Mathew White

Associate Professor Mathew White

Deputy Dean (International)

School of Education

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Mathew White is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide, where he currently serves as the Deputy Dean (International) for the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law, and Economics. He is also Deputy Head of the School of Education.

Mathew joined academia in 2018. Before this, he had over two decades of industry experience working in K-12 schools as an International Baccalaureate, SACE, VCE English Literature, French and Theory of Knowledge teacher and examiner, including over eight years as a senior leader leading internationally recognised wellbeing programmes, Mathew's research focuses on empowering future teachers and leaders to promote wellbeing for effective learning and teaching.

Motivated by his passion for education, Mathew earned a PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2004 while teaching full-time. The University of Melbourne appointed him an Honorary Fellow in 2006, recognising his dedication to bridging research and practice. Mathew has published 8 books and 68 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, securing over A$230k in Category 3: industry research income.

Mathew's work spans domains of wellbeing education, including leadership and governance, measurement, curriculum development, teacher wellbeing, and future directions. His research examines the impact of COVID-19 on education systems, preparing future teachers to support wellbeing, integrating wellbeing and learning in schools, teaching English Literature and the Humanities through a wellbeing lens, and enhancing student and teacher wellbeing.

A Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Mathew was Highly Commended for the Stephen Cole the Elder Awards for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Adelaide in 2022. He has held leadership roles at the university, including Interim Head of School and Acting Deputy Dean (Learning & Teaching) the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law, and Economics, serving on committees and representing the university on international senior executive missions to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam.

Nationally and internationally, Mathew's impact has been recognised through awards such as the 2021 Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Australian College of Educators, his appointment as a 2022 Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association, and the 2020 Australian Council for Educational Leaders South Australian Branch Distinguished Contribution to Research in Educational Leadership Award.

Mathew actively contributes to scholarly, professional, and non-profit organisations outside his academic commitments. He is an accredited Stage 2 Initial Teacher Education program reviewer for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). He serves on the council of an independent school board.

Mathew welcomes PhD and Masters enquiries on student and teacher wellbeing, wellbeing education, education leadership, and curriculum and pedagogy.

I publish my reserch in ERA FoR Code 390403 [educational administration, management, and leadership], FoR 390307 [teacher education and professional development of educators], and FoR 390412 [teacher and student wellbeing]. I research the following questions:

- How can school governance and leadership combine wellbeing and learning as a strategic pillar for school improvement?

- How can schools use COVID-19’s disruption to enhance their systems and policies to promote student wellbeing and learning?

- How can schools ethically engage in evidence-based approaches to professional wellbeing practice?

 

Date Project Number Investigators Funding Body Amount
2023-2024 UA238462 Associate Professor Mathew White The Moreton Bay Colleges, Queensland $27,000
2021-2022 UA216991 Associate Professor Mathew White & Professor Faye McCallum Catholic Education West Australia $35,000
2021 UA216106 Associate Professor Mathew White & Professor Faye McCallum The Moreton Bay Colleges, Queensland $37,180
2019 UA193825 Associate Professor Mathew White & Professor Faye McCallum The Moreton Bay Colleges, Queensland $30,000
2018 - 2019 UA183363 Associate Professor Mathew White & Professor Faye McCallum Upper Canada College, Toronto $30,000
2018 UA183018 Associate Professor Mathew White Catholic Education South Australia $10,000

 

Date Course Course Level / Code
2024 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7064    
2023 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7071
2023 Not teaching Sem 1 2023 Special Studies Program (SSP) -
2022 Leading Positive Change Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7060
2022 Mentoring for Teachers Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7068
2022 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7071
2021 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7064
2021 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7071
2021 Leading Positive Change Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7068
2021 Mentoring for Teachers Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7060
2020 Education Major Project Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7031
2020 Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7071
2020 Leading Positive Change Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7068
2020 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7064
2019 Leading Positive Change Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7068

2019

Contemporary Issues in Wellbeing Education

Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7071

2019 Introduction to Wellbeing in Education Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7064
2019 Educational Leadership in Diverse Contexts Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7013
2018 Reflective Practice Bachelors (AFQ Level 7) , EDUC 3001
2018 Educational Leadership in Diverse Contexts Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7013
2018 Educational Policy Studies Masters (AFQ Level 9), EDUC 7550
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Principal Supervisor This qualitative study investigates the impact of strength-based teacher professional practices on student literacy to promote wellbeing. The findings aim to address a significant gap in wellbeing education research centering on teacher professional practice. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Adam John Slater
    2022 Principal Supervisor An Inquiry into Being in Educational Leadership Experiences: A Critical Phenomenology in the Pakistan Context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Saadia Adnan
    2020 Principal Supervisor The Impact of Culture on Australian LOTE Teachers’ Motivation to Teach and their Wellbeing: An Appreciative Mixed Methods Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Tania Zebian
    2020 Principal Supervisor An investigation of teacher perceptions about the impact of motivation on wellbeing across teacher professional phases: a mixed-methods study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Liwen Tan
    2018 Principal Supervisor A study of South Australian Independent Schools programs in values education and their perceived impacts on student wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Shaun Malcolm Oakey
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Journeys of Strength: An Appreciative Study of Older Workers in Singapore Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohamed Fadhil Bin Mohamed Ismail
    2019 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Experiences of following within Senior Leadership Teams in Independent Schools Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Carl Salt
    2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Teacher Wellbeing in Rural China: An Appreciative Mixed-Methods Study in Jilin Province Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Bo Cui
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 - ongoing External Supervisor Exploring factors that influence primary school teachers’ readiness to support student mental health and wellbeing The University of Melbourne - Doctorate Full Time Laura Smith
  • Position: Deputy Dean (International)
  • Phone: 83135706
  • Email: mathew.white@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 8
  • Org Unit: School of Education

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