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Who are AHRD Members?

AHRD attracts members from around the globe who share a passion for HRD research and theory, and for  using it to improve HRD practice. It currently has 500+ members from 39 countries. They include members who are:

  • HRD researchers - who join AHRD to network with peers, support HRD research, attend research-focused conferences, share their findings, and learn more about the wide range of HRD research happening around the world

  • HRD practitioners - who join AHRD to learn about cutting edge-research and theory, meet those who produce HRD research and theory, and network with those who are leading HRD practices in 100+ organizations

  • HRD students - who join AHRD to network with senior HRD academics from around the world, present their own research, and support their journey as emerging HRD researchers and practitioners.

There are many different reasons for joining AHRD – each member is unique in this respect, but all share a passion to learn, to network, and to improve HRD practice through  research and theory.

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Member Testimonials

HRD Academics

I value my AHRD membership because it gives me the opportunity to network with internationally recognized human resource development scholars and practitioners. I like that AHRD values different voices and approaches to exploring learning, change, and performance. Attending AHRD conferences is a transformative experience; I usually leave with new ideas, approaches, and challenges to my own professional development. I've observed a similar reaction with our students.
~ Holly Hutchins, Assistant Professor, University of Houston
There are several professional organizations that serve the HRD field. However, there is only one professional entity that serves the diverse members of the HRD community of scholars. For that reason, I recommend to my graduate students that AHRD should become their primary professional affiliation, as it has become mine.
~ Ron Jacobs, Professor, Ohio State University
I joined AHRD in its early years and have seen it flourish – growing from a collection of dedicated individuals who offered me intellectual challenge, professional development, collaboration and friendship to a much larger collection of people, from across the globe, now offering me intellectual challenge, professional development, collaboration and friendship. It is still going strong, and though it changes as new people come in, its core values remain.”


~ Professor Monica Lee, University of Northumbria & Life-Member, University of Lancaster

I have been an Academy member from its founding, and I remain an enthusiastic member. Most important for me is the opportunity for global fellowship and exposure to global research in HRD. Consistently, I try to attend all four conferences—in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.”
~ Gary N. McLean, Past President of AHRD and Senior Professor, Texas A&M University


I have been a member of AHRD since the association was created and value membership in its community of scholars who are committed to strong HRD research and practice. The conferences are collegial and educative and include a range of topics including wonderful pre-conferences. There are also leadership opportunities in the Academy, available to anyone who wishes to become more involved. It is exciting to be a part of a growing field—that is why I sustain my membership and volunteer my time to AHRD.
~ Laura Bierema, Associate Professor, University of Georgia


From the time of its inception, the Academy of Human Resource Development was like finding my intellectual home. I am proud to have been one of its first presidents and even more proud of what the academy has become-- a home for current and future scholars in this field serving as a catalyst to grow and strengthen the field.
~ Karen E. Watkins, Professor of Human Resource and Organization Development, College of Education, The University of Georgia.


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HRD Professionals

As a professional who must relate research to practice in a consulting environment, and who is responsible for developing, sourcing and maintaining assessment instruments, I have received valuable support from colleagues in AHRD, both in critiquing approaches and in offering their expertise through papers and presentations at conferences. AHRD also provides a supportive environment for scholar-practitioner discussions and workshops.

~ John W. Bing, Ed.D., Head, Research and Development, ITAP Internationa

AHRD is the place where I am able to link research and practice together within a supportive and encouraging community of like-minded colleagues. Where else can I go with my problems of practice and end up with new research projects resulting in evidence-supported findings to bring back to my organization?
~ Jeffrey Keefer, Project Manager, Instructional Design; Visiting Nurse Service of New York


AHRD is my professional home. It’s where I learn about leading-edge research, and network with those who are passionate about using it to improve HRD practice
~ Darren Short, Director of Global Learning & Development, Avanade Inc., Seattle

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HRD Students

I became a member of AHRD as a result of participating in the 2009 emerging scholars program, which proved to be an invaluable and transformational experience. Since joining AHRD, I have been introduced to the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, as well as exposed to the major research and issues shaping HRD. Being a member of AHRD affords the opportunity to join a rich network of scholars and practitioners and provides a platform to share, dialogue and collaborate with other members concerning the opportunities and challenges within the field. Being a member of AHRD has enhanced my experiences as a doctoral student, as well as provided a solid foundation for future research, service and contribution to the field of HRD.
~Merlissa Alfred, Texas A&M University


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