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Glen A. Jones
Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education


Dr. Glen A. Jones is the Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement and Professor of Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

His research and teaching focuses on higher education systems, governance, politics, and academic work. He has authored more than one hundred papers on Canadian higher education. His recent edited books include 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, 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. He held a Senior Scholar visiting professorship at Fudan University (Shanghai) in 2007-2008 and was an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar at the University of Oslo in 2008.

He is a former Chair of the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education (1998-2000), Associate Dean (2003-2011) and Acting Dean (2009) 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. 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 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 supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), a study of Canadian university senates and academic governance (with Lea Pennock and Jeff Leclerc), the analysis of data from the Canadian component of the international Changing Academic Profession project, and a study on academic careers in the context of national higher education systems (with Martin Finkelstein).