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April 2014 AHRD Digest

From the Board
by Holly Hutchins, AHRD Board Member

Journal News

Member Spotlight

Kim Nimon, Ph.D.

April 10th Webinar Update

Job Openings

News and Notes

Final Thoughts


From the Board

Holly Hutchins, AHRD Board Member

Are you a Creator or a Consumer AHRD Member?

What does being a member of a professional association mean to you? The formal definition of member (as a noun) is “one of the individuals composing a group” (Merriam-Webster, online) suggesting that to be a member of an organization is to simply belong and represented as a static figure on the organization roll. To date, AHRD has 470 members.

However, what happens when we think of being a member as an active process (a verb) such that it is more than just being “in” the group and more about engaging in the “creation and sustainability” of the group? Moving our understanding of member or membership from passive to active offers a new way of thinking about our commitment to the groups to which we belong and, specifically, how we all consider our member role in AHRD.

Do you recall the TIME Magazine Person of the Year for 2006? Okay, neither did I, but I should have because it was me! And you, and you over there, and the billions of other people amassing relationships and creating content using technology. In fact, the cover story sub-title was “You control the Information Age. Welcome to your world…” This is still pertinent today, and maybe even more so as social media has expanded the ways we connect and create meaning, thus allowing us to be agents of information in the marketplace of ideas. For the marketplace to work, we need both creators (people who create and share content) and consumers (those who receive or use the information) to keep the conversation going. Using the Global Social Technographics classification of assessing how people engage with social technologies, researchers (in 2010) found that 60-70% of those responding identified as “joiners” or “spectators” with only 30% identifying as active contributors (conversationalists or critics) of content. What this suggests as there are far more people consuming than contributing in the marketplace.

Applying this idea to professional organizations, and specifically as members of AHRD, does this ratio still hold up? I would offer that it does, and similar to the 80/20 Pareto Principle (or the law of the “vital few”) AHRD has historically had a small group of people do the majority of the work around the conference, journals, and in leadership roles. So, my hope through this column is that each member considers how s/he can be co-creators and co-consumers of AHRD? Maybe we label it “creatumer” or “consumerator”? I looked these up and they don’t exist! Here are some ways to consider serving in both roles as an AHRD member:

  • Become an active SIG member through serving on the leadership team or leading the creation of a conference symposium or research group on a related topic. Recall that SIGs were originally created to advance scholarly discussion and dissemination. How are you actively participating in advancing this mission?
  • Share ideas, research articles, interesting postings, etc. on one of the AHRD social media sites. We clearly have “likes” and “members”, but are you a creator of information?
  • Run for the AHRD Board. For me, there has been no greater way to help create the value and vision or AHRD than my service on the Board. I “consume” in this role by observing others’ leadership skills and further developing my own.
  • Volunteer to serve as a Conference Track Chair or Reviewer and seek the training and support to be an effective coach and mentor in these roles. These are excellent opportunities to develop emerging talent and hone your own skills in project management, reviewing, and editing.
  • Submit articles and review for one of our four HRD journals. We have excellent editors and committed reviewers. Our journals are increasingly gaining attention in other disciplines, and many AHRD members have built their scholarly careers on reading and publishing in our journals.
  • Sign into the AHRD website, update your information and refer a friend

These are but a few ways of being both a creator and consumer as we continue to advance AHRD as THE Academy of and for Human Resource Development Scholars and Practitioners. I hope you will join me in the AHRD “creatumer/consumerator” space.

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Journal News

Here’s a sneak peak of HRDR Volume 13, Issue 2, June 2014. More details can be found at


Guest Editorial: Progressing Diversity in HRD Theory and Practice
Jannine Williams, Sharon Mavin

Theory and Conceptual Articles

A Review of Diversity Conceptualizations: Varity, Trends and a Framework (11,130. ~25 pgs).
John Qin, Nuttawuth Muenjohn, Prem Chhetri

Obstacles to success in the workplace for people with disabilities: A review and research agenda (10,433. ~23.5 pgs).
Mukta Kulkarni, Mark L. Lengnick-Hall

Changing demographics and the shifting nature of careers: Implications for research and Human Resource Development (11,978. ~ 27.5 pgs).
Sean Lyons, Eddy Ng, Linda Schweitzer

A Conceptual Model of Organizations as Learning-Performance Systems: Integrative Review of Lean Implementation Literature (8,883. ~20 pgs).
Meera Alagaraja

Foundations and Philosophy of HRD

How” Narratology Narrows the Organizational Theory-Practice Gap (12,400. ~28 pgs).
Brian Glibkowski, Lee McGinnis, James Gillespie, Abby Schommer

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Member Spotlight

This month our member spotlight is shone on Kim Nimon, Ph.D.
 Kim works at the University of North Texas in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies. As an Associate Professor she is interested in researching workforce development (human resource development, employee engagement, corporate chaplaincy programs) and analytical methodologies (applied general linear model analyses, statistical software programming, measurement and evaluation).

Kim became an AHRD member in 2007 and her first involvement with the Academy was in response to Tom Chermack’s call for reviewers for the 2008 Conference in the Americas. She told Tom she would review anything quantitative. After that she and Tom started working on an article together and then they met at the 2009 Conference in Arlington, VA. Tom took her around and introduced her to lots of people within the Academy. At that same conference, she also got to meet Tom Reio. This was quite a thrill for Kim because Tom had just accepted a paper she co-authored with Drea Zigarmi on employee work passion. In thinking about this experience, Kim noted, “I have to say that the two Tom’s were a big reason I got involved with the Academy.”

Thanks in part to those “two Toms” in 2010, Kim co-founded the Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) SIG. Since that time, the QRM SIG has contributed to the AHRD Conference in the Americas by presenting symposia, innovative sessions, and food “n” thought sessions. Most recently, QRM SIG members developed a proposal for an ADHR journal issue on Quantitative Data Analytic Techniques to Advance HRD Theory and Practice. The proposed issue, where Kim serves as lead editor, was recently accepted and is slated to be published in Volume 17, Issue 2.

Besides her great work with the QRM SIG, Kim has served as a reviewer for three of the AHRD journals: Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, and Human Resource Development International. She is also Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly, where she previously served as Assistant Editor and as a member of the editorial board. Additionally, Kim has reviewed papers for AHRD conferences each year and have also represented UNT by serving as a delegate to the AHRD Program Excellence Network.

Kim was asked to share her most memorable AHRD moment, and she said, “I have many memorable moments with AHRD but one of my most recent is from co-presenting with Jia Wang and Julia Storberg-Walker at the Emerging Research course before the 2014 AHRD conference. Julia and Jia took my metaphor relating an omelet recipe to the methods section of a quantitative research paper to relating critical theory to the plight of the chicken who may have been disenfranchised by being forced to lay eggs for someone else’s omelet. I will also always remember receiving the early career scholar award (thank you to Jeff Allen and Holly Hutchins for encouraging me to apply and Jamie Callahan, Marie Cseh, and Tom Reio for writing recommendation letters) and also watching Nisha Manikoth – George Washington University receiving the Malcom S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year”.

As always, we ask our spotlighted member to share what they have been reading. Kim said, “When I am not reading books about big data, I read mind-candy for pleasure. My favorite author is Sue Grafton. I have been reading her mysteries since 1992 and am currently reading her latest, W is for Wasted.”

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April 10th Webinar Update

Introducing the “Practical HRD” project – a concrete AHRD effort to “lead the field through research.” At AHRD gatherings, we have often expressed concern that everyday practice in HRD often does not reflect what we know works based on theory and research. Practitioners say that finding appropriate research is difficult for them, and interpreting appropriate recommendations also poses challenges. To meet the needs of our colleagues in practice, and to further disseminate the work of our scholars, we’d like to create a database of practitioner-focused, research-based articles on a full range of HRD challenges.

You may view the April 10th Webinar "Practical HRD: Steps toward leading the field through research" or view past  AHRD webinars.

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Job Openings

1) Human Resource Management Faculty

Description & Details:

Brenau University is looking for a faculty member with demonstrated excellence in teaching both traditional-aged liberal arts and non-traditional adult students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. On-line instruction experience is also desirable. Teaching responsibilities include teaching at both the Norcross and Gainesville campuses, and the evening/weekend and online course delivery format.

More information may be found here.

2) Adjunct Professor(s), WCU online MSHR Program

Description & Details:

The MSHR program seeks adjunct faculty to teach 100% online courses in the MSHR curriculum starting in Fall 2014.  An earned doctorate in an HR-related field is required.   Preference will be given to individuals with experience teaching online courses.   A full list of MSHR courses can be found at:

More information may be found here.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Cost of posting:

Members - $25.00
Non-members - $100.00
PEN Members - FREE

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News and Notes

AHRD European Conference 2014

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UFHRD Conference Information

HRD: Reflecting upon the Past, Shaping the Future

4th to 6th June 2014 | Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Key dates:

  1. Conference registration closes: 30th May 2014
  2. UFHRD 2014: 4th to 6th 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 breath-taking 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 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

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The 13th International Conference of  The Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development

Conference Theme:

Exploring Leadership from a Human Resource Development Perspective hotel prima south korea

Conference Date:

November 13-14, 2014

Pre-conference Date:

November 12, 2014

Host Institution: The Korean Joint Association for Human Resource Development (KJAHRD)

  • The Korean Association of Human Resource Development
  • Korean Society for Learning and Performance
  • Korean Society for Training & Development
  • Korea Action Learning Association

Conference CEO & AHRD Asia Chapter Coordinator: Dr. Mesut Akdere, Associate Professor of HRD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Conference site-chair: Dr. Ki-sung Lee, President of the Korean Association of Human Resource Development.

Sightseeing Tours: Insa-dong District & Myeng-dong District in Seoul ($5)

Cultural show/performance: available during the closing dinner

Conference Venue: Hotel Prima, Seoul (

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Final Thoughts

With the 2014 Conference in the Americas in the rearview mirror the AHRD Board of Directors is carrying on with the day-to-day operations of the Academy. You might not know that the board rotates through on a staggered election cycle. That means that each year 1 or more members come off the board and are replaced with an election each November.  In case you are interested in knowing, this year’s board includes:

Jeff Allen
University of North Texas

Khalil Dirani
University of Georgia

Julie Gedro
SUNY Empire State College

Rajashi Ghosh
Drexel University

Holly Hutchins
University of Houston

Martin B. Kormanik
O.D. Systems

Ellen Scully-Russ
The George Washington University

Seung Won Yoon
Western Illinois University

President - 2014-2015
Ron Jacobs
University of Illinois 

President-Elect 2015-2016
Wendy Ruona
University of Georgia

Feel free to reach out to your board members if you have any questions or are interested in sharing your talents or expertise with the Academy.

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