Dr George Odhiambo
BEd(Stir), MSc(Oxf), PhD(UNE)
Senior Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management
Coordinator, Leadership & Management Program
Research Progress Manager, Office of Doctoral Studies
Phone: +61 2 9351 6239
Fax: +61 2 9351 4580
Educational systems: administration, management and leadership
- Preschool, primary and secondary
- Higher education
- International and comparative education
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, and staff/teacher appraisal. He is a graduate of the University of Stirling, Scotland, University of Oxford, England and University of New England, Australia.
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.
Professional and community roles
Referee for the following Journals: Journal of Educational Administration, Teaching and Teacher Education Journal and International Journal of leadership in Education.
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
- 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.
Current research students
|Project title||Degree||Research student|
|Understanding leadership complexity in the 21st century - exploring educational leadership in four New South Wales public schools.(Associate supervisor)||PhD||Shanti Clements|
|An Investigation into the leadership of Deans at Private Universities in The Mekong Delta Region of Viet Nam (Associate Supervisor).||PhD||Huu Ly Le|
|Quality Assurance in Higher Education for Flexible Open Distance Learning in Papua New Guinea.||PhD||Janet Bulumaris Rangou|
|The Way We Work: developing a teacher- as -researcher culture in a primary school setting.||EdD||Virginia Moller|
- Odhiambo, G. (2010). Appraising teacher performance: themes and issues. Saarbrücken, Germany: LA Publishing.
- Odhiambo, G.O. (in press). Quality assurance for public higher education: context, strategies and challenges in Kenya . Higher Education Research & Development.
- Odhiambo, G.O. (in press). Academic brain drain: impact and implications for public higher education quality in Kenya. Research in Comparative and International Education.
- Odhiambo G. and Hii, A. (2012). Key Stakeholders' perceptions of effective school leadership. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 40(2), 232–247. DOI:10.1177/1741143211432412
- Odhiambo,G.O. (2011). Higher Education quality in Kenya: a critical reflection of key challenges. Quality in Higher Education, 17(3), 299–315.
- Odhiambo, G. (2011). Women and higher education leadership in Kenya: A critical analysis. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 33(6), 667–678.
- Odhiambo, G. (2008). Elusive search for quality education: the case of quality assurance and teacher accountability. International Journal of Educational Management , 22(5), 417–431.
- Odhiambo, G. (2007). Power or Purpose: Some Critical Reflections on Future School Leadership. Leading & Managing: Journal of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, 13(2), 30–43.
- Odhiambo, G.O. (2005). Teacher appraisal: the experiences of Kenyan secondary school teachers. Journal of Educational Administration, 43(4), 402–416.
- Odhiambo, G. (2012). Quality Assurance for Public Higher Education: Challenges and Progress in Kenya. In C. Prachalias International Conference on Education (pp. 499–505). Samos, Greece, 5-7 July.
- Odhiambo, G. (2012). Brain Drain in Higher Education: Lost Hope or Opportunity?. In Popov, N., Wolhuter, C., Leutwyler, B., Hilton, G., Ogunleye, J., Almeida, P. (Eds.) International Perspectives on Education, Bulgarian Comparative Education Society Conference (10pp. 265–270). Kyustendil, Bulgaria, 12-15 June 2012.
- Odhiambo, G. (2011). Women in academic leadership: A critical analysis using a conceptual framework of African feminism. In Popov, N., Wolhuter, C., Leutwyler, B.,Mihova,M. and Ogunleye, J. 9th International Conference: Comparative Education and Teacher Training (9pp. 288–294). Sofia, Bulgaria, 5-9 July 2011.
- Odhiambo, G.O. (2010). Realising potential: Education and Human Capital in Africa. In International Forum Series: Australia's Re-engagement with Africa.. University of Sydney, 19 March 2010.
- Odhiambo, G. (2010). Effective school leadership: A case study of an Australian Catholic School. In Invited Papers, School of Education, University of Leeds. University of Leeds, UK, 9th February, 2010.
- Odhiambo, G.O. (2005). Appraising Teachers in Kenya: Accountability or Teacher Growth?. In J. Zajda and P. Ninnes The 32nd Annual Conference of Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) (pp. 288–296). Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 3-4 Dec 2004.