We begin the First Friday of this month, September 2015, with another of my Favorite Gurus, Jim Pershing.
Jim – or – James Pershing and I met through our work at NSPI – now ISPI: the International Society for Performance Improvement.
We’d been on several Committees over the years when we found ourselves on the same Board of Directors group – for my 2 years as President-Elect and then President of the Society – back in 2002-2004.
James Pershing, Ph.D.
Title: Professor of Education
Office: W. W. Wright Education Building, room 2230
Year of appointment: 1983
|Ph.D.||University of Missouri||1975||Education|
|M.S.T.||University of Missouri||1972||Economics|
|B.S.||Indiana State University||1968||Political Science/Mathematics|
|1983-present||Associate Professor, Instructional Systems Technology and Executive Director of the Office of Education and Training Resources, Indiana University|
|1999-present||Editor in Chief, Performance Improvement: International Society for Performance Improvement|
|1979-present||Chief Executive Officer, Senior Researcher and Evaluator, Education and Management Research Associates (EMRA)|
|1999-1999||Acting Editor in Chief, TechTrends: Association for Educational Communications and Technology|
|1980-1989||Associate Professor (Part-Time), Business Department, Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana|
|1977-1982||Assistant Professor, Occupational and Adult Education|
|1976-1976||Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Department of Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|1974-1977||Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Office of Vocational Education Research, University of Missouri – Columbia|
Articles by Jim
- Lee, S. H. & Pershing, J. A. (2002). Dimensions and design criteria for developing training reaction evaluations. Human Resource Development International, 5 (2), 175-197.
Pershing, J. A., & Capps, P. (2001). ISPI 2001 annual conference evaluation report. Bloomington, IN: Education & Management Research Associates. August. 20 pages.
Gilmore, E. R., & Pershing, J. A. (2001). Don’t miss! Identify all causes of that performance gap: A review of literature supporting a refinement of Wile’s HPT model. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement. San Francisco, CA, April 2001. Silver Spring, MD: International Society for Performance Improvement.
Pershing, J. A., & Pershing, J. L. (2001). Ineffective reaction evaluation. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 12 (1), 73-90.
Lee, S. H. & Pershing, J. A. (2000). Evaluation of corporate training programs: Perspectives and issues for further research. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 13 (3), 244-260.
Pershing, J. A., Gilmore, E. R., Yuen, J. H. (2000). Outsourcing training: A guide for performance improvement specialists. Washington, DC: International Society for Performance Improvement. (ISPI Monograph Series) [25 pages]
Pershing, J. A., Molenda, M. H., Paulus, T., Lee, L. H., & Hixon, E, (2000). Letters home: The meaning of instructional technology. TechTrends, 44 (1), 31-38.
Pershing, J. A. & Lee, S. H. (2000). Transfer evaluation of knowledge and skill development: A case study of an instructional systems development training program. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 13(1), 7-29.
Pershing, J. A., Lee, S. H., & Chung, J. (2000). Theoretical foundations of conducting needs analysis for performance improvement in organizations: Definition clarification and a framework for action. Educational Technology International. 2(1), 5-29.
Pershing, J. A. & Lee, S. H. (1999). Employment profiles and compensation for educational technologists. TechTrends, 43 (6), 7-14.
Lee, S. H. & Pershing, J. A. (1999). Effective reaction evaluation in evaluating training programs: Purposes and dimension classification. Performance Improvement, 38 (8), 32-39.
Lee, S. H. & Pershing, J. A. (1999). Human performance technology: A vehicle for transforming from training to a learning organization for performance improvement in the workplace. International Journal of Educational Technology, 1 (1), 123-139.
Reigeluth, C. M., Pershing, J. A., & Park, S. H. (1998). A new paradigm for corporate training. Strategic Human Resource Development Review, 2 (1), 27-50.
- Project Director: E-Learning Professional Development Workshop. Funded by the Credu Company of Seoul Korea. Amount $34,929. July1 thru December 31, 2002.
Principle Investigator and Project Director: Revision and Distribution of “Living in the Community” Manual. Funded by the Indiana Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services: Division of Disability, Aging, and Rehabilitative Services, Indianapolis, IN. Amount $22,961. January 15, 2002 thru December 31, 2002.
Project Director: Professional Development Seminar: Evaluating Education and Training Programs. Funded by Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Instructional Technology Center, Singapore. Amount $2,310. April 16, 2001 thru May 31, 2001.
Project Director: ISPI Conference Evaluation: Participant’s Perspectives. Funded by the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), Silver Spring, MD. Amount $900. April 1, 2001 thru August 31, 2001.
Project Director: LG/IU Instructional/Performance Technology Training Program for training executives of the LG Group. Funded by the LG Group, Seoul, Korea. Twelve week summer program. Amount $135,000. Summer of 1997
Project Director: Seminar: Human Performance Technology for the SK Group. Funded by the SunKyong Group, Seoul, Korea. One week seminar for 35 HRD Executives. Amount $38,386. June 7-13, 1996.
Project Director: LG/IU Instructional/Performance Technology Training Program for training executives of the LG Group. Funded by the LG Group, Seoul, Korea. Twelve week summer program. Amount $199,290. Summer of 1996.
Principal Investigator: Transfer Evaluation Study of the LG/IU Instructional and Performance Technology Training Program. Funded by the LG Group, Seoul, Korea. Amount $11,253. October thru December, 1995.
Project Director: LG/IU Instructional/Performance Technology Training Program for training executives of the LG Group. Funded by the LG Group, Seoul, Korea. Twelve week summer program. Amount $199,000. Summer of 1995.
Project Director: LG/IU Instructional/Performance Technology Training Program for training executives of the LG Group. Funded by the LG Group, Seoul, Korea. Twelve week summer program. Amount $132,000. Summer of 1994.
Principal Investigator: Revision of the Nursing Assistants for Long-Term Care Training Manual. Indiana Department of Health. Amount $ 10,000. February, 1994 to June 1994.
Project Director: Mobile Workshop Technology Training Program for the National Coordination Agency for Surveys and Mapping in Indonesia. Funded by BAKOSURTANAL, Jakarta, Indonesia. Amount $57,515. February, 1994 to May, 1994.
Principal Investigator: Safety Needs Analysis and Training Manual Revision. Hoosier Energy Corporation. Amount $10,000. January, 1994 to June, 1994.
Co-Investigator: Development of Evaluative Criteria for Educational Technology in K-12 Schools. Funded by National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE). Amount $15,000. October 1, 1993 to August 31, 1994.
Project Director: United Arab Emirates University Visiting Scholar: E. M. Ahmed Besais. Funded by the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities, The Ohio State University. Amount $10,500. August, 1993 to July 1994.
Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships
- Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)
- American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
- Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)
- Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary) (KDP)
- Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honorary) (ODE)
- Phi Delta Kappa (Education Honorary) (PDK)
- Pershing, J. A., Lee, H. K., & Won, Y. T. (2002, April). Leadership competencies? A case study of leadership development in a petrochemical company. Presented at the meeting of the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference & Exposition, Dallas, TX.
Pershing, J. A., Buzan-Hartke, G., & Kim, M. (2001, April). The power of human performance technology (HPT). Presented at the meeting of the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference & Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
Gilmore, E., & Pershing, J. A. (2001, April). Don’t miss! Identify all causes of that performance gap. Presented at the meeting of the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference & Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
Pershing, J. A., Correia, A. P., Kim, J., & Tom, R. (2001, April). Evaluation & change management: Challenges and successes of a multi cultural team. Presented at the meeting of the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference & Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
Pershing, J. A. & Pershing, J. L. (2001, April). Questions about questionnaires: How to design and develop effective questionnaires for analyzing and evaluating performance improvement initiatives. April 8th Workshop, one-day. Presented at the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference & Exposition. San Francisco, CA.
Pershing, J. A., Lee, H. K., & An, J. S. (2000, November). Why do well-planned performance interventions fail? The importance of perception analysis. Presented at the Culture and Change Management Conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement, Washington, DC.
Pershing, J. A. (2000, November). Business impact ISD model: Indiana University. Presented at the Culture and Change Management Conference of the International Society for Performance Improvement, Washington, DC.
Pershing, J. A. & Lee, S. H. (1998, July). Human performance technology. A vehicle for transforming the corporate training function to a learning organization. Presented at the 27th International Federation of Training and Development Organizations World Conference. Dublin, Ireland.
Pershing, J. A. & Lee, S. H. (1998, March). Uses and abuses of level one evaluations: How to design and use reactionnaires in evaluating training programs. Presented at the meeting of the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
My research interests include training and development in corporate and public agencies, planning and evaluating employee-related education, computer applications, project management, and cost-benefit analysis.
President’s Service Award: International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Presidential Service Award for consultation and technical assistance as a member of the Validation Team for the ISPI Performance Technologist Certification Program. Presented at ISPI annual meeting in Dallas, TX, April 2002.
Graduate School Full Member: Appointed to the Faculty of the Indiana University Graduate School with FULL status. Recommended by the Graduate Faculty Membership Committee of the Graduate Council and approved by the Indiana University Board of Trustees, January 31, 2001.
Distinguished Service Award: Presented by the Board of Directors of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). For Service as Interim Director of the Association and Interim Editor of the journal TechTrends. Presented at the AECT annual meeting in Long Beach California, February 2000.
Outstanding Service Award: For service as a Naval Academy Information Blue & Gold Officer for the United States Naval Academy. Presented by the Admissions Office in Annapolis Maryland on April 12, 1999.
Consultant/Subject-Matter Expert: International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Think Tank 2000. ISPI initiated international meeting consisting of 35 outstanding leaders in the field of performance technology. Came together for a 4.5-day meeting to brainstorm directions and needs for the field of performance technology and ISPI for the coming century. Represented expertise in the area of performance evaluation. San Diego, California, November 12 to 16, 1999
Outstanding Service Award: For leadership to the LG Corporation in promoting and developing the uses of instructional and performance technology in the training and human resource development programs of LG Subsidiaries and the LG University, 1992 through 1997. Presented in August, 1997.
Commandant’s Award for Outstanding Service: For service as a Blue & Gold Recruitment Officer and for the design and development of an instructional handbook on recruiting for use by Blue & Gold Officers. Presented at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, June, 1995.
Award of Appreciation: Development of a handbook for use by United States Naval Academy parents. Presented at the Naval Academy, Annapolis Maryland, June, 1993.
State of Indiana Outstanding Service Award: Presented by the Indiana Commission on Vocational and Technical Education for outstanding leadership in the field of vocational and technical education in the State of Indiana. Presented at the Annual Indiana Vocational Education Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 12, 1992.
Instructional Systems Technology Department Outstanding Service Award: Presented for leadership provided to the Instructional System Technology Department’s curriculum development/revision effort, May 1,1992.
Indiana University Athletic Department Service Award: For outstanding service from 1979 to 1984 as a track and field judge and official for Indiana University Track & Field Program. Including officiating for the Pan American Games, Big Ten Championship Meet, and NCAA Championship Meet. Presented on September 22, 1984.
Gold Bar Award: For consultation and technical assistance in instructional design and evaluation. Fort Knox, Kentucky 194th Armored Brigade, USA Armor Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Presented on June 28, 1978.
State of Missouri Outstanding Service Award: Outstanding Award for Service to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education=s Task Force 1990 (long-term strategic planning project for statewide vocational/technical education through the year 1990). Presented on December 31, 1976.
Initiated Member of Phi Delta Kappa: An honorary professional fraternity in education. University of Missouri Chapter on May 7, 1974.
Initiated Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon: An honor society in economics. University of Missouri Beta Chapter on April 28, 1972.
My Lessons Learned From Jim
Although Jim was a professor at Indiana, my lessons learned from him came during our time together on the ISPI Board, 2002-2004.
One was that a Professional Society was a place to profess and to hear such, from many different points of view. And to not be afraid of the results, because, that is science. Invite in those with opposite views and let the data put the issue to rest.
Another lesson was reinforcement – to pay attention to the research – and beware claims that seem to be good to be true.
Jim was a big contributor to ISPI and other professional organizations. He inspired me to do better.
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The My First Friday Favorite Guru Series
We each have many influencers, mentors, both active and passive, knowingly and unknowingly in their respective roles in our development.
This series is my attempt to acknowledge all of them… one by one… in no particular order… as I attempt to consciously reflect on what I have learned and whom I have learned it from, regarding all things “Performance Improvement” – my first focus.
I have a long list.
Next month – Karen Brethower.
Links to All of the Past Posts in the MFFF Guru Series
- Jim Pershing – September 2015
- Timm Esque – August 2015
- Ryan Watkins – July 2015
- Ken Silber – June 2015
- Roger Chevalier – May 2015
- Darryl Sink – April 2015
- Jeanne Farrington – March 2015
- Don Clark – February 2015
- Frank T. Wydra – January 2015
- Philip B. Crosby – December 2014
- Donald L. Dewar – November 2014
- Joseph M. Juran – October 2014
- W. Edwards Deming – September 2014
- Bonnie B. Small – August 2014
- Walter A. Shewhart – July 2014
- Carl Binder – June 2014
- Ruth Clark – May 2014
- Rob Foshay – April 2014
- John Carlisle – March 2014
- Miki Lane – February 2014
- Harold Stolovitch – January 2014
- Bill Wiggenhorn – December 2013
- Will Thalheimer – November 2013
- Roger Kaufman – October 2013
- Roger Addison – September 2013
- Ray Svenson – August 2013
- Dick (Richard E.) Clark – July 2013
- Allison Rossett – June 2013
- Carol Panza – May 2013
- Jane Bozarth – April 2013
- Judy Hale – March 2013
- Margo Murray – February 2013
- Neil Rackham – January 2013
- Robert (Bob) F. Mager – December 2012
- Joe H. Harless – November 2012
- Thomas F. Gilbert – October 2012
- Sivasailam Thiagarajan (Thiagi) – September 2012
- Geary A. Rummler – August 2012
- Dale Brethower – July 2012
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