Dr George Odhiambo

PhD(UNE), MSc(Oxford), BEd(Stirling)
Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management
Research Progress Manager, Office of Doctoral Studies
Program Director, Leadership & Management
Faculty Research Ethics Coordinator

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93516239
Fax +61 2 93514580

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Biographical details

George has extensive research expertise and a continuing active interest in the areas of leadership in organisations, organisational change and culture, school effectiveness and improvement, staff development, quality assurance for education; staff/teacher appraisal and Higher Education policy. He is a graduate of the University of Stirling, Scotland, University of Oxford, England and University of New England, Australia.

Research interests

Educational systems: administration, management and leadership

  • Preschool, primary and secondary
  • Higher education
  • International and comparative education

Current research students

Project title Degree Research student
The role of school leadership in the development and retention of beginning teachers: responses to factors influencing a beginning teacher's propensity to remain in the profession. MPhil Linda GOVORCIN
Leadership challenges for principals of Australian IB schools in implementing the IB Learner Profile PhD Paul KIDSON
An Investigation into the leadership of Deans at Private Universities in The Mekong Delta Region of Viet Nam. PhD Huu Ly LE
The Way We Work: developing a teacher- as -researcher culture in a primary school setting. EdD Virginia MOLLER
Quality Assurance in Higher Education for Flexible Open Distance Learning in Papua New Guinea. PhD Janet RANGOU

Current projects

  • Quality Assurance in Higher Education in developing countries: issues from Kenyan Public universities- A comprehensive study analysing the crucial issues and unique challenges facing Kenya's public universities as they struggle to develop quality assurance mechanisms.
  • Re-forming Initial teacher education in Ghana (with Colleagues Dr Kevin Laws and A/Prof Lesley Harbon) - A project aiming at developing new models for initial teacher education for the Republic of Ghana, while at the same time providing professional development for education staff at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Brain Drain in Higher Education: Lost Hope or Opportunity? (With Prof Ben Sihanya, University of Nairobi, Kenya).A study of migration and brain drain in higher education institutions in Kenya and its implications.

Associations

  • Panel member of the NSW Teachers Scholarship Committee (Educational Leadership and Management)

  • Member of the University of Sydney’s International Regional Expert Group (Africa)

  • Faculty Research Ethics Coordinator

  • Referee for the following Journals: Journal of Educational Administration, Teaching and Teacher Education Journal and International Journal of leadership in Education.

Awards and honours

  • 2010 Visiting Fellow, School of Education,University of Leeds, UK under the WUN scheme.

  • 2004 Early Career Development Research Grant, Faculty of Education and Social Work

  • 2012 Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (ALAF) funding for the Project: Re-forming initial teacher education programmes in Ghana.

  • (2010) Nominated Faculty of Education & Social Work Teaching Excellence Award.

Selected grants

2012

  • Leadership preparation and development in NSW DEC primary schools; Odhiambo G; Department of Education and Training (NSW)/State Education Research Approvals Process (SERAP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Odhiambo, G. (2010). Appraising Teacher Performance. Themes and Issues. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP - LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Odhiambo, G. (2014). Theorizing African Feminism. In Pearce Stroud (Eds.), Feminism: Perspectives, Stereotypes/Misperceptions and Social Implications, (pp. 105-119). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

Journals

  • Odhiambo, G. (2014). Quality assurance for public higher education: Context, strategies and challenges in Kenya. Higher Education Research and Development, in press. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2014). The challenges and future of public higher education leadership in Kenya. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(2), 183-195. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2013). Academic Brain Drain: impact and implications for public higher education quality in Kenya. Research in Comparative and International Education, 8(4), 510-523. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G., Hii, A. (2012). Key Stakeholders' Perceptions of Effective School Leadership. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 40(2), 232-247. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2011). Higher education quality in Kenya: a critical reflection of key challenges. Quality in Higher Education, 17(3), 299-315. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2011). Women and higher education leadership in Kenya: a critical analysis. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(6), 667-678. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2008). Elusive search for quality education: The case of quality assurance and teacher accountability. International Journal of Educational Management, The, 22(5), 417-431. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2007). Power or purpose? Some critical reflections on future school leadership. Leading and Managing, 13(2), 30-43.
  • Odhiambo, G. (2005). Teacher Appraisal: the experiences of Kenyan secondary school teachers. Journal of Educational Administration, 43(4), 402-416.

Conferences

  • Odhiambo, G. (2013). The future of public higher education leadership. 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Deakin, ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).
  • Odhiambo, G. (2012). Brain drain in higher education: lost hope or opportunity? Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES) 10th Annual Conference, 2012 - International Perspectives on Education, Sofia, Bulgaria: Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES).
  • Odhiambo, G. (2012). Quality assurance for public higher education: challenges and progress in Kenya. 8th International Conference on Education (ICE), Samos Island, Greece: Research and Training Institute of East Aegean, Greece.
  • Odhiambo, G. (2011). Women in academic leadership: A critical analysis using a conceptual framework of African feminism. 9th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), 2011, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.
  • Odhiambo, G. (2005). Appraising Teachers in Kenya: Accountability or Teacher Growth? 32nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society - ANZCIES 2004, Armidale: Centre for Research on Education in Context, UNE.

2014

  • Odhiambo, G. (2014). Quality assurance for public higher education: Context, strategies and challenges in Kenya. Higher Education Research and Development, in press. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2014). The challenges and future of public higher education leadership in Kenya. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 36(2), 183-195. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2014). Theorizing African Feminism. In Pearce Stroud (Eds.), Feminism: Perspectives, Stereotypes/Misperceptions and Social Implications, (pp. 105-119). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers.

2013

  • Odhiambo, G. (2013). Academic Brain Drain: impact and implications for public higher education quality in Kenya. Research in Comparative and International Education, 8(4), 510-523. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2013). The future of public higher education leadership. 2013 International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), Deakin, ACT: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2012

  • Odhiambo, G. (2012). Brain drain in higher education: lost hope or opportunity? Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES) 10th Annual Conference, 2012 - International Perspectives on Education, Sofia, Bulgaria: Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES).
  • Odhiambo, G., Hii, A. (2012). Key Stakeholders' Perceptions of Effective School Leadership. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 40(2), 232-247. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2012). Quality assurance for public higher education: challenges and progress in Kenya. 8th International Conference on Education (ICE), Samos Island, Greece: Research and Training Institute of East Aegean, Greece.

2011

  • Odhiambo, G. (2011). Higher education quality in Kenya: a critical reflection of key challenges. Quality in Higher Education, 17(3), 299-315. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2011). Women and higher education leadership in Kenya: a critical analysis. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(6), 667-678. [More Information]
  • Odhiambo, G. (2011). Women in academic leadership: A critical analysis using a conceptual framework of African feminism. 9th International Conference on Comparative Education and Teacher Training organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES), 2011, Bulgaria: Bureau for Educational Services.

2010

  • Odhiambo, G. (2010). Appraising Teacher Performance. Themes and Issues. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAP - LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

2008

  • Odhiambo, G. (2008). Elusive search for quality education: The case of quality assurance and teacher accountability. International Journal of Educational Management, The, 22(5), 417-431. [More Information]

2007

  • Odhiambo, G. (2007). Power or purpose? Some critical reflections on future school leadership. Leading and Managing, 13(2), 30-43.

2005

  • Odhiambo, G. (2005). Appraising Teachers in Kenya: Accountability or Teacher Growth? 32nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society - ANZCIES 2004, Armidale: Centre for Research on Education in Context, UNE.
  • Odhiambo, G. (2005). Teacher Appraisal: the experiences of Kenyan secondary school teachers. Journal of Educational Administration, 43(4), 402-416.

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