Past Keynotes

ELOFF

Prof Irma Eloff (2014)

Prof Irma Eloff is the dean of the Faculty ofEducation at the University of Pretoria. She is the 7th dean and the first woman to hold this position. She is a founder of the African Deans of Education Forum.

Irma is an NRF-rated researcher, a registered psychologist and she has received several awards for her research in Education and Educational Psychology. She has studied at the Universities of Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Northwest.
She is a past President of the Education Association of South Africa and currently the Chair of the Education Commission of the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. She is an ASSAf member and she was the first Education academic to win the Exceptional Young Researcher Award of the University of Pretoria. Irma has published more than 70 academic articles and book chapters and 52 master’s and doctoral students in Education have completed their studies under her supervision. During her term as dean, Education at the University of Pretoria achieved a ranking in the top 150 of the world on the World QS World university rankings.

BJORK

Prof Lars Bjork (2014)

Position: Dr. Björk, PhD, is a professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is a Fulbright Scholar at theUniversityof Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Leadership,Finland 2009. He holds Ph.D. and Ed. S. Degrees in Educational Administration, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of New Mexico. He served on the faculties of the University of New Mexico, University of South Carolina and, Georgia Southern University. He has served as the Co-Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for the Study of the Superintendency, was the founding Director of the Institution for Educational Research (2004-2007) at the University of Kentucky and is the co-director of the International Symposium on Educational Reform that has convened annual conferences in the USA (2005, 2008), Finland (2006, 2009), Shanghai, China (2007) and is planning a venue in South Africa 2010. In addition, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Education (NIE) in the United States Department of Education), Regional Director for University Research Corporation, and as a senior staff member of Westinghouse Learning Corporation. He has served as a consultant to Universities, school districts, state governments, national associations, foundations and international education agencies. He has been a member of advisory and coordinating committees as well as task forces in the United States Department of Education.


In addition to serving as a Senior Associate Editor of Educational Administration Quarterly Dr. Björk is presently a member of the editorial boards of the South African Journal of Education, Journal of Thought, the Journal of School Public Relations and the Journal of Research on Leadership Education. In addition, he has served as guest editor for special issues including: Education and Urban Society (1993), “Minorities in Higher Education”; Educational Administration Quarterly (2000) “Women in the Superintendency”; and, The Journal of School Leadership (2003), “The Superintendent Shortage: Myth and Reality”. Dr. Björk serves as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Research on Leadership Education, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Research on Leadership Education (2006) and, Educational Management Administration and Leadership.. He has co-edited several books including Higher Education Research and Public Policy (1988), Minorities in Higher Education (1994), and The New Superintendency: Advances in Research and Theories of School Management and Educational Policy (2001, with C. C. Brunner), and School District Superintendents: Role Expectations, Professional Preparation, and Development (2005) with Theodore Kowalski. In addition, he has co-authored, The Study of the American Superintendency 2000 (2000, with T. Glass and C.C. Brunner), The Superintendent as CEO (2005) with J. Hoyle, T. Glass & L. Collier and co-authored several chapters on leadership and politics (8 & 12) with Theodore Kowalski in his book The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases (2005). In addition Dr. Björk has published more than 30 research articles, 36 book chapters and over 100 research papers at national and international conferences. In addition, he has generated more that nearly $6 million in research and development grants.

ZHANG

Prof Dr Junhua Zhang (2014)

Zhang Junhua is Vice President of the Party School, Vice President of the Institute of Advanced Studies and Associate Professor of the School of Public Administration, ECNU, Master Supervisor. He returned China in 2004 after receiving Ph.D in Education from the University of Birmingham and once served as Assistant Director of the National Training Center Centre for Secondary School Principals, Ministry of Education. Dr. Zhang mainly engages in the work related to educational leadership and management, research in school culture, training for secondary school principals, teaching in higher education and international exchange and cooperation, etc.. He is also member of the International Advisory Board for the Journal of Educational Administration and History, an academic journal in English, and external examiner for the doctoral dissertations of the School of Education, University of Pretoria. He is the author of Education Leadership, a monograph in Chinese, and Research into the Lives and Professional of School Principals in China’s Rural Area, a monograph in English, as well as over ten papers either in English or in Chinese published in the academic journals at home and abroad.

Dr. Zhang conducted the following research projects: “Principal Leadership and School Culture in an International Perspective”(2006), one of the projects funded by the Scientific Research Foundation for Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, Ministry of Education; “Innovations in the Systems for Teachers’ Education, Evaluation and Management”(2008), a sub-project in philosophy and social sciences undertaken by ECNU under Phase II of the National “985” Key Research Projects; and the “Research into the Lives and Professional Development of Secondary School Principals in Rural Areas in West China”(2011), one of the Youth Fund Projects in Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Education. In September, 2003, Dr. Zhang co-authored with Professor Peter Ribbins two papers about the professional development of Chinese secondary school principals. These were the winners of the only ACEL Hedley Beare Educational Writing Award in 2003, which signifies the recognition to the annual best paper published through Australian Council for Educational Leadership. Dr. Zhang was invited to visit and lecture in the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the University of Kentucky, US, and he was also invited to attend and make keynote or special guest speeches at a number of international conferences held by international education and research institutions such as Norwegian School of Management, Australia Council for Educational Leadership(ACEL), International Confederation of Principals(ICP), etc.

COLDITZ

Mr Paul Colditz (2014)


Paul Colditz was born on 21 October 1953 in Estcourt, KwaZulu Natal. He completed his schooling here, first at Drakensview Primary School whereafter he matriculated at Eastcourt High School.

He obtained a BA (Law) and LLB degree from the University of the Free State, and a certificate in Constitutional Litigation from the University of South Africa. He was an attorney in private practice for 30 years, and specialised in Constitutional and Education Law. He was instrumental in the development of a new legal framework for school education following South Africa’s transition to a democratic constitutional state in 1994. Since then, he has been involved in litigation about every conceivable aspect of school education in South Africa. In 2008, the Minister of Education appointed him as a member of a ministerial committee to advise the Minister on the establishment of a national education evaluation and development unit.

He has been involveld with the activities of FEDSAS since 1995 and became FEDSAS’ national chairperson in 1998. In 2007 he was appointed as the full time Executive officer (CEO), a position he still holds today. This appointment had a great impact on the organization seeing that FEDSAS has grown significantly since that day and continues to grow. Paul regularly addresses national and international education seminars and conferences.

MCKAY
 

Prof Veronica McKay (2014)

Prof Veronica McKay is the Deputy Executive Dean of Education at Unisa. She is a former Professor in the Department of Sociology. Thereafter she established the Institute for Adult Basic Education at Unisa which trained approximately 90 000 ABET practitioners. She was seconded to the Department of Basic Education as the CEO of the KhaRiGude South African Literacy Campaign. Over the past three years she was coordinator of the DBE school workbook development project which provides learning material for all public schools.

SEHOOLE
 

Prof Chika Sehoole (2014)

Prof Sehoole is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies at the University of Pretoria. He is also a current chairperson the Board of the African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE), a non-profit organisation conducting scholarly and advocacy work on the internationalisation of higher education in Africa. He conducts research and publishes in the areas of higher education policy, internationalisation and globalisation of higher education and higher education in Africa. In 2003/2004 he was the visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, funded by the Rockerfeller Foundation. In 2005/2006 he was awarded the New Century Fulbright Scholarship where he was part of a team of 32 scholars conducting research on the impact of globalisation on higher education.

Recent recognition of Prof Sehoole’s academic work and expertise includes participating in an international study on academic salaries involving 32 countries, published in the book entitled Paying the Professoriate: Comparison of Academic Salaries (Routledge, 2012). He has also concluded being part of another international study involving 11 countries, which researched the plight of young academics (under 35 years) in universities and their prospects for the future. Both Studies were coordinated by the Center for International of Higher Education, at Boston College, USA, and Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
The highlights of his research and scholarly work include a book publication entitled “Democratising higher education policy: constraints of reform in post apartheid South Africa, published by Routledge (2005. The second is an edited volume with Dr Jane Knight entitled: Internationalisation of African higher education: Towards meeting the MDGs
Prof Sehoole received his first C2 rating in 2007 and this was retained in 2013.

DEACON

Dr Jaco Deacon (2014)


Jaco Deacon is Deputy Chief Executive of FEDSAS (the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools) and trustee of the South African Educational Development Trust. He studied law and graduated from the University of the Free Sate. A few years later, Jaco was appointed senior lecturer of Labour Law in his alma mater’s Law Faculty, and is still involved in the Faculty’s Centre for Labour Law. While in the academia, however, he continued practising law, with a particular focus on labour law and alternative dispute resolution. He holds an LLB, LLM and doctorate (LLD) in Labour Law. In 2008, the Minister of Labour appointed him on a task team to review the country’s labour legislation. In 2013 he was appointed by the Minister of Basic Education to serve on the South African Council for Educators.
Jaco is a regular speaker at national and international events and has published various research papers. He is married to Tamari (a teacher). The couple has three children – Franco, who is currently in Grade 3, Sune in Grade 1 and three-year old Hannes. Jaco has been elected chair of the governing body of his children’s school.

ROBINSON


Prof Maureen Robinson (2014)

Prof Maureen Robinson has been the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Stellenbosch University since 2012. Born in Cape Town, she completed her BA and teachers’ diploma at the University of Cape Town, a doktorandus degree at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and her M Ed and D Ed at the University of the Western Cape. She worked as a high school teacher and later joined the University of the Western Cape where she taught courses on action research and curriculum innovation, and coordinated a materials development project with teachers. In 2002 she was appointed as Dean in the newly-established Faculty of Education at Cape Technikon (later the Cape Peninsula University of Technology). During that time she led the Faculty through the incorporation of two colleges of education and the merger of two Technikons. Prof Robinson’s research interests are teacher education and educational change. She currently serves on the executive of the South African Education Research Association and the Education Deans’ Forum, and has been involved in many national and international networks advancing research in education.

KANERVIO


Mr Pekka Kanervio (2014)

Pekka Kanervio, PhD (Ed.) is a post doc researcher at the Institute of Educational Leadership in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. At the moment he is conducting a research project on educational leadership in general education in Finnish municipalities for the Ministry of Education and Culture. He has worked as a principal in general education for seven years and as a class teacher for fifteen years. He has been involved with the Institute of Educational Leadership since 1998. He got his PhD in 2007. His PhD dissertation is titled Crisis and Renewal in one Finnish Private School

OLOF JOHANSSON (2013)

Olof Johansson

Dr. Olof Johansson is professor of political science and chair of the Centre for Principal Development at Umeå University in Sweden. His research interests are school leadership, principal training, school governance, school effectiveness, school improvement and values and ethics in relation to school leadership. He is working four large research projects which all have international counterparts; The International Successful School Principalship Project; Structure, Culture, Leadership: Prerequisites for Successful Schools?; National Policy meets Local Implementation Structures and European Policy Network on School Leadership.

Christine Y. Mason (2013)

Christine Mason

Dr. Christine Y. Mason is Associate Executive Director for Research and Development at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the Director of the NAESP Center for Educational Improvement where she is responsible for research, professional development, and special initiatives, including the Common Core Standards, Principal Mentoring, RTI, NAESP’s Leading Learning Communitieis revision, Global Education Initiatives, and School Improvement. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of educational reform, teacher mentoring, and special education.

Dr. Mason has served as a researcher, professor, senior scientist in disability education, university professor, evaluator, consultant, and entrepreneur. She has also served as an Interim Principal at the Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India; Director of Professional Development for the Student Support Center in Washington, D.C.; a Senior Research Scientist with Cessi in McLean, Va.; and the Senior Director for Research and Development with the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Mason has authored more than 100 books and articles; and served as the Principal Investigator, Director, or Evaluator on over 15 national projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology from The Ohio State University and has received awards as a Distinguished Researcher (in Montana) and fellowships for post-doctorate work both from the University of Washington and also to assist with educational planning in India.

Raimo Vuorinen (2013)

Raimo Vuorinen

Dr. Raimo Vuorinen is the Co-ordinator of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, ELGPN. He is also a Vice President and an Executive Board Member of the IAEVG 2012-15 and a Board Member of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (2005 onwards). He has worked as a Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland since 2000. He is also a Guest assistant professor at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences School of Social Sciences, Gimli University of Iceland, a Research Associate with Florida State University’s Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development and an International Fellow of the National Institute for Careers Education & Counselling (NICEC), UK.

In his work as a trainer and researcher Dr. Raimo Vuorinen has been focusing on the strategic design, implementation and evaluation of lifelong guidance services. Another key interest is Lifelong Guidance policy development. Since 2006 he has been engaged in the development of The National Centre for Lifelong Guidance Expertise in the Jyväskylä University. His PhD dissertation thesis 2006 focused on the professional use of Internet based resources in career guidance.

BARNETT BERRY (2012)

Barnett Barry

Barnett Berry is the Founder and President of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), Inc., based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Created in 1999, CTQ seeks to dramatically improve student learning by advancing teaching as a 21st century, results-oriented profession. 
A former high school teacher, Barnett has worked as a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, served as a senior executive with the South Carolina Department of Education, and directed an education policy center while he was a professor at the University of South Carolina. Barnett has authored numerous academic reports and many articles for the popular education press on the future of teaching and learning in 21st century schools and the importance of teacher leadership. He frequently serves in an advisory capacity to organizations committed to teaching quality, equity and social justice in America's schools. His new book,TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools … Now and in the Future, penned with 12 expert teachers from CTQ’s Teacher Leaders Network poses a provocative and hopeful future for the profession that makes all others possible. His areas of expertise span the education pipeline from preparing effective teachers to evaluating and rewarding teaching effectiveness.

TED KOWALSKI (2012)

kowalski 

Theodore Kowalski is a professor of educational administration and holds the Kuntz Family Endowed Chair at the University of Dayton. A former public school teacher, school administrator, and superintendent, he previously taught at Purdue University, Saint Louis University, and Ball State University, serving as dean of the Teachers College at the latter institution.

In addition to his duties at the University of Dayton, Professor Kowalski is editor of the Journal of School Public Relations and serves on the editorial boards of several other professional journals including Educational Administration Quarterly (published by the University Council for Educational Administration), the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice (published by the American Association of School Administrators) and theCommunity Education Journal (published by the National Community Education Association). In 2000, he was editor of the 2001 National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Yearbook, the first yearbook of the new millennium.

The author of numerous books, professional articles, research papers, and monographs, Dr. Kowalski has received awards for his research, writing, and scholarship including the Outstanding Faculty Research Awardfrom the Teachers College at Ball State University in 1993, the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award from the School of Education and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton in both 2002 and 2005, and theAlumni Award in Scholarship from the University of Dayton in 2005. Most recently, he received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators in recognition of his research and books on school district administration. Since 1986, he has delivered over 100 invited lectures at colleges and universities and provided consultant services to an assortment of private organizations, governmental agencies, universities, and school systems. For example, he has conducted or participated in planning studies for L/G Corporation (Seoul, South Korea), the Louisiana Board of Regents, the University of Northern Iowa, numerous architecture firms, the Seattle (WA) public schools, Main Township (IL) High School District, Orland Park (IL) school district, McCracken County (KY) public schools, and over 40 Indiana and Ohio school systems.

Professor Kowalski's primary areas of research are organizational behavior, public policy analysis, decision making, and evidence-based practice.

THOMAS GUSKEY (2012)

Thomas Guskey

A graduate of the University of Chicago's renowned Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis (MESA) Program. His research and writing focus primarily on professional development and teacher change, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, program evaluation, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform. He served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and recently was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, one of the Association’s highest honors. Dr. Guskey’s publications include 17 books, 33 book chapters, and over 200 journal articles and professional papers. His most recent books include Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (Corwin, 2010), Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Corwin, 2009), The Principal as Assessment Leader (Solution Tree, 2009), The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Solution Tree, 2009),Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). His course offerings center on research and evaluation design, quantitative analysis techniques, and educational reform and change. Dr. Guskey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Boston College, and a B.A. in Physics from Thiel College.

ZHANG JUNHUA (2012)

Junhua Zhang

Dr. Zhang Junhua is an Associate Professor in School of Public Administration East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai and is the Assistant Director of the National Training Centre for Secondary School Principals (NTCSSP), Ministry of Education China. He was educated at the School of Education University of Birmingham UK where he completed his PhD in education in 2004. Currently he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as training secondary school principals from all over China in ECNU/NTCSSP. He is a recognized expert on leadership and school culture as well as International Education. In recent years, he and Dr. Peter Ribbins have examined the issues of culture and societal culture in educational administration and leadership and published their research findings in international journals. Their work considers the role of societal culture in school leadership within China. Their collaborative work is based on a theoretical examination of the notion of societal culture. Dr. Zhang’s study of the lives and careers of education leaders in China is well known but most notable is his study of secondary head teachers from Yunnan, a semi-mountainous Province, in the rural, Western China . He discusses five aspects of societal culture influencing head teachers in China: traditional culture (especially Confucianism), the Culture Revolution, the economic culture, Communist Education, and patriarchal culture. The views of these head teachers are explored and he discusses how these aspects of social culture have been influential in shaping their lives and careers as people and their personalities, values and actions as educational leaders. His work gives considerable insight into the nuances of school leadership in China.

JEIFEI WANG (2012)

Juefei Wang

Dr. Juefei Wang is Professor Emeritus of the University of Vermont and Program Director of the Freeman Foundation. He received his M.Ed. in Comparative Education at Beijing Normal University, and M. Ed. in Foundational Studies of Education and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.

Prof. Wang founded the University of Vermont Asian Studies Outreach Program in 1994 and served as its director for until 2008. In that role he created the Statewide Program for Asian Studies in schools in Vermont, the only one of its kind in the United States. He initiated the Institute on Asian Studies across Vermont for Vermont educators to study Asian in the state, and speared in organizing and managing the Institutes on China, Japan, and Thailand for Vermont teachers to learn about cultures of those countries on site. He created the Sino-American Seminar on Educational Leadership for Vermont school administrators to exchange ideas on education with their counterparts in China and support Asian studies in their schools at home. He designed the English Camp program for UVM undergraduate students to teach English in a remote province in China and learn about local Muslim and Chinese cultures. He started the Governor’s Institute on Asian Cultures for Vermont high school students to study Asian cultures on the UVM campus and visit China on an annual basis. Through those programs, more than 1,000 teachers, school administrators, and high school and UVM students to visit China, Japan, and Thailand. He played leadership roles in curriculum design and instruction to include the content of Asia. By 2008, 50% of Vermont schools offered coursed on Asia regularly. In 2003, the Asian Studies Outreach Program received the inaugural Prize for Excellence in International Education from Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Asia Society.

Prof. Wang has played leadership roles in international education. In 2001, he was appointed to be the leader of the Vermont team for the States Institute for International Education in Schools by Governor Dean, and that appointment was re-confirmed by Governor Douglas. In 2004, he was appointed by Governor Douglas to be the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on International Education. In 2006, he was invited to be a member of the State Board of Education Sub-Committee for the World Language and International Education by the State Board. With those roles he organized five state-wide conferences on international education. He has heavily involved in advocating policies for international education at the national level. Prof. Wang has taught numerous graduate level courses, including Comparative Education and the teacher institutes mentioned above. His publications are mainly on international education and comparative education. In addition, he has made presentations on American and Chinese education and cultures nationally and internationally.

Prof. Wang actively pursued external funding to support Asian studies and International education in Vermont schools. He served as single author or co-author of grant proposals and assisted Vermont schools in fund raising to promote the study of Asian cultures. The total amount raised was $14.3 million as of 2008.

Allan Walker (2009)

Allan Walker

Position: Professor Hong Kong Institute of Education, Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change. Allan Walker has experience as a teacher, school principal, university teacher and administrator, and consultant in a range of local and international settings. He has worked in universities in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong and conducted leader development courses and/or research in countries such as China, Taiwan, Norway, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, the US and UK.

At present, Allan is working with teams of principals and international educators to develop, write, co-ordinate and run a series of innovative programs designed purposefully to ground leader learning networks. He works with leaders across a wide spectrum, including aspiring, beginning and very experienced principals as well as middle leaders and principals in international schools. All his leadership learning work is done in teams with practicing leaders and aims to build sustainable learning networks.

Allan's research interests include principal preparation and leader learning cultural influence on school leadership, ethics and school leadership professional learning communities and the principalship in Chinese societies. He has completed a number of large scale funded research projects. His most current research projects involve investigating linkage between school leadership and student outcomes, the recruitment and selection on school principals, the worklives of deputy principals and the 'learning bridges' needed to prepare for principalship; the impact of leader development on practice and leadership in Chinese societies.

Allan has published in journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, School Leadership and Policy, School Leadership and Management and The Australian Journal of Education. He has written and edited a number of books, including School Leadership and management: adopting a cultural perspective published by Routledgefalmer. He is presently working a book targeting middle leaders in schools entitle – Leading Upstream. For details of Allan's work, please visit http://www3.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/eldevnet/Publications/Publications_MainPg.asp or http://www.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/eap/Indiv_page/Allan.html .

Jukka Alava (2005 - 2011)

Jukka Alava

Jukka Alava works at present as the director of The Institute of Educational Leadership in The Univeristy of Jyväskylä. He has earner his Master’s and Licentiate’s degrees in the University of Tampere, Finland. He has also a Master of Science in Management degree form California American University, and he earner his PhD degree in The University of Kentucky in Lexington. In 2008 the president of the University of Jyväskylä awarded him the honorary professorship.

His research interest and focus in training and development are organizational change and learning, strategic change processes, organizational culture and ethics, and leadership development. Together with professor Lars Björk, Jukka is the co-founder of ISER – International Symposium of Educational Reform. He has also served as the co-chair in all of the ISER conferences held since 2005.

Jukka has worked as the president of Paasikivi Community College, director of The Continuing Education Center in The University of Jyväskylä, and as an independent consultant. Jukka Alava has also worked as a professor and lecturer in several universities and he has been a consultant to over 200 of major organizations in Europe, USA, China, Nepal, South-Africa and Chile. He has held several positions of trust in The University of Jyväskylä; chairman of the MBA board, chairman of the PD board, chairman of the council for adult education.

As the CEO and senior consultant of Didactica Consulting he has developed several frameworks, instruments and technologies to be used in training and consulting. These include Learning & Innovation profile, The Leader profile for leadership training, Learning Audit™ development technology to build learning organizations, and Innovation Scorecard to develop individual and organizational learning.

Jukka has published several articles and book chapters especially in developing higher education, managing and leading change in schools. Since 2007, he has been the main lecturer in the international Master’s Degree Program in the University of Jyväskylä, and also the producer and director of the e-learning application of the program leading to a Master in Educational Management and Leadership diploma.

Arild Tjeldvoll (2009)

Arild Tjeldvoll

Position: Professor of Comparative Education, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

Tjeldvoll is trained in the sociology of education at the University of Oslo. His research covers comparative and international education policies in general and higher education in particular. He has been a visiting professor at University of Cambridge (1989), Harvard University/National Center of Educational Leadership (1989/90), University of Zimbabwe 1993, University of the Western Cape, South Africa (1996) and Stanford University (1997). From 1987-88 he served as Chair of the Institute for Educational Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. He has been part time professor at the universities of Stockholm, Tromsø, Vilnius, Kaunas and Norwegian School of Management BI. From 2004 he holds part time professorships at Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Xiamen University in China. From September 2008 he is invited to serve at National Chi Nan University’s Department of Comparative Education, Taiwan. He is presently part-time professor at Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Tjeldvoll has been commissioned as evaluation expert/team leader by UNICEF, Norwegian People’s Aid, NORAD, The Namibia Association of Norway, Amnesty International, the European Commission and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). In recent years he has been co-leader of research projects on higher education in Ethiopia, former Yugoslavia, Albania and Lithuania. He has been co- responsible for implementing the HEAD Project – a comparative study of school leadership training in Norway, Finland, France, UK, US and Hong Kong 2003-2008). Presently he is conducting a study on “Change Leadership in Universities of Confucian Lands”.

Selected recent publications

Education and the Scandinavian Welfare State in the Year 2000: Equality, Policy and Reform. New York: Garland 1998. “The Service University in a Service Society. The Oslo Case”, in Higher Education (1998); “The Idea of the Service University” in International Higher Education (1998), “The Service University in the Global Market Place”, in European Education (1999), “The Norwegian Unified School – A Paradise lost” (w. A. Welle-Strand) in Journal of Education Policy, Vol. 17, No. 6, 2003, “The Service University in the Knowledge Economy of Europe” in Dewatripont, M., F. Thys-Clemet, L. Wilkin (Eds.) European Universities: Change and Convergence? Bruxelles: Universite Libre de Bruxelles (2002), ICT, Learning & Value Creation – Strategies Missing? (w. Anne Welle-Strand) Research Report 6/2002. Sandvika: Norwegian School of Management BI, “Creativity, Curricula and Paradigms”. w. A. Welle-Strand. In: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2003. “Globalisation and University Quality Improvement: The Effect of Globalisation to the University’s Service, Quality and Organisation”. In (Chinese language) Fudan Education Forum 2004/3. “The Complex Relations between University, Society and State: The Ethiopian Predicament in Establishing a Service University” (w. F. Bento and A. Welle-Strand), in Journal of African Higher Education, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2005, “School Leadership Training under Globalisation: Comparison of UK, US and Norway” (w. C. Wales and A. Welle-Strand) in Managing Global Transitions – International Research Journal, Vol. 3, Number 1, 2005, Pan Maoyuan – A Founding Father of Chinese Higher Education Research. An Academic Biography. Report No. 24, 2005. Trondheim: NTNU’s Department of Teacher Education. Published in Chinese in 2007, Beijing: Higher Education Press

Lars G. Björk (2005 - 2009; 2011)

Lars Bjork

Position: Dr. Björk, PhD, is a professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Leadership, Finland 2009. He holds Ph.D. and Ed. S. Degrees in Educational Administration, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of New Mexico. He served on the faculties of the University of New Mexico, University of South Carolina and, Georgia Southern University.

He has served as the Co-Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for the Study of the Superintendency, was the founding Director of the Institution for Educational Research (2004-2007) at the University of Kentucky and is the co-director of the International Symposium on Educational Reform that has convened annual conferences in the USA (2005, 2008), Finland (2006, 2009), Shanghai, China (2007) and is planning a venue in South Africa 2010. In addition, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Education (NIE) in the United States Department of Education), Regional Director for University Research Corporation, and as a senior staff member of Westinghouse Learning Corporation. He has served as a consultant to Universities, school districts, state governments, national associations, foundations and international education agencies. He has been a member of advisory and coordinating committees as well as task forces in the United States Department of Education.

In addition to serving as a Senior Associate Editor of Educational Administration Quarterly Dr. Björk is presently a member of the editorial boards of the South African Journal of Education, Journal of Thought, the Journal of School Public Relations and the Journal of Research on Leadership Education. In addition, he has served as guest editor for special issues including: Education and Urban Society (1993), “Minorities in Higher Education”; Educational Administration Quarterly (2000) “Women in the Superintendency”; and, The Journal of School Leadership (2003), “The Superintendent Shortage: Myth and Reality”. Dr. Björk serves as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Research on Leadership Education, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Research on Leadership Education (2006) and, Educational Management Administration and Leadership..

He has co-edited several books including Higher Education Research and Public Policy (1988), Minorities in Higher Education (1994), and The New Superintendency: Advances in Research and Theories of School Management and Educational Policy (2001, with C. C. Brunner), and School District Superintendents: Role Expectations, Professional Preparation, and Development (2005) with Theodore Kowalski. In addition, he has co-authored, The Study of the American Superintendency 2000 (2000, with T. Glass and C.C. Brunner), The Superintendent as CEO (2005) with J. Hoyle, T. Glass & L. Collier and co-authored several chapters on leadership and politics (8 & 12) with Theodore Kowalski in his book The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases (2005). In addition Dr. Björk has published more than 30 research articles, 36 book chapters and over 100 research papers at national and international conferences. In addition, he has generated more that nearly $6 million in research and development grants.

Johan Beckmann (2009 - 2011)

Johan Beckmann

Position: Professor in and Head of the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa Johan Beckmann was educated at the University of Potchefstroom, the Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Pretoria where he completed a D Ed degree in 1985. He taught at secondary schools advancing to the level of deputy-principal before he joined the organisations of the teaching profession in 1980. He progressed to the rank of deputy director of the Teachers' Federal Council before he moved to the University of Pretoria as a full professor in 1992.

Johan teaches at undergraduate and undergraduate level and has supervised more than 20 masters and doctoral candidates. He publishes in the field of educational reform, education law, education policy and leadership. He was the founding chairperson of the South African Education Law Association, the first Director of the Interuniversity Centre for Education Law and Education Policy and a founder member and member of the Executive Committee of the Education Management of South Africa. He holds a medal of honour and the senior researcher medal of the Education Association of South Africa, is a National Research Foundation of South Africa rated researcher, member of three editorial boards of scholarly journals and has been guest editor of three national and international journals on education law and education. Johan has presided over several international and national academic. He is an active researcher and has contributed to more than 10 books as editor, co-author or chapter contributor and has written more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed and other journals.

Chen Yukun (2011)

Chen Yukun

陈玉琨教授,教育部中学校长培训中心主任、教育部华东教育管理干部培训中心主任;国务院学位委员会第六届学科评议组成员;全国教育干部培训专家为委员会主任委员;全国中小学校长培训专家委员会主任;教育部普通高等学校本专科教学工作评估专家委员会委员;中国高等教育评估研究会副理事长、学术委员会主任、《中国高等教育评估》杂志编委会主任;华东师范大学学位评定委员会委员、师资建设委员会委员。 1998年被评为全国模范教师; 1999年由国家人事部授予“有突出贡献的中青年学者”称号;1999年被教育部确定为教育学“跨世纪学科带头人”,出版专著二十余部发表论文160多篇。

Professor Chen Yukun is currently Director of the National Training Centre for Secondary School Principals Ministry of Education China. He also acts as Director of National Experts Committee for Educational Leadership Training. andNational Educational Inspector, member of the Evaluation Group for Public Management of the 5th and the 6th Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, Chief Editor of referred journal entitle Journal of East China Normal University (Education Science). He also served as Dean of School of Public of Administration and School of Education in East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Tjeerd Plomp (2011)

Tjeerd Plomp

Position: Professor Emeritus of the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Research interest:Evaluation/internationalcomparative research: especially in the area in which the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is active (e.g. TIMSS – Trends in Math and Science Studies; SITES – Second IT in Education Study).

Educational design research as a field of study: interest in the methodology of designing solutions for education problems (interventions), and how to do research on the design and development of interventions.

Many articles and contributions in books. He published in international journals such as Higher Education, Studies in Educational Evaluation, Computers in Education, Journal of Curriculum Studies, International Journal of Educational Research, Prospects, Educational Research and Evaluation, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) and Education and Information Technology in Education (EAIT).

He was further co-editor of special issues of the International Review of Education, International Journal of Educational Research, Studies in Educational Evaluation, Educational Research and Evaluation, UNESCO’s Prospects, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) and Education and Information Technology in Education (EAIT).

He is (co-)author of three books and co-editor of several books and conference proceedings, among them

‘International Encyclopedia of Educational Technology’ (2nd Ed., 1996), Oxford: Elsevier Publishers (co-editor Don Ely)

‘Policies and Practices on Computers in Education’ (1996), Kluwer Academic Publishers (co-editor Ron Anderson and Georgia Polydorides)

‘Cross national policies and practices on information and communication technology in education’ (2003). Information Age Publishers(co-editors Ron Anderson, Nancy Law, Andreas Quale) – revised edition in 2009.

‘Contexts of learning mathematics and science: lessons learned from TIMSS’ (2006), Routledge (Taylor & Francis). (Editors Sarah Howie and Tjeerd Plomp)

‘An introduction to educational design research’ (2009). (Proceedings of the seminar conducted at the East China Normal University, Shanghai (PR China), November 23-26, 2007.). Enschede, The Netherlands: SLO – National Institute for Curriculum Development. (Editors: Tjeerd Plomp and Nienke Nieveen).