Associate Professor Shane Pill

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.16)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Physical Education & Science Teacher, Head of Department, Year Level Coordinator, Sport Coordinator, Deputy Principal 1988-2005.

Lecture & research in physical education, sport coaching & development, curriculum studies, & educational leadership since 2006.

Over 200 research, scholarly & reports publications. Google Scholar 2250+ citations, i10-Index 63, H-Index 24. RG Score 28.20.

Worked with community, state & national sport organisations on research initiatves, coach education & development, & resource initiatives: Cricket Australia, National Rugby League, Tennis Australia, the Australian Football League (AFL), the South Australian Football League (SANFL), West Australian Football Commission (WAFL), South Australian Cricket Association (SACA), Lacrosse Australia, South Australian Institute for Sport (SASI), ASC/Sport Australia.

Worked with state and national education bodies on professional development, policy, curriculum, and research initiatives: ACARA, the SACE Board, AISNSW, the South Australian Education Department, SA Office for Recreation & Sport.

Speaker & consultant, nationally and internationally, including keynotes at: South Australian HPE Conference (Adelaide, 2014, 2019), Western Australia HPE Conference (Perth, 2012, 2016, 2019), Tasmanian HPE Conference (Launceston, 2013, 2016), Queensland HPE Conference (Brisbane, 2017), European Council of International Schools Physical Education Conference (Munich, 2015), AFL National Coaching Conference (2015, 2016), Netwerk Teaching Games Conference (Eindhoven, 2017), Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference (Hong Kong, 2015, 2016, 2018), International Game Sense Conference (Adelaide, 2017), Tennis Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference (Melbourne, 2019), Rugby Australia National Training & Education Conference (Canberra, 2020), AIS NSW Conference (Sydney, 2022).

Grants and consultancies totalling over $1,000,000 (not proportioned)

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Life Member and Fellow.


Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) South Australian College of Advanced Education

Masters of Educational Leadership: Australian Catholic University

Doctor of Philosophy: University of Tasmania

Level 2 Australian Football Accredited Coach.

Honours, awards and grants
  • ACHPER(SA) President’s Award for distinguished service to the profession: 2021
  • Australian Award for University Teaching, 2016 & 2021
  • Flinders University Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015 & 2019.
  • Flinders University College of Education, Psychology & Social Work Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
  • South Australian Football League 2013: Coach Award. Services to coaching & coach education
  • 28th Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation International Conference (Melbourne: 2013) Early Career Researcher Award-Best paper from an early career researcher
  • Council of Educational Associations South Australia World Teachers Day Award 2013. Recognition of Excellence: Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching Profession in South Australia.
  • Flinders University Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013.
  • Life Member: The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (LMACHPER), 2013.
  • Outstanding Service to St Thomas School Sport (2012)
  • Physical Education Week Award 2010.Certificate of Excellence: In recognition of your truly inspirational & dedicated, continuous professional commitment to ACHPER & to Health & Physical Education in South Australia
  • Physical Education Week Award 2009: In recognition of his time in coaching hockey and soccer teams for many years as part of the school parent initiated sport program at St Thomas School.
  • Fellow: The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (FACHPER), 2007.
  • Council of Educational Associations South Australia World Teachers Day Award 2007: Recognition of Excellence: Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching Profession in South Australia.
  • Physical Education Week Award 2000. Commitment to developing quality physical education & sport programs for the staff & students at Mt Carmel College & for his efforts to promote Secondary Physical Education.
  • Australian Football Coaches Association (WA Branch) 1993 & 1994. Citation: Excellence in Coaching & nomination for Coach of the Year.
Key responsibilities

Academic Supervisor 2019-present

Course Coordinator: Bachelor of Sport, Health & Physical Activity 2014-2020

Sport, Health & Physical Education Discipline Lead 2017-2020

Chair: Bachelor of Sport, Health & Physical Activity Acadamic Programs Advisory Committee 2014-2017

School of Education Teaching & Learning Committee 2006-2011; 2013-2017

School of Education Research Higher Degree Coordinator 2013-2015

School of Education Middle & Secondary School Degree Coordinator 2011-2013

Initial Teacher Education Committee 2011-2013

Chair: Middle & Secondary Years of Schooling Curriculum Change, Review & Renewal 2009-2010.

Teaching interests
  • Physical education and sport curriculum and pedagogy
  • Skill development
  • Sport coaching, management and administration for schools
  • Instructional strategies for sport coaching and sport related games teaching
Topic coordinator
HLPE2531 Sport and Physical Education
EDUC4729 Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 1
EDUC4730 Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 2
EDUC3524 Health and Physical Education Curriculum Studies
EDUC9305G Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 1
EDUC9309 Health and Physical Educatrion Curriculum Studies R-7
EDUC9306G Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 2
HLPE3601 Sport Coaching Science
Supervisory interests
Curriculum in general and in higher education
Education, Sport and physical
Educational leadership and management
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Physical Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Education Leadership (1), Higher education (1), Sport coaching (1), outdoor education (1), VET (1)
Expert for media contact
Education - Curriculum
Education - Teaching
Physical education
Sport and physical education
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Media expertise
  • Education - Curriculum
  • Education - Teaching
  • Physical education
  • Schools
  • Sport
  • Teaching
  • Sport and physical education
Further information


2021 Sport Development Grant partnered with Oceania Hockey

2020 Tennis Australia Womens Coaching Grant

2019 Office for Recreation and Sport; Coach Developer Project

2019 Sport Australia Move It Particpation Grant; Physical Education Physical Literacy Project

2017-19 Australian Government New Colombo Mobility Plan. Creating infrastructure and the sharing of game skills:developing lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity through Australian Football

2018 Unley Council; Dads and Lads Physical Activity Initiative

2018 Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute RIBG Funding; Pedagogical responses to public health concerns associated with physical activity levels in school physical education: A pilot study

2016-18 Australian Government New Colombo Mobility Plan. Development of Indian Students in Sports Activities – a collaboration with the Indian Sports Authority to deliver training in coaching and events management using cricket as the tool for engagement

2017Teaching and Learning Grant; Developing a sustainable model for international sport based WIL placements.

2011 Australian Football League; SANFL youth football retention

2008 Flinders University URB 1. What ‘Games for Understanding’ pedagogical elements do teachers use and value?

2007 Flinders University URB 1. The value and relevance of Physical Education Studies at the tertiary level: Perceptions of graduate student teachers.

Shane's research work can be found on or