Associate Professor Shane Pill

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

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

Shane is an internationally recognised award-winning academic, mentor, speaker, & researcher. Since 2006, Shane lectures & undertakes research in physical education, sport coaching & development, curriculum studies, & educational leadership at Flinders University.

Shane has published over 200 research, scholarly & report publications. He has grant success in the research areas of physical education, mental health education, sport coaching, sport for development, coach development, and community sport engagement, mental health education.

Shane has a demonstrated record in higher education in innovation, new course development and course leadership in Education. He has extensive not for profit education sector board experience.

Google Scholar 2926+ citations, i10-Index 80, H-Index 29

Shane is regularly called on to work with community, state & national sport organisations on research initiatves, coach education & development, & resource initiatives. He is also regularly called on to work with state & national education bodies on professional development, policy, curriculum, & research initiatives, and he is a sort after speaker, nationally & internationally.

Shane has been awarded Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Life Member & Fellow status for his distinguished service to the fields of sport, physical education and recreation over many years.

Member: Flinders University Institute for Mental Health & Wellbeing.


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 3 Australian Football (AFL) Accredited Coach.

Honours, awards and grants
  • Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Metzler-Freedman Exemplary Paper Award: 2023

  • 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 EPSW College Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
  • SANFL 2013: Coach Award. Services to coaching & coach education
  • 28th ACHPER International Conference (Melbourne: 2013) Early Career Researcher Award-Best paper from an early career researcher
  • CEASA World Teachers Day Award 2013. Recognition of Excellence: Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching Profession in South Australia.
  • Flinders University EHL Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2013.
  • Life Member: The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education & Recreation (LMACHPER): 2013.
  • Outstanding Service Award, 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.
  • CEASA 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.
  • AFCA (WA Branch) 1993 & 1994. Citation: Excellence in Coaching & nomination for Coach of the Year.
Key responsibilities

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Teaching and Learning Research Section Lead 2023-continuing

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work Decolonising the Curriculum Workgroup Chair 2022-continuing

Interim Dean of Education: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work 2022

Academic Supervisor 2019-present

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

Sport, Health & Physical Education Discipline Lead 2017-2020

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

School of Education Research Higher Degree Coordinator 2013-2015

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

Workgroup 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
EDUC3524 Health and Physical Education Curriculum Studies
EDUC9305G Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 1
EDUC9306G Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years 2
HLPE3601 Sport Coaching Science
EDUC4828 Physical Education Curriculum Specialisation: Senior Years
EDUC9128G Physical Education Curriculum Studies A1: Understanding Curriculum Development in the Middle Years
EDUC4122 Physical Education Curriculum Specialisation: Middle Years
Supervisory interests
Community sport
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), Education leadership (-1), Education change (1), Education futures (1)
Associate supervisor: Science education (1)
Associate supervisor: Education leadership (2), Vocation, Education and Training (1), Outdoor Education (1), Education change (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Irena White

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2021

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

Current Grants

Big Talks for Little People schools mental health program with Breathrough and Little Heros Foundations (2023-2034)

Netball Australia: NetSetGo evaluation with Netball Australia (2023)

Womens Coaching with Tennis Australia (2023-2034)