Amir Hedayati-Mehdiabadi

Assistant Professor

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 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 judgment 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 Computing in Higher Education and 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 has received multiple awards including 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 Program Evaluation and Theory and Practice of Organizational Learning.


Selected Publications and Conference Proceedings

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., 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.

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, 30(3), 489-509

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A. (2018). The ethical Judgement processes of students in Computing: Implications for professional development. Proceedings of the 125thAnnual 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.


Amir Hedayati-Mehdiabadi

Contact Information


OILS 544 Program Evaluation
OILS 440 Survey of Human Resource Development and Instructional Technology

Research Interests

Professional ethics development
Talent development
Evaluation and research methodology
Online education
Engineering education