Associate Professor (Pathway Programs), University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ), Toowoomba Campus, Australia
Fernando F. Padró (B.A., M.Ed., PhD) currently is an Associate Professor (Pathway Programs) at the University of Southern Queensland’s (USQ) Toowoomba Campus in Australia. He has a double major PhD in the areas of academic administration and curriculum and instruction from the University of Arizona and his primary research area is quality assurance in higher education and quality in learning and teaching. He has mainly taught out of Schools of Education, although he has also taught courses in Business, Counselling and History over the years. He has been an administrator in different programs over the years as well as an academic performing teaching and research, with the most recent administrative role being that of Director of Learning and Teaching at USQ. Prior to that he was Interim Director of Educational Leadership at Cambridge College, Program Coordinator of Educational Counselling at Monmouth University, Director of Customized Training and Continuing Education at Hibbing Community College, and Dean of Students at the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind back in the USA. He also has significant governance experience serving on academic boards or councils at most of these institutions, often time as a member of the executive team of these boards. He was on Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) Registry of Experts (2013-2018), Chair of the American Society for Quality Education Committee (ASQ – 2013 through 2014) and E.L. Grant Medal Selection Panel (2018-2021), Faculty Fellow with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA – 2009-2013), Pre-service Teacher Preparation Programs Reviewer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2010-2012), Reviewer for The Higher Learning Commission Project AQIP (2004-2008), and Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (1999-2004). Currently, he serves as series editor of a 20+ volume series Handbook on University Development and Administration for Springer.