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Dr Phil Daughtry

Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences

About Phil

Phil Daughtry is a senior manager at Tabor and he teaches in the field of contemporary spirituality. He has a reputation amongst his staff as a caring and empowering leader. His students speak of his gentleness, clarity of communication and capacity to teach critical and reflective thinking skills. Phil is active in research and participates in international conversations about the place of spirituality in life, work and society. He is a member of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality (INSS) and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS). His own spiritual journey is one that is shaped by contemplative practices from the Christian tradition and a progressive theological worldview. When not at work, Phil is happiest in the garden, on his BMW motorcycle tourer, fishing, camping, spending time with his wife, adult children, partners and grandchildren, and supporting the Adelaide United Football (soccer) Club.

Access Phil’s blog, published writings and podcast series here: Contemplative Corner.

Read about Phil’s book The Art of Accompanying

Recent Publications

Daughtry, Macaitis, K., & Zweck, T. (2022). ’Walking into the rock … ’: Labyrinth experience as thin place and [spi]ritual direction. Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 12(1), 8–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/20440243.2022.2037188

Daughtry, P. & Green, M. (2020). The Art of Accompanying. Adelaide: Immortalise.

Daughtry, P. (2020). Portraits of the “Shy Hope” Engaging Youth Spiritualties in the Australian Context. The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, 10(1), 13-27. doi:https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v10i01/13-27

Macaitis, K. & Daughtry, P. (May 16-18, 2019). “Priests are psychologists – Come back to church!” – Observations of dreaming & awakening as therapeutic phenomena in reflective educational practice. Spirituality in Society & the Professions International Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland.

Daughtry, P. (2019). Portraits of our shy hopes – short meditations on the spirituality of the everyday. Adelaide: Elephant House Press.

Daughtry, P. (June 26-29, 2017)‘… we have no choice. God is with us.’

– Karl Rahner, primordial experience of God and contemporary formation. Paper presented at the “Pray Without Ceasing: Perspectives in Spirituality Studies” International conference, University of Zurich and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality  Kloster Kappel, Switzerland.

Daughtry, P. & Devenish, S. (Eds.). (2016). Spirituality for youth work: New vocabulary, concepts and practices. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Current Academic Projects

  • Course development of a Graduate Certificate in Contemplation and Action
  • International conference proposal to the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • Serving member of the International Relations Committee of the SSCS

Subjects Taught

  • Exploring Contemporary Spirituality
  • Exploring Practices for Spiritual Formation


  • Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Campus supervisor, Perth


  • Engaged in international conversations around spirituality
  • Practices yoga and various fitness disciplines
  • Loves the Australian bush
  • Motorcycle touring with friends


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts
    (Christian Counselling)
  • Bachelor of Arts

You can contact Phil on
1300 482 267

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