Amir Hedayati-Mehdiabadi

Assistant Professor

Organization, Information and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

  • Zimmerman Library
  • (505) 277-1064


Curriculum Vitae

Amir Hedayati is an educational researcher whose motivation for research stems from his lifelong desire to improve learning and development practices. In broad terms, his research focuses on talent and professional development. His research seeks to answer how we can enhance ethical decision-making among professionals, including engineers and computer scientists, by understanding their ethical judgment processes. He is also interested in cultivating educational environments to develop inclusive professionals.

Hedayati has received a Ph.D. degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his BSc in Computer Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology and his MBA from the University of Tehran. 

In addition to his publications in journals such as Computing in Higher Education and Human Resource Development Review, he has presented his research at multiple conferences, including the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Evaluation Association, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Hedayati has received multiple awards, including the 2019 1stPlace Journal Article (Mixed Methods) Award from Distance Learning Division of Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Best Diversity Paper Award from American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2019, and Cutting Edge Award from Academy of Human Resource Development in 2016.

He teaches multiple OILS courses, including Ethics and Diversity Training in the Workplace, Program Evaluation, and Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning.


Selected Publications and Conference Proceedings

Issues of Inclusion and Diversity 

Casper, A. M., Atadero, R., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Baker, D. (2021). Linking engineering students’ professional identity development to diversity and working inclusively in technical courses. Journal of Civil Engineering Education, 147(4).

Hedayati-Mehdiabadi, A., Atadero, R. A., Baker, D.W., & Casper, A. A. (2019). The effects of infusing diversity and inclusion into a design problem in engineering mechanics: Statics. The 126th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Tampa, FL.

Seo, G. E., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Huang, W. (2017). Identifying core competencies to advance female professors’ careers: an exploratory study in the United States academia. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41(6), 741-759.

Professional Ethics

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Huang, W. D., & Oh, E. G. (2020). Understanding students’ ethical reasoning and fallacies through asynchronous online discussion: lessons for teaching evaluation ethics. Journal of Moral Education, 49(4), 454-475.

Li, J., Huang, M. T., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Wang, Y., & Yang, X. (2020). Development and validation of work ethic instrument to measure Chinese people's work-related values and attitudes. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 31(1), 49-73.

Hedayati-Mehdiabadi, A., James, J., & Svihla, V. (2019). Ethical reasoning in first-year engineering design. The 126th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Tampa, FL.

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A. (2019). Facing computer ethics dilemmas: Comparing ethical decision-making processes of students in computer science with non-computer science majors. The 126th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Tampa, FL.


Foundations of Human Resource Development

Shirmohammadi, M., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Beigi, M., & McLean, G. (2021). Mapping human resource development: Visualizing the past, bridging the gaps, and moving towards the future. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 32(2), 197-224.

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Seo, G., Huang, W. D., & Han, C. S. (2017). Building blocks of contemporary HRD research: A citation analysis on Human Resource Development Quarterly between 2007 and 2013. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 29(4), 20-34.


Talent development

Li, J., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Choi, J. Wu, F., & Bell, A. (2018). Talent management process in Asia: a multiple case study, European Journal of Training and Development, 42(7/8), 499-516.

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Li, J. (2016). Understanding talent development and implications for Human Resource Development. Human Resource Development Review, 15(3), 263-29