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September 2013 AHRD Digest
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AHRD Digest

September 2013 AHRD Digest

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From the Board
by Martin Kormanik

Opportunities for Members

Member Spotlight
Dr. Jessica Li

2013 Board and President Elections

Call for Papers: Special Issue
CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and International HRD

Innovative Session Proposals for Upcoming Conference: deadline October 7

Call for Proposals: Food N’ Thought Sessions


Job Openings

News and Notes

Final Thoughts


From the Board

Martin Kormanik, VP, Membership and SIGs

Ensuring SIG Growth & Development

It’s hard to believe that AHRD started the SIG (Special Interest Group) initiative five years ago! The SIGs benefit Academy members by:

  • Encouraging scholarship, dissemination of information, and fellowship;
  • Providing a disciplinary "home base” among folks of similar scholarly and/or professional interests;
  • Offering a range of service activities, including educational sessions and social events, newsletters, web pages, professional development opportunities, and recognition programs.

The Academy now supports the charters of a dozen SIGs (including member affiliation as of 15 September 2013):

  • China HRD Research (12 members)
  • Critical HRD & Social Justice Perspectives (37 members)
  • Faculty Learning & Development (52 members)
  • HRD Theory (57 members)
  • India HRD (10 members)
  • International HRD (69 members)
  • Leadership (139 members)
  • Qualitative Inquiry (61 members)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (52 members)
  • Scholar-Practitioner (116 members)
  • Virtual HRD (41 members)
  • Workforce Diversity & Inclusion (41 members)

I’m reaching out to identify your SIG interests/needs, and ways to support your SIG involvement. At this point, SIG leadership is looking at ways to ensure SIG vitality, through continued growth and development. Issues under consideration include:

  • Each SIG must maintain affiliation of at least 30 AHRD members, as an indicator of member interest. The above numbers show affiliation for two SIGs is below 30. SIG policy says when a SIG’s AHRD member affiliation goes below 30, the SIG’s charter may be revoked and the SIG disbanded.
  • SIG leadership is a voluntary effort. As the SIG role in Academy activities (e.g., conferences, webcasts, publications) has grown, more SIG volunteers are needed. Also, a number of SIG Steering Committee members have been involved since the beginning of the initiative and are looking to pass the baton to new leadership.

All AHRD members should consider their SIG affiliations, as well as their direct involvement in SIG leadership and activities. Membership in AHRD includes affiliation with two SIGs. Make sure your membership profile on the AHRD website is up-to-date with your preferred SIG affiliations. I also encourage you to check out each SIG’s information page within the AHRD website. There you will find a link to contact the chair of any SIG for more information and to get involved with SIG activities.

You can also email me, Martin Kormanik (, the SIG Board Liaison, with any questions, need for more information, or suggestions for keeping the SIG initiative alive and meeting your needs. Thanks!


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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

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