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Dr Kevin Sullivan

Senior Lecturer (Primary Education)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5495
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML17.127  

Kevin is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at the School of Education.

Current teaching

  • MAE1250
  • MAE4270.


Kevin's professional experience as an educator is extensive. He has had over 25 years of involvement as a primary and middle school classroom educator (Years 2-8), mathematics coordinator, information communication technology coordinator, advanced teacher (senior teacher 2-status), administrator, manager of a learning design team, academic researcher and university course coordinator.

Professional Associations

  • Foundation member of the Western Australian College of Teaching (WACOT)
  • Australian Computers in Education Conference 2012 – Committee member
  • Council Member for Leeming Primary School (2010-2014)
  • Council Member for Leeming Senior High School (2015-2020).

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015 – Best Publication by a Higher Degree by Research Candidate in the School of Education, Murdoch University
  • 2001 – Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA Foundation)
  • 1996 – Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA Foundation).


  • 2015 – Top 5 Finalist - The Springer Award for the best paper published in Australian Educational Researcher for 2014.

National and International Research Awards

  • 2010 – Awarded PhD scholarship, Murdoch University.

Research Interests

As part of Kevin's PhD in the School of Education at Murdoch University, he conducted analysis of The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2009) dataset, analysing how school characteristics and academic performance differ by region and socio-economic status (SES). He co-authored the following publications:

  1. How do school resources and academic performance differ across Australia’s rural, regional and metropolitan communities?
  2. How do learning environments differ across Australia’s rural, regional and metropolitan communities?
  3. A Comparison of Rural Educational Disadvantage.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2019.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Sullivan, K., McConney, A., Perry, L. (2018). A Comparison of Rural Educational Disadvantage in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand Using OECD’s PISA. Sage Open, 8(4), 1-12.
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