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.

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 2700+ citations, i10-Index 73, H-Index 27 / Research Gate 1610+ citations, H-Index 22.

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

What is quality physical education? with Association of Independent Schools NSW

Sport Development: Hook in for Health with Oceania Hockey

Womens Coaching with Tennis Australia