Dr. Forouzan L. Farnia

Assistant Professor of Human Resources Administration & Development
Program Coordinator
Department of Leadership Studies


  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Allame Tabatabaee University, Tehran
  • M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, Allame Tabatabaee University, Tehran
  • Ph.D., Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Dr. Farnia is a Human Resource Development researcher, instructor, and practitioner. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, College Station, her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, and her B.A. in English Literature from Allameh Tabatabaee University, Tehran.

As a researcher, she has engaged in multiple research projects, resulting in sixteen journal publications and conference proceedings. Dr. Farnia’s research focuses on three broad areas: (1) The role of emotional intelligence in human resource, leadership, and team development; (2) Career decision-making difficulties among college students; and (3) Leveraging social media as a talent development intervention in organizations. Her level of scholarly productivity has been recognized by high-quality journals that published her works. She is a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development and the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.

As a practitioner, Dr. Farnia has served as an organization development (OD) consultant on several projects. She has provided a range of consultation services to executive leaders and senior management across the world on the development and implementation of key strategies and interventions for creating and sustaining high-performing organizations. She has provided coaching, training, team development, whole systems analysis, and process reengineering services to implement performance improvement initiatives in organizations and assure alignment with the strategic plans.

Courses Taught

  • HRAD 350: Principles of Adult Learning & Development
  • HRAD 250: Introduction to Training & Development
  • HRAD 245: Introduction to Human Resources
  • HRAD 325: Diversity in the Workplace
  • HRAD 250: Introduction to Training & Development
  • ORGL 320: Human Behavior in Organizations
  • ORGL 460: Strategic Leadership
  • ORGL 470: Organization Development & Change
  • ORGD 601: Organizational Consulting & Leadership Coaching

Contact Dr. Farnia

Henry County Regional Academic Center, Room #166