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Professor Harry Phillips AM

Harry is an Honorary Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities.


Harry C. J. Phillips (born 2 February 1943) has been a leading political and civic education advocate and political commentator in Western Australia. He has extensive teaching and lecturing experience in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in political and civic education and has published widely in these fields. Following more than 30 years as a Lecturer at Edith Cowan University (and its predecessors) an inscription was placed on the University path of honour which read: Dr Harry C. J. Phillips, ‘An inspirational lecturer and mentor: Respected political commentator; Your wisdom and kindness lives on in us.’ In October 2013 Harry Phillips was awarded the Australian College of Educators State Medal for Western Australia. This was in recognition of an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education’. Harry is a Parliamentary Fellow (Education) and member of the Western Australian Parliamentary Education and History Advisory Committees.  Membership of other advisory boards and committees held by Harry Phillips include the Constitutional Centre of Western Australia and the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. In 2009 he was presented with a Certificate of Recognition ‘for making an outstanding contribution to the Curriculum Council as Chief Examiner, Chief Marker and Syllabus Committee in Political and Legal Studies for more than thirty years’. In 2012 and 2013 Harry served as an Advisory Panel Member for the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) for the formulation of the National Curriculum in Civics and Citizenship. Another of Harry Phillips interests has been Western Australian sport with numerous publications in this domain, particularly tennis. In 2013 he had a tennis court named after him at his home Reabold Tennis Club with the inscription ‘in recognition and appreciation of dedication and expertise in researching and documenting the history of both Reabold Tennis Club and Tennis West.

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • Fellowship of the Australian College of Educators (FACE)
  • 2014 - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
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