Hossein Farhady is a former associate professor of applied linguistics at Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in Tehran. He received his MA in TESL and PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in 1978 and 1980, respectively. His major area of interest is research on various aspects of language assessment.
He has taught courses on language testing, research methods, and ESP at the MA and PhD levels for the last four decades in Iran, Canada, Armenia, and USA. He has also presented papers in national and international conferences and has widely published on the issues related to language testing. He has published more than 10 books and 50 articles on various topics in applied linguistics in general and in language assessment, in particular. He has directed MA programs in TEFL, two nationwide research projects on EFL/EAP education in Iran, and supervised over 60 MA and PhD theses. He has also directed several test development and test validation projects in Iran and other places in the world.
He retired in 2006, moved to US, and worked as a senior scholar and project manager for organizations such as Ordinate and Lidget Green Corporations in California, Avant Assessment, and Second Language Testing, Inc., in Rockville, Maryland. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as the associate dean of the Department of English Programs at the American University of Armenia. He has also directed projects related to the scoring of Pearson’s new automated language proficiency test and validating Versant test, and received grants from Pearson, ETS, and ILTA.
Presently, he is a faculty member at the ELT department at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.