Since 1999, Ross has been a lecturer in Education at the University of Otago, and became Professor and Dean of the College of Education in 2017.
He has worked extensively in principal appraisal and in leadership support mechanisms through activities, such as coaching and group support networks. He was the foundation Head of Department, Education Studies and Professional Practice, at the new University of Otago College of Education between 2007 and 2008. In 2009, he was a Visiting Fellow to the Teacher and Leadership Research Centre at the University of Nottingham.
Ross has presented at international leadership conferences in the UK, Sweden, Canada, USA, Germany, South Africa and Australia. He is the editor of two significant publications on successful educational leadership in New Zealand.
As part of his sabbatical leave in 2014, Ross was a Visiting Academic at the University of Nottingham and Oxford University. On his return, he was the NZEALS Visiting Scholar and presented a series of educational leadership papers across New Zealand. In 2016 Ross was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (FNZEALS).
Ross retired from the University as Emeritus Professor in December 2019.
Ross's major research interests focus on teacher and school principal development, particularly in the field of the personal dimensions of principalship. He is currently the New Zealand project director of a 25-country international study into the leadership practices of successful school principals, and a 10-country study into the preparation of educators to lead in high-needs schools.
Editorial Board membership
Ross is a member of the editorial board for both the Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice, and Leadership and Policy in Schools (USA). He has been a national council member of the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society 2003-2018.
- Minolta Dame Jean Herbison Scholarship (2005)
- Fulbright Scholarship (2010)
- NZEALS President's Research Award (2010)
- NZEALS Visiting Scholar (2014)
Notman, R. (2020). An evolution in distributed educational leadership: From sole leader to co-principalship. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 35, 27-40.
Notman, R. (2020). Epilogue: A metaphoric approach to leading diversity in schools. In J. C. Veenis, S. Robertson & J. R. Berry (Eds.), Multiculturalism and multilingualism at the crossroads of school leadership: Exploring leadership theory, policy, and practice for diverse schools. (pp. 227-229). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-54750-9_13
Gurr, D., Murakami, E., & Notman, R. (2019). Making world connections: Educational leadership in high-needs schools. In E. Murakami, D. Gurr & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. (pp. 185-194). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Notman, R., & Jacobson, S. (2019). School leadership practices in early childhood education: Three case studies from New Zealand. In E. Murakami, D. Gurr & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. (pp. 169-184). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Murakami, E., Notman, R., & Gurr, D. (2019). Educational leadership, culture and success in high-need schools: Introduction from the editors. In E. Murakami, D. Gurr & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. (pp. xi-xix). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.