Darlene Russ-Eft, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Adult and Higher Education, College of Education, Oregon State University (OSU) and a clinical faculty member in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. She is also a faculty member in the doctoral program in human resource development for the National Institute for Development Administration in Bangkok, Thailand. She received her BA from the College of Wooster and MA and PhD from University of Michigan in cognitive psychology. She worked as a Senior Research Scientist for the American Institutes for Research and later worked as the director of research for international training companies before joining OSU, where she has taught doctoral and masters’ courses to senior leaders and practitioners. Her research focuses on issues related to workplace education and learning, leadership development, and evaluation of human resource development interventions. Her most recent book is titled Managing Social Science Research (2017, Wiley). She is past president of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD); past board member of the American Evaluation Association; past director of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi), and past editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly. She has received recognition as elected to the HRD Scholar Hall of Fame and as a Fellow by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction.
BA, psychology with honors, College of Wooster, Wooster, OH
MA, psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D., psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Inducted into the Academy of Human Resource Development Hall of Fame, March 2017
2016 National Institute of Development Administration Plaque of Honor (Narathip Pongpraphan Award)
Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), February 2014
Research Article of the Year—for 2004, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), May 2005: [Russ-Eft, D. (2004). Customer service competencies: A global look. Human Resource Development International, 7, 211–231.]
Outstanding HRD Scholar Award, Academy of Human Resource Development, March 2000
Times Mirror Editor of the Year (Research), May 1996
U.S. Public Health Fellow, University of Michigan
Departmental Honors, Psychology, College of Wooster, Ohio
Phi Beta Kappa, College of Wooster, Ohio
Russ-Eft, D., & Sleezer, C. (2019). Case studies in needs assessment. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Russ-Eft, D., Sleezer, C., Sampson, G., & Leviton, L. (2017). Managing applied social science research. New York, NY: Wiley.
Preskill, H., & Russ-Eft, D. (2015). Building evaluation capacity: Activities for teaching and training (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Russ-Eft, D., Bober, M., Koszalka, T. A., & Sleezer, C. (2014). Evaluator competency fieldbook. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Sleezer, C. M., Russ-Eft, D. F., & Gupta, K. (2014). A practical guide to needs assessment (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.
Koszalka, T. A., Russ-Eft, D., & Reisser, R. (2013). Instructional designer competencies: The standards (4th ed.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Russ-Eft, D., & Preskill, H. (2009). Evaluation in organizations: A systematic approach to enhancing learning, performance, and change (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books.
Russ-Eft, D. F., Bober, M. J., de la Teja, I., Foxon, M., & Koszalka, T. A. (2008). Evaluator competencies: Standards for the practice of evaluation in organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Recent Book Chapters
Hamblin, R. G., & Russ-Eft, D. F. (2019). Organizational understanding, analysis and evaluation. In R. G. Hamlin, A. Ellinger, & J. Jones (Eds.). Evidence-based initiatives for organizational change and development. (Advances in Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Series). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Boehme, L., Russ-Eft, D., Rovens, J., & Rovens, A. (2018). Leadership among front-line managers: What are the leadership competencies desired by front-line employees. AHRD Asia Proceedings. Ahmedabad, India.
Hindman, L., & Russ-Eft, D. (2016). Graduation rates. In S. Danvers (Ed.). The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Russ-Eft, D. (2014). Morality and ethics in HRD. In N. Chalofsky, T. Rocco, & M. L. Morris (Eds.). Handbook of human resource development (pp. 510-525). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Russ-Eft, D. (2013). Behavior modeling. Invited chapter for C. Valentin & J. Walton (Eds.). Human resource development : Practices and orthodoxies. Houndmills, Basingstoke, England: Palgrave McMillan.
Russ-Eft, D. (2012). Evaluation within organizations: So, what are the values? Invited chapter for M. Lee (Ed.). HRD as we know it: Speeches that have shaped and developed the field of HRD. New York, NY: Routledge.
Russ-Eft, D. (2010). Toward a meta-theory of learning and performance. Invited chapter for M. Malloch & B. O’Connor (Ed.). International Handbook of Workplace Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Russ-Eft, D. (2010). Multiple uses and expanding scope of the evaluative process. Invited chapter for J. Moseley & J. Dessinger (Eds.). Handbook on Measurement and Evaluation. New York, NY: Wiley/ISPI.
Bosteder, L., & Russ-Eft, D. (2010). Measurement and evaluation in the workplace. Invited chapter for J. Moseley & J. Dessinger (Eds.). Handbook on Measurement and Evaluation. New York, NY: Wiley/ISPI.
Sleezer, C.M., & Russ-Eft, D. F. (2010). Needs assessment: A lighthouse beacon. Invited chapter for J. Moseley & J. Dessinger (Eds.). Handbook on Measurement and Evaluation. New York: Wiley/ISPI.
Recent Refereed Journal Articles
Cate, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2020). Applications of Latin American consciousness-raising strategies for community college service learning programs. Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education, 11. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/jslhe/index.php/jslhe/article/view/221
Virakul, B., & Russ-Eft, D. (2019). A model for business responses to global challenges and sustainable development. Embedding corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and sustainability concepts at a strategic level: A model. Social Responsibility Journal, 16 (2), 199-224. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-09-2018-0223
Cate, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2019). Expanding circles of solidarity: A comparative analysis of Latin American community social justice project narratives. Power and Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757743819871320
Senasu, K., Sakworawich, A., & Russ-Eft, D. (2019). Developing Thai Happiness Index. Social Indicators Research. doi:10.1007/s11205-019-02136-6
Cate, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2017). A review of current methods to develop empowering service learning programs for Latina/o college students. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1177/1538192717729735
Ewer, G., & Russ-Eft, D. (2017). Corporate University theory and practice: The case of Platt University, USA. International Journal of Human Resource Development: Practice, Policy, and Research, 2(1), 35-50. doi: 10.22324/ijhrdppr.2.104
Hindman, L., & Russ-Eft, D. (2017). A college and university co-enrollment program that facilitates baccalaureate attainment. Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 24, 77-93.
Russ-Eft, D. (2016). Controversies that shaped the field of human resource development: Town Hall Forums of the Academy of Human Resource Development. In K. E. Watkins & G. N. McLean (Eds.). Human Resource Development: The Birth of an Academic Discipline. Advances in Developing Human Resources. 18 (4), 512-535. doi: 10.1177/1523422316660148
Sritanyarat, D., & Russ-Eft, D. (2016). Development of theory-based multidimensional learners’ evaluation in Thai higher education: A case study of the National Institute of Development Administration. International Journal of Instruction, 9 (2). doi: 10.12973/iji.2016.921a
Moore, A., & Russ-Eft, D. (2016). Outcomes-based funding: Origins and implications for the SEM practitioner. Strategic Enrollment Management, 3, 261-281. doi: 10.1002/sem3.20074
Star, S., Russ-Eft, D., Braverman, M., & Levine, R. (2016). Performance measurement and performance indicators: A literature review and a proposed model for practical adoption. Human Resource Development Review, 15, 151-181. doi: 10.1177/1534484316636220
Alsuwaileh, B. G., Russ-Eft, D. F., & Alshurai, S. A. (2016). Academic dishonesty: A mixed-method study of rational choice among students at the College of Basic Education in Kuwait. Journal of Education and Practice, 7, 131-159.
Sleezer, C. M., Russ-Eft, D. F., & Gupta, K. (2015). Learning, training, and performance timeline: A walk through history. Performance Improvement, 54 (2), 7-15.
Russ-Eft, D. (2015). Human resource development, evaluation, and sustainability: What are the relationships? Human Resource Development International; Special Issue on Sustainability. 17, 545-559. doi: 10.1080/13678868.2014.954190
Russ-Eft, D., Levine, R., & Fernandez, A. (2014). Objective career success among paramedics: Interaction effects of location and race. Human Resource Development International, 17, 10-29. doi: 10.1080/13678868.2013.840084
Levine, R., Russ-Eft, D., Burling, A., Stephens, J., & Downey, J. (2013). Evaluating health services research capacity building programs: Implications for health services and human resource development. Evaluation and Program Planning, 37, 1-11. doi: org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2012.12.002
Erlich, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2013). Assessing academic advising outcomes using social cognitive theory. NACADA Journal, 33, 16-33. doi: 10.12930/NACADA-13-135
Erlich, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2012). Assessing academic advising outcomes using social cognitive theory: A validity and reliability study. NACADA Journal. 32, 68-84.
Erlich, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2011). Applying social cognitive theory to academic advising to assess student learning outcomes. NACADA Journal, 31(2), 5-15.
Fuller, R., & Russ-Eft, D. (2010). Organizational responsiveness and growth-oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Human Resource Development International, 21, 317-339. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2010.483820
Russ-Eft, D., Dickison, P., & Levine, R. (2010). Taking the pulse of training transfer: Instructor quality and EMT certification test results. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 21, 291-306. doi: 10.1002/hrdq.20052
Ponticelli, J. E., & Russ-Eft, D. (2009). Community college students with disabilities and transfer to a four-year college. Exceptionality, 17, 164-176.
Taylor, P., Russ-Eft, D., & Taylor, H. (2009a). Gilding the outcome by tarnishing the past: Inflationary biases in retrospective pretests. American Journal of Evaluation, 30, 31-43. doi:10.1177/1098214008328517
Taylor, P., Russ-Eft, D., Taylor, H. (2009b). The transfer of management training from alternative perspectives. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 104-121. doi:10.1037/a0013006
1984-2001: Served as Research Director for Zenger-Miller, Inc. and later for AchieveGlobal, Inc.
Fields, K. (OSU PI); Russ-Eft, D (Co-PI & Evaluator). (2011-2017). Bioenergy education project. $40,000,000 for five years. Funded by US Department of Agriculture.
Russ-Eft, D. (PI, 2014-2015) Moving to Realize a Culture of Health through Performance Indicators and Logic Modeling. Other Contributors: M. Braverman, R. Levine, S. Star. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (September 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015). Total fund: $118,599, Indirect = $7081.
Russ-Eft, D. (2014-2015). (External Consultant). Asthma Impact on Quality of Life Scale (A-IQOLS), National Institutes of Health.
Russ-Eft, D. (2012-2015). (External Evaluator). The NSF GK-12 E-Fellowship Program: Toward Energy-Aware STEM Leaders for the 21st Century. Awarded to University of Nevada at Reno. Mechanical Engineering; $2,598,770. Funded by the National Science Foundation.
Russ-Eft, D. (2011-2013). Evaluation of the National Arts Strategies CEO Development Program; $45,000. Funded by National Arts Strategies.
Flick, L (PI); Russ-Eft, D. (evaluator). (2008-2011). Evaluation of Algebra in Context – at IDEAS at North Eugene High School; $567,469. Funded by Oregon Math and Science Partnership Program.
Academy of Human Resource Development
American Evaluation Association
American Psychological Association