Professor Emeritus Brian J. Caldwell

Professor Emeritus Brian J. Caldwell

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Brian J. Caldwell is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Educational Transformations Pty Ltd in Melbourne and Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne.  He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science (1962) and Bachelor of Education (1968) from the University of Melbourne, and Master of Education (1975) and Doctor of Philosophy (1977) from the University of Alberta. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Education honoris causa by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (now the Education University of Hong Kong) in 2012.

From 1998 to 2004 he served as Dean of Education at the University of Melbourne. Previous appointments include Head of Education Policy and Management (1995-1998) at the University of Melbourne; Head of Teacher Education (1988-1989) and Dean of Education (1989-1990) at the University of Tasmania; and Research Assistant Professor (1979-1981) at the University of Alberta, Canada.

International work over the last 30 years includes about 650 presentations, projects and other professional assignments in or for 43 countries or jurisdictions on six continents, with several assignments for the Asia Development Bank, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and World Bank.  He has served as Wei Lun Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Visiting Professor at the National College for School Leadership in England, Special Professor at the University of Nottingham, Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California, Invitational Research Fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and Honorary Professor at the University of Hull.

In addition to approximately 180 published papers, chapters and monographs, he is co-author of books that helped guide educational reform in several countries, most notably those on the self-managing school, each with Jim Spinks: The Self-Managing School (1988), Leading the Self-Managing School (1992), Beyond the Self-Managing School (1998), Raising the Stakes: From Improvement to Transformation in the Reform of Schools (2008) and The Self-Transforming School (2013).

Brian has authored, co-authored or co-edited 19 books since 1986, with the most recent being The Autonomy Premium (2016) and its sequel on benchmarking Australia’s performance on student achievement, professional autonomy and system adaptivity entitled The Alignment Premium (2018). Other recent books include Why Not the Best Schools (with Jessica Harris) (2008), Our School Our Future (with David Loader) (2010), Transforming Schools in an Era of Globalisation (with John Chi-Kin Lee) (2011, 2014) and Transforming Education through the Arts (with Tanya Vaughan) (2012).

Brian was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Asia Education Foundation from 1998 to 2004. He was a director of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2003 to 2011, serving as Deputy Chair from 2009 to 2011. He was Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) from 2014 to 2017. He is a Fellow and Life Member of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) and a Fellow and Life Member of the Australian College of Educators (ACE). He was President of ACEL from 1990 to 1993 and was awarded its Gold Medal in 1994. He is Patron of ACEL (Victoria). In July 2005 he received the College Medal of ACE. In 2004 he was awarded the Sir James Darling Medal of ACE (Victoria) and the Hedley Beare Educator of the Year Award of ACEL (Victoria). He is Patron of the Australian Special Education Principals Association (ASEPA) and Patron of Wellbeing in Schools Australia (WISA).

September 2018