Education Division 
Election 2018


Mathew A. White, Ph.D., is an award-winning Australian academic and Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Adelaide. He is also a Principal Honorary Fellow in Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. The past decade of his research has focused on character education, positive education, strategic planning and leadership in wellbeing education. He has co-edited three groundbreaking books on positive education and published in peer-reviewed journals. Mathew’s leadership and research have influenced wellbeing education from primary to secondary schooling across government, Catholic and independent schools, pre-service teacher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level. Before his appointment to the University of Adelaide in 2018, Mathew held senior leadership positions in schools and has over 20 years senior secondary school teaching and examination experience in English, French, Theatre Arts and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Mathew has been an IPPA member since 2009. He has spoken on Positive Education at four World Congresses. He was the 2017 World Congress Lead for the IPPA Education Division and curated a pioneering international symposium on with speakers from Australia, Columbia, Finland, Japan, and New Zealand.

Statement of Interest: 

I seek election to serve as your President-Elect for the Education Division Why? I believe I have the personal and professional skills and capabilities to strengthen and diversify the division for the next generation. I have benefitted professionally and personally from the collegiality of many IPPA colleagues from across the world for over a decade. Now I want to give back to the Association. My proven track record in governance, leadership and international experience will strengthen the Division. My leadership in schools and university education reform bridges the divide between research and practice. If elected to the role of President-Elect, my focus will be: understand the needs of current members; consult with the division; grow and diversify the division’s membership; enhance communications between Division members; enhance the operations and representation of the Division’s voice across the Association and extend the division’s representation and activities at the World Congress.