JimPershingThe Performance Improvement journal, or PIJ as we have come to call it, is ISPI’s journal. It is published 10 times a year, the double issues being May/June and November/December, and is published in partnership with John Wiley & Sons Inc. Performance Improvement is an acclaimed journal geared toward practitioners of performance technology in the workplace; readers learn from hands-on experiences with models, interventions, how-to guides, and ready-to-use job aids, as well as research articles. Performance Improvement also offers updates on trends, reviews, and field viewpoints. The journal deals with all types of interventions and all phases of the human performance technology (HPT) process. The common theme is performance improvement practice or technique that is supported by research or germane theory.

Recently the co-editors of the journal have said their good-byes and will be truly missed. The journal is currently welcoming its new editor-in-chief, James Pershing CPT, PhD. He is a seasoned professional with many great ideas and will add a new depth of development to the journal.

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James (Jim) A. Pershing, CPT, PhD, is professor emeritus in the School of Education, Indiana University (IU), and chief operating officer of Education and Management Research Associates, Bloomington Indiana.

As an emeritus faculty member at IU, Jim is in the Department of Instructional Systems Technology and works closely with the Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement program. During his tenure at IU, Jim has made contributions to the definition, communication, and demonstration of HPT. He has researched, published, and promoted HPT widely. Jim has mentored ISPI members, both within his university role and outside of it. Some of his most significant academic and professional contributions have come through his tutelage and mentoring of over 300 master’s or doctoral students. Many of these individuals have assumed leadership positions throughout the world in instructional or performance technology in business and industry, government, the military, and academia. Also, through long-term consulting and professional development projects for a variety of national and international organizations, Jim has mentored scores of instructional and performance improvement leaders. The list includes leaders in organizations such as AT&T, Delco Electronics, Eli Lilly, General Motors, LG, NCR, SK, Samsung, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo. Through the synergism that evolves from mentoring, Jim has established a worldwide network of valued colleagues.

Jim was recognized in 2008 as an ISPI member who made significant outstanding contributions to the field of HPT and the Society with the ISPI Honorary Life Member Award. Jim was the editor for the Handbook of Human Performance Technology (2006, 3rd Edition). He has served on the Research Committee, Membership Committee, and Publications Committee; chaired the Certification Committee; and served on the International Board of Directors. Jim continues to do research to validate ISPI initiatives. He has delivered workshops and presented many times over the years at ISPI international conferences, fall conferences, and regional conferences, such as ISPI Europe.

Jim has published in ISPI and other journals, books, and media to communicate achievements and findings in HPT; he has been published in Performance Improvement, Performance Improvement Quarterly, HRD International, the HRD Quarterly, TechTrends, the International Journal of Educational Technology, the Strategic Human Resource Development Review, and the HPT Handbooks. Jim has promoted ISPI through presentations to other professional groups, such as the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations and the Association of Educational and Communication Technology.

In summary, Jim’s work on the ISPI Handbook and his many presentations, publications, teaching, mentoring, editing, and research accomplishments contribute to the distribution and understanding of our knowledge base. Jim’s chapter in the 3rd edition of the Handbook provides a succinct and useful summary of the evolution and current status of HPT. He offered his own performance improvement process model that provides a perspective that is both helpful and distinct from other models.

Jim has a BS degree from Indiana State University and MST and PhD degrees from the University of Missouri. He may be reached at pershin@indiana.edu.