Dr. Dirani earned his PhD (Education) from the University of Illinois in 2007. He was hired as Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in Fall 2013, and served as HROD Program Coordinator. He joined the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University as an Associate Professor in August 2014.
Khalil’s research focus is on International HRD, learning organizations in Lebanon and the Middle East region, and transfer of learning practices and theories across cultures. He developed the Arabic version of the Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire (Watkins & Marsick 1993), which was implemented by Arab scholars in Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Dr. Dirani’s articles have appeared in both research and professional publications such as Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development International, International Human Resource Management, Advances in International Management, and European Journal for Training & Development.
Khalil received several awards including the Award for Highly Commended Paper at the 12th International HRD Conference across Europe in 2011. He served as co-PI on two grants, totaling close to $1-million. He served as editorial board member and/or reviewer on several journals and conference proceedings, and served as Editor and Program Chair for the Academy of HRD conference proceedings, and as Board member and VP for global strategy for the Academy of HRD.
Khalil taught several graduate level HRD and methodology courses including: Foundations of HRD; Career Development & Coaching; Organizational Development Theory & Practice; Introduction to Research Methods; Survey Research, and Quantitative Data Analysis.