Professor Stephen Marshall

Professor of Higher Education
MEdMgt (Flinders), PhD (Alberta, Canada)
School of Education


+61 2 9385 8422
Room 111, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus

Stephen joined UNSW in November 2008 as Professor in the School of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Director of Learning and Teaching @ UNSW. His research interests focus on higher education and include academic leadership, professional and staff development, policy implementation and change, educational innovation, program evaluation, and university governance. His current research projects focus on: the nature of academic leadership; the development and assessment of academic leaders and managers; and curriculum innovation and change in higher education institutions.

Stephen has been a professional educator since 1979. Having completed his Masters Degree in Educational Management from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1988, his thesis focusing on strategies used to support the professional learning of teachers in Catholic Secondary schools in South Australia, he was invited to complete his doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Alberta Canada.

Upon his return to Australia, Stephen was employed as a Lecturer at the Hawthorn Institute of Education and then the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, before accepting the position of Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management Development at the Centre for Higher Education & Professional Development (CHEPD) at Macquarie University in 1997.  He was subsequently appointed as Acting Director in 1998 and then Director of Macquarie's newly created Centre for Professional Development. 

In 2006 he was appointed Professor and Director of the Institute for Higher Education Research and Development within Macqualrie University's  Australian Centre for Educational Studies, and Executive Director of the Learnoig and Teaching Centre within the Office of the Vice Chancellor. 

From 2008 to 2018 while DIrector of Learning and Teaching@ UNSW, Stephen has regularly taught in the School of Education's Master of Education program, successfully supervising PhD and MPhil students to complete dissertations in various aspects of higher education governance, prcatice and leadership.  From 2018, Stephen has stepped down from his Senior Management and has resumed a full time role as Professor of Highe Education in the School of Education.


Stephen is currently the Program Advisor for the Master of Education (Higher Education) and Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) programs.

in 2018 Stephen will convene the following courses:

EDST 5126 - Issues in Higher Education (Semester 1)

EDST 5142 - Leadiing Educational Change (Semester 1)

EDST 5121 - Introduction to University Learning and Teaching (Semester 2)

EDST 5433 - Organisational Theory (Semester 2)


Professional contribution

Member of the Universitas 21 Educational Innovation Steering Group

Project Leader, Universitas 21 Teaching Standards Framework Project