Professor Tim Mcnamara

Building on a career as an EFL/ESL teacher and teacher trainer in Australia and the United Kingdom, Tim McNamara has taught Applied Linguistics at Melbourne since 1987. He helped establish the graduate program in Applied Linguistics from 1987, and with Professor Alan Davies founded the Language Testing Research Centre.  His language testing research has focused on performance assessment, theories of validity, the use of Rasch models, and the social and political meaning of language tests (he is currently researching the use of language tests in immigration and citizenship contexts, and in verifying the identities of asylum seekers). His work on language and identity has focused on the impact of poststructuralist approaches to identity and subjectivity, and he has a particular interest in the writings on language of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Tim is the author of Language Testing (OUP, 2000) and co-author (with Carsten Roever) of Language Testing: The Social Dimension (Blackwell, 2006). He is currently working on a book entitled Language and Subjectivity, to be published by De Gruyter, and (with Ute Knoch) a new book Rasch measurement in second language assessment. Tim has acted as a consultant with Educational Testing Service, Princeton where he worked on the development of the speaking sub-test of TOEFL iBT; he was also part of the team involved in the original development of IELTS. Tim is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has served on the board of Applied Linguistics, TESOL Quarterly, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Measurement, the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca.  Tim has been elected 2nd Vice-President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and will be Conference Chair for the 2017 conference, following which he will become President of the Association in 2017-2018.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne, 1990)
  • Master of Arts (University of London, 1981)
  • Diploma In Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Royal Society of Arts (UK), 1974)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education (University of Melbourne, 1972)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne, 1970)

2014

Journal Articles Refereed

2013

Research Book Chapters
  • Tim Mcnamara 2013, 'Values in language assessment', in Chapelle C ed(s), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Tim Mcnamara 2013, 'Language testing: History, validity, policy', in Geisinger K ed(s), APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology: Volume I: Test Theory and Testing and Assessment in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association.
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Major Reports and Working Papers

2012

Research Book Chapters
  • Tim Mcnamara 2012, 'Clyne, Michael', in Chapelle CA ed(s), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
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2011

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2010

Research Book Chapters
  • Tim Mcnamara, Catherine Elder 2010, 'Beyond Scales', in Liddicoat A, Scarino A ed(s), Languages in Australia Education: Problems, Prospects and Future Directions, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Tim Mcnamara 2010, 'Reading Derrida: Language, identity and violence', in Wei L ed(s), Applied Linguistics Review 1 2010, Mouton de Gruyter.
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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

Authored Research Books
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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

Edited Books
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  • Tim Mcnamara 2001, 'Ten years of language testing research center', in ELDER CA, BROWN AD, GROVE EF, IWASHITA N, LUMLEY TJN, O'LOUGHLIN KJ ed(s), Studies in language testing: experimenting with uncertainty: essays in honour of Alan Davies, Cambridge University Press.
Journal Articles Refereed
Major Reports and Working Papers

Member of

  • Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Regular member. 1999-2015
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics. Regular member. 2011-2016
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics. 2nd Vice-President and member of the Executive 2015-2019. 2009-2019
  • International Language Testing Association. Regular member; former President. 1999-2015

Supervision

Available for supervision.

Supervision Statement

Tim has supervised 22 PhDs to successful completion, and is currently is principal supervisor for 9 PhD students. He supervises in areas of language testing research and research on language and identity, as well as in the area of second language teaching and learning.