Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, professor and chair of the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently recognized for her leadership at the 2017 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas.
Gaudet, a member of the Program Excellence Network (PEN), was recognized for her leadership as chair of the group, which is made up of college and university human resource development leaders. Gaudet was appointed by the AHRD board of directors and served as chair from 2014-16.
Gaudet joined Southern Miss in 1997 to develop innovative programs focusing on human capital development. Graduate programs designed and developed under her leadership include the doctoral degree in human capital development and the master’s degree in human capital development. Gaudet earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Miss. She earned her Ph.D. in human resource education and workforce development from LSU.
PEN was established in 2006, with the purpose of strengthening human resource development academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching human resource development. It provides a forum for member institutions to explore, learn and work together to shape the future direction of human resource development education.
“PEN provides the unique opportunity to learn from colleagues from other U.S. and international universities who direct programs similar to ours and share best practices,” Gaudet says.
Southern Miss is one of only 23 PEN member institutions. Other PEN members include Louisiana State University, Drexel University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University, George Washington University and Pennsylvania State University.
The University’s Department of Human Capital Development offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in human capital development. Based on the Hattiesburg campus, the Bachelor of Science in applied technology is designed for professionals with a technical/occupational two-year degree. This program prepares professionals for leadership in business and industry.
The Department of Human Capital Development offers two Master of Science degrees in human capital development. One is based on the University’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The other is offered online. Both programs emphasize a research and theory framework, as well as the practical application of workplace learning and performance.
Also based on the Gulf Park campus, the human capital development doctoral program focuses on human capital development through the transfer of research to practice. By developing critical research competencies, professionals are positioned to ask the right questions and help organization leaders make critical decisions about human capital investments. The program draws on real-world experience and encourages professionals to engage in research meaningful to their organization.
For more information about the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/hcd.