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Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate

Classroom Lessons to Career Connections

Taylor Deraad

“Not long after I started at UT Tyler, I got a job as a clinical office assistant at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital. I worked in this position for four years while I earned my HRD degree. For one of my classes I had to interview someone who was a role model for me. I chose a manager in the hospital’s human resources office. While I was visiting the department, I was introduced to the HR director and said I was very interested in completing an internship in the department if one was available.

“One thing led to another, and soon I was working as a recruitment coordinator in human resources at the hospital. As soon as I earn my degree in August 2011, I will be promoted to a recruitment specialist.

“My education from UT Tyler has made such a difference in my life. I just love the university and my professors. I’ve always wanted my professors to be more than instructors. I wanted to get to know them and build relationships. I’ve been able to do this at UT Tyler. It’s a big campus with a small-town feel.

“I’m not ready to be finished with UT Tyler yet. As soon as I get my bachelor’s degree, I’m enrolling in the MBA program at the university!”

Taylor Deraad, Hometown: Mount Vernon, TX
BS Human Resources Development, 2011

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Human Resource Development BS Degree

Be Ready to Lead in Tomorrow’s Changing Workplace

A bachelor’s degree in human resource development from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you to move into this dynamic field and create a satisfying, productive work environment for employees and your organization. HRD graduates find positions in business, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government.

  • Take advantage of one of the nation’s few bachelor’s programs in human resource development—available right here in East Texas.
  • Develop skills used in both human resource development and human resource management through a mix of HRD and management courses.

Careers in this field are available in business, nonprofit, educational and government settings.

Bachelor’s in HRD: Practical. Timely.

  • Earn a degree that prepares you for various career paths: corporate management, supervisory roles in human resources or graduate studies in the HRD field.
  • Learn how to design and implement human resource development plans that best use employee skills and abilities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Complete an internship in HRD departments at East Texas companies to gain the on-the-job experience valued by employers.
  • Join the student chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management, the largest HRM organization in the world, for networking and professional development.

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HRD Faculty: Respected Experts in the HRD Field

  • Study with premier faculty, including Dr. Jerry W. Gilley, professor and department chair, who is considered a pioneer in the HRD field. A past president of the Academy of HRD, Dr. Gilley is a widely published scholar.
  • Learn from professors with professional experience in HRD in such organizations as Hallmark Cards, NCR Corporation, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Motorola and General Electric.
  • Explore HRD theories and practices with professors who have written extensively on such topics as Manager as Coach; Organizational Learning, Performance and Change; and Human Capital and Screening Theories: Implications for Human Resource Development.

Learn more about UT Tyler's human resource development faculty

HRD Courses: Research-Based. Broad in Focus.

Training, Selection and Recruiting – Get an overview of planning, implementation and evaluation of training and development in a variety of settings, including conceptual tools to develop and design training.

Career Development and Human Resource Plannings – Learn about evolving career development theories. Focus on knowledge and skills that enable you to effectively develop and link personal competencies to organizations.

Team Building – Gain insights into the use of teams in business and industry. Topics include the purpose of teams and the team-building process, conflict resolution, talent management and team-building activities. Examine the basic structure of teams, why they are important, how they are developed and how they are managed and evaluated.

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Career Outlook for HRD
Job prospects look favorable for graduates of bachelor’s programs in human resources. As new companies form and organizations expand, they will need more human resources professionals to oversee and administer their programs. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Human Resources Managers.

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