• Education Policy
  • Educational leadership, organisational change
  • Pedagogy/Quality Teaching
  • Professional Teaching/Leadership Standards
  • Student Learning
  • Teacher Education
  • Teachers' Professional Development



  • Professor Stephen Dinham OAM PhD is Associate Dean Strategic Partnerships and Professor of Instructional Leadership in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

    Stephen Dinham taught in government secondary schools in NSW before being appointed in 1989 to the University of Western Sydney where he held a number of positions including Head of the Department of Curriculum Studies, Associate Dean (Postgraduate) and Associate Professor. In 2002 he took up a position as Professor of Teacher Education, Pedagogy and Professional Development at the University of New England. In 2005 he took up the position of Professor of Educational Leadership and Pedagogy at the University of Wollongong. In 2007 he took up the position of Research Director of the Teaching, Learning and Leadership research program at the Australian Council for Educational Research. He took up his present position at the University of Melbourne at the beginning of 2011.

    He has conducted a wide range of research projects (more than 75 funded in excess of $10,000,000) in the areas of educational leadership and change, effective pedagogy/quality teaching, student achievement, postgraduate supervision, professional teaching standards, teachers' professional development, middle-level leaders in schools, and teacher satisfaction, motivation and health. He has an extensive publication record (more than 340 publications) of books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and articles in professional journals. He is a frequent presenter at international, national and state conferences (over 520 presentations) and has conducted consultancies with a wide range of educational bodies nationally and internationally.

    He is a past president of the Australian College of Educators (2014-15) and  past president of NSW Branch of ACE (2000-02).

    In November 2011 he was appointed to the Council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


Member of

  • British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. Member 2010 -
  • European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Member 2010 -
  • International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement. Member 2007 -
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association. Member 2004 -
  • European Council for Educational Research. Member 2004 -
  • Australian Institute of Management. Fellow 2002 -
  • British Educational Research Association. Member 2002 -
  • American Educational Research Association. Member 1994 -
  • Australian College of Educators. Fellow, President-Elect 1989 -
  • Australian Council for Educational Leaders. Fellow 1986 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of New England 1993
  • MEd(Admin), University of New England 1989
  • BA, University of New England 1981
  • DipTeach, Alexander Mackie CAE 1974

Awards and honors

  • Medal of the Order of Australia, OAM, 2011
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, 2002
  • Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Administration, 2000
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, 1999


Available for supervision

  • Y