Dr Andrew Bills

Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education Building (5.51)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Throughout my educational career I have been involved in researching policy, practice and reform in school communities as an educational leader, diagnostic school review evaluator, teacher, researcher and bureaucrat. I have worked in partnership with international, national and state educational organisations including:

  • The Coaliton of Essential Schools (CES);
  • The Australian Education Union (AEU);
  • The University of South Australia (UniSA);
  • Research Fellow on two Australian Research Council (ARC) projects in partnership with DfE and UniSA;
  • Big Picture Education Australia (BPEA);
  • The Department for Education (DfE) and;
  • The Australian National Schools Network (ANSN).

In these partnerships I have led and facilitated professional development for new and experienced school leaders and managed and designed research projects with university academics, principals, preschool directors, departmental bureaucrats and teacher-leaders.

I work within the research traditions of phenomenology and critical policy sociology, foregrounding educational research in Leadership and Management: Policy, Politics and Practice.


Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) (1989) Charles Darwin University

Graduate Diploma Teaching (1992) Flinders University

Masters in Educational Counselling (1999) University of South Australia

Doctor of Education (2011) University of Adelaide

Honours, awards and grants
  • Reviewer commendations on Educational Doctorate- Inclusion and engagement of disadvantaged young people for learning and wellbeing
  • SA Great Award (2004) School improvement and engagement for at-risk students
Key responsibilities

Lecturer and Researcher in Educational Leadership- Politics, Policy and Practice

Coordinator Topics

  • Leaders and Leadership (EDUC8602)
  • Pedagogical Leadership (EDUC8618)
  • Knowledge Management (EDUC9605)

Lecture Topics

  • Pedagogical Leadership (EDUC8618)
  • Strategic Leadership (EDUC8601)
  • Knowledge Management (EDUC9605)


  • The REAL Hope middle school curriculum action research project with CESA (2019- current)
  • Logics of School Design at the ASMS (2016-current)
  • Action research for enterprise curriculum design at Youth Inc. (2019-current)
  • Initiating the new STEAM agenda at Pasadena High School (now Springbank College)

Community Activity

  • University Advisor- CESA Vision for the North
  • Critical Leadership friend at Youth Inc., Springbank College, Mount Barker High School and the ASMS
  • Member of the ANSN- Big Picture Education Australia
  • Member of the Coalition of Essential Schools
  • Member of the Australian College of Education (ACE)
  • Reviewer for Action Research Journal and the New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work
Teaching interests
  • Educational Policy, Politics and Practice
  • Research epistomologies in Critical Educational Sociology and Phenomenology
  • Knowledge Management and Pedagogical Leadership
  • Relational Educational Leadership
  • Appreciative Inquiry and Policy Evaluation
Topic coordinator
EDUC8602 Leaders and Leadership
EDUC8618 Pedagogical Leadership
EDUC9605 Knowledge Management
Topic lecturer
EDUC9618 Pedagogical Leadership
EDUC9723 Coursework Project in Education (Part 2)
EDUC9602 Leaders and Leadership
EDUC9722 Coursework Project
EDUC9605 Knowledge Management
Supervisory interests
Action research
Education policy
Educational leadership and management
Educational sociology and phenomenology
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Phenomenology (1), Public Policy (1)
Associate supervisor: Leadership and Organisational Change (5), Critical sociology (1)
Associate supervisor: Phenomenology (1), Sociology of Leadership (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Peter Scragg

Eductional Doctorate - DEC 2015

Khambane Panachay

PhD - APR 2019

Expert for media contact
Education - Middle School
Education - Policy
Education - Year 12
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Education - Middle School
  • Education - Policy
  • Education - Year 12

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