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2021 Conference in the Americas Committee

AHRD Virtual Conference, February 17-19, 2021

Conference Committee

Conference Leadership

Karen R. Johnson

Program Chair
More About Karen Johnson, Ph.D.

Katherine Yeager

Proceedings Editor
More About Katherine Yeager, Ph.D.

Dae Seok Chai

Associate Proceedings Editor
More About Dae Seok Chai, Ph.D.


Conference Track Chairs

Rose Opengart

Assessment and Evaluation
More About Rose Opengart, Co-Chair

Jie Ke

Assessment and Evaluation
More About Jie Ke, Co-Chair

Katsiaryna Matusevich

Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
More About Katsiaryna Matusevich, Chair


Stephanie Sisco

Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies
More About Stephanie Sisco, Co-Chair

Rochell McWhorter

Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies
More About Rochell McWhorter, Co-Chair

Angela Danielle Carter

Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies
More About Rochell McWhorter, Co-Chair


Oliver Crocco

International, Global, and Cross-Cultural Issues
More About Oliver Crocco, Chair

Kevin Rose

Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
More About Kevin Rose, Co-Chair

Siham Lekchiri

Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
More About Siham Lekchiri, Co-Chair


Sanghamitra Chaudhuri

Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
More About Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Co-Chair

Michael Kirchner

Organizational Development, Performance, and Change
More About Michael Kirchner, Co-Chair


Soo Jeoung Han

Organizational Development, Performance, and Change
More About Soo Jeoung Han, Co-Chair

Caleb Seung-Hyun Han

Workplace Learning, Training and Career Development
More About Caleb Seung-Hyun Han, Co-Chair

Shinhee Jeong

Workplace Learning, Training and Career Development
More About Shinhee Jeong, Co-Chair




Leadership Bios

Karen R. Johnson, University of North Texas
Program Chair
Karen.Johnson@unt.edu

Karen R. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Dr. Johnson conducts and publishes research on international human resource development with emphasis on workforce education policy issues. In her research, she also examines factors that influence learning and the outcomes of learning on employee performance specifically in the dynamic tourism and hospitality industry. She has been actively engaged as an AHRD member since 2006 in various roles including proceedings editor, workplace learning track chair editor, symposium chair, and reviewer in previously held conferences in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She is a recent recipient of the AHRD Cutting Edge Award and currently serves as editorial board member for the journals - Advances in Developing Human Resources and Industrial and Commercial Training. Originally from Jamaica, she graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in Psychology. She earned both an MA and a PhD in Work and Human Resource Education from the University of Minnesota.

Katherine Yeager, Abilene Christian University
Proceedings Editor
kly17a@acu.edu

Katherine L. Yeager is an Assistant Professor at Abilene Christian University in the School of Educational Leadership program. Dr. Yeager is an active member of AHRD, having served as the Leadership Special Interest Group’s Faculty Member-at-Large and reviewer for HRDQ and HRDR. She has performed duties of both Track Chair and Associate Track Chair supporting multiple AHRD Conferences and has served on the dissertation review committee for the Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year award since winning second runner-up for her dissertation in 2014. Research interests include leader and leadership identity development and women and leadership.

Dae Seok Chai Colorado State University
Associate Proceedings Editor
DaeSeok.Chai@colostate.edu

Dr. Dae Seok Chai an assistant professor of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Dr. Chai has been a proactive researcher with multiple refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and grant proposals, based on his three research interests: Cross-cultural adjustment and training, organization development in an international context, and leadership in diverse cultural contexts. The quality of this research was recognized by the AHRD through its Cutting Edge Award in 2014 and 2019. Since he joined AHRD in 2006, he has been actively engaged in various roles including reviewer, session chair, track chair, and ambassador. Dr. Chai has particularly served as the Track Chair of the International, Global and Cross-Cultural Issues track of the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas for six years (2013-2019). In his corporate and consulting career, Dr. Chai designed, delivered, and evaluated various types of training programs for employees, focusing on cultural diversity and inclusion. He received a B.S.Ed. in Business Education from the University of Georgia, M.Ed. in HRD from the University of Minnesota, and Ph.D. in HRD from Texas A&M University.

Track Chair Bios

  • Rose Opengart, Co-Chair
  • Jie Ke, Co-Chair

Rose Opengart, HRDOC
Assessment and Evaluation
RoseOpengart@yahoo.com

Rose Opengart, Ph.D. is owner and President of HR Doctor consulting, and was most recently an Associate Professor of Management. Dr. Opengart has taught a variety of management-related courses and has worked in HR in multiple industries including manufacturing, non-profit, and academia. She holds a PHR, professional human resources certification and has received awards for course development, teaching, and publishing. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Resources & Organizational Development from The University of Georgia. Dr. Opengart’s research interests include emotional and cultural intelligence, women’s career development, mentoring, and authentic leadership.

Jie Ke, Jackson State University
Assessment and Evaluation
jiejke@gmail.com

Dr. Jie Ke, currently an assistant professor of Human Resource Development with School of Lifelong Learning at Jackson State University, obtained her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University and MBA from EDHEC in France. Her research interests include Evaluation and Assessment, Diversity Training, International Human Resource Development/Management, Motivations and Needs of Adult Undergraduates, and Effectiveness of eLearning.

  • Katsiaryna Matusevich, Chair

Katsiaryna Matusevich, Barry University
Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD
kmatusevich@barry.edu

Dr. Katsiaryna Matusevich is the Program Coordinator of the Master of Science in Human Resource Development at Barry University. She is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development at the Adrian Dominican School of Education and an adjunct professor of Human Resource Management at the Andreas School of Business at Barry University. Dr. Matusevich holds a PhD in Human Resource Development from Barry University, an MA in Community Psychology from Sage Graduate School, and a BS in Teaching and Linguistics with the specialization in the English language and literature from Minsk State Linguistic University. Dr. Matusevich has served as a reviewer for HRDR and AHRD for several years. She also holds a Brain-Based Coaching certificate from the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI) and is a NLI Results Trained Coach.

  • Stephanie Sisco, Co-Chair
  • Rochell McWhorter, Co-Chair
  • Angela Danielle Carter, Co-Chair

Stephanie Sisco, University of Minnesota
Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies
pleasant@umn.edu

Stephanie Sisco is a Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, and Assistant Editor of New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development. Her research seeks to understand how social issues appear at work and influence the learning, development, and advancement of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). She has previously reviewed manuscripts for the Academy of HRD Conference in the Americas, the Academy of HRD Conference in Asia, Human Resource Development International, and Organization Management Journal. Her work has been presented at the Academy of HRD Conference in the Americas (in Jacksonville, Richmond, San Antonio, and Atlanta) and the University Forum for HRD Conference (in Manchester, Lisbon, and Nottingham). Dr. Sisco is also a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award, and she is currently the lead steering committee member of the Critical HRD & Social Justice Perspectives SIG.

Rochell McWhorter, University of Texas at Tyler
Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies
rmcwhorter@uttyler.edu

Rochell McWhorter is currently an Associate Professor in Human Resource Development in the Soules College of Business at The University of Texas at Tyler. Her long-term research agenda includes the study of scenario planning as the development of leadership capability and capacity within virtual environments for the purpose of preparing organizations for times of uncertainty. Her passion for emerging technologies includes the study of virtual human resource development (VHRD) to discover its implications for research and practice in the field of HRD. She utilizes various techniques in the classroom such as visual social media, infographics, digital badges, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence; and, she is a champion of service-learning.

Angela Danielle Carter, Clemson University
Emerging Issues in Organizations, Communities, and Societies
adc5@clemson.edu

Angela Danielle Carter received her BA in English from Georgia State University, after which she embarked on three major careers. Her 16-year stretch in the shopping center industry is where she first fell in love with training and development, coaching, and mentoring emerging leaders. In the midst of a career change to human resource development and corporate training in roles in the employee wellness analytics and aerospace industries, she received her MEd in Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas and an EdD in Adult Education from University of Georgia and solidified her experience as a workplace change leader and organizational learning practitioner. Dr. Carter is now a Clinical Assistant Professor at Clemson University in the Master of Human Resource Development program and is an International Coaching Federation ACC Certified Leadership Coach. Angie teaches, researches, and presents on issues concerning inclusion and equity, leadership development, and coaching.

  • Oliver Crocco, Chair

Oliver Crocco, Louisiana State University
International, Global and Cross Cultural Issues
olivercrocco@lsu.edu

Dr. Crocco is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University (LSU). Before coming to LSU, Dr. Crocco was a Lecturer of Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and also served as a Lecturer and Head of International Campus Life at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In Thailand, Dr. Crocco collaboratively developed a certificate program in organizational development that was offered to community-based organization workers in Myanmar and along the Thai-Myanmar border. Dr. Crocco’s research focuses on HRD in Southeast Asia, program evaluation, adult development, and enhancing global mindset in university and work contexts. He is the Chair of the Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association of Human Resource Development and is an Editorial Board Member for Advances in Developing Human Resources and Industrial and Commercial Training.

  • Kevin Rose, Co-Chair
  • Siham Lekchiri, Co-Chair
  • Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Co-Chair

Kevin Rose, University of Louisville
Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
kevin.rose@louisville.edu

Siham Lekchiri, Western Carolina University
Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
slekchiri@wcu.edu

Dr. Siham Lekchiri joined the Human Services Department Faculty as an Assistant Professor of Human Resources at Western Carolina University. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Management and a minor in HRD from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco), and she has an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Indiana State Universtiy. She earned her Ph.D from Indiana State University Consortium in Technology Management with an emphasis on Human Resource Development and Industrial Training. Lekchiri’s teaching background includes courses in strategic HRD, organizational development, consulting and coaching, career development and employee appraisals, and safety for HRD. Prior to starting in academia, Lekchiri was a Human Resources Consultant in Morocco; she has worked on numerous consulting projects in Morocco, Mali and Senegal.

Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Metropolitan State University
Leadership, Strategy, and Engagement
sanghamitra.chaudhuri@metrostate.edu

Dr. Sanghamitra Chaudhuri is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at the College of Management in Metropolitan State University, Minnesota. After receiving her PhD in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota and at The Ohio State University. She has published research studies on work-life balance, cross-cultural leadership, employee engagement, and mentoring in various national and international journals of repute. She has received the Elwood F. Holton, III Research Excellence Award for ‘Best Journal Article’ by Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). Her research on ‘Reverse Mentoring’ has been quoted by the Forbes, Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal, Canadian Broadcasting, Star Tribune, and by HR Magazine. She is an editorial board member of the premier journal, Human Resource Development Review and Sage Open. She is also the chairperson for India HRD Special Interest Group (SIG) at AHRD.

  • Rita Kowalski, Chair

Rita Kowalski, Work Life Consulting LLC
Non-refereed Track
ahrdnonreftrack@gmail.com

Rita Kowalski is an organizational development consultant and an adult educator. She is the owner of Work Life Consulting LLC and is an adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her practice and research focus upon human resource development, positive organization development, workplace learning, and collaborative inquiry. She has presented work at academic and professional conferences. She earned a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. She is an editorial board member for Advances in Developing Human Resources.

  • Michael Kirchner, Co-Chair
  • Soo Jeoung Han, Co-Chair

Michael Kirchner, Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne
Organizational Development, Performance, and Change
mikekirchner0@gmail.com

Michael Kirchner is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Purdue University-Fort Wayne. His research explores veteran career transitions, as well as the application of military leader development in non-military organizations. He has current and upcoming publications in several reputable journals including Human Resource Development Quarterly, Advances in Developing Human Resources, New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and Industrial and Commercial Training. Kirchner has a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development and an MA in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Soo Jeoung Han, Boise State University
Organizational Development, Performance, and Change
crystalhan@boisestate.edu

Soo Jeoung "Crystal" Han is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) program at Boise State University. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Educational Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. She teaches the Foundation of OPWL and Principles of Adult Learning. Her research interests include the field of virtual teams, growth mindset in teams, shared leadership, and women executive leadership. She has published articles in journals, such as Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Development Quarterly, European Journal of Training and Development, and Journal of Leadership Studies. Her Team Mindset Lab includes the details at https://opwl.boisestate.edu/team-mindset-lab/.

  • Caleb Seung-Hyun Han, Co-Chair
  • Shinhee Jeong, Co-Chair

Caleb Seung-Hyun Han, The University of Georgia
Workplace Learning, Training, and Career Development
calebhan@uga.edu

Dr. Caleb Seung-hyun Han is an Assistant Professor of Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (LLOD) at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master’s degree in Human Resource and Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Research work of Dr. Han uncovers and tests the mechanisms by which individuals learn and develop from others’ expertise and experiences at work. His primary focus is on individual-level learning within organizations by exploring how this learning is influenced by interpersonal relationships and social interactions in organizations.

Shinhee Jeong, Louisiana State University
Workplace Learning, Training, and Career Development
shinheejeong@lsu.edu

Dr. Shinhee Jeong is an assistant professor at the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at Louisiana State University. Her research interest spans around workplace informal learning, organizational knowledge creation, and work-family balance. She has published more than 50 articles in various journals and book chapters. While capable of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, she has a strong background in measurement validation and multi-level analyses. She serves as Associate Editor for the Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnership in Learning Journal and acts as an editorial board member for multiple journals including the Leadership & Organization Development Journal and Journal of Workplace Learning.


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