Building on a career as an EFL/ESL teacher and teacher trainer in Australia and the United Kingdom, Tim McNamara has taught Applied Linguistics at Melbourne since 1987. With Dr Terry Quinn he established the graduate program in Applied Linguistics from 1987, and with Professor Alan Davies founded the Language Testing Research Centre in 1990. His language testing research has focused on performance assessment, theories of validity, the use of Rasch models, and the social and political meaning of language tests (he is currently researching the use of language tests in immigration and citizenship contexts, and in verifying the identities of asylum seekers). His work on language and identity has focused on the impact of poststructuralist approaches to identity and subjectivity, and he has a particular interest in the writings on language of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Tim is the author of Language Testing (OUP, 2000) and co-author (with Carsten Roever) of Language Testing: The Social Dimension (Blackwell, 2006). He is currently completing a book entitled Language and Subjectivity and (with Ute Knoch) a new book on Rasch measurement in second language assessment. Tim has acted as a consultant with Educational Testing Service, Princeton where he worked on the development of the speaking sub-test of TOEFL iBT; he was also part of the team involved in the original development of IELTS. Tim is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has served on the board of Applied Linguistics
, TESOL Quarterly
, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
, Language Testing
, Language Assessment Quarterly
, the International Journal of Applied Linguistics
and the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca
. Tim is currently President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and was Conference Chair for the 2017 conference in Portland, OR.
American Association for Applied Linguistics.
2nd Vice-President and member of the Executive 2015-2019 2009 - 2019
British Association of Applied Linguistics.
Regular member 2011 - 2016
Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.
Regular member 1999 - 2015
International Language Testing Association.
Regular member; former President 1999 - 2015
Language testing: History, validity, policy.
APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology: Volume I: Test Theory and Testing and Assessment in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
American Psychological Association.
Distinguished Achievement Award, 2015, International Language Testing Association,
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities,
Winner of the award for best book published in the field of language testing, 2006-2008, Sage/International Language Testing Association,
Available for supervision
Tim has supervised 22 PhDs to successful completion, and is currently is principal supervisor for 9 PhD students. He supervises in areas of language testing research and research on language and identity, as well as in the area of second language teaching and learning.