ISU host of Human Resource International Conference in Indy

February 23 2007

Indiana State University's Department of Industrial Technology Education will host the 16th Annual Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference from February 28-March 3, 2007, in Indianapolis at the Marriott Downtown.

Scholars and practitioners from 10 countries and 36 states will present unpublished research in areas such as organizational commitment, aligning human resource development and HR management, leadership challenges, evaluation, project management, and work-life balance.

The unique aspect of this conference is that it brings together theory and practice, says Cindy Crowder, assistant professor of Industrial Technology Education at Indiana State.

"When professors and students attend academic conferences, that's all they see. They don't get exposed to some of the real-world scenarios that are evolving in the workplace," Crowder said. "The same thing happens when human resource development practitioners only participate in conferences based on practice. They miss out on current research. This conference brings the two sides of the same HR coin together."

Both ways of looking at human resource issues are necessary in order to respond effectively to the constantly changing work environment, Crowder says.

"As you can see by looking at recent news stories -- such as increasing Indiana's minimum hourly wage, proposed changes to the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Harris Poll report that 20 percent of workers say they plan on changing jobs in 2007 -- human resource issues affect all of us and the best approach is a multi-disciplinary one," Crowder said.

Pre-conference workshops include Applied Storytelling in Organizations, Focus Group Design and Facilitation, Grant Writing, and Using Assessment Centers.

The keynote address features Ronald J. Stratten, vice president for Education Services for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, headquartered in Indianapolis. His remarks entitled, "Leading through Dynamic Change," will be given at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3. Stratten oversees gender initiatives and student-athlete well-being, first team mentoring, and the NCAA Hall of Champions staff.

"Views from the Summit" sessions, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 2, feature legends in the field who will discuss current issues in human resources.

ISU research presenters include: Edith A. Okoth, graduate student; George R. Maughan, interim associate dean of the College of Technology and director of the Ph.D. in Technology Management program; and professors of Industrial Technology Education, Davison M. Mupinga, associate professor; Bassou El Mansour, assistant professor; and Dorothy Carole Yaw, assistant professor.

For a complete conference schedule, go to www.ahrd.org and click on "Conference Program Book."

The Academy of Human Resource Development was formed to encourage systematic study of human resource development theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about the field, to encourage the application of human resource development research findings, and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in human resource development from multiple disciplines and from across the globe.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: The media are welcome to attend any sessions of the conference being held at the Marriott Downtown. Media Passes are available at the Conference Registration Desk on the main floor, just outside the Utah Board Room. The majority of the conference will take place on the main floor.

Contact: Cindy Crowder, assistant professor of Industrial Technology Education, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2650, (812) 240-8123 or ccrowder@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University's Department of Industrial Technology Education will host the 16th Annual Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference from February 28-March 3, 2007, in Indianapolis at the Marriott Downtown.

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