Associate Professor Mathew White

Associate Professor Mathew White
 Position Associate Professor
 Org Unit School of Education
 Email mathew.white@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5706
 Location Floor/Room 8 26 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    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 broadly on character education, international 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 Honorary 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). A sought-after keynote speaker, over the past decade, his research has been published in top journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology (Springer).

    Before joining The University of Adelaide, Mathew held significant 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 and International Baccalaureate Diploma at Geelong Grammar School. He has over 20 years senior secondary school teaching experience in English Literature, French and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate Diploma, South Australian and Victorian Certificates of Education.

    Mathew has served on the Education Committee of St Mark’s College, Adelaide’s oldest university residential college since 2011. He is an Australian representative for the International Positive Education Network and a member of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter serving as Chair and past Secretary.

    Mathew has a BA majoring in English Literature and French. He is an alumnus of School of Education completing his Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Master of Educational Studies and PhD from The University of Adelaide. He was conferred his PhD in 2004 under the supervision of the late Professor J. J. Smolicz AM, and Dr Margaret J. Secombe. In 2007, he studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principal Center.

    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.

  • Qualifications

    BA, Grad Dip Ed, M Ed St, GCEM (Boarding), PhD

  • Awards & Achievements

    2017, Australian Council for Educational Leaders(ACEL) National Leadership Award

    2017, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) South Australian Leadership Medal

    2016, Fellowship Australian College of Educators

    2007, The Principals’ Centre Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

    1999, Stage de Nouméa, New Caledonia, April 2010 - Scholarships for Teachers of French awarded by the French Embassy at Le Centre de Rencontres et d’Echanges Internationaux du Pacifique

     

     

  • Teaching Interests

    Semester 1 Teaching

    EDUC 3001 - Reflective Practice
    EDUC 7013 - Educational Leadership in Diverse Contexts
    EDUC 7550 - Educational Policy Studies

     

  • Research Interests

    Character education, international education, leadership, positive education, wellbeing and strategy

     

     

     

     

  • Publications

    Journal Publications (peer-reviewed listed chronologically)

     

    1.     White, M. & Kern. M. L. (2017). Wellbeing: if you treasure it you will measure it. Independence Journal of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, Vol 42, No 2, pp. 50-54.

    2.     White, M. (2017). Welfare to Wellbeing: Australian education’s greatest challenge. Australian Educational Leader, 31(1), 18-22.

    3.     White, M., & Kern, M. (in-press). Positive Education: Learning and Teaching for Wellbeing and Academic Mastery. International Journal of Wellbeing.

    4.     White, M. (2016). Why won’t it Stick? Positive Psychology and Positive Education. Psychology of Well-Being: Theory, Research & Practice, 6(1), 1. doi:10.1186/s13612-016-0039-1.

    5.     Waters, L. E., & White, M. (2015). Case study of a school wellbeing initiative: Using appreciative inquiry to support positive change. International Journal of Wellbeing, 5(1), 19-32.

    6.     Kern, M., Waters, L., Adler, A., & White, M. (2015). A multidimensional approach to measuring well-being in students: Application of the PERMA framework, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 10:3, 262-271. DOI:10.1080/17439760.2014.936962

    7.     White, M., & Waters, L. E. (2015). A case study of ‘The Good School’: Examples of the use of Peterson’s strengths-based approach with students. Special Edition. Christopher Peterson Memorial Issue. Journal of Positive Psychology., 10:1, 69-76.

    8.     Kern, M., Waters, L. E., Adler, A., & White, M. (2014). Assessing Employee Well-being in Schools using a Multifaceted Approach: Associations with Physical Health, Life Satisfaction, and Professional Thriving. Psychology (PSYCH).

    9.     Waters, L., White, M., & Murray, S. (2012). Using Appreciative Inquiry to lead whole school change. Cooperrider, D (ed.) ‘The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: Exploration into the Magic of Macro-Management and Crowd-sourcing’. AI Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 2012.

    10.  White, M. (2004) An Australian Co-educational Boarding School: A Sociological Study of Anglo-Australian and Overseas Students’ Attitudes from their own Memoirs. International Education Journal Vol 5, No 1. pp. 65-78.

     

    Edited Books (listed chronologically)

    1.     Ambler, G., Anstey, A., McCall, T., & White, M. (2017). Flourishing in Faith: Theology and Positive Psychology. Cascade Books. Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. Foreword written by Kristján Kristjánsson PhD.

    2.     White, M., Slemp, G., & Murray, A. S. (2017). Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. Springer Press. Springer Press, Netherlands. Foreword written by David Cooperrider PhD.

    3.     White, M.& Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer Press. Springer Press, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5. Foreword written by Martin Seligman PhD.

     

    Edited Book Chapters listed chronologically

    1.     White, M., Loton, D., Slemp, G., & Murray, S. (2017) Positive Education Overview. In White, M., Slemp., G., & Murray, S. (2017). Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. (pp. 1-5). Springer, Netherlands.

    2.     White, M. (2017). Impact of Activity: Future Direction of Positive Education. In White, M., Slemp., G., & Murray, S. (2017). Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. (pp. 27-33). Springer, Netherlands. Springer, Netherlands.

    3.     White, M., Slemp, G., & Murray, S. (2017) Positive Organizations Overview. In White, M., Slemp., G., & Murray, S. (2017). Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. Springer, Netherlands. (pp. 103-106). Springer, Netherlands.

    4.     Slemp, G., White, M., & Murray, S. (2017) Positive Policy Overview. In White, M., Slemp., G., & Murray, S. (2017). Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. (pp. 159-161). Springer, Netherlands.

    5.     White, M.& Buchanan, A. (2017). Why We Need Positive Education 2.0. In White, M., Slemp., G., & Murray, S. (2017). Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. (pp. 219-223). Springer, Netherlands. Springer, Netherlands.

    6.     Ambler, G., Anstey, A., McCall, T., & White, M. (2017). Introduction. In Ambler, G., Anstey, A., McCall, T., & White, M. (2017). Flourishing in Faith: Theology and Positive Psychology. (pp. xix- xxii). Cascade Books. Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.   

    7.     White, M. (2017). An introduction positive psychology, positive education and wellbeing. In Ambler, G., Anstey, M., McCall, T., & White, M.(Eds.) In Ambler, G., Anstey, A., McCall, T., & White, M. (2017). Flourishing in Faith: Theology and Positive Psychology. (pp. 34-54). Cascade Books. Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.

    8.     White, M. (2017). Mary - Theotókos: Fulfilment of God’s Grace and embodiment of Virtues: A Strengths-Based Reading. In Ambler, G., Anstey, A., McCall, T., & White, M. (2017). Flourishing in Faith: Theology

    9.     White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Building a Positive Institution. In White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 1-26. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_1

    10.  McCall, T., Waters., L., & White, M. (2015). A Comparison Between Theological Christian Approaches to Wisdom and Peterson and Seligman’s Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues. In White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 27-41. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_2

    11.  Waters, L., White, M., Wang, L., & Murray, S. (2015). Leading whole-school change. In White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 43-63. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_3

    12.  Kern, M., Waters., L., Adler., A., & White, M. (2015). Measuring Whole School Well-being in Students and Staff. In White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 65-91. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_4 

    13.  Alford, Z., & White, M. (2015). Positive Schools Psychology. In White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer Press. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 93-109. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_5 

    14.  Waters, L., & White, M. (2015). Strengths-based approach in the classroom and staffroom. In White, M.& Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 111-133. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_6

    15.  White, M., Vrodos, J., & McNeil, T. (2015). Student Leadership, Well-Being and Service: Integrating Appreciative Inquiry, Strengths and Leadership. In White, M.& Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 151-165. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_8

    16.  White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Future Directions in Well-being. In White, M., & Murray, S. (2015). Evidence-based Approaches to Positive Education in Schools: Implementing a Strategic Framework for Well-being in Schools. Springer. Springer Press, Netherlands. Series Editor Ilona Boniwell., pp. 167-175. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9667-5_9 

    17.  White, M. (2014). An evidence-based whole school strategy to positive education. In: H. Street & N. Porter (eds.), Better than OK: helping young people to flourish at school and beyond. pp.194-198. Perth: Fremantle Press.

    18.  White, M. (2013). "Education and Culture: An Australian Coeducational Boarding School as a Crucible for a Culturally Diverse Life as Seen Through the Eyes of the Students Themselves. A Humanistic Sociological Study". In S. Alagumalai, S. Burley & J. P. Keeves (Eds.), Excellence in Scholarship: Transcending Transdisciplinary in Teacher Education. Sense Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 235-266.

    19.  White, M. (2013). Positive education at Geelong Grammar School. In Boniwell, I., David, S., & Conley Ayers, A., (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Happiness. London: Oxford University Press, pp. 657-670.

    20.  White, M. (2011). Positive Education. In Leo Bormans. (Ed.), The World Book of Happiness. Lannoo Publishers, Belgium. pp. 142-145.

     

    Non-refereed Journal Articles listed chronologically

    1.     McCall, T., Waters L., & White, M. (2012). Finding Similarities and Points of Connection Between Positive Psychology and Christianity. Dialogue Australasia. Issue 27, May. pp. 17-21.

    2.     White, M. (2009). Why teach Positive Education in Schools? Curriculum and Leadership Journal Volume 7 Issue 7.

    3.     White, M. (2009). Positive Pastoral Education. Lights Out! Australian Boarding Schools Association. Vol 2. Issue 2 September, 16-24.

    4.     White, M. (2008). Spreading the global message: How should IB educators best embody the diverse values of international-mindedness? In IB World Magazine.

    5.     White, M. (2005). Killing off Tom Brown! Lights Out! The Periodical of the Australian Boarding School Association.

  • Professional Associations

    2016 – Current, Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE)

    2014 – Current, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)

    2010 – Current, Member of the Australia Council of Educational Leadership (MACEL)

    2006 – Current, Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, (AFAIM)

    2002 – Current, Fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts (FRSA)

    2001 – 2016, Member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE)

     

     

     

     

  • Community Engagement

    Volunteer Service Global Network Appointments

    2015 – Current, Appointed 1 of 50 Global Representatives for the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) from 28 different countries.

    Volunteer Academic Service Committees / Panel Appointments

    2017 – 2018, Elected Chair of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter (PESA-SA), by members from Catholic Education SA, Lutheran Schools SA, NT & WA, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and independent schools (Office Term ends February 2018).

    2016 (November 28), Invited by the charity ‘Where there’s a Will to deliver a keynote on wellbeing to over 500+ community members in Scone, Upper Hunter Region, News South Wales

    2016 – 2017, Elected Secretary of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter (PESA-SA), by members from Catholic Education SA, Lutheran Schools SA, NT & WA, Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and independent schools (Office Term ended February 2017).

    2008 - 2009, Co-opted Member of Standing Committee Australasia Association of International Baccalaureate Schools (AAIBS) for Victoria.

    Volunteer Service International Scientific Conference Committees

    2018, Abstract Review Committee for The World Positive Education Accelerator: 2nd Festival of Positive Education + Appreciative Inquiry Summit, June 25028, 2018, Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas, USA.

    2016 - 2017, World Congress Lead for International Positive Psychology Association (IPPAEd) Education Division.

    2016, Practice Review Committee for 5th International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress, Montreal, Canada.

    2016, 5th Australian Positive Psychology Conference Scientific Committee - South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute 22 – 24 September 2016 (SAHMRI).

    2016, 1st International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival InterContinental Dallas Abstract Review Committee.

    2015, Practice Review Committee for 4th International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress, Florida, USA

    2014, Keynote and Paper Selection Committee Flourishing in Faith: Positive Psychology, Theology and Education a partnership with St Peter’s College - Adelaide and St Barnabas’ Theological College

    2013, Practice Review Committee for 3rd International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) World Congress, Los Angeles, USA

     

    Volunteer Service Conference Organizing Committee Appointments

    2017, Chair, Conference Organizing Committee for South Australian Chapter Conference Positive Education Schools Association (PESA-SA) at St Peter’s College - Adelaide, Adelaide.  

    2016, Conference Organizing Committee, 5th Australian Positive Psychology Conference - South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute 22 – 24 September 2016 (SAHMRI).

    2015, Chair - Conference Organizing, Inaugural National Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) at St Peter’s College – Adelaide.

    2014, Co-opted Conference Steering Committee – 2nd Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) South Australian Branch.

    2014, Co-opted Conference Steering Committee Flourishing in Faith: Positive Psychology, Theology and Education a partnership with St Peter’s College - Adelaide and St Barnabas’ Theological College for 200+ delegates.

    2014, Co-opted Conference Steering Committee, 4th Australian Positive Psychology and Well-being Conference “Developing a Sustained Impact” 7-9 February 2014. The University of Melbourne.

    2013, Conference Steering Committee –1st Positive Education Schools Association (PESA) South Australian Branch for 120 and 180+ delegates. 

    2013, Co-opted Organising Committee of Journey to Well-being Conference at Seymour College (joint initiative of Scotch College, Seymour College, Mt Barker High School and St Peter’s College - Adelaide).

    2013, Co-opted Steering Committee, 4th Australian Positive Psychology and Well-being Conference at Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

    2010, Co-opted Member of the Steering Committee for the 2nd Australian Positive Psychology and Well-being Conference at Monash University.

    2007, Chair of Organising Committee Chairman for Victorian IB Schools Awards Ceremony and Art Exhibition for over 12 IB Schools, 100 works with 1800 attending.

    2007, Chair - Organising Committee for Victorian and Tasmanian IB World Schools for IB Awards, ceremony for over 12 IB Schools with 500 attendees.

    2007, Chair - Organising Committee for Victorian and Tasmanian IB World Schools Australian and Visual Arts Theory of Knowledge Symposium at Geelong Grammar School.

     

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