Diverse and Humane Organizations

In many ways, our lives are dominated by our work experiences.  Negative or repressive work experiences result in decreased productivity, but also cause personal, family, and societal problems.  A major focus of my research is on understanding how we can create workplaces that are more positive, more humane for everyone, and more accepting and integrative for those who are different. This long-standing focus of my research, teaching, and practice is inspired by my experiences as an HR practitioner, my own experiences of working life, and my personal interest in social justice and fairness.

Journal Publications

Githens, R. P. (2012).  Approaches to diversity in educating for LGBTQ-friendly changes in a university. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 5(4), 207-221.  (A journal of the American Psychological Association) PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2012). Organization change and social organizing strategies: Employee-initiated organization development. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(4), 487-518. PDF File

Schmidt, S. W., Githens, R. P., Rocco, T. S., Kormanik, M. (2012). Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgendered people and human resource development: An examination of the literature.  Human Resource Development Review, 11(3), 328-350.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2011). Diversity and incivility: Toward an action-oriented approach.  Advances in Developing Human Resources, 13(1), 40-53. doi: 10.1177/1523422311410646.  PDF File

Maurer, M. & Githens, R. P. (2010). Toward a re-framing of action research for human resource and organization development: Moving beyond problem solving and toward dialogue.  Action Research Journal, 8(3), 267-292.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2009). Capitalism, identity politics, and queerness converge: LGBT employee resource groups. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 23(3), 18-31.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2009). Leadership and power in fostering a collaborative community in a non-profit professional organization. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 22(5), 413-429. doi:10.1007/s11213-009-9138-8  PDF File

Githens, R. P. & Aragon, S. R. (2009). LGBT employee groups: Goals and organizational structures. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 11(1), 121-135. PDF Files

Githens, R. P. (2007). Older adults and e-learning: Opportunities and barriers. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 8(4), pp. 329-338.  PDF File

Selected Conference Papers

Githens, R. P. (2009). Diversity and ressentiment in educating for LGBTQ-friendly changes in a university. In R. L. Lawrence (Ed.), Proceedings of the 50th Annual Adult Education Research Conference (pp. 125-130). Chicago: National-Louis University.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2008). Capitalism, identity politics, and queerness converge: LGBT employee resource groups. In T. J. Chermack (Ed.), Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings (pp. 209-216). Bowling Green, OH: AHRD.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2007). Leadership and power in fostering a collaborative community in a non-profit professional organization. In R. C. Young (Ed.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community, and Extension Education (pp. 43-48). Muncie, IN: Ball State University.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. & Aragon, S. R. (2007). LGBTQ employee groups: Who are they good for? How are they organized? In L. Servage and T. Fenwick (Eds.), Learning in Community: Proceedings of the Joint International Conference of the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) (48th National Conference) and the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE)/l’Association Canadienne pour l’Étude de l’Éducation des Adultes (ACÉÉA) (26th National Conference) (pp. 223-228). Edmonton: University of Alberta.  PDF File

Githens, R. P. (2007). Critical action research in human resource development. In F. M. Nafukho (Ed.), Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings (pp. 481-488). Bowling Green, OH: AHRD.  PDF File