Robert Yawson selected track chair for international human resources conference

Robert Yawson
Robert Yawson

Aug. 25, 2014 - Robert Yawson, assistant professor of management in the School of Business, has been selected to serve as track chair for the Organizational Development and Change Track at the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas. The conference will take place Feb. 17, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Academy of Human Resource Development was formed to encourage systematic study of human resource development theories, processes and practices and the application of Human Resource Development (HRD) research findings. The academy also provides opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines across the globe.

The AHRD Conference track chair is a key leadership role responsible for ensuring that the content and design of sessions are supportive of the particular track. Some duties of the position include managing the process of reviewing, selecting and organizing scholarly papers. They also initiate, organize, and when possible, facilitate invited panel discussions. The chair also actively encourages and provides feedback to individuals submitting innovative sessions. Track chairs are recognized as credible and productive researchers with effective project management, leadership and communication skills.

Yawson earned his doctorate in organizational leadership, policy and development at the University of Minnesota. He holds a master's degree in science, technology and environmental policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota and a post-graduate certificate in food management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and master of philosophy in biochemistry from University of Ghana.