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Torrence Sparkman

Associate Professor

Department of International Hospitality and Service Innovation
Saunders College of Business

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Torrence Sparkman

Associate Professor

Department of International Hospitality and Service Innovation
Saunders College of Business

Education

BS, University of Illinois at Chicago; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Journal Paper
Sparkman, Torrence E. "The Factors and Conditions for National Human Resource Development in Brazil." European Journal of Training and Development 39. 8 (2015): 666-680. Print.

Currently Teaching

HRDE-711
3 Credits
This course teaches the systematic application of social research procedures to evaluate the conceptualization, design, implementation, and utility of human resource development programs.
HRDE-785
3 Credits
Students will apply strategies to solve industry HRD problems as defined by the instructor. This will require the use of strategic HRD practices to influence and support the larger organizational strategy as it relates to their human capital. Incorporated in the course is a review of HRD strategies including an exploration of the boundaries of the practice of HRD; identification of organizational accountability structures and functions; application of strategic HRD concepts taken from core subjects; and identification of strategic HRD tools and interventions. Ultimately students will develop a plan to resolve a strategic HRD issue.
HRDE-386
3 Credits
A one-semester, three-credit course in human resource development provides the prospective manager practical information on methods to enhance the productivity, quality, and effectiveness of an organization through the creation of an environment where individual and collective performance and development has primacy. The course requires students to assimilate course material related to the following: to organizational strategy, systems thinking and legal compliance; workforce development, career development of employees; individual development and training; measuring outcomes; human resource processes and effective communications. Students integrate theoretical classroom concepts with practical knowledge and work experiences. As part of the course: students continually practice effective communication skills; students may work in teams; and are expected to engage in critical and innovative thinking. Students' understanding of human resource development is intended to help them enhance organizational effectiveness through implementing processes designed to develop and train employees.
HRDE-795
0 Credits
A written comprehensive exam is one of the non-thesis methodologies for completion of the MS degree. Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the theories and foundation principles. This course will include a review of the main concepts of each of the core subjects. Completion of all HRDE core and required courses required. Students must receive a passing grade of at least 80 percent to be successful. Students will have one additional opportunity to pass this examination if their initial attempt results in a failing grade.
HRDE-710
3 Credits
This course introduces students to the concepts that are the foundation of HRD and how these concepts are applied in a real-world environment. Human resource development is a distinct and unique area of practice that focuses on aligning employee learning and development with the strategic direction of an organization. This course provides an orientation to the profession and explores historical perspectives, theoretical foundations, and the practice of HRD.

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