Biography – Emeritus Professor John Halsey

Dr John Halsey commenced his career as a teacher, and was a principal of two schools in South Australia - Ceduna Area School and The Heights School (both Reception to year 12, one rural, one metropolitan).

In 2009 he was appointed the Sidney Myer Chair of Rural Education and Communities at Flinders University.

Previous appointments have included Associate Director of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, an Executive Director in the South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services, and a Chief of Staff to a State Minister for Education and Children's Services. He has also worked as an Educational Facilities Project Officer and for the Australian Schools Commission Choice and Diversity in Education initiative.

He is the former Executive Officer of the Rural Education Forum Australia, and a current consultant with the Center for RelationaLearning, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Central to Professor Halsey’s work is his belief that vibrant, productive rural, regional and remote communities are integral to Australia's and the world’s sustainability. Australia is facing a range of unprecedented pressures- population growth, food security, water supply, energy and resource demands, environmental health, territorial integrity, and an increasing preference for urban living. High quality education is vital in ensuring country communities prosper and are able to make their critical contributions to help meet these challenges.


EdD, MEd, Grad Dip Ed Admin, Dip T (Sec)


  •  Fulbright Scholar
  •  Fellow Australian College of Educators
  •  Life Member - Victims Support Services, South Australia
  •  Fellow Australian Council for Educational Leaders (SA)

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