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Human Resource Development (HRD)

HRD Faculty Receive Cutting Edge Award


Dr. Carroll Graham, Dr. Szu-Fang Chuang, Dr. Cindy Crowder, and Dr. Barbara Eversole recently won the AHRD Cutting Edge Award for the published paper entitled, Abused at Home, Disengaged at Work: Conceptualizing the Relationship of the Traumatized Worker and the Imminent Role of Human Resource Development Scholar Practitioners.



The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in human resource development that prepares students to be human resource professionals in higher education, industry, business, government, and other agencies.

The Human Resource Development Program combines a core curriculum with directed electives that support the student's work background—or allow students to develop specialized areas of expertise. Content is based on the disciplines of education, business, psychology, and related behavioral sciences. Required studies in the major are drawn from the competency studies from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Human resource development specialists provide the training and education in technical, supervisory, motivational, diversification, and orientation areas that organizations need to be successful and productive enterprises. These professionals conduct, plan, and manage education, training, and other human resource development activities.  

Jobs typically held by human resource development graduates include those with responsibilities for training and development, organization development, career development, performance management systems, union/labor relations, and human resource development activities.

Our graduates are hired for a variety of positions, including:

  • Adult education practitioner
  • Career counselor
  • Education administrator
  • Human resource generalist
  • Instructional designer
  • Organization development specialist

A few of the employers who hire our graduates: Alcoa, Arrowhead Builders, Cook Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, Delphi Delco Electronics Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Grote Industries, Indiana Department of Corrections, Interstate Brands Companies, Kimball International, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Toyota Motor Corporation, United Airlines, Total System Services Inc.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. In addition, the College of Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards - and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) offers a number of competitive scholarships. For information about these awards, contact the College of Technology.