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Education

Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ed.D. Adult Education University of Georgia 1994
M.L.I.R. Master of Labor and Industrial Relations Michigan State University 1988
B. A. Social Science Michigan State University 1986

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2014 Book of the Year Academy of Human Resource Development
2013 Outstanding Scholar Academy of Human Resource Development
2012 Trailblazer of the Year Sherpa Executive Coaching
2012 Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award University of Georgia College of Education
2009 Highly Commended Award Winner Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence
2009 Finalist for Allan Moon Best Paper Award International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe.
2008 Cutting Edge Award The Outstanding Conference Papers Academy of Human Resource Development
2004 Cutting Edge Award The Outstanding Conference Papers Academy of Human Resource Development
2000 Cutting Edge Award The Outstanding Conference Papers Academy of Human Resource Development
2015 Frandson Award for Literature (for Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice) University Professional and Continuing Education Association

Areas of Expertise

  • leadership
  • executive coaching
  • strategic planning
  • change facilitation
  • organization development
  • training design and delivery

Research Interests

  • adult learning
  • human resource development
  • leadership
  • women's development
  • critical human resource development
  • career development

Biography

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.