Professor Tom Angelo-Biographical Sketch
From July 2008 to October 2012, Tom Angelo served as Pro Vice-Chancellor* (Curriculum and Academic Planning), Founding Director of the Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Centre, and Professor of Higher Education at La Trobe University** in Melbourne, Australia. From 2009 through 2011, he was also Director of La Trobe’s Design for Learning Project, an ambitious revision and redesign of the university’s entire undergraduate curriculum.
Prior to joining La Trobe, he had served as a faculty member, faculty developer, administrator and/or researcher at several US institutions, including: DePaul University, the University of Miami, the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), Boston College, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University – and, from 2004-2008, at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Tom Angelo earned his BA with Honors in Government from California State University at Sacramento; a Master of Arts in political science and second Master’s in education, both from Boston University; and his doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
His best-known publication is Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (with K. Patricia Cross, 1993), with more than 100,000 copies in print. A greatly revised 3rd edition of the book is due in 2013. Other publications include Classroom Research: Early Lessons from Success (1991), Classroom Assessment and Classroom Research: An Update on Uses, Approaches, and Research Findings (1998), and more than thirty articles and chapters.
His current research projects focus on formative assessment, curriculum renewal and redesign, and research-led teaching.
He has consulted on teaching, assessment, and learning improvement in 18 countries, in all 50 of the United States, for more than 60 higher education associations/systems, and more than 250 postsecondary institutions. He has also served as keynote/featured speaker at more than 75 higher education conferences internationally. Some of his recent keynotes have been the: 2012 Lilly Conference on College Teaching, 2012 Indianapolis Assessment Institute, 2011 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, and 2010 AACSB International Assessment Conference.
Tom Angelo has held fellowships in Italy with the Fulbright Program (1983), and in Portugal with the Gulbenkian Foundation (1978). In 1998, he served as Visiting Scholar for the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) and, in 2007, as an Honorary Visiting Scholar with Australia’s Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
A teacher, first and foremost since 1979, Tom Angelo has taught high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, returning adults, and professional academic staff in a variety of institutions. He also designed, coordinates and teaches in La Trobe University’s Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, a professional qualification for postsecondary teaching staff.
* a position equivalent to that of Associate Provost in the U.S.
** a public, comprehensive university enrolling 30,000+ students on five campuses