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February Digest- 2014


February 2014 AHRD Digest:
Special Issue – Conference in the Americas

This month, in addition to much of our usual content, you will find special features focusing on the 2014 AHRD Conference in the Americas.

Jump to an article or view the Digest on our website.

Conference Insights

Member Spotlight
Dr. Lane Morris

Job Openings

Announcements and Accomplishments


Conference Insights

Each year our members look forward to the AHRD Conference in the Americas. It is a chance for members to come together around topics that so many of us are passionate about and reconnect with colleagues we only see "virtually”. So often I hear from attendees that the conference reenergizes them by inspiring new ideas, challenging their existing perspectives, and offering the time to spend with practitioners and researchers engaged in leading the field of HRD through research. Houston is sure to offer some excellent symposia and innovative sessions, as well as Food n’ Thought sessions that always offer small and meaningful learning opportunities. As always, the Opening Reception will bring together new members and seasoned attendees, as will the hotel lobby and bar where you are likely to see scholar-practitioners engaged in great conversations with scholars from around the world, founding members of AHRD, and first-time attendees. The SIGs are sure to offer you the chance to get a more in-depth understanding of your HRD interests, and those conversations will linger long after meetings have ended. Make the most of this experience. Introduce yourself, find someone new to share a meal with, and engage in meaningful conversations to generate the next new idea, connection, or opportunity.

Keynote Speaker

The 2014 keynote speaker is Lisa Haneberg. Ms. Haneberg is an organization development, leadership and management author, trainer, explorer, practitioner, and consultant, with over 25 years of experience in executive and management development, and training and coaching solutions for large and small organizations. She has authored 13 books about organization development, leadership, management, and personal effectiveness and her work has been highlighted in publications such as Leader to Leader, Washington CEO, Capital, and Leadership Excellence.

Ms. Haneberg has worked with a variety of organizations on internal and external consulting projects including Memorial Hermann Health System, MedCentral, Black & Decker, Mead Paper, Intel,, Corbis, Promedica, MTD Products, Perfetti vanMelle, TUI Travel International, Aultman Health Care, OPW Fueling Components, Royal Thai Government, the FAA, the EPA, Microsoft, Premera Blue Cross Oregon, and the City of Seattle. In 2011, Ms. Haneberg won the HCI M-Prize for management innovation (a competition judged by management legend Gary Hamel). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland, holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts from Goddard College, and partially completed the PhD Program and Walden University (Leadership and Organizational Sciences). Her keynote at this year’s conference is titled Generating Organizational Breakthroughs – Enhancing the Synergies Between HRD Research and Practice.

Town Hall Forum

This year's lively annual Town Hall Forum asks the questions: What is the relationship between research and practice in other applied fields, and what can we learn from their experience? A panel of distinguished researchers – representing economics, medicine, social work, and business – will critically analyze their own field in translating new knowledge into new practice. Is HRD the only applied field to perceive the disconnect between moving research to practice? We don't think so. But other fields may have traditions and circumstances from which we might learn from, and even find some aspects to apply as well. HRD scholars sincerely desire to have an impact – why else do we do our work? Audience participation will be encouraged to respond to the panelists and challenge where HRD should go as a scholarly community, even to challenge the premise of the Forum in the first place. All in the context of respectful, but critical, scholarly discourse of course. See you there!

New Member Orientation

For: AHRD first-time attendees, new members, students (and anyone who just wants to attend!)

Please join us at the New Attendee/Member Orientation session on Thursday, 1-2 p.m. (in Salon A-B, Marriott). Come meet new colleagues, network with AHRD leaders and learn tips on making the AHRD Conference an enjoyable and exciting experience. AHRD merchandise giveaways and a planned scavenger hunt are scheduled to help first-time attendees get the most out of AHRD 2014.

Stay Informed about the Conference with Social Media

So much information can be gathered and shared using social media platforms during the 2014 conference. Attendees can leave and receive comments about particular speakers or sessions, share what they think about the event, post pictures, quickly find other attendees and, of course, share the best places to eat (and drink!).

The 2014 Conference is on Twitter at #2014AHRD.
If you haven’t joined Twitter- checkout the site. It’s simple to get started and the site offers support along the way. Checkout the Twitter help page for basics on getting started:

Once you have joined Twitter, here are some tips for using it at this year’s conference:

  1. Use #AHRD2014 and do a search for it. Save your search so that you can look through conference Tweets easily. (You can save searches on the website and the Twitter app)
  2. Consider putting together a list of speakers or events that you can follow and get to know ahead of time.
  3. Start Tweeting about the event a day or two before hand. Tweet things like "Prepping for my presentation” or "Off to the airport” and consider including a picture.
  4. At the conference read the Tweets for #AHRD2014 and think about them as silent conversations happening during the event. You might be listening to a speaker and someone Tweets out a comment about what they are saying, or presenting and when you respond it starts a virtual conversation.
  5. If you plan on live tweeting/typing during a session, you may offend some people who may not realize what you are doing, so let them know ahead of time or just sit in the back or the side.

The 2014 Conference is on Facebook
You can find AHRD on Facebook at

While you are there, be sure to "Like” the page and then check in to see photos, updates, and posts from the conference.

Networking Dinner for Women Faculty

All women faculty members attending the AHRD conference this month are warmly invited to attend a no-host networking dinner on Friday evening in Houston. The dinner will continue the conversation begun during the "Charting a Path for AHRD Women Faculty" innovative session held on Friday morning (10:30-noon); however, you do not need to attend the innovative session to attend the dinner. If you are interested in attending, please meet in the lobby of the hotel at 7:15, the restaurant is TBD but it will include selections for all food preferences.

The dinner is intended to further develop specific and actionable professional development events for women faculty. Please plan on attending and bring your good ideas to share!

AHRD Foundation

At the 2014 AHRD conference, we will be announcing our first call for grant proposals since 2006. We can do that because of the generous donations of you and your colleagues. I want to thank all of you who have already donated to the AHRD Foundation — and to challenge all of you who have not to give any amount. We will have a place at the registration desk where you can write a check or use a credit card to donate to the foundation. We hope to raise enough funds during the conference to be able to award at least one additional individual grant funding in HRD. In an era where promotion and tenure depend on getting external funding for one’s research, and in a field where such funding is almost non-existent, this small funding program plays a significant role in AHRD’s mission to advance the field through HRD research. Please help us continue to support our members.

You can donate funds at any time through our website at:

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Member Spotlight

Dr. Jason Moats

Jason Moats (center) pictured at the 2013 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

This month our Member Spotlight introduces you to a regular attendee to the AHRD Conference, Dr. Jason Moats. Dr. Moats works for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Emergency Services Training Institute as a Program Director of a multi-million dollar, national training program. He very recently completed his Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, where his research focused on bridging the scholar-practitioner gap in HRD and homeland security/emergency management, crisis management, the integration of innovative and emerging technology in training, and emergency services leadership. He extends that research into his practice interests of crisis management, simulation-based and scenario-based training, leadership development, project management, and instructional design.

Dr. Moats has been a member of AHRD since 2006 when he started in the Emerging Scholars class and fell in love with AHRD. He noted, "I found my professional home here. Nowhere else in my professional life had I been exposed to the collegiality of the rock stars of our field (Gary McLean, Dick Swanson, Toby Egan, Larry Dooley, Lane Morris, Sue Lynham, Jerry Gilley and so many more to name); I had not felt the warmth and welcome I experienced at the conference (particularly by that scholar-practitioner group) since being in the local firehouse; and I felt the same sense of purpose, that we are doing something important, that I experienced in the back of the ambulance. These feelings and experiences have been the confirmation that I need to know that AHRD is home!” His commitment to the Academy is exemplified in his service. He has been a reviewer for the Conference in the America’s since 2007, presented several times, served as a member of the Scholar-Practitioner Special Interest Group since it was formed and as the Chair for the last three years.

When asked about his most memorable AHRD moment, Dr. Moats shared his experience in putting together a Pre-conference session at the Panama City Beach, FL conference with Gary McLean. "At the time, I did not know exactly what was happening, but as I watched Gary and heard the message about the role of the scholar-practitioner – I quickly realized how important the role we play in "bridging the gap” is and exactly why. More importantly, it revealed to me the importance of the Academy. Where else in any professional association can a graduate student facilitate a session with one of the most prolific scholars in HRD to of a group of highly experienced and senior scholars, practitioners, and scholar-practitioners on a first name basis? That was also the same conference where I was able to speak with 4 colleagues (grad students) about the importance of the Academy to those who lead the Academy sitting next to those who were new. And then the rains came….” For those who were in Panama City- you will remember distinctly the rain that accompanied the conference!

Finally, Dr. Moats offers what he is currently reading. He recently finished Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. As a former Navy Corpsman (medic), the author’s story about the costs of making the ethically right decision despite the severe (and deadly) consequences hit home for Dr. Moats. He is also reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mitch Albom’s The First Phone Call From Heaven. Look for Jason Moats and the conference and be sure to ask him about his current interests and recent dissertation!

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Job Openings

2) Position Opening for Assistant Professor (12-month non-tenure track teaching position)

Organization: University of Louisville

Brief Job Description:

The Department of Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education has an open position for an assistant professor that will teach primarily in our innovative organizational leadership and learning (OLL) undergraduate program for adult learners. Our vision for the program is to be a leader in the field of human resource and organization development and to integrate in the most meaningful ways possible theory, research, and practice to support this effort.

More information may be found here.

1) Associate/Full Professor, Graduate Dept of Ed Leadership and ISD

Organization: Idaho State University


  • Earned PhD in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology or related field-Demonstrated ability to teach graduate courses in Instructional Design and Instructional Technology, including emerging technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and direct masters and doctoral research projects
  • Record of and potential for scholarship, research, and grants/contracts
  • Record of participation in the profession

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.

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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Announcements and Accomplishments

Open Call for Associate Editors for Human Resource Development Review

We are pleased to announce that the editorial team of Human Resource Development Review, a Sage publication, will be transitioning the existing editorial structure to include two Associate Editors. Therefore, two nominations are being sought for two three-year Associate Editor terms.

The primary role of Associate Editor will be to:

  • Review all manuscripts and associated peer reviews
  • Draft recommendation letters with feedback for each manuscript within an agreed upon time frame
  • Evaluate review quality for each reviewer
  • Direct the Elwood F. Holton, III Outstanding Journal Article of the Year process to identify the winner
  • Select the Outstanding Reviewer of the Year Award winner
  • Assist authors with questions about revisions
  • Provide support to the Editor as needed for ad hoc requirements (e.g., surveying the Board members or scrubbing the reviewer database)
  • Participate in Editorial Board meetings

It is possible that Associate Editors may be asked to write editorials or other thought pieces in support of the journal and will be asked to promote the journal at national and international conference venues and at other events. Associate Editors will be required to participate in conference calls among the editorial team as well as attend (if possible) the Editorial Board meeting held at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference in the Americas. The appointment to the Associate Editor position is a 3-year term that will accompany the incoming Editor’s term, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending July 31, 2017. Associate Editors may be invited to serve a second (but not to exceed a second) three year term and are also eligible to apply for the Incoming Editor position as part of the succession plan for the journal. Although the official start date of the position will be July 1, 2014, successful candidates should expect that training and immersion into the role would commence prior, at a time mutually agreed upon.

Applicants should possess a notable record of scholarly publications within the HRD community and related fields of study, have interest and previous experience in diverse content domains relevant to HRD, have support from their home institution to serve in the role, and have a record of service as reviewer and/or track chair, special issue editor, or editorial board member of one or more major journals. Self-nominations are encouraged and should include a letter that fully describes the candidate’s capability, experience, and commitment to serve in an Associate Editor role based upon the position requirements, as well as a full curriculum vita. The submission deadline is March 15, 2014. The decisions will be announced in April, 2014. Please submit all applications

HELP find best Introductions to HRD!!

Students are the future of HRD. Pointing them towards key knowledge, ideas and tools can contribute to their development. Dr. John Dewar Wilson is trying to locate texts or websites that provide excellent introductions to main fields/topics of HRD. He asks that you send him up to three sources to – with title and/or author(s) or address and a sentence if you can to say why you think a source is especially good.

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