in the Southeast. Shands at the University of Florida is an 852-bed private, not-for-profit hospital that specializes in tertiary care for critically ill patients.

How to apply, click here.

3) Clinical Assistant Professor in Adult Education Indiana University Bloomington

The Indiana University School of Education graduate Adult Education Program in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology (IST) invites applications for a Clinical Assistant Professor in Adult Education. The position is a ten month academic appointment beginning with the fall semester of the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

The Adult Education masters degree is delivered online and online teaching is a major element of this position. The new faculty member will be expected to teach a minimum of three graduate online courses each semester during the academic year. The Adult Education Program seeks applicants with a broad knowledge of the field of adult education, including familiarity with emergent theories and areas of study.

Click here for more information.

4) The Qualitative Research program at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce an open rank tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, commensurate with qualifications and scholarly record.

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2013. Complete applications received by that date will be assured consideration.

For more information go to

5) Texas A&M University's Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, in the College of Education and Human Development, seeks an Associate Professor of Human Resource Development. This individual will assume the duties typically expected of an Associate Professor at a Research-Extensive, Tier I university.

This is a nine-month appointment. The anticipated start date is autumn, 2014. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. Letters of application should be addressed to Dr. Michael Beyerlein, Chair of the Search Committee and sent to: Marie Shelfer, Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, 511 Harrington Tower, 4226 TAMU, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4226. (979) 862-4347 (FAX). Completed applications and curriculum vitae may be sent electronically via PDF to:

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

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jason Moats on the defense of his dissertation, "A Close Look At Technology Acceptance: A phenomenological approach”.
  • Don’t miss it! Nomination materials for The AHRD Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award are due November 1, 2013. It is given to commend an outstanding doctoral dissertation that exemplifies scholarly work and contributes to the HRD field. More information can be found at:
  • Request for survey completion:

    My name is Libby Tisdell, and I am currently the Chair of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education (CPAE), which is part of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE). In the year that I have been chair, it has become apparent to me that we need more data and more research on Adult Education Graduate Programs and the nature of faculty work and satisfaction. Hence, my adult education colleagues at Penn State University—Harrisburg, Dr. Robin Redmon Wright, and Dr. Ed Taylor, and I have put together a research project and a survey to gather some data about the field of adult education (and its related areas, such as Human Resource Development) and its faculty in North America.

    The primary purpose of this study is two-fold, to find out: (1) background information about adult education faculty and graduate programs in North America, and (2) the nature of faculty work and interests, motivations and satisfaction. To a lesser extent, the questionnaire seeks to find out the extent of faculty knowledge and involvement with the Commission of Professors of Adult Education, which is part of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE).

    This is an online survey, and we would like to invite you to help us in our work in this regard by filling out the survey. It will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete it, and you may access it at the following link:

    Please feel free to forward this email and link to the survey to colleagues for whom you think this might be relevant.

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Final Thoughts

Did you know that you can refer your colleagues to AHRD? Go to and look for the "Refer a Friend” link to the right under My Profile. Spread the good work of the Academy and invite a co-worker, students, and colleague to join.

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