Christine Forde is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow. Before retiring, she held a personal chair in Leadership and Professional Learning in the School of Education. A key area of Professor Forde’s research and teaching is leadership and teacher development and she has written extensively on leadership, change management, professional learning and teacher learning. Her other area of research is in equality in education and she is currently part of an international research project on social justice leadership. She publishes regularly in academic journals in these areas. Professor Forde was a member of the Task Group established to undertake preliminary work in a revised headship preparation programme and then was part of the SCEL’s Design Group developing Into Headship programme. More recently she has been working with SCEL on a consultancy programme with the Centre for School Leadership in Ireland looking at building leadership capacity across educational systems.
During her career Professor Forde had a wide portfolio of teaching particularly in designing and delivering practice-based masters programmes for serving teachers and school leaders including teacher leadership and middle leadership. A particular area was headship preparation and Professor Forde was part of the development team for the Scottish Qualification for Headship, SQH Flexible Routes and was a member of the research team the National Flexible Route to Headship Evaluation and the Recruitment and Retention of Headteachers in Scotland.This current work with SCEL builds on an important part of Professor Forde’s work with policy communities to develop policy, strategies and programmes related to leadership and professional. She was involved in a range of working groups for the Scottish Government, A Framework for Educational Leadership in Scotland, the General Teaching Council Scotland, Professional Standards; and for the Scottish Educational Leadership College on headship preparation programmes.
Professor Forde is an experienced academic leader having previously held the post of Head of Department for Educational Studies and served as the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the School of Education. She was involved in the University quality assurance programme reviewing teaching and learning for different subjects. and on the University’s Human Resource Committee. Within the School of Education was a member of the School Executive and the School Research Committee. Prior to her retirement Professor Forde was a Senate Assessor, serving as a staff governor on the University Court.