Professor John Craig, Dean of School

Professor John Craig

Dean of School

Professor John Craig joined Leeds Beckett University as Head of School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences in August 2015. He is a political scientist, with a strong research and applied interest in teaching and learning.

John is a National Teaching Fellow and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Political Science Education, Higher Education Pedagogies and Learning and Teaching. He previously has taught at the University of Leeds, Teesside University, University of Huddersfield, and the Open University, and served as Head of Social Sciences and Senior Director (Education and Research), at the Higher Education Academy.

He was co-founder of the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Teaching and Learning in 2005, and has served as Chair of the group over the last decade. He chaired the AQA Access to Higher Education Quality Assurance committee (2009-12) and C-SAP Subject Centre Board (2010-12). More recently he has served as a member of the High-Level Strategy Group for Quantitative Skills (convened by the British Academy), the QAA Review Group for the Criminology Subject Benchmark Group and the Advisory Group for BERA-RSA Inquiry on Research and Teacher Education.

Research Interests

Politics as a Taught Discipline. Historical inquiry into the development of political studies teaching in higher education.

Patterns of Citation in the Political Science Teaching Literature. Project analysing recent outputs through a bibliometric analysis to identify the emerging structure of the sub-discipline.

Professor John Craig, Dean of School

Selected Outputs

  • Craig J (2019) The Lecture in Political Science Education: Unpacking a Paradox. In: Trepanier L ed. The College Lecture Today: An Interdisciplinary Defense for the Contemporary University. Lexington Books,

  • Craig J (2013) Teaching Politics to Practitioners. In: Ishiyama J; Miller W; Simon E ed. International Handbook of Teaching and Learning in Political Science and International Relations. Edward Elgar,

  • Craig J (2012) What (if anything) is Different about Teaching and Learning in Politics and IR?. In: Gormely-Heenan C; Lightfoot S ed. Teaching Politics and International Relations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan,

  • Craig J (2007) Development. In: Blakeley G; Bryson V ed. The Impact of Feminism on Political Concepts and Debates. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 110-125.