SLHRD Assistant Professor Dr. John LaVelle Awarded Writing Grant for Research


Dr. John LaVelle, Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), was awarded a summer writing grant for his research proposal “Opportunities and Challenges Applying Theory to the Evaluation of Training.”

LaVelle was selected for approval to the 2016 Council on Research (CoR) Summer Stipend Program. CoR selects research proposals based on the project’s impact on the indicated field of study. The $5,000 award provides for a one-month intensive research period from July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016.

LaVelle will spend the summer writing a chapter for his forthcoming publication, Handbook of Research on Training Evaluation in the Modern Workforce, based on his research on evaluation practice and education.

The chapter, titled “Opportunities and Challenges Applying Theory to the Evaluation of Training,” will highlight a case study drawn from his experience using a theory-driven evaluation approach to study the effects of training. Specifically, this research examines the benefits and limitations of applying social science theory to training evaluation.

LaVelle said he believes his upcoming publication will increase the visibility of LSU and SLHRD as a premiere school for learning about human resources and workforce development and provide insight on commonly used procedures in the field.

Dr. LaVelle’s work has focused on the formal development of the evaluation profession, with an emphasis on understanding the international job market and the formal university systems that are set up to meet those needs. He has explored topics such as analyzing the international job market for evaluators, the university systems across the world that prepare evaluators, and methods for reaching out to potential applied researchers and evaluators.


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