Further demonstrating its increasing opportunities in higher education, The University of Texas at Tyler has moved one step closer to a new Ph.D. program in human resource development, Dr. Clayton Allen, professor and chair of human resource development and technology, announced.
The UT System Board of Regents gave initial approval on Feb. 8 to the proposed program. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorized the university to begin planning for the doctoral degree in 2005. THECB must approve the proposed program before implementation. University officials anticipate the program will begin accepting students by fall 2008.
Human resource development is a field of practice functioning in leadership and research for the purpose of job training and improving performance. The field requires an understanding of management, strategic planning and globalization.
The goal of UT Tyler’s Ph.D. program would be to prepare graduates to be leading researchers, practitioners and faculty within the workplace. A graduate of the program would have the opportunity to contribute research and application in the areas of improving job performance, developing leadership talent and facilitating a diverse workforce. If implemented, the program would provide students with a business academy or a field experience program, which would partner doctoral students with businesses to provide the link between research and practice, according to Allen.
“This degree will be appropriate for those pursuing academic research careers as well as management positions in business. We feel our program will provide students with invaluable tools and resources to become top professionals within the HRD field,” Allen said.