Boarding Education, International Education, Leadership, Change Management (Positive Psychology)
Associate Professor Mathew White is the Program Director for the Master of Education in the School of Education at The University of Adelaide. In addition, 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’s 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 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.
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 two terms as Chair (’17 &’18) and past Secretary (’16).
In 2016, Mathew was conferred Fellowship in the Australian College of Educators. In 2017, the Australian C
Mathew's research focuses broadly on character education, international education, leadership, and wellbeing education. In particular, he is interested in how leaders establish school cultures to enable positive learning and wellbeing environments.