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Kenneth Bartlett

Professor; Associate Dean of Faculty Development

104 BuH
178 Pillsbury Dr SE


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, human resource education
M.Sc., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leisure studies
B.P. & R. Mgt., Lincoln University, New Zealand, parks and recreation management


Areas of Interest

Outcomes of human resource development
International human resource development
Organization development
Career and technical education
Leadership and innovation in higher education
Employee engagement


I was born and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating from Lincoln University in New Zealand with a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation management. Prior to my graduate study I worked in a variety of positions related to recreation management and human resource development (HRD) in both New Zealand and the United States. This included working as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service on the Mt. Hood National Forest. I received a master of science and my Ph.D. in human resource education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I commenced my academic career at the University of Minnesota in 1999 and in 2006 was appointed as chair of the Department of Work and Human Resource Education. I am currently professor in the Work and Human Resource Development program area within the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. I also serve as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the College of Education and Human Development having previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional, and International Programs.

My research program is focused on the process and organizational outcomes of human resource development. Within this focus, I am pursuing four areas of research. My first research area examines attitude and performance changes that individuals and organizations experience as a result of human resource development and organization development. The major thrust of this research is the relationship between human resource development, organizational commitment, and employee engagement. The second major focus of my current research relates to international human resource development. The third research stream is related to the role of industry-sponsored credentials, especially in career and technical education and vocational education and training. My final research area examines human resource development in the leisure and tourism industry.

I have been involved in research and teaching activities throughout the United States and around the world. I have conducted research, taught classes and workshops, as well as consulted on projects in countries including New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Australia, India, Thailand, Jamaica, Georgia, Canada, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. I am a member of the editorial board of Human Resource Development Quarterly having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Human Resource Development and as the editor-in-chief of Advances in Developing Human Resources.

I teach classes at the University of Minnesota in adult education and human resource development as well as research methods and philosophy. To date, I have taught the following courses: Introduction to Human Resource Development, Introduction to Organization Development, Survey of Adult Education and Human Resource Development, Training and Development of Human Resources, Organization Development, Advanced Theories of Training and Development, Foundations of Inquiry, Survey of Research Methods and Emerging Research in HRD, and the doctoral level Research Seminar.

Selected Publications

  1. Bartlett, K. R., & Harris, R. (2015). Human resource development in Australia and New Zealand. In R. Poell, T. Rocco, & G. Roth (Eds.), Routledge companion to human resource development (pp. 479-491). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  2. Chaudhuri, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2014). The relationship between training outsourcing and employee commitment to the organization. Human Resource Development International, 17(2), 145-163. doi: 10.1080/13678868.2014.886444

  3. Kang, D., & Bartlett, K. R. (2013). The role of external prestige in predicting customer-oriented organizational citizenship behaviors. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 24(3), 285-312. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21165

  4. Bartlett, K. R. (2013). A historical study of human resource development lessons from the Gallipoli campaign. The Journal of Knowledge Economy and Knowledge Management, 8(1), 13-23.  Retrieved from

  5. Johnson, K. R., & Bartlett, K. R.  (2013).  The role of tourism in national human resource development: A Jamaican Perspective. Human Resource Development International, 16(2), 205-219.

  6. Rurkkhun, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2012). The relationship between employee engagement and organizational citizenship behavior in Thailand. Human Resource Development International, 15(2), 157-174.

  7. Bartlett, K. R., Schleif, N., & Bowen, M. M. (2011). The use of workforce assessment as a component of career and technical education program evaluation. Career and Technical Education Research, 36(2), 105-118.

  8. Johnson, M. H., Bartlett, K. R., Cunningham, P., Lynham, S. A., & Von der Marwitz, J. (2010). A necessary dialogue: A South African case study exploring the role of national HRD in HIV/AIDS non government organizations. Human Resource Development International, 13(2), 165– 183.

  9. Bartlett, K. R., & Foster, R. D. (2009). Using music to enhance the human resource education of the iPod® generation. Journal of Human Resources Education 3(4), 5-19.

  10. Salk, R. J., Bartlett, K. R., & Schneider, I. E. (2008). Organizational learning: An approach to enhance and respond to diversity.  In M. T. Allison & I. E. Schneider (Eds.), Diversity and the recreation profession (2nd ed.).  State College, PA: Venture Publishing.

  11. Bartlett, K. R. (2007). HRD and organizational commitment in health and social care organizations. In S. Sambrook & J. Stewart (Eds.), Human resource development in the public sector: The case of health and social care (pp. 112-133). London, UK: Routledge.

  12. McKinney, W. R., Bartlett, K. R., & Mulvaney, M. (2007).  Measuring the costs of employee turnover in Illinois public park and recreation agencies: An exploratory study.  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 25(1), 50-74.

  13. Bartlett, K. R., Johnson, K. R., & Harris, M. (2006). Student perceptions of the learning process and outcomes in accelerated classes.  International Journal of Learning, 13, 123-129.

  14. Liu, Y., Pucel, D. J., & Bartlett, K. R. (2006). Knowledge transfer practices in multinational corporations in China’s information technology industry. Human Resource Development International, 9(4), 529-552.

  15. Papuni, H. T., & Bartlett, K. R. (2006). Maori and Pakeha perspectives of adult learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand workplaces. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 8(3), 400-407.

  16. Bartlett, K. R. (2005). Survey research. In R. A. Swanson & E. F. Holton (Eds.), Research in organizations: Foundations and methods of inquiry (pp.97-113). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

  17. Bartlett, K. R., Horwitz, S., Ipe, M., & Liu, Y. (2005). The perceived influence of industry-sponsored credentials on recruitment in the information technology industry: Employer and employee perspectives. Journal of Career and Technical Education, 21(2), 51-65.

  18. Bober, C. F., & Bartlett, K. R. (2004). Corporate university utilization of human resource development evaluation. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 15(4), 363-383.

  19. Bartlett, K. R., & Kang, D. S. (2004). Training in organizational commitment in response to industry and organizational change in New Zealand and the United States. Human Resource Development International, 7(4), 423-440.

  20. Bartlett, K. R., & McKinney, W. R. (2004). A study of the role of professional development, job attitudes, and turnover among public park and recreation employees. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 24(4), 63-81.

  21. Egan, T. M., Yang, B., & Bartlett, K. R. (2004). The effects of organizational learning culture and job satisfaction on motivation to transfer learning and turnover intention. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 15(3), 279-301

  22. Bartlett, K. R. (2004). The signaling power of occupational certification in the automobile service and information technology industries. St. Paul, MN: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Minnesota (National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education Research Report). Available at

  23. Bartlett, K. R., & Rodgers, J. (2004). Human resource development as national policy in the Pacific Islands. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 6(3), 307-314.

  24. Bartlett, K. R., & McKinney, W. R. (2003). A study of external environmental scanning for strategic human resource management in public park and recreation agencies. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 21(2), 1-21.

  25. McLean, G. N., Bartlett, K. R. & Cho, E. (2003). Human resource development as national policy: Republic of Korea and New Zealand. Pacific-Asian Education Journal, 15(1), 41-59.

  26. Wognum, A. A. M., & Bartlett, K. R. (2002). An examination of HRD in response to strategic learning need in small-medium sized enterprises. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2(1/2), 170-186.

  27. Bartlett, K. R., Lawler, J. J., Bae, J., Chen, S. J., &. Wan, T. W. D. (2002). Differences in human resource development among indigenous firms and multinational affiliates in East and Southeast Asia. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 13(4), 383-405.

  28. Bartlett, K. R. (2002). An examination of the role of HRD in voluntary turnover in public service organizations. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 15(4), 45-56.

  29. Kuchinke, K. P., Aragon, S., & Bartlett, K. (2001). Online instructional delivery: Lessons from the instructor's perspective. Performance Improvement, 40(1), 19-27.

  30. Bartlett, K. R. (2001). The relationship between training and organizational commitment: A study in the health care field. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 12(4), 333-352.

  31. Ramos, C. I., Blasini-Caceres, L. M., & Bartlett, K. R. (1998). Ethnic identity and life satisfaction expectations of Latino/a college students. Journal of Applied Recreation Research, 23(4), 291-312.

  32. Updated February 2015