Biography

LAURA L. BIEREMA is Professor, University of Georgia, College of Education, program of Adult Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development. 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 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia. She has over 160 publications, including 10 books and the award winning text Adult Learning: Linking Theory & Practice with Dr. Sharan B. Merriam and the recent co-edited book Connecting Adult Learning and Knowledge Management: Strategies for Learning and Change In Organizations with Dr. Monica Fedeli. Dr. Bierema served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the UGA College of Education from 2013-2017.

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 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate in adult education from UGA. She has published over 60 articles that have appeared in both research and professional publications. Dr. Bierema’s books include: • Women’s Career Development across the Lifespan • 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: An Action Research Approach • Connecting Adult Learning and Knowledge Management: Strategies for Learning and Change In Organizations. An Introduction to Organization Development: An Action Research Approach, 2nd Edition

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 and four Academy of Human Resource Development’s “Cutting Edge” Awards for best conference paper. She is the 2009 recipient of the Highly Commended Award by the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence; 2012 winner of the University of Georgia College of Education Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award; 2012 recipient of the 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; 2015 winner of the University, Professional, and Continuing Education Association Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature; 2017 recognition as a Master Executive Coach by Sherpa Coaching; 2018 U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar; 2018-2019 UGA Senior Teaching Fellow, and 2019 recipient of the Ira Aaron Teaching Excellence and Collegiality Award. Lest Dr. Bierema take herself too seriously, she balances her left brain by learning to knit, talking to her dogs, riding her bicycle around the world with her spouse Mark, tasting fine wines, collecting original art, cooking gourmet vegetarian meals, reading great literature and trashy novels, traveling to interesting places near and far, indulging in gastronomic adventures with friends, and hitting the beach whenever possible, preferably in Onekama, MI. heory and Practice.

Areas of Expertise

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

Interests

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

Academic Affiliations

Education

  •  Ed.D. in Adult Education, 1994
    University of Georgia
  •  M.L.I.R. in Master of Labor and Industrial Relations, 1988
    Michigan State University
  •  B. A. in Social Science, 1986
    Michigan State University

Contact

 706-248-5290 (office)
 706-248-5290 (mobile)

Awards and Accolades

Frandson Award for Literature (for Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice)

University Professional and Continuing Education Association, 2015

Book of the Year

Academy of Human Resource Development, 2014

Outstanding Scholar

Academy of Human Resource Development, 2013

Trailblazer of the Year

Sherpa Executive Coaching, 2012

Russell H. Yeany, Jr. Research Award

University of Georgia College of Education, 2012

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., 2009

U. S. Fulbright Research Scholar

The University of Padua, Padua, Italy, 2018

UGA Senior Teaching Fellow

The University of Georgia, 2018-2019

Ira Aaron Teaching Excellence and Collegiality Award

The University of Georgia, 2019