Professor John Halsey


Professor John Halsey is the Sidney Myer Chair of Rural Education and Communities in the School of Education, Flinders University. In November 2009 he was invited to present the Elford Lecture entitled "Moving Out of the Rain Shadow: Rural Australia and Australia's Future", which you can download. Elford Lecture 2009 by Prof John Halsey

John commenced his career as a teacher, and was a principal of two schools in South Australia - Ceduna Area School and The Heights School (both reception to year 12, one rural, one metropolitan). He has been the Associate Director of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, the Executive Director in the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services and a Chief of Staff to a State Minister for Education and Children's Services. He has also worked as an Educational Facilities Project Officer and for the Australian School's Commission Choice and Diversity in Education initiative. He is the former Executive Officer of the Rural Education Forum Australia.

Professor Halsey has extensive experience in community consultation, policy development, decision making, human resources management and the preparation of submissions for funding and formal enquiries. John has represented Australia at the South Pacific Education Forum.

He is a consultant in rural education through the Center for RelationaLearning and the Public Education Department, Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Research Interests

As the Sidney Myer Chair of Rural Education and Communities, John is developing research projects that include:

  • rural schools and community sustainability
  • framing rural and remote education in non- deficit ways and innovative/integrated policies and operations
  • determining the personal and institutional costs of pre-service rural and remote placements
  • comparing and contrasting these with allied human services like health and justice
  • formulating appropriate resourcing policy and models

Areas for Postgraduate Supervision

  • Rural and remote education
  • Community development
  • Educational leadership, management and policy development
  • Curriculum design and assessment
  • Impacts and opportunities of globalisation

Teaching Areas

  • Teaching in rural and regional communities
  • Leading and managing in rural contexts
  • Globalisation: Issues and challenges
  • Organisation theory and contexts

Professional Memberships and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Educators
  • Life Member, Victims Support Services, South Australia


"Vibrant, productive rural communities are integral to the long-term sustainability of Australia."


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