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First UT Tyler HRD Doctoral Graduate Recognized

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March 18, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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March 18, 2013

Dr. Judy Yi Sun, The University of Texas at Tyler’s first human resource development doctoral program graduate has received the 2012 Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation Award of the Year, Dr. Harold Doty, College of Business and Technology dean, announced.

The Academy of Human Resource Development recognized Sun at its 2013 annual conference for her doctoral dissertation, “Voluntary Career Transitions of Managers in China: A Grounded Theory Study.”

The Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation Award annually recognizes outstanding doctoral dissertations that significantly contribute to the HRD field and exemplify scholarly work.

“Sun worked very hard on her dissertation and is very deserving of this award. She has set a high standard for all of the future doctoral students in our human resource development Ph.D. program,” Doty said.

UT Tyler’s human resource development doctoral program is designed to develop scholars who will advance the profession and serve as leaders in higher education, government and industry. Students benefit from an executive program format, meeting for on-site classes just five times per semester and complete the balance of required hours online or in project-based formats.

In 2011, Sun obtained her Ph.D. from UT Tyler, where she has served as assistant professor within the Department of Human Resource Development and Technology since 2012. Prior to joining UT Tyler, Sun worked with a variety of multinational corporations including Motorola, 51job.com and KPMG Peat Marwick-Huazhen Accounting.

“This dissertation project was a 3-year endeavor. The findings have significant implications for human resource management and development practices. I was fortunate to have a group of outstanding scholars serving on my advisory committee,” Sun said.

“My co-advisors, Drs. Jerry Gilley and Greg Wang offered tremendous support and guidance. Dr. Gloria Duke, the methodologist, ensured the quality and rigor of the coding process, and Dr. Harold Doty constantly challenged me on the research ideas during this long journey. I would not have accomplished the project without their efforts,” she added.

In addition to her international career experience in the field, Sun has written and published widely in journals including “Human Resource Development Review,” “Human Resource Development International,” “Advances in Developing Human Resources,” “International Journal of Training and Development”and“Journal of Chinese Human resource Management.”

For more information about the UT Tyler HRD doctoral program, call 903.566.7360 or visit http://www.uttyler.edu/academics/phd/human-resource-development-degree.php.

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