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Emeritus Professor Ross Notman

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Biography

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.

Research

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.

Academic recognition

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.

Scholarships

  • Minolta Dame Jean Herbison Scholarship (2005)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (2010)
  • NZEALS President’s Research Award (2010)
  • NZEALS Visiting Scholar (2014)

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Publications

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

Notman, R. (2020). An evolution in distributed educational leadership: From sole leader to co-principalship. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 35, 27-40.

Murakami, E., Gurr, D., & Notman, R. (Eds.). (2019). Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age, 223p.

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.

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.

Edited Book - Research

Murakami, E., Gurr, D., & Notman, R. (Eds.). (2019). Educational leadership, culture, and success in high-need schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age, 223p.

McNae, R., Morrison, M., & Notman, R. (Eds.). (2017). Educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press, 180p.

Notman, R. (Ed.). (2011). Successful educational leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of schools and an early childhood centre. Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press, 155p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

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

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.

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.

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. (2017). Holistic leadership in a high-needs early childhood centre. In R. McNae, M. Morrison & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice. (pp. 130-142). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Morrison, M., Notman, R., & McNae, R. (2017). Transcending the personal and political: Provocations. In R. McNae, M. Morrison & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice. (pp. 159-173). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Notman, R., Morrison, M., & McNae, R. (2017). Introduction: Leading for social justice and high needs in education. In R. McNae, M. Morrison & R. Notman (Eds.), Educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand: Issues of context and social justice. (pp. 1-13). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Notman, R. (2014). The interplay of values. In C. M. Branson & S. J. Gross (Eds.), Handbook of ethical educational leadership. (pp. 176-194). New York: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203747582.ch12

Notman, R. (2014). New Zealand: A values-led principalship: The person within the professional. In C. Day & D. Gurr (Eds.), Leading schools successfully: Stories from the field. (pp. 117-128). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Notman, R. (2011). Leading New Zealand schools and centres: An introduction. In R. Notman (Ed.), Successful educational leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of schools and an early childhood centre. (pp. 9-14). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Notman, R. (2011). Personal pathways through the leadership maze: A New Zealand perspective on the sustainable developement of school leaders. In G. I. Lingam (Ed.), Educational leadership: Emerging issues and successful practices. (pp. 12-29). Suva, Fiji: School of Education, University of the South Pacific.

Notman, R. (2011). Building leadership success in a New Zealand education context. In R. Notman (Ed.), Successful educational leadership in New Zealand: Case studies of schools and an early childhood centre. (pp. 135-152). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

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Journal - Research Article

Notman, R. (2020). An evolution in distributed educational leadership: From sole leader to co-principalship. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 35, 27-40.

Jacobson, S., & Notman, R. (2018). Leadership in early childhood education: Implications for parental involvement and student success from New Zealand. International Studies in Educational Administration, 46(1), 86-101.

Notman, R. (2017). Professional identity, adaptation and the self: Cases of New Zealand school principals during a time of change. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 45(5), 759-773. doi: 10.1177/1741143216670650

Notman, R. (2016). An overview of educational leadership research in the East Asia region. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 18(2), 29-42.

Notman, R., & Youngs, H. (2016). Researching and evaluating secondary school leadership in New Zealand: The Educational Leadership Practices Survey. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 31(1/2), 108-120.

Notman, R. (2015). Leadership in New Zealand high-needs schools: An exploratory study from the International School Leadership Development Network project. Scottish Educational Review, 47(1), 28-48.

Notman, R. (2015). Seismic leadership, hope, and resiliency: Stories of two Christchurch schools post-earthquake. Leadership & Policy in Schools, 14(4), 437-459. doi: 10.1080/15700763.2015.1039137

Torrance, D., Notman, R., & Murphy, D. (2015). Teacher leadership development: An exploration of issues arising from programmes in Scotland and New Zealand. Scottish Educational Review, 48(2), 43-59.

Notman, R. (2014). Lessons in leadership: What can New Zealand learn from the international successful school principalship project? Education Review, (May), 4.

Robertson, S., & Notman, R. (2013). Leadership factors that influence the development of teacher practice. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 28(2), 57-68.

Notman, R. (2012). Implementing values in the New Zealand curriculum: Four years on. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, 41-49.

Notman, R. (2012). Intrapersonal factors in New Zealand school leadership success. International Journal of Educational Management, 26(5), 470-479. doi: 10.1108/09513541211240264

Notman, R., & Henry, D. A. (2011). Building and sustaining successful school leadership in New Zealand. Leadership & Policy in Schools, 10(4), 375-394. doi: 10.1080/15700763.2011.610555

Notman, R. (2010). Who lies within? The personal development of educational leaders. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 25(2), 17-29.

Notman, R. (2009). In pursuit of excellence. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 24(1), 26-31.

Notman, R., & Henry, A. (2009). The human face of principalship: A synthesis of case study findings. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 24(1), 37-52.

Notman, R. (2008). Leading from wthin: A values-based model of principal self-development. Leading & Managing, 14(1), 1-15.

Notman, R. (2006). Values-based leadership: A secondary principal's perspective. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 21(2), 5-16.

Notman, G. R. (1999). Preparing for principalship: To be or not to be? New Zealand Principal, August, 8-11.

Notman, R. (1997). Principal selection by boards of trustees: Perceptions and process. New Zealand Journal of Educational Administration, 12, 50-57.

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Journal - Research Other

Bryant, M., Cheng, A., & Notman, R. (2014). Editors' summary. Management in Education, 28(3), 78-79. doi: 10.1177/0892020614540413

Notman, R. (2010). Joining leadership and classroom pedagogies: A review of the Best Evidence Synthesis Iteration [BES]. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 25(1), 11-21.

Notman, R. (2009). The softer skills of leadership: Stories and strategies of six successful New Zealand school principals [Editorial]. Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy & Practice, 24(1), 1-3.

Notman, R. (2009). [Review of the book Leadership for exceptional educational outcomes: Findings for students from AESOP]. Journal of Educational Administration & History, 41(3), 303-304. doi: 10.1080/00220620903034568

Notman, R. (2007). [Review of the book To be a teacher: Journeys towards authenticity]. New Zealand Journal of Educational Leadership, 22(2), 57-59.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Notman, R. (2017). Teacher leadership in New Zealand and Scotland. Leading Lights, 1, 7-10.

Notman, R. (2013). Intrapersonal factors in New Zealand school leadership success [translated into traditional Chinese] [Reprint of Notman, R. (2012). Intrapersonal factors in New Zealand school leadership success, International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 26, No. 5, (470-479)]. Journal of Education Research, 227(1), 122-129. doi: 10.3966/168063602013030227009

Notman, R. (2012). Who is the person behind the principal? A case for self development. SPANZ: Journal of the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand, (December), 8-10.

Notman, R. (2011). A focus on international programs: CELA. UCEA Review, 52(1), 27.

Notman, R. (2007). Genuine Values [Comment]. Education Review, (April), 8.

Notman, G. R. (2002). Other pathways to principal appraisal. Education Today, 6(4), 19-20.

Notman, R. (2001). School leadership: do we block the ball or play off the front foot? Educational Review, (December).

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Notman, R., Henry, A., Latham, D., Potaka, P., Slowley, D., & Ross, P. (2008). Successful school principals: Factors that impact on their success. Proceedings of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management Conference. Retrieved from http://www.emasa.co.za/node/42

Notman, R. (2008). Developing the leadership 'self': International perspectives on the personal development of school principals. Proceedings of the New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society (NZEALS) International Educational Leadership Conference. [CD-ROM] NZEALS. [Full Paper]

Notman, R. (2007). Connecting with the self: How we might assist the personal development of school leaders. Proceedings of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders International Conference. ACEL. Retrieved from http://www.acelconference2007.com/

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