Tony Townsend


Professor Tony Townsend has worked all over the world. After more than 20 years at Monash University in Australia he became Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership at Florida Atlantic University in the United States and then Professor of Public Service, Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Glasgow in the UK. On his return to Australia in 2013, he accepted part-time positions at both the University of Tasmania (from 2013-2017) and Griffith University where he still works. He has been a visiting professor in Michigan, USA; Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa; Saskatoon in Canada; Macau; Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Brno in the Czech Republic; Malé in the Maldives; and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. He has published 12 textbooks and more than 90 articles, monographs or chapters, in the areas of leadership, school effectiveness, school improvement, teacher education, and community education and development, in Australia, Europe and North America and has delivered over 90 keynote addresses in 24 countries, with more than 200 conference papers or professional presentations in more than 60 countries overall. He has been President and is a life member of both the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), and the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). In 2009, he was the Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ Travelling Scholar, giving workshops in states and territories around the country. He has consulted for governments and Ministries in a number of countries, as well as the Commonwealth Education Trust, UNESCO, and the British Council. Since 2004 he has been involved in the professional learning activities of school leaders through the Principals as Literacy Leaders (PALL) program and the Principals as Strategic Leaders (PaSL) program in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

Professor Tony Townsend

BA (Hons), MEd, PhD (Monash)

Professor of Educational Leadership

Griffith University




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