November 27, 2014  

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Human Capital Development Attend Academy of Human Resource Development Program Excellence Network Meeting

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, professor and chair of the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, and Dr. Heather Annulis, professor of human capital development, participated in the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Program Excellence Network (PEN). 

PEN is committed to strengthening human resource development academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching human resource development. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of human resource development education. This includes professional development, as well as fostering the scholarship of teaching.

AHRD developed a set of standards and recommendations aimed at graduate programs in human resource development and related fields based on a review of outstanding programs, benchmarking of other professional fields, review of existing frameworks for program accreditation, and the ideas of leading scholars and programs administrators in the field.

The AHRD standards are offered in the spirit of collegial respect for the diverse traditions of the discipline and of its academic programs and within a self-evaluation and continuous improvement framework. The guiding belief behind the standards is that of unity in the essentials and diversity in the specifics.

Graduate programs in the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss use these AHRD Standards of Excellence to communicate expectations for graduate programs and encourage higher levels of achievement and performance around a common set of characteristics.

For more information about the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/department-human-capital-development.

Human Capital Development Faculty Serve as Peer Reviewers for the Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference

LONG BEACH, Miss. – Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, professor and chair of the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, and Dr. Heather Annulis, professor of human capital development, served as peer reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Conference in Houston, Texas.

Reviewers were selected based on previous work and demonstrated expertise in the fields of human resource development, strategy and performance. AHRD is a scholarly community focused on leading the field through research.

Darren Short, AHRD president, touts the importance of AHRD conferences that “bring together scholars and scholar-practitioners to discuss theories, research and informed practice to improve the field of human resource development and the diverse organizations we represent and serve.”

Among the strategically focused activities and initiatives designed to meet the scholarly interests of AHRD members and the broader field it serves are four refereed research journals, special interest groups, the Program Excellence Network (PEN), webinars, and web-based resources.

For more information about the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/department-human-capital-development.

Human Capital Development Faculty, Students Present at the Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Human Capital Development faculty and graduate students recently presented at the 2014 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Conference in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Dale Lunsford, assistant professor of human capital development, presented, “A Review of the E-textbook Literature and Research Opportunities in Human Resource Development.”  Human capital development doctoral students, Janea McDonald and Robert Thompson, presented, “Employee Engagement and Its Antecedents in a Public University in Mississippi,” and “Averting an Apathetic Mindset to Forge Employee Engagement within the Hospitality Workforce:  An Investigation of Hospitality Firms Selected to the Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2013 through Website Analysis,” respectively.

AHRD exists to encourage the systematic study and dissemination of human resource development theories, processes, and practices among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in human resource development from multiple disciplines and from across the globe. This diverse community includes a family of scholars and practitioners interested in training, organizational learning and human resource development performance and strategy, organizational development, workplace learning, adult education, career development, and other people development growth topics. AHRD’s vision is "Leading Human Resource Development through Research.”

For more information about the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/department-human-capital-development.