Professor Margery McMahon
- Professor of Educational Leadership (Professional Learning & Leadership)
Margery A McMahon is Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Educational Leadership and Policy Research and Teaching Group (RTG) in the School of Education. Formerly a teacher of History and Politics, Margery joined the School of Education in 2004 and led the development of the MEd in Professional Development and Enquiry before serving as Head of the Department of Educational Studies. In 2013-2014 she was seconded to the National Implementation Board for Teaching Scotland’s Future where she led the scoping and initial set up of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership. She is the author and co-author of several books focusing on professional learning and leadership including O'Brien, J., (ed) (2016) School Leadership 3rd edition, Edinburgh: Dunedin. Recent articles and chapters focusing on educational leadership include, Mowat, J., G., and McMahon, M., (2018) ‘Interrogating the concept of ‘leadership at all levels’: a Scottish perspective.’ Professional Development in Education (Early Online Publication); Hamilton, G., Forde, C., and McMahon, M., (2018) ‘Developing a coherent strategy to build leadership capacity in Scottish education.’ Management in Education. Vol.32 (2) 72-78 and McMahon, M., (2018) ‘Teacher Leadership’ inBryce, T.G.K., Humes, W.H., Gillies, D., & Kennedy, A., (Eds.), (2018) Scottish Education Fifth Edition Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.Her co-authored article: McMahon, M., Forde, C., & Dickson, B., (2015) 'Reshaping teacher education through the professional continuum.’ Educational Review Volume 67, Issue 2, April 2015 received the Educational Review prize for 2015 'article of the year.' She serves as an adviser and consultant to national and international agencies on leadership development and institutional capability building. Professor McMahon is UK Representative for the International Study Association for Teachers and Teaching and co-convenor of the Leadership in Scottish Education Network (LiSEN).
My research focuses mainly on leadership development and career-long professional learning in a range of contexts including schools and universities. Linked to this is a focus on pedagogies for professional learning and organisational capability building.
Grant awarded by British Council and Higher Education Commission (Pakistan) to develop and deliver leadership devleopment programme for senior university leaders from Pakistan (£23,963)
Grant awarded by British Council (Indonesia) to develop and deliver leadership devleopment programme for university vice-rectors from Indoneisa (£12,000)
Grant awarded by British Council (China) to develop school leadership devleopment programme. (£23,500)
Developing accomplishment in teaching, Scottish Government and General Teaching Council (£10,000)
Supporting newly arrived and migrant learners, European Union - Comenius Regio Project (£20,000)
Beyond Sectarianism - new thinking for a new generation, Gordon Cook Foundation (£2000)
Evaluating Accomplished Teaching, Scottish Government & General Teaching Council (£20,000)
Evaluation of the impact of Chartered Teacher (Joint Principal Investigator), SEED and GTCS (£20,000)
Flexible Routes to Headship (member of research team), Scottish Government (£70,000)
Continuing Intercultural Professional Development in Europe (member of project team), European Commission
£110,000 Teacher Working Time (co-applicant and project coordinator), Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (£110,000)
Scottish Children’s Parliament (member of research team)
Virtual Graduate Learning Assistant (Project Leader) Faculty Strategic Teaching Initiative Fund
Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) (Project leader), Learning and Teaching Development Fund
I am currently supervising doctoral theses in the following areas:
- Total Quality Management in Education in Saudi Arabia
- Enhancing a Research Culture in Universities/HEIs: The Case of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Sustainable Development Education and curriculum change in Pakistan
- Leadership styles in in Nursing Colleges Leadership Styles
- Gender, underachievement and disadvantaged boys.
At Masters level I am currently supervising dissertations in the following areas:
Public Sector Leadership Development in Oman
Professional Learning Communities
Youth Leadership in Oman
The main area of my teaching and learning involves working with experienced and senior educational practitioners and leaders engaging in postgraduate study.
I am programme leader for the Pg Certificate in Middle Leadership and Management and course tutor for courses within this programme:
I am programme leader for the MSc Organisational Leadership and course tutor for the Personal Study course and coordinator of dissertations as well as serving as a supervisor.
Within the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme I am a course tutor for 'Critical Reflection in Practice.'
In response to Teaching Scotland's Future I led the development and delivery of two new courses directly related to major changes in professional learning: Leading Professional Learning and Pedagogies of Professional Learning.
At undergraduate level I am course tutor for Practitioner Enquiry (BEd4) and for Education and Society (MEduc1).
I also design and deliver leadership development programmes.
Membership of learned societies / professional associations
- Regional Vice-President (Europe) for the International Council on Education for Teaching.
- Member of the Board of the International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI); co-chair of the 2016 congress to be held in Glasgow.
- Elected as a Board member of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA) and as convenor of IPDA Scotland.
- Scottish representative on the Universities Council of Education and Teaching (UCET).
- Founding convenor of the new Leadership Network of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA).
Advisory / consultant roles
- Member of the National Implementation Board for Teaching Scotland’s Future (April 2013-Sept 2014).
- Member of the GTCS Revision Group for Professional Standards; lead role in development of new Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning (2010-11).
- Co-convenor of two invited symposia (national and international) on Accomplished Teaching hosted by University of Glasgow and General Teaching Council Scotland and Scottish Government (2010-11)
- Consultant for review of the ‘Learning Outcomes Approach in Teacher Education’ as part of a multiple country EU funded project on ‘Learning Outcomes in Higher Education (2014)
- Consultant for the Evaluation of the Chartered Teacher Initiative in Wales (Wales) (2009).
2010-2014: External examiner MEd in Enhanced Professional Practice at the University of Aberdeen
2015 - External examiner MA Leadership at the Institute of Education, London.
I regularly serve as an examiner of doctoral theses for other universities.