University of Adelaide, Australia
Associate Professor Mathew White is the Program Director for the Master of Education in the School of Education at The University of Adelaide. His research focuses on character education, leadership, and wellbeing education. In particular, Mathew is interested in how leaders establish school cultures to enable positive learning and wellbeing environments. He is a Principal Fellow in Melbourne Graduate School of Education and an Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne and an Affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge.
Mathew has co-edited three ground-breaking books on wellbeing education. The most recent being Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations, and Policy (Springer, 2017). Before joining The University of Adelaide, Mathew held senior leadership positions in schools. He was the founding Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education and served on the Senior Leadership Team of St Peter’s College – Adelaide, founding Director of Leadership at the social enterprise Teach for Australia, the first Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. He has over 20 years senior secondary school teaching experience.
Mathew is an Australian representative for the International Positive Education Network and a member of the Chair and past Secretary of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter. In 2016, Mathew was conferred Fellowship in the Australian College of Educators. In 2017, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders presented Mathew with two awards in recognition of his exceptional scholarship and leadership, a National Leadership Award, and a South Australian Leadership Medal.