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Dr David Rhodes

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7761
Mobile: 0488 644 225
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.110  

David is a Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator in the School of Education at the South-West campus.


David has been involved in teaching and education for over twenty years. He was a full-time secondary school History and English teacher, and Head of House at St Andrews Cathedral School in Sydney. He has worked with Indigenous pre-service teachers in remote communities in the Northern Territory, through Charles Darwin University, and was Deputy Principal (Pastoral) at Kormilda College, a day and boarding school in Darwin.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2016 – Edith Cowan Athena SWAN Advancement Scheme 2016 Achievement Recognition.

Research Areas and Interests

David’s research broadly focuses on social justice issues in education, including sexuality, gender, inclusivity, and Indigenous education. David has a particular interest in LGBTIQ+ issues in education and has presented at a range of national and international conferences on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in young adult literature, inclusive curriculum design, and combating homophobia in schools. David has also been an active contributor to The Conversation on a range of issues related to sexuality and gender equality, and specifically sex, gender, and sexuality education. David has published a range of journal articles and a book chapter on combating homophobia in schools. He is currently researching approaches to incorporating LGBTIQ+ issues into an undergraduate Primary Pre-Service Teacher Education program.


  • Doctor of Philosophy Education, The University of Sydney, 2010.
  • Master of Teaching, The University of Sydney, 2003.
  • BA Specialisation: Language & Society, Sociology, Monash University, 2001.

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

  • Rhodes, D. (2017). Heterosexism: A Pedagogy of Homophobic Oppression. Isms in Language Education: Oppression, Intersectionality and Emancipation (230-248). De Gruyter Mouton.

Journal Articles

  • Rhodes, D., Spiers, H. (2013). Creating Educational Equity for Indigenous Students through Significant Organisational Change. The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership, 19(4), 27-37.

Conference Publications

  • Rhodes, D., Spiers, H. (2013). Creating sustainable Indigenous student leadership in a multicultural learning community in Northern Australia. Teachers talk about what's important: Selected papers from the 2012 International Teacher Education Dialogue Conference (71-79). The Primrose Hall Publishing Group.

Journal Articles

  • Rhodes, D., Prescott, D., Giles, W. (2010). Travelling Remote: Training Indigenous teachers in remote communities in Australia‚Äôs Northern Territory. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 10(1), 321-330.
  • Rhodes, D. (2010). Queer Reading for the English Classroom. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 10(2), 11-23.
  • Rhodes, D. (2010). Out in Print in Australia: Male same-sex attraction in Australian young adult novels. The International Journal of Learning, 17(4), 409-420.

Journal Articles

  • Rhodes, D. (2009). Out of the Silence: Bridging the queer divide in Australian secondary English classrooms. English in Australia, 44(2), 43-52.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Education, Factors enabling a successful transition to boarding school for Australian Aboriginal students

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, "Becoming a Better Teacher" Exploring the cultural competence of non-Aboriginal teachers in a northern Australian boarding school.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, On the corner of North and nowhere. A novel - and - going back to go forward: An invitation to get lost. a critical essay
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Disability access and local government: Co-researching the city of bunbury's aim to become the most accessible regional city in Australia
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