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Anthony Colin Townsend
Chair Public Service, Educational Leadership and Management, School of Education, College of Social Sciences , University of Glasgow

Tony Townsend has been Chair of Public Service, Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Glasgow since January 2009. Prior to that he spent five years as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University, and more than 20 years as a member of the Faculty of Education at Monash University in Australia.

He has been the President of the Australian Association for Community Education (AACE) and Regional Director of the International Community Education Association's (ICEA) Pacific Region. Dr. Townsend has also served as the President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), and President of the Board of Directors of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). He has been a Visiting Professor in the US, Pretoria and Durban in South Africa, Saskatoon in Canada, Macau and Malaysia. In 2005 he was the Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ Travelling Scholar and in 2009 he gave a series of workshops to school leaders across New Zealand. In 2008-10 he was a consultant to the National School for Educational Leadership in Slovenia, assistin them in establishing a national system of school self-evaluation, developing national indicators for school success, and a system of external school evaluation.

Dr. Townsend has given numerous lectures, workshops, conference papers and presentations to Education Departments, school communities and business organisations in the areas of school effectiveness and improvement, leadership, community education, policy development and school and community administration, in more than 35  countries.

His research interests include school effectiveness and improvement, school restructuring with a particular emphasis on public education, leadership in both schools and public sector organisations, student engagement, strategic planning, global education and community education and development.