Professor Carol Campbell

  • Professor of Education (Professional Learning & Leadership)
  • Visiting Professor (School of Education)


Dr. Carol Campbell is a Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK and a Professor (status only appointment) at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her work concerns: large-scale educational change, education system and school improvement; the development and work of the education profession, including career-long teacher education, professional learning, and leadership development and professional learning. Currently, Carol is leading an international research study for Education International and the Jacobs Foundation concerning Teacher-led Learning Circles for teachers’ use of formative assessment in seven countries. 

Carol is also a member of the International Council of Education Advisors for the Scottish Government’s First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. She served as an independent co-facilitator (with Professor Alma Harris) for the National Discussion on the future vision for education in Scotland – the largest public engagement on Scottish education ever conducted.

Originally from Scotland, Professor Campbell has lived and worked in Canada, England and USA. Most recently, she was a Professor of Leadership and Educational Change and Associate Chair of the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Her academic career includes positions as Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), Stanford University, USA, and a faculty member at the Institute of Education, University of London (now UCL). She also held progressively senior executive leadership roles in the Ontario Ministry of Education, Canada.

Carol was elected twice to serve on the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement Board. In 2020, Carol received the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Public Education Advocacy award for dedicated, long-standing service, as well as major contributions to benefit education. 

She is active on Twitter @CarolCampbell4

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