The 21st Annual Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference was held in Houston, Texas on February 19-23, 2014. AHRD is a global organization of scholars and reflective practitioners whose mission is to lead the HRD field through research. Dr. Holly Hutchins, who currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Human Resource Development, was instrumental in assisting with its planning.
More than 440 people attended the conference, Leading the Human Resource Development Field through Research, including 27 graduate students and 5 faculty members from the University of Houston.
Graduate students in the HRD program participated in the Emerging Research pre-conference program on February 19. The Emerging Research class was a component of the UH HRD 6397 course in which UH students gathered with graduate students from other universities to discuss research and learn from established scholars. Dr. Consuelo Waight served as a coordinator and Dr. Tomika Greer served as a support faculty member during the Emerging Research class.
UH alumni and faculty members gave 10 presentations throughout this international research conference. Alumni presenters included 2013 Executive M.S. HRD graduates Toni Forrest, Nydia Gonzalez, and Shipra Kashap; 2013 M. S. HRD graduates Mayura Pandit, Alexandra Stiles, and Jillian Stricker; Alexandria Uribe-Rivas (MS HRD 2012), and Tori Spriggins (BS Retailing and Consumer Science 2013). UH faculty presenters included Dr. Lila Carden, Dr. Tomika Greer, Dr. Holly Hutchins, Dr. Torrence Sparkman, and Dr. Consuelo Waight.