Mr Ross Phillips has been appointed as the new Associate Head – Research, Innovation and Professional Practice (K – 12) at St Michael’s Grammar School, commencing in January 2024. He will be succeeding Dr Luke Mandouit, who has been appointed as Vice Principal at Geelong Grammar.
Ross has most recently worked at the University of Melbourne as a Clinical Specialist in the Faculty of Education while completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He is passionate about teacher development for facilitating student pathways and lifelong learning. Ross has also championed classroom cultures of thinking, growth mindsets, global connections, collaboration, and empowering students to meet their challenges and build a better future. He is an author of many textbooks and journal articles, and a conference presenter.
Ross has previously worked as Senior Dean of Learning Futures and Senior Dean of Learning, Research and Innovation at Strathcona Girls Grammar, and Head of Science at Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Firbank Grammar School. Early in his career he gained experience teaching in England. Ross’s doctoral thesis explores how schools shape student futures through subject choice. He holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Melbourne. He was made a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (FACEL) in 2023 and awarded a Most Influential Educator by The Educator in 2022.
We are thrilled to welcome Mr Ross Phillips as the new Associate Head – Research, Innovation and Professional Practice (K – 12) at St Michael’s Grammar School in 2024. We are confident that his extensive experience in education and research will bring an exciting perspective to the role.