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Associate Dean of Faculty Development and International Initiatives University of Minnesota, USA
Outcomes of Human Resource Development
International Human Resource Development
Organization Development and Change
Leadership and Innovation in Higher Education
Workforce Planning and Education
Human Resource Development in Tourism
I was born and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating from Lincoln University in New Zealand with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management. Prior to my graduate study I worked in a variety of positions related to recreation management and human resource development (HRD) in both New Zealand and the United States. After completing my graduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I commenced my academic career at the University of Minnesota in 1999. In 2006 I was appointed as chair of the Department of Work and Human Resource Education. I am currently professor in the Human Resource Development program area within the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and International Initiatives in the College of Education and Human Development having previously served a three-year term as Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional, and International Programs. During my academic leadership career, I have actively sought professional development opportunities to enhance my skills as a thoughtful, visionary, and strategic leader. I participated as a fellow in the Academic Leadership Program run by The Big Ten Academic Alliance (formally the Committee on Institutional Cooperation) and the Minnesota Partnership for Executive Leader Development – a year-long cooperative leadership development initiative with the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and University system to prepare future senior level academic administrators. During 2015 I completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education
My research program is focused on the process and organizational outcomes of HRD. Within this focus, I am pursuing four areas of research. My first research area examines attitude and performance changes that individuals and organizations experience as a result of HRD with the major thrust of this scholarship on the relationship between HRD, organizational commitment, and employee engagement. The second major focus of my current research relates to international HRD. The third research stream is related to the workforce planning and vocational education and training (VET). My final research area examines HRD in the leisure and tourism industry.
I have been involved in research and teaching activities throughout the United States and around the world. I have conducted research, taught classes and workshops, as well as consulted on projects in countries including New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Australia, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Jamaica, Georgia, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
My teaching at the University of Minnesota has included a wide variety of courses in adult education and human resource development as well as research methods.
American Vocational Education Research Association
The focus on quality in education has heightened awareness of the recognized connections between leadership, policy, and the effective leadership of organizations that deliver learning across the lifespan. Yet, boundary-spanning, interdisciplinary perspectives that focus on these connections are rare in research and practice. Human resource development (HRD) is an academic field of study and professional practice suggested as a potential platform to examine the integration of organizational leadership, policy, and development to focus on quality in education at all levels, including early childhood, primary, secondary, higher education, and vocational training contexts. HRD provides a lens to examine lifelong learning at the individual, group, organizational, national, and transnational level to address improved effectiveness, quality, and performance. Yet, HRD also recognizes and questions dominate power structures that limit access, participation, and achievement. The application of HRD theory and practice can assist organizations involved in the design, delivery, and assessment of learning (e.g., schools, colleges/universities, government agencies, NGOs, for-profit firms) which increasingly seek theory supported innovative educational practices that impact quality. Such an approach requires strategies for planned change to incorporate contemporary leadership practices to build more effective educational systems. Further, strategies to focus on quality must also reflect appreciation of the appropriateness of local versus global perspectives for advancement in understanding the connectedness of different societal levels and their effects on educational systems. Such an approach would encourage an expansive life-long learning approach to bridge child, youth, and adult learning. This keynote will examine and critique a HRD perspective reflective of a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance education organizational leadership, policy, and development around the globe.