Claretha Hughes

 Claretha Hughes, associate professor of human resource and workforce development, College of Education and Health Professions. Claretha Hughes did much to expand and enrich the honors experience in the College of Education and Health Professions during her 2011-15 tenure as director of the college’s honors program. The numbers tell the story: student participation in honors grew almost 60 percent. The number of honors graduates nearly tripled, and the number of students who received Honors College grants grew five fold.

Hughes restructured the college’s Honors Council and developed the annual Honors Research Symposium and Workshop and a handbook for college honors faculty, among other initiatives. She also promoted social events such as an annual honors tailgating party and a luncheon for graduating honors seniors and their families.

Hughes’ research focuses on creating value through human resource and technology development. Her 2012 book, Valuing People and Technology in the Workplace, received the R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development. She is the 2009 University Council of Workforce and Human Resource Education Outstanding Assistant Professor.