Theme Leader

Professor John Smyth

John Smyth is Research Professor of Education and research leader for the cross-disciplinary cross university research theme Addressing Disadvantage and Inequality in Education and Health in the School of Education, Federation University Australia, Australia. He is a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and a recipient of the Palmer O Johnson Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 1993 for his outstanding research. In 2010 he received the prestigious “Relating Research to Practice”  (Interpretive Scholarship) award from the AERA.

 He holds degrees from six universities (Melbourne, Monash, Queensland, LaTrobe, and New England) as well as a PhD from University of Alberta. He is well known throughout the world as the author of many articles and chapters and has written 20 books, and has been the recipient of 16 grants over his career from the Australian Research Council.

 He is emeritus professor at Flinders University of South Australia and prior to returning to Australia in 2006 held the Roy F & Joanne Cole Mitte endowed chair in School Improvement at Texas State University-San Marcos. Prior to his US position he held the Foundation Chair of Teacher Education and was Director of the Flinders Institute for the Study of Teaching at Flinders University of South Australia. 

He has an extensive academic and scholarly career spanning Papua New Guinea, Canada, USA, the UK and New Zealand and one of the highlights of his career was as founding member of Deakin University where he held positions from 1979 to 1993. 

 He has also held many visiting positions, and in 2008 was the Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. His research interests are in social justice, sociology of education, and critical policy analysis of education.