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Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


Joshua Collins

Assistant Professor

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
250C Burton Hall


Ed.D., Florida International University, Adult Education & Human Resource Development
M.S., Texas A&M University, Educational Human Resource Development
Graduate Certification, Texas A&M University, Women’s and Gender Studies
B.A., Texas A&M University, Communication


Areas of Interest

Racial, Ethnic, Gender, and Sexual Minorities
Learning, Identity, and Organizational Culture
Critical Human Resource Development
Masculinized Industries


My conceptualization of Human Resource Development (HRD) aims to advance the field beyond its traditional focus on the performance and productivity of individuals and groups situated in organizations. Central to my conceptualization of HRD is the understanding that people’s identities shape the experience and perception of learning and work. Thinking of HRD in this way extends the boundaries of the field to include examinations of the ways people interact and cooperate (or not) with one another in organizations, communities, and society, through the experience of education and work but also through social movements, in families, among friends, and in many other domains that people occupy. It is my philosophy that we can all benefit from a better understanding of how people relate, learn, organize, change, and advocate as individuals and in groups. HRD can provide this understanding. By expanding the scope of contexts in which we visualize the operation of HRD theory and practice, my hope is to make HRD a field to which scholars, educators, students, and practitioners in various other fields can feel a connection.

Related to the above, my present research agenda focuses on four areas. First, I am interested in exploring the challenges associated with learning and work for racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities. Second, I am concerned with the reciprocal relationship between learning, identity, and organizational culture. Third, I aim to utilize critical theoretical perspectives, such as feminist, critical race, and queer theories, to critique dominant HRD discourse and advance alternatives. Fourth, I am intrigued by the culture and operation of masculinized industries, or those industries with history and contemporary nature as male-dominated and viscerally masculine. Examples include law enforcement, oil and gas, mining, the military, and construction. My interest in masculinized industries represents work at the intersection of my other three research areas, as I tend to look at masculinized industries in terms of their impact on gay men and other minorities. I question the extent to which masculinized industries are inclusive of people who do no match up to the hegemonic standards of masculinity that are deeply embedded in the work and organizational culture.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award, recognizing the best article in the annual volume of Human Resource Development International, Academy of Human Resource Development (2016)
  • Cutting Edge Award, recognizing standout papers published in the proceedings of the annual conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development (2016)
  • Worlds Ahead Graduate, recognizing top graduates selected by the university president, Florida International University (2014)
  • LGBTQA Studies Award, recognizing the top graduate student in the area of LGBTQA studies, Florida International University (2014)

Current Professional Affiliations

Selected Publications

  1. Collins, J.C., Zarestky, J., & Tkachenko, O. (2016). An integrated model of national HRD and critical HRD: Considering new possibilities for human resource development. Human Resource Development International, X(X), 1-17. Published ahead of print. doi:10.1080/13678868.2016.1258913

  2. Grenier, R. S., & Collins, J. C. (2016). “Man, have I got a story for you”: Facilitated autoethnography as a potential research methodology in human resource development. Human Resource Development Review, 15(3), 359-376. doi:10.1177/1534484316656658

  3. Shuck, B., Collins, J. C., Rocco, T. S., & Diaz, R. (2016). Deconstructing the privilege and power of employee engagement: Issues of inequality for management and human resource development. Human Resource Development Review, 15(2), 208-229. doi:10.1177/1534484316643904

  4. Collins, J. C. (2016). Retaliatory strike or fired with cause: A case study of gay identity disclosure and law enforcement. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 28(1), 23-45. doi:10.1002/nha3.20129

  5. Collins, J. C., & Abichandani, Y. (2015). Change in the face of resistance: Positioning hope for women returnees to the Indian workforce. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 18(1), 11-25. doi:10.1177/1523422315614928

  6. Collins, J. C. (2015). Characteristics of “masculinized” industries: Gay men as a provocative exception to male privilege and gendered rules. Human Resource Development Review, 14(4), 415-441. doi:10.1177/1534484314559930

  7. Collins, J. C., & Rocco, T. S. (2015). Rules of engagement as survival consciousness: Gay male law enforcement officers’ experiential learning in a masculinized industry. Adult Education Quarterly, 65(4), 295-312. doi:10.1177/0741713615585163

  8. Collins, J. C., McFadden, C., Rocco, T. S., & Mathis, M. K. (2015). The problem of transgender marginalization and exclusion: Critical actions for Human Resource Development. Human Resource Development Review, 14(2), 205-226. doi:10.1177/1534484315581755

  9. Plakhotnik, M., Rocco, T., Collins, J. C., & Landorf, H. (2015). Connection, value, and growth: How employees with different national identities experience a geocentric organizational culture of a global corporation. Human Resource Development International, 18(1), 39-57. doi:10.1080/13678868.2014.979009

  10. McGill, C. M., & Collins, J. C. (2015).  Creating fugitive knowledge from disorienting dilemmas: The issue of bottom identity development.  New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, 27(1), 29-40. doi:10.1002/nha3.20091

  11. Updated December 7, 2016