Associate Professor of Sport Ethics, Victoria University

Dr Dennis Hemphill is an Associate Professor in Sport Ethics in the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University, Melbourne.

Dennis is a Research Associate of the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living and serves as the Chair of the Exercise and Sport Science Australia Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. He is a long-standing member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and also serves as a reviewer for academic journals such as the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport and Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.

His main teaching areas are sport integrity and ethics, ethics and social policy in sport, and ethical behaviour in coaching. Dennis has a keen research interest in drugs, sport ethics and health, as well as on issues such as violence, anti-doping policy, and human rights in sport.

Select publications:

Mazanov, J., Hemphill, D. Connor, J., Backhouse, S. and Quirk, F. (2014) “Australian Athlete Support Personnel Lived Experience of Anti-Doping”, Sport Management Review,

Fry, C. and Hemphill, D. (2014) “Unofficial rules of the Tour de France matter most.” The Conversation, 10 July,

Hemphill, D. and Wilson-Evered, E. (2014) ‘Sport Integrity: how best to achieve it’. Sport Business Insider, 2 June.

Hemphill, D. and Spaaij, R. (2014) ‘Are we doing enough to promote integrity in sport’. The Conversation, 29 May,

Hemphill, D. and Fry, D. (2013) Bring on new values in sport, whatever it takes. The Age, 2 August.

Mazanov, J., Backhouse S., Connor, J., Hemphill, D. & Quirk, F. (2013). Athlete Support Personnel and Anti-Doping: Knowledge, Attitudes and Ethical Stance. Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. doi: 10.1111/sms.12084

Hemphill, D. (2013) ‘Darkest Day for Human Rights in Australian Sport’, Bulletin of Sport and Culture, 39, March, pp. 3-4.

Cameron, M. and Hemphill, D. (2011) ‘Doing evidence-based practice’, Clinical Exercise Science: A case based approach. Edited by M. Cameron, S. Selig, and D. Hemphill, Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier.

Hemphill, D. (2010) ‘The football violence is striking’, On Line Opinion: Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate. 6 July.

Hemphill, D. (2010) Sport-Smart Persons: A Practical Ethics for Coaching Young Athletes. The Ethics of Sports Coaching. Edited by A. Hardmun and C. Jones. London: Routledge.

Hemphill, D. (2009) Performance Enhancement and Drug Control in Sport: Ethical Considerations’, Sport in Society, vol.12, no.3, pp. 313-326.


  • 1986–present
    Associate Professor of Sport Ethics, Victoria University


  • 1990 
    University of Tennessee, PhD
  • 1982 
    University of Western Ontario, MA
  • 1977 
    University of Western Ontario, BA(Honours)


Carrick Foundation (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2006.