Shyam Menon has been a Professor at the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, since 1994. For the past seven years, he has been part of a team setting up Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), a new public university of the social sciences and humanities, of which he has also been the Vice Chancellor since inception.
He had been Dean, Faculty of Education and the Proctor of the University of Delhi and earlier Director, School of Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Professor at the Central Institute of Educational Technology, NCERT.
He began his teaching career at the M.S. University of Baroda, where he taught for several years. His education was from the University of Kerala and the M.S. University of Baroda. He was also at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as a Fulbright Fellow. His work has mainly been in Curriculum Studies, Higher Education and Teacher Education.
He edited the journal, Perspectives in Education, for many years. He is, at present, on the international advisory board of Comparative Education. He was also on the Task Force on Access and Equity in Higher Education constituted by the International Association of Universities.