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The "Academy Awards” is the distinguished awards program in the Human Resource Development profession that is sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). These awards are for scholarly professionals who have made significant contributions to the vision of leading the profession through research.
The Board presents all the Awards at the annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas.
Awards Information & Deadline Date
Click on award names below for more detailed descriptions of each award, how to contact the chairs, and lists of previous award winners.
Honors a critical HRD scholar or practitioner who has demonstrated research and activism with impact in HRD.
Chair - Tonette Rocco
Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award
Awarded to the ten outstanding scholarly papers from those published in the AHRD Conference Proceedings in the same year.
Chair - Sunyoung Park
AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice Awards
The awards are given for excellence in applying scholarly HRD theory and research to practice in a manner that brings measurable improvement to an organization and/or has the potential to advance the field of HRD.
Chair - TBA
Esworthy Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year Award
Awarded for the outstanding HRD doctoral dissertation in a given year.
Co-Chairs - Sehoon Kim and Tomika Greer
Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue Award
Awarded for the outstanding issue among the ending year's volume.
Chair - Marilyn Y. Byrd
Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development International article in each annual volume.
Chair - Jessica Li
Early Career Scholar Award
Awarded to an outstanding HRD scholar in the early stages of his/her career who has made identifiable and significant contributions in scholarly research to the field of HRD.
Chair - Mesut Akdere
R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year
Awarded for the outstanding HRD book that advances the theory and/or practice of the profession.
Chair - Joshua C. Collins
Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Review refereed article in each annual volume.
Chair - Jia Wang
Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award
Awarded for the outstanding Human Resource Development Quarterly refereed article in each annual volume.
Chair - Tom Reio
HRD Scholar Hall of Fame
Presented to scholars in human resource development and related disciplines who have made enduring contributions to the Academy’s vision of leading the human resource development profession through research.
Chair - Julie Gedro
AHRD Service Award
The AHRD Service Award is given to AHRD members in recognition of their lifetime achievement in advancing HRD through research combined with their service to AHRD as demonstrated through their time, energy and support.
Chair - Darren Short
The Outstanding HRD Scholar Award (formerly the HRD Scholar of the Year Award) is presented to an outstanding human resource development scholar who has demonstrated a continuing record of scholarly productivity and influence in the profession.
Chair - AAhad M. Osman-Gani