Purpose of Award

The ATD Dissertation Award is given to foster and disseminate research in the practice of developing talent in organizations. It will be presented to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a degree has been granted between August 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017.

The 2016 winner was Maureen Orey, CPLP, from Brandman University for "Is It Worth It? The Career Benefits and Return on Investment of Volunteer Leadership as Perceived by Chapter Leaders in a Professional Talent Development Association."

2017 Award Schedule

Application Deadline: November 20, 2017
Notification: On or by March 15, 2018
Presentation of Award: May 2018
Award is presented at ATD Awards Ceremony during the ATD International Conference & Exposition.


1. The dissertation must report a study for which a doctoral degree was granted in the previous year between August 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.
2. The study must focus on some issue of relevance to the practice of developing talent in organizations. Illustrative areas of concentration include:

  • training and development
  • organizational development/learning
  • performance improvement/analysis
  • work design
  • career development
  • human resource planning.

3. All research methodologies will be considered on an equal basis, including, field-, laboratory-, quantitative-, and qualitative-investigations.

4. The candidate must be recommended and sponsored by his or her committee chair. A committee chair may nominate more than one candidate who meets the criteria noted above in points 1 and 2.

5. All materials must be in English, in Word format, and submitted by email. Submissions should adhere to the format and guidelines prescribed below.