Leadership Transition

Colleagues,
In my 8 years as department head, I have developed a deep appreciation and respect for our amazing and talented students, faculty and staff, and our large, successful and loyal former students. We have successfully collaborated to achieve our vision, mission and goals. As a department, we realize that we can’t solve education challenges and the grand challenges that face society on our own hence the need for continued collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, research and service.  

It has been my honor to serve as department head and I would like to express great appreciation to all who have been my dear colleagues, students, faculty, staff, former students, supporters, and friends for the past eight years. My deep appreciation and gratitude go to Dean Douglas Palmer,  Dean Joyce Alexander and Provost Karan Watson for their great support and mentorship. I would have loved to mention all the students, staff, faculty, and administrators in EAHR, CEHD and at TAMU who have worked with me and supported me, however, in a brief news update such is this one, it is not possible to mention everyone by name. Please accept my gratitude for your support and encouragement over the eight years. 

We are about to have leadership transition. Dr. Mario Torres, Professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development will become interim Department Head commencing June 1, 2017. Having worked very closely with Mario for the past eight years, I know that he is committed to the success of our department and I wish him the very best in his new role. 

FACULTY POSITION FILLED
The faculty search for Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Technology Management and Human Resource Development was successful. Dr. Michael Workman has accepted the offer to join the department as Associate Professor in fall 2017. Dr. Michael Workman received his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University in 2000. He joined the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2016, where he developed and teaches undergraduate courses in HRD and Technology Management. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dr. Workman was an Associate and Full Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, and prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. Dr. Workman's research focuses on the interactions between people and technologies on behavioral outcomes. Dr. Workman served as Director of the Security Policy Institute, and has generated over $2 million in external research funding. He has published 38 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 textbooks, 10 book chapters, 1 patent, and he has presented at dozens of peer-reviewed conferences, 3 of which he was the Keynote Speaker. Dr. Workman has been a book Editor for Springer, and Editor for 4 prestigious journals. His work is highly cited. He has served on 8 doctoral dissertation committees, 4 of which he chaired. Dr. Workman was the winner of 2009 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence, Highly Commended Paper. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Michael Workman to Aggieland.

FACULTY SEARCHES
The search for Assistant Professor of Technology Management and HRD (Tenure Track) was not successful and the position will be re-advertised in fall 2017.

AROUND THE DEPARTMENT
Congratulations to our Technology Management students who volunteered to welcome our distinguished guests, the Legacy Donors to the Technology Management Lab 616 on Friday March 31, 2017. The students actively engaged our guests in the learning process and they had fun and enjoyed learning the latest cybersecurity issues. Thank you to our faculty Drs. Dirani, Irby, Jones, Smith, Torres, and staff including Eric Willson, Ben Smith, Jody Ford, and Haley Jennings for attending the function and for their support. Thank you to Dean Joyce Alexander for supporting the extension of the lab to accommodate 48 students instead of the current 32 students. 

Congratulations to Dr. Yvonna Lincoln, Distinguished Professor and Harrington Chair in Educational Leadership  on the publication of The Sage Handbook for Qualitative Research (5th edition).  (see https://www.amazon.com/dp/1483349802/ref=rdr_ext_tmb)

Congratulations to Dr. Jia Wang on being appointed Editor-In-Chief, Human Resource Development Review Journal a top tier journal in the field of human resource development.

Congratulations to Dr. Robert T. Jones for having received two new IT cybersecurity grants. (see http://transform.tamu.edu/news/professor-awarded-two-new-it-cybersecurity-grants-0).

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Madsen, Dr. Mario Torres and Dr. Wen Luo for having received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation. (see http://transform.tamu.edu/news/two-professors-receive-15-million-school-inclusion-grant).

Congratulations to doctoral student Jeff McCanna for his very inspiring story. (See http://transform.tamu.edu/news/graduate-student-uses-personal-experience-inspire)

Congratulations to Ms. Joyce Nelson, Director of Academic Advising for being a recognized as an educator and honoree of the Dean's Roundtable to be held on May 5, 2017. 

Warm regards,
Fred