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Glen A. Jones - Biographical Statement


Glen A. Jones is Professor of Higher Education, and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He is the author of more than one hundred papers on Canadian higher education. His research and teaching focuses on higher education systems, governance, politics, and academic work. His books include International Education as Public Policy in Canada (with Merli Tamtik and Roopa Desai Trilokekar, McGill-Queens, 2020), Professorial Pathways: Academic Careers in a Global Perspective (with Martin Finkelstein, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019),  Doctoral Education for the Knowledge Society (with J.C. Shin and Barbara Kehm, Springer, 2018), Governance of Higher Education: Global Perspectives, Theories and Practices (with Ian Austin, Routledge, 2016. A Chinese edition was published in 2020), Universities and Regional Development: A Critical Assessment of Tensions and Contradictions (with Romulo Pinheiro and Paul Benneworth, Routledge, 2012), Canada’s Universities Go Global (with Roopa Desai Trilokekar and Adrian Shubert, Lorimer, 2009), Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations: The Changing Role of Higher Education (with Patricia McCarney and Michael Skolnik, University of Toronto Press, 2005) and Governing Higher Education: National Perspectives on Institutional Governance (with Alberto Amaral and Berit Karseth, Kluwer Publishing, 2002). His 1997 book entitled Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives was translated into Chinese and was published in China in 2007.

Glen is a past president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Higher Education. He received the Distinguished Research Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education in 2001 and the Distinguished Member Award in 2011. He held a Distinguished Visiting Professor appointment at Beijing Normal University (2014-1019), a Senior Scholar visiting professorship at Fudan University (Shanghai) in 2007-2008, was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar at the University of Oslo in 2008, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies (Open Campus Barbados) in 2015. He received an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in 2018. He has also won awards for his research from the Canadian Bureau on International Education and the Council on International Education from the Association for the Study of Higher Education in the United States. He is a former Chair of the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education (1998-2001), Associate Dean (2003-2011), Acting Dean (2009) and Dean (2015-2021) of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba and the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.

He was the first Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measure, an endowed Chair supported by the Government of Ontario that he held from 2008 to 2017.

Glen's research projects have been funded by a range of agencies and organizations, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Training, the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and the Ford Foundation. His contract research activities have included work for a number of governments, as well as the Law Society of Upper Canada, UNESCO, the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.  His current projects include a national study of Canadian university governance and institutional autonomy ( with Julia Eastman and Claude Trottier),  and the analysis of data from the Canadian component of the Academic Profession in the Knowledge Society (APIKS) project (supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

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