John Paul "J.P." Hatala, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice
School of Leadership & Human Resource Development


298 Charles E. Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

(225) 578-2256


Doctorate of Philosophy
Human Resource Development
University of Toronto; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2003

Master of Science
Elmira College; Elmira, NY; 1993

Bachelor of Arts
Laurentian University; Sudbury, Ontario, Canada: 1992

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. John-Paul Hatala, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development in Human Resource Development (HRD) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His academic research focuses on social networking behaviors, social capital, human resource development, career development and the transition to the labor market.

Dr. Hatala has provided consulting services to a number of organizations throughout North America and is the founder of the social capital development firm Flowork International. Flowork works with individuals, organizations and communities to develop their social capital and more importantly increases their ability to access social resources.

Dr. Hatala is an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, the American Society of Training and Development, and National Association of Workforce Development Practitioners. He is also a reviewer for the Human Resource Development Review Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Management Journal and Performance Improvement Quarterly. In 2006, Dr. Hatala received the Elwood F. Holton, III Research Excellence Award, Academy of Human Resource Development.

To date, Dr. Hatala has developed a number of innovative systems and assessment tools, including: Social Networking Management System (includes network analysis and network monitoring system), Strategic Job Search Management System (includes a monitoring system for labor market re-entry), and a series of assessments including the BEST for adults and BEST for youth (Barriers to entrepreneurship success tools), as well as the SELF (Social Exploration Learning Form). His latest book is entitled “The Strategic Networker: A Learner’s Guide to Effective Networking”.