Karen E. Watkins, President

KarenWChair of the Academy of Human Resource Development Foundation Board

Department of Lifelong Education, Administration & Policy
The University of Georgia
406 River's Crossing
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-2214 |kwatkins@uga.edu

Dr. Karen E. Watkins is Professor of Human Resource and Organizational Development, The University of Georgia. Author or co-author of 6 books, over 70 articles, and numerous book chapters, Karen’s scholarly interests include incidental learning, action science, and organizational learning assessment. Watkins and Marsick developed and validated the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire used in over 90 published studies. She was named Scholar of the Year by the Academy of Human Resource Development; a distinguished graduate by The University of Texas at Austin, Community College Leadership Program; she was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2003. Karen is one of the founding presidents of the Academy of Human Resource Development, served on the board for six years.

Why I Give
It gives me great pleasure to support the Academy foundation fund! Having helped to nurture the Academy into being, and subsequently seeing the role the Academy has played in my own life and in that of other faculty, I am delighted to be a part of supporting doctoral student and emerging faculty research and awards. I have been a recipient of the collegiality, support, and professional development the Academy has provided as the only scholarly community created to foster research and development in human resource development. We have grown as a community of scholars and scholar-practitioners, and our research has grown with it. The most obvious and satisfying way for me to show my support of the Academy and its programs and to build a strong future for the Academy is to provide financial support. I am so proud of what we have accomplished, and equally excited about what is yet to come. What a joy it is to be be able to give back a little of what the Academy has given me.


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