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Amir Hedayati-Mehdiabadi

Assistant Professor

Organization, Information and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

  • Zimmerman Library
  • (505) 277-1064


Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi is an educational researcher whose motivation for research stems from his lifelong desire to improve learning and development practices. In broad terms, his research is focused on talent and professional development. His research seeks to answer the question of how we can improve ethical decision-making among professionals including engineers and computer scientists through understanding their ethical judgement processes. He is also interested in how we can cultivate educational environments to develop professionals who are more inclusive in their practice.

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

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

Hedayati is the recipient of Academy of Human Resource Development Cutting Edge Award in 2016. He has received Mukeun Lee dissertation award as well as William Chandler Bagley doctoral scholarship in 2017 from College of Education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He plans to teach courses in program evaluation, talent development, and qualitative research methods.


Selected Publications

Oh, E. G., Huang, W. D., Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Ju, B. (2018). Facilitating critical thinking in asynchronous online discussion: Comparison Between Peer- and Instructor-Redirection. Journal of Computing in Higher Education.  

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A. (2018). The ethical Judgement processes of students in Computing: Implications for professional development. Proceedings of the 125th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Salt Lake City, UT.

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Li, J. (2017). A review of ethics and ethical education in professional development: Toward a framework for developing computing professional ethics. Proceedings of International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, Huntsville, AL.

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., Seo, G., Huang, W. D., & Seung-hyun, C. H. (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.

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

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Li, J. (2016). Understanding talent development and implications for Human Resource Development. Human Resource Development Review, 15(3), 263-294.