I am an Associate Professor in Curriculum Inquiry and Rural Education at the University of Canberra, Australia,  where I lead the Rural Education and Communities research group. On this page you will find some overview of my professional work. For a more detailed CV please email me.


  • 2016: Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, Australia.
  • 1998: Bachelor of Education (Humanities Education) University of Sydney


  • Feb 2010 – Present: Assistant Professor (Curriculum Inquiry / Rural Education), University of Canberra.
  • Jul 2009 – Feb 2010: Lecturer, Education Studies, University of Canberra.
  • 1997-2009: Teacher, Head Teacher, & Professional Leadership, NSW Department of Education.

Editorial Boards:


  • University of Canberra 2017 Award for Early Career Researcher Excellence in Social Sciences.
  • Winner UC Pitch for funds ($5 000) 4th October 2017 for ‘How NAPLAN creates rural disadvantage’.
  • Nominated: Charles Sturt University nomination for the Australian Association for Research in Education Ray Debus Award for Doctoral Research in Education 2017. Each university nominates one dissertation only. To be announced at the 2017 Annual Conference in November 2017.
  • American Educational Research Association Rural Special Interest Group Dissertation of the Year Award 2016.
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association 2015 Colin Marsh Award. This bi-annual national award is for the best paper in the last 2 years in the journal Curriculum Perspectives. This was awarded for my 2014 paper ‘A Curriculum for the Country: The Absence of the Rural in a National Curriculum’.
    • Citation Excerpt: Philip considers the principles of social justice, equity and respect for all and clearly demonstrates an understanding of curriculum issues. His deep critical analysis and well-crafted argument challenges us all to consider the importance of place when constructing and implementing curriculum and thus has the potential for impact on curriculum designers and users. We are delighted to nominate this paper for this award.
  • University of Canberra 2013 Vice-Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award.
    • This award recognizes major reforms and reconceptualization of the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching.
    • Citation excerpt: the Selection Committee commented that they were particularly impressed by ‘the level of scholarship, the way in which you addressed bringing together practice and theory, the integration of units, the way in which you looked at student work to measure impact, your process for gaining detailed feedback, and the striking improvement in Unit Satisfaction Survey data.’ 
  • Australian College of Educators Bill Rose Award 2008
    • Citation excerpt: For A professional learning program that focused on supporting new teachers across two communities and supporting the learning of all schools and teachers involved’ (Australian Government Quality Teaching Program funded project)
  • In 2013 my teaching approach in my Masters unit was cited as exemplary practice by the program leader and shared with the academic program staff as a benchmark example of effective and innovative teaching.
  • Nominated for a Vice-Chancellors Excellence in Teaching Award 2017 by my program director, University of Canberra.


  • American Educational Research Association
  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Australian Curriculum Studies Association
  • Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia
  • New South Wales History Teachers Association