Neal Chalofsky

Neal Chalofsky
Associate Professor Emeritus, Human & Organizational Learning
(202) 994-7188

Dr. Chalofsky was associated with the GW HOL program for over 20 years, and previously was the director of the Human Resource Development program at the Northern Virginia Graduate Center of Virginia Tech.

He began his career an internal HRD practitioner, manager, and researcher for several federal and corporate organizations for over a decade. Neal has served as a past president of the local American Society for Training and Development chapter, and is a founding member of the Academy for Human Resource Development.

Organizations that he has consulted with include: The World Bank, Mobil Research and Development Corporation, Bell Atlantic, National Institute for Work and Learning, Computer Sciences Corporation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Smithsonian, and Ernst & Young.

Neal is the coauthor of Effective Human Resource Development, and Up the HRD Ladder, as well as numerous chapters of edited works and journal articles. His research interests are in the areas of developing meaningful workplaces, increasing capacity for learning, facilitation and team development, and the evolution of the HRD/HOL profession and discipline.

Ed.D., The George Washington University
M.B.A., American University
B.S., Temple University


Chalofsky, N. (2010). Meaningful workplaces: Reframing how and where we work. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Chalofsky, N. (2008). Work-life programs and organizational culture: The essence of workplace community. Organization Development Journal, 26, 11-18.

Chalofsky, N. (2007). The seminal foundation of the discipline of hrd: People, learning, and organizations. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 18, 431-442.

Goodman, P. & Chalofsky, N. (2005). Exploratory research on the effect of autonomous learners to team learning within healthcare. In M. A. Rahim & R. T. Golembiewski (Eds.) Current Topics in Management, Vol. 10.


Chalofsky, N. & Griffin, G. (2005). Humane organization: The essence of workplace community. Proceedings of the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference, Estes Park, CO.

In the News

Dr. Neal Chalofsky is a co-editor of the Journal of Management Studies Special Issue "Meaningful Work: Prospects for the 21st Century."

Dr. Neal Chalofsky co-authored a chapter on well-being and meaningful work with GSEHD alumna Dr. Elizabeth Cavallaro (Ed.D., Human and Organizational Learning) in the Oxford University Handbook of Meaningful Work. The chapter is entitled: "To Have Lived Well: Well-Being and Meaningful Work."

Dr. Neal Chalofsky was invited to speak to the International Society For Performance and Instruction annual conference in Seattle,WA where he spoke on Meaningful Work by Design as part of their Masters Series.

Faculty, students, and alumni presented their research at the National Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development. Presenters included: Dr. Maria Cseh, alumna Dr. Anne Lackritz (Human and Organizational Learning), doctoral candidate Oliver Crocco (Human and Organizational Learning), former doctoral student Wei Wang (Human and Organizational Learning), Dr. Ellen Scully-Russ, Dr. Neal Chalofsky, alumnus Dr. Ralph Soule (Human and Organizational Learning), alumna Dr. Danielle Dimitrov (Human Resource Development), doctoral student Selena Barlow (Human and Organizational Learning), alumna Dr. Emily Morrison (Human and Organizational Learning), doctoral student Leslie Kirsch (Human and Organizational Learning), doctoral student Terri Hinkley (Human and Organizational Learning), doctoral student John DeForest (Human and Organizational Learning), and doctoral student Cindy Dupree (Human and Organizational Learning).