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Holly Jackson

Term Faculty

Area: Business Essentials

  • Snead Hall
  • 301 W. Main Street
  • Box 844000
  • Richmond, VA, 23284-4000
  • Office: B2153


  • PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019.
  • Master of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2014.


  • Dr. Jackson’s current research interests include HRD’s role in Education and Business, Organizational Leadership and the evolving role of management consultants in the Digital Organization. Dr. Jackson also leans in on the inclusion of voices from disadvantaged groups, and how to build underrepresented voices into the components of theory and practice. Recent research supporting this interest focuses on what influences and inspires undergraduates to pursue a STEM degree and career; and how the development of a STEM identity supports students in achieving their goals. Dr. Jackson has published work focused on the evolution of Human Resource Development (HRD) and disciplinary identity, building, adapting, and validating a survey instrument, as well as the impact of diversity training on the development and application of cultural competence skills in higher education professionals. Dr. Jackson has presented her work at the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, as well as the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Dr. Holly Jackson has worked as a practitioner within the Human Resource Development field for over fifteen years. After spending 10+ years of her career with an international healthcare organization, Dr. Jackson then broadened her scope through consulting services in training, instructional design, and facilitation in the virtual environment for a variety of domestic and international organizations. Now primarily focused on the academic side of the field, Dr. Jackson's interests and efforts continue to work to advance scholarship and practice in Human Resource Development and Business fields.

Professional Memberships

  • American Management Association. (March, 2022 - Present).
  • Academy of Human Resource Development. (December, 2017 - Present).
  • American Association for Adult and Continuing Education. (July, 2017 - Present).


Published Intellectual Contributions
Journal Article
  • Cabler, K., Hargraves, R., Jackson, H. D. (2022). Exploring the impact of diversity training on the development and application of cultural competence skills in higher education professionals.. (2 ed., vol. 33, pp.129-I 164). Metropolitan Universities: Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion at Urban Institutions.. DOI: 10.18060/25334
  • Hargraves, R., Morgan, K., Jackson, H. D., Kelly, F., Crenshaw, J., McDonald, K., Martin, M. (2021). What’s Your STEMspiration?: Adaptation and validation of a survey instrument. . In New Developments in Pathways Towards Diversity and Inclusion in STEM: A United States Perspective (vol. 6, pp.14). Frontiers in Education. DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2021.667616
  • Jackson, H. D. (2019). Revealing the Human Resource Development Discourse: A Mixed Methods Study of Similarities and Differences in Academic and Practitioner Language, or Labels-In-Use. (pp.297). VCU Scholars Compass. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25772/HW2J-2W07
Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research
  • Jackson, H. D. (Co-Principal), Morgan, K. (Co-Principal), “What’s Your STEMspiration?” Social Science Research Study, Sponsored by National Science Foundation Federal 5000000. (August 1, 2017Present).).