EMPLOYMENT: Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland; Instructor, Sorbonne University, Paris, France; Research Affiliate, Penn State University; Working Group Member, UNICEF; Analyst, OECD; Secondary Teacher, New Jersey, Colorado, and Oregon.

EXPERTISE: Teaching and Learning; research methods and statistics; policy analysis; measurement and assessment.

WILLIAM C. SMITH is a Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at the University of Edinburgh. In his current post he is working to stregthen and expand the CEID (Comparative Education and International Development) Community at the Moray House. This includes ensuring all PGT, PGR, Post-docs, and Faculty interested in CEID are able to participate in the Community. The plans for the emerging CEID Community include three pillars: 1) the MSc in Education (Comparative Education and International Development) pathway, in which William acts as the coordinator, 2) the CEID Society, a student led society under the umbrella of EUSA [https://www.facebook.com/ceid.edinburgh/; @CeidSociety], and 3) an in planning CEID Reserch Network. To follow events and updates on the CEID Community at Moray House join us on Twitter @MorayHouseCEID

Prior to joining University of Edinburgh, William worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report where he contributed to the 2016, 2017/8, 2019, and 2020 GEM Report cycles – including acting as lead for the thematic section of the 2017/8 GEM Report “Accountability in Education: Meeting our Commitments”. Additional experience includes a prestigious Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship with the OECD and work as a Senior Associate on the Right to Education Index (RTEI). Based at RESULTS Educational Fund and working with civil society partners in Chile, Nigeria, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, William helped develop and lead the pilot round of the index. In 2018, RTEI was completed in over 20 countries (https://www.rtei.org/en/).

His experience as a teacher also has a profound impact on his work. Specifically, William worked as 6 years as a secondary social studies school teacher in the United States during the time of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).