There are several announcements concerning the Masters in Human Resource Development (MHRD) Program which we would like to share and include: faculty changes; new fellowship, development and grant fund opportunities; comprehensive exam alternatives and curriculum changes; and, International Society for Performance and Improvement (ISPI) free and discounted membership availability.
There are several faculty changes. It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of one of our esteemed colleagues.
- Russ Marion, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, officially retired from the College of Education this Spring. We will miss Dr. Marion’s many contributions to the MHRD program.
Please join me in welcoming:
- Scholar in Residence, Claretha Hughes, Ph.D., Associate Professor from the University of Arkansas. MHRD students will be able to work with Dr. Hughes on research opportunities as appropriate.
- Two new adjunct professors for first year students: Charlotte Chase, Ph.D. and Scott Frasard, Ph.D.
More information about Dr. Hughes, Dr. Chase and Dr. Frasard will be communicated in early fall. Faculty that will be continuing with the program for the 2016-2017 academic year are: Jon Christiansen, Ph.D., Phil McGee, Ph.D. and Cynthia Sims, Ph.D.
New Fellowships, Development and Grant Fund Opportunities
Joseph E. Crosland, Jr. Memorial Student Assistance Endowment in Human Resource Development
MHRD students have the opportunity to receive fellowship, development funds and grant opportunities. Students are eligible to apply for all three opportunities. We will begin by describing the fellowship.
An endowment was established in memory of Joseph E. Crosland, Jr. class of 1968. Students in the Masters of Human Resource Development are eligible to receive $1,000 fellowships. Two awards will be offered annually that will be applied toward tuition. Preference will be given to the graduate students who demonstrate leadership and scholarship in the field of Technology and Human Resource Development by presenting relevant projects and/ or research at regional, national or international conferences (e.g., Association for Talent (ATD), International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)). Students are invited to apply for this fellowship. It is expected that reward recipients will need to meet this criteria:
- be in good standing with a GPA of 3.5 or better in the MHRD program
- receive recommendations by two faculty, and
- preferred but not required, provide an acceptance letter to present at an approved conference
- preference will be given to students who are not receiving other financial assistance e.g., tuition reimbursement
Students will need to apply by November 15 for the spring Semester and March 15 for the summer or fall semester. Fellowship award recipients will be announced in December and April as appropriate. Awards will be applied in the next semester.
HRD Student Development Funds
Development funds are available for students in the MHRD program. These funds would be distributed via Financial Aid. Approximately $900 is available annually. To encourage completion of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), $300 will be awarded to help defray the CPT application cost for second year MHRD students. Three awards of $300 will be provided annually. The three award winners will be selected by the faculty by December 1. Awards will be distributed for the spring semester.
Student award criteria are as follows:
- be in good standing with a GPA of 3.5 or better in the MHRD program and have completed four or more MHRD courses,
- a GPA of 3.5 or better,
- A GS-2 Form must be on file and validated by the Graduate School,
- meet the ISPI’s CPT eligibility requirements,
- provide a draft of the completed CPT application, and
- submit the application to be considered for HRD Student Development funds by November 15.
College of Education Travel Grants
Graduate students in the College of Education can receive travel grants of $200 in state and $350 out of state to present at a conference. For more information, please access: http://www.clemson.edu/education/academics/students/index.html
MHRD Program Changes
ISPI’s CPT an Alternative for the MHRD Comprehensive Exam
Clemson’s MHRD program was recently benchmarked against the professional standards of the ISPI. The first year curriculum was revised to align with ISPI standards. The second year’s curriculum will be updated over the next two years. Consistent with the MHRD’s focus on ISPI standards, second year students are encouraged to apply for ISPI’s Certified Performance Technologist. Achievement of the CPT will provide graduates with an objective, peer reviewed certification that is internationally recognized.
Clemson has negotiated a significantly reduced rate of $595 for MHRD students (normal cost is $1,195 for non ISI members). The application cost is the student’s responsibility. Students who successfully complete the CPT application, would fulfill the Comprehensive Exam criteria and receive a grade of pass.
Many of the projects from MHRD courses may be suitable to submit to fulfill CPT requirements. Second year students would need to review their portfolio of projects and determine by December of 2016 (or the seventh course for those following a nonstandard sequence) whether they intend to pursue the CPT alternative to the comprehensive exam. Students would work on their application for the CPT during the spring and summer semesters of their second year in HRD 8250 Organizational Performance Improvement and HRD 8970 Applied Research and Development.
A special webinar will be offered each fall which will describe the CPT process. For more information on the CPT access: https://www.ispi.org/ISPI/Credentials/CPT_Certification/Apply_for_CPT/ISPI/Credentials/CRT_Cert/Apply_for_CPT.aspx?hkey=ec23ab7e-41ac-488b-b8ff-a38136844512
Re-sequence of Second Year Curriculum
For second year students, the following course sequence will be in effect for 2017.
- MHRD 8250 Organizational Performance Improvement, offered in the spring and
- MHRD 8970 Applied Research and Development, offered in the summer.
The purpose of this change is to enable students to plan and design an organizational development project during the spring semester and implement it during the summer semester. Additionally, students who choose to work on their application for the CPT (Certified Performance Technologist) will be provided support for this process during these two classes.
Limited Number of Free Student Membership and Discounted Membership Rates
Clemson purchased a Corporate Membership for ISPI for MHRD program in 2016. There are three complimentary memberships that were included with the Clemson’s membership. These memberships are available to current MHRD students who plan to attend and/or present at the ISPI conference in April 30-May 2, 2017 in Montreal, Canada or a regional chapter session. Students will be expected to provide a summary of what they learned and/or presented at the conference/ chapter and deliver a brief presentation to faculty and co-hort members. http://www.ispi.org/ISPI/Conference/Annual_Conference/Annual_Conference/Program.aspx?hkey=efd56919-915f-4e21-b47f-047ff6fabf0f
To receive one of the three complimentary membership, students need to email to Dr. Sims (firstname.lastname@example.org) with ISPI Complimentary Membership in the subject line. Indicate whether you plan to present at a conference or chapter or attend the annual conference. Memberships will be distributed first come first serve.
Current MHRD students also have the opportunity to join ISPI at the discounted rate of $160 (normally $195 Gold Level).
Presently there is no ISPI chapter in South Carolina. The closest chapters are in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA. After reaching out to the virtual chapters we were invited to join the Tennessee chapter. There is no costs associated with being a member of this chapter at not costs. Information about the virtual chapter is attached: http://www.ispi-tn.org. We look forward to your participation.