Human Resources and Organizational Development

Human Resources and Organizational Development (HROD) is a field of practice dedicated to learning, development and performance for work and workplaces.  HROD is one of five specialties in the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organization Development with a specialization in Human Resources and Organizational Development.

The program is designed to prepare leaders in the HROD field. The coursework and other requirements are designed to help prepare (a) HROD-related faculty members in college/university settings, (b) advanced scholar-practitioners who lead HROD functions in a variety of organization types, and (c) policy specialists/professional researchers.

The HROD specialty in the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development contains three areas of emphasis:

Leadership and Organization Development

This emphasis is designed for students who are interested in:

  • Organizational Change
  • Organization Development
  • Organizational Leadership

Workplace Learning and Human Resources

This emphasis is designed for students who are interested in:

  • Employee Training and Learning
  • Performance Improvement
  • E-Learning in Workplaces
  • Career Planning and Talent Management
  • Human Resource Management

Workforce Development

This emphasis is designed for students who are interested in:

  • Career and Technical Education
  • Postsecondary Workforce Development
  • Community-based Workforce Development
  • Adult Education

Our Students

In recent years, most new HROD doctoral students have been highly talented, experienced professionals who have returned to school to engage in full-time graduate study. However, part-time study is also an option. Our HROD doctoral students tend to be highly motivated to work in a collegial community by engaging with ideas and research to advance theory and knowledge in this important specialization. In the process, our students build their professional capacity to improve practice and policy in workplace learning, human resources, organizational development, and workforce development.

The Curriculum

HROD is a specialization in the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development in the College of Education and Human Development. Outside of core requirements, individual programs are highly customizable and interdisciplinary.

Depending upon your specific areas of interest, you can also take classes and work with other faculty in diverse fields. In our own department, students have access to scholars in Workforce and Human Resource Education, Evaluation, Higher Education Administration, and P-12 Leadership. In other departments, students can work with scholars in diverse fields such as Educational Psychology, Teaching and Learning, Sport Administration, Sociology, Public Administration, Sociology, Communication, and Women's and Gender Studies.

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Contact

Contact Dr. Meera Alagaraja at 502-502-852-0617 if you have questions about the program or would like to apply.

For more information about specific program requirements and admissions requirements, please visit the Educational Leadership and Organization Development Program website. For more information about Organizational Leadership and Learning, please visit the program website.