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Remembering Roger Kaufman

Thursday, September 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Remembering Roger Kaufman

Roger Kaufman, PhD, CPT

Our ISPI Board and Members offer condolences on the passing of Dr. Roger Kaufman. We remember his wife, Jan and his family during this difficult time.

Roger has been a wonderful thought-leader for our field of Performance Improvement. He was a founder, past president honorary life member and Thomas Gilbert Award winner with ISPI. He has been a regular contributor to our publications and most recently wrote Making Evaluation Less Complex which can be found in the  upcoming issue of Performance Improvement Journal.

As Human Performance Technology practitioners, we honor his legacy and will continue to carry on his work. We all appreciate the path that he has prepared for the future. We will miss seeing him and hearing his wisdom during our conferences. As we consider his extensive work, we can reference excerpts from his biography most recently presented with his article.

“Roger was  professor emeritus, Florida State University, Senior Fellow at Florida TaxWatch, and has served as Distinguished Research Professor at the Sonora Institute of Technology (Mexico). He received ATD’s Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance award. Roger Kaufman has published 41 books and 320+ articles on strategic planning, performance improvement, talent development, leadership, quality management and continual improvement, needs assessment, management, and evaluation. He consulted world-wide with public, private and NGO organizations and universities and most recently with the President and Minister of Tourism of Panama, the Civil Service Commissions of Taiwan, the Tze-Chain Foundation of Science and Technology (Taiwan), as well as the Department of Labor, Korean Government.  At Florida State he created the Center for Needs Assessment and Planning that did applied research and development.  The literature has often cited him as “the father of needs assessment.” The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)  created the Roger Kaufman Award that recognizes the continuous achievement of measurable positive societal impact by an individual or organization. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association as well as of the American Educational Research Association.”

We will greatly miss him.

Nancy Crain Burns, PhD, CPT

President, ISPI