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MacLellan, Duncan

Duncan MacLellan

Associate Professor; Undergraduate Program Director: Public Administration and Governance (BA); Academic Coordinator: CE
EducationPhD (Educational Administration): Toronto
Phone(416) 979-5000 x 554182


Dr. Duncan MacLellan is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. He is Undergraduate Program Director for the BA (honours) program in Public Administration and Governance.  He serves as Academic Coordinator for the Public Administration and Governance Certificates and related CPPA courses as well as CPOG and CPOL courses offered through the Chang School.  From July 2012 to June 2018, he served as the Graduate Program Director (GPD) for the MA program in Public Policy and Administration. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Toronto , as well as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science from the University of Guelph , and both a Bachelor of Arts - Honours (B.A. Hons) and a Diploma in Public Administration from Dalhousie University .

Duncan's doctoral thesis, Two Teachers Associations and the Ontario College of Teachers: A Study of Teacher and State Relations, explored the changing nature of state and teacher relations in Ontario.

Duncan's teaching and research interests include educational politics and policy making at the local and provincial levels, state and teacher relations and local and urban governance issues.

  • "Public Administration in the Cross‐Hairs of Evidence‐Based Policy and Authentic Engagement: School Closures in Ontario” (with Carolyn Johns). Canadian Public Administration 63:1 (March 2020): 117-139.
  • “Examining Open Data at the Urban Level: An Exploration of ‘Wellbeing Toronto’” (with Kathryn Barber). Journal of Urban Technology 26:1 (2019): 107-121.
  • Review of Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change, ed. Ian Thomas MacDonald (New York: Cornell University Press, 2017): 260 pp.  Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research2019 Book Reviews, external link.
  • “Walking the Pedagogical Line in Graduate Studies: Obstacles and Opportunities Transitioning to Digital and e-Learning” (with Heather Rintoul). In Crossing the Bridge of the Digital Divide: A Walk with Global Leaders, eds. Anthony H. Normore and Antonia Issa Lahera, 79-93. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2018.
  • Review of Fields of Authority: Special Purpose Governance in Ontario 1815-2015, by Jack Lucas (Toronto:  University of Toronto Press and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, 2016): 320pp. Canadian Public Administration Online Reviews, external link: 23 October 2017. 
  • “A Consideration of Ethical Leadership in Ontario University Governance” (with Heather Rintoul).  In The Dark Side of Leadership: Identifying and Overcoming Unethical Practice in Organizations, ed. Anthony Normore and Jeffrey Brooks, 35-55. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, 2017.
  • Review of Planning Politics in Toronto: The Ontario Municipal Board and Urban Development by Aaron A. Moore (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013, pp. 254).  Canadian Journal of Political Science 48:2 (June 2015): 488-489.
  • “From “Gurus” to Chief Executives? The Contestable Transformation of Ontario’s Deputy Ministers, 1971 to 2007” (with Bryan Evans and Janet Lum). Ch. 6 in Deputy Ministers in Canada: Comparative and Jurisdictional Perspectives, ed. Jacques Bourgault and Christopher Dunn, 148-200. IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • “Faith-Based Schooling and the Politics of Education: A Case Study of Ontario, Canada.” Politics and Religion Journal 6:1 (2012): 37-59.
  • Educational Restructuring and the Policy Process: The Toronto District School Board 1997-2003, external link.” Academic Leadership 7:4 (2009).
  • “Linking University and High School Students: Exploring the Academic Value of Service Learning.”  International Journal of Learning 16:7 (2009): 239-250.
  • “Neoliberalism and Ontario Teachers’ Unions: A ‘Not-So’ Common Sense Revolution.” Socialist Studies: The Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies 5:1 (2009): 51-74.
  • “School Boards and Educational Leadership in Canada: The Changing Landscape.” In Canadian Educational Leadership, ed. Thomas G. Ryan, 117-147.  Calgary AB: Detselig Enterprise Ltd, 2009.
  • “Diversity and Immigrant Needs: Examining Toronto Through a Place-Based Approach. ” PDF filePolicy Matters , external link 32 (March 2008): 1-12. A report of CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre.
  • Teachers' Unions in Canada (with Steve Lawton, George Bedard, and Lin Xianbin). Edmonton, AB: Detselig Enterprises Ltd, 1999.
  • “Professional Unionism: A New Direction for Teachers' Unions in Canada.” Canadian and International Education 26:2 (1997): 87-99.
  • “The Legal Question of Extending Public Funds to Private Schools in Ontario: Adler v. Ontario.” Education and Law Journal 7:1 (1995): 61-75.
  • “Shifting From the Traditional to the New Political Agenda: The Changing Nature of Federal-Provincial Environmental Relations.” The American Review of Canadian Studies 25:2,3 (1995): 323-345.