May 25, 2019  

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Human Capital Development Faculty, Students Participate at Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference

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A contingent of current Human Capital Development doctoral and master’s program students participated in the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, chair and professor of the Department of Human Capital Development program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a contingent of current Human Capital Development doctoral and master’s program students to participate in the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas held last month in St. Louis, Mo.

As part of the conference, doctoral students Ashley Scales, Chiquila Dolison, and Elli Voorhees participated in the Graduate Student Colloquium. By participating in this colloquium, the students examined various aspects in human resource development, including the role of research, research paradigms, critical issues and emerging themes, and the role of professional organizations.

Through the colloquium, the doctoral students also learned how to evaluate and critique human resource development research. This course provided a venue for sharing research work and to explore the path to establish a scholarly identity and an academic career.

“We, as faculty, are passionate about connecting our students to the scholars and practitioners in the human capital community and the AHRD conference provides an excellent opportunity to make those connections,” said Dr. Quincy Brown, assistant professor of human capital development. “Several faculty, students, and alumni attended this conference to hear about cutting edge research and to gather feedback about their own research agendas. Students had the opportunity to discuss research concepts with leading professionals and meet the ‘rock stars’ of the community. The success of this model of involvement can be seen through our alumni as they continue to participate and present at this conference.”

During the conference, students and an alumnus from Human Capital Development presented at various sessions. The following presentations were made: Will Burge and John Hubbard presented “Panama’s Human Resource Development Challenges;” Jim Black presented “We Built It. Now What? Opening the Gateway to New Frontiers of Competitive Advantage Through Effective Participation in Contact Center Communities of Practice;” Gary Burrus presented “Life After Organizational Death: Coping with the Closing of a Mississippi Casino;” John Kmiec presented “Employee Engagement: How Far Have We Come, and Where Do We Go from Here?;” and Sharon Cureton presented “Deconstructing Work Engagement: A Relational Review of Exchange Ideology in Coworker Social Support.”

In addition to the students’ involvement in the annual conference, Gaudet and Brown, along with Dr. Heather Annulis, assistant director and professor of human capital development, and Dr. Dale Lunsford, assistant professor of human capital development, each served as manuscript reviewers for refereed submissions for the conference.

For more information about the Department of Human Capital Development at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/hcd.