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2020 AHRD Conference Town Hall Forum

2020 International Research Conference in the Americas

Leveraging emerging methodologies to challenge master narratives in HRD

One way of exploring the purposes and scope of Human Resource Development is by examining the stories we tell about the field. In this Town Hall Forum, panelists and participants will explore the stories they tell about the field and be exposed to the stories that others hold dear. The forum will begin with an open discussion about HRD narratives, and then move to a focused discussion regarding dominant narratives around diversity, equity, inclusion, engagement, and justice in HRD and ways these perspectives are being challenged through the use of emerging research methodologies.


Jeremy BohonosDr. Jeremy Bohonos

Jeremy Bohonos is an Assistant Professor of Adult Education, Assistant Editor for New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and Chair of the Academy of Human Resource Development Critical HRD & Social Justice Perspectives Special Interest Group. His research focuses on organizational (in)justice with a special emphasis on race and racism in the workforce. He has published in journals including Adult Education Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, Adult Learning, and New Horizons in Adult Education and HRD.

Juanita Johnson-BaileyDr. Juanita Johnson-Bailey

Juanita Johnson-Bailey holds the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Georgia and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the American Association of University Women. In 2018 she was bestowed the title of University Professor, which is awarded to faculty at the University of Georgia who have had a significant impact in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities. In 2018, she also received the Career Achievement Award from American Association of Adult and Continuing Education.

She has worked at UGA for twenty-four years and currently holds an administrative appointment as the Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies at UGA.  She is the author of Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way, which received the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education and the Sadie T. Mossell Alexander Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Black Women’s Studies. Dr. Johnson-Bailey is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, a Houle Scholar, and a Lilly Teaching Fellow. She has lectured nationally and internationally and her most recent book is a co-edited text, the Handbook on Race and Racism in Adult and Higher Education: A Dialogue (Sheared, Johnson-Bailey, Colin, Peterson, & Brookfield).

Johnson-Bailey specializes in researching race and gender in educational and workplace settings. She has made significant contributions to the literature in adult education and women’s studies, with over 100 publications, which includes articles in: Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Higher Education, The Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education,SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching for Education, and the Handbook of Transformative Learning Theory.

Nathan VictoriaNathan Victoria

Nathan Victoria is a doctoral candidate in the Executive Leaders Program, Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University, as well as the Senior Director, Recruitment, Engagement, and Volunteerism (REV) for NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice. Featured as the "Exec of the Future: Change Agent" by Associations Now and recognized as one of Forum's Forty Under 40 Award Winners, he curates the arc of experience for the student affairs profession. More information about his project can be found at

Nathan's Golden Circle: I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before. Not everyone can speak their truths, but I have been fortunate and privileged in having found mine. Through inspiration, innovation, and innovation, I empower those around me, strategically squeaking, to make agents of change.

Dr. Cynthia M. SimsDr. Cynthia M. Sims

Cynthia M. Sims is an Assistant Professor and program coordinator of the Master of Human Resource Development, Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership, College of Education, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, U.S.A. Her research focuses on the ways gender and diversity influences the enactment of leadership in the workplace. She was recognized with an Emerald Literati Award, Highly Commended 2019 for a research publication. Dr. Sims is the founder director and co-lead of Clemson’s gender equity leadership development and mentoring program for faculty an ADVANCE initiative. She has a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College, a master’s from the College of Education, Harvard University, and a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Sims was employed with a U.S. fortune 100 company, serving as the Director of Staff Operations, Director of Learning and Performance Improvement, and Director of Human Resources.

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