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Four UT Tyler Professors Earn National Research Award

March 22, 2013

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The University of Texas at Tyler’s College of Business and Technology faculty have received a national research award from the Academy of Human Resource Development, Dr. Alisa White, UT Tyler provost and senior vice president, announced.

Drs. Judy Sun, Greg G. Wang, Jerry W. Gilley and D. Harold Doty co-authored the award-winning paper titled “Career Authenticity Based Voluntary Career Transition: A Grounded Theory Study.” The award was presented at the annual AHRD conference in Arlington, Va.

The Cutting Edge Award is given to the author(s) of a scholarly paper from those published in the annual Conference Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development for the current year. Criteria include new knowledge contribution to the HRD profession, theoretical and/or practical importance of the problem, appropriateness of approaches and/or methods used, extent to which the results justify the conclusions and quality of the reporting.

“This research project was a three-year endeavor,” said Sun, who served as primary author. “The research findings have significant implications for human resource management and development practices. As a junior scholar, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of outstanding scholars in HRD and management, and it has been an enjoyable and productive team experience.”

Sun, an assistant professor, is the first graduate of UT Tyler’s doctoral program in human resource development.

Wang is a professor in HRD and holds a Ph.D. in HRD and master of arts in management, both from Pennsylvania State University.

Gilley serves as professor and the Department of Human Resource Development and Technology chair. He holds an Ed.D. in adult and occupational education with a specialization in HRD from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in human relations and supervision from Louisiana Tech University.

Doty, the Frank M. and Fannie Burke professor of business, serves as the College of Business and Technology dean and holds a Ph.D. from UT Austin.

With more than 540 members, the Academy of Human Resource Development is a global organization made up of, governed by and created for the HRD scholarly community of academics and reflective practitioners.

For more information, visit www.ahrd.org.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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