June 23, 2017  

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Southern Miss Group Presents at Academy of Human Resource Development Research Conference

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Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Chair and Professor in the Department of Human Capital Development at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus, led a group of faculty, students and alumnus as participants in the 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference in the Americas Feb. 18-22 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Doctoral students Kady Pietz, Tenesha Batiste, Saurabh Gupta, and Richard Blackwood participated in a two-day, pre-conference Graduate Student Colloquium. As participants in the colloquium, they examined various aspects in HRD, including: the role of research, research paradigms, critical issues and emerging themes, and the role of professional organizations.

The group also learned honed research evaluation and critique skills. The course provided a venue for sharing research and exploring the establishment of a scholarly identity in an academic career.

The following faculty, students and alumnus presented research at sessions during the conference:

  • Will Burge, “The Relationship Between Human and Social Capital Characteristics and Entrepreneurship in the United States”
  • Taheesha Quarells, “Returns for Education Investments: Prior Learning Assessment’s Impact on Degree Completion”
  • Tonya Moore and Dr. Heather Annulis, “Employee Perceptions of Marriage Enrichment Training and its Influence on Work Performance”
  • Ashley Scales, “A Mixed Methods Study Examining the High Turnover Rate of Direct Care Employees in a Healthcare Setting”
  • Dr. Alan Martinez, Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, and Dr. Dale Lunsford, “Impact of Cockpit Automation on Crew Resource Management Pilot Monitoring and Backup Behaviors”
  • Richard Ayers and Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, “Optimizing Workforce Performance: Perceived Differences of Army Officer Critical Thinking Talent Across Level of Education”

Dr. Quincy Brown, HCD faculty member, served as a panel member and presented “What is Ethical Research and Practice in HRD? (Re-) Examining HRD Standards on Ethics and Integrity.” The session fostered scholarly exploration of the issue.

Gaudet served as Chair of AHRDs Program Excellence Network. This two day pre-conference provided an opportunity for academic program chairs to share best practices. The Program Excellence Network is committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD.

Dr. Heather Annulis served as Session Host and Reviewer. The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute served as a sponsor for the Presidential Dinner.

For information on the Human Capital Development programs at Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu/gc/hcd.