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William Rothwell

Dr. William J. Rothwell

Professor of Education (WFED)

Phone: 814-863-2581

310B Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Learning and Performance Systems


William J. Rothwell is a Professor of Workforce Education and Development. His research interests focus around the competencies of workplace learning and performance professionals, succession planning and talent management. His recent books include Career Planning and Succession Management (Praeger, 2015), Organization Development Fundamentals: Managing Strategic Change (ATD Press, 2015), The Competency Toolkit, 2nd ed., 2 vols. (HRD Press, 2015), Creating Engaged Employees: It’s Worth the Investment (ATD Press, 2014), The Leader’s Daily Role in Talent Management (Institute for Training and Development [Malaysia], 2014), Optimizing Talent in the Federal Workforce (Management Concepts, 2014), Performance Consulting (Wiley, 2014), the ASTD Competency Study: The Training and Development Profession Redefined (ASTD, 2013), Becoming An Effective Mentoring Leader: Proven Strategies for Building Excellence in Your Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2013), Talent Management: A Step-by-Step Action-Oriented Approach Based on Best Practice (HRD Press, 2012), the edited three-volume Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management (Wiley, 2012), Lean But Agile: Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Advantage (Amacom, 2012), Invaluable Knowledge: Securing Your Company’s Technical Expertise-Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent, Transferring Technical Knowledge, Engaging High Performers (Amacom, 2011), and Competency-Based Training Basics (ASTD Press, 2010).

Areas of Expertise


Instructional Methods and Design

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research

Human Resources and Work

Career Development
Human Resources Management
Organization Development
Succession Planning
Workforce and Vocational Ed
Workplace Training

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership
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