LAURA L. BIEREMA is Associate Dean and Professor, University of Georgia, College of Education. Her academic program is in Adult Education, Learning, and Organization Development. Prior to joining UGA, Dr. Bierema was Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University where she also worked in faculty development in the College of Human Medicine. Before her career in academia, Dr. Bierema held a variety of human resources management and executive positions in the automotive industry with AlliedSignal, Inc. (now Honeywell).
Dr. Bierema's research interests include workplace learning, career development, women's development, organization development, executive coaching, leadership, and critical human resource development. Dr. Bierema holds both bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia. She has published over 40 articles that have appeared in both research and professional publications. Dr. Bierema's books include:
- Women's Career Development across the Lifespan: Insights and Strategies for Women, Organizations, and Adult Educators
- Philosophy and Practice of Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change
- Critical Issues in Human Resource Development
- Implementing a Critical Approach to Organization Development
- Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice
- An Introduction to Organization Development
Dr. Bierema is a Cyril O. Houle Scholar in Adult and Continuing Education and Lilly Fellow. She is the recipient of the Richard A. Swanson Excellence in Research Award, four Academy of Human Resource Development's "Cutting Edge" Awards, for one of the 10 best papers presented at the annual conference, the Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2009, winner of the University of Georgia, 2012 College of Education Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award, recipient of the 2012 Sherpa Trailblazer of the Year Award in recognition of innovation application of the Sherpa Coaching Process, 2013 winner of the Academy of Human Resource Development's Outstanding Scholar Award, 2014 winner of the Academy of Human Resource Development's Book of the Year, and 2015 recipient of the University Professional and Continuing Association's Frandson Award for Literature for her co-authored book Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice.