Associate Professor, Human Resource Development
Adult Education and Human Resource Development Program
College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University
Dr. Jia Wang received her Ph.D. in Human Resource and Organizational Development from the University of Georgia in 2004 and her M.B.A. from Aston University, UK in 1999. Dr. Wang is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Adult Education and Human Resource Development (AEHRD) program, the College of
Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University.
As a scholar, Dr. Wang is committed to promoting individual, organizational, and national development through culture-sensitive and practice-based research. Informed by this vision for her scholarship, Dr. Wang has examined critical and contemporary HRD issues in five interacting dimensions: national and cross-cultural HRD, workplace
learning, organizational crisis management, workplace incivility, and career/family issues.
Systematically, she has explored learning-based strategies such as training, career development, change management, learning engagement, organizational learning, technology-based interventions, as well as their impact on individuals and organizations. Her research has been published in a wide range of international journals and disseminated through more than 100 conference presentations. Currently, Dr. Wang serves as the Editor-in-Chief of one of the flagship HRD journals— Human Resource Development Review, as well as a member of the Editorial Board for three other international HRD journals.
As a university instructor, Dr. Wang teaches HRD master’s and Ph.D. level courses to adult learners from all over the world in the face-to-face and online formats. Examples of the topics she covers include Training and Development, Training Task Analysis, Organization Development and Performance in HRD, Diversity in the workplace, Theories of Leadership, Organizational Change, and Performance Analysis and Improvement. Dr. Wang’s competence as a researcher, teacher and student mentor is well-recognized by her audience and has garnered her a number of prestigious awards from the Academy of Human Resource Development and Texas A&M University.
Beyond her university career, Dr. Wang is passionate about helping organizations and individuals improve their performance and effectiveness in the capacity of consultant and trainer. Collaborating with her colleagues of the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University, Dr. Wang has led the Optimizing Human Capital Development Consortium. Additionally, with ample cultural experiences, she has also developed and conducted a number of educational workshops to diverse groups in both the corporate and university settings.