Professional Development SIG 2017-10-31T07:35:17+00:00

Convening Committee Members:

Convenor: Jo-Anne Vorster,, 046 603 7390

Co-convenor: Rosaline Govender,

SIG description:

The Professional Development Special Interest Group (PD SIG) is a network of academics and academic developers collaboratively constructing spaces and opportunities for professional development across Higher Education Institutions in South Africa.

The PD SIG committee is responsible for organising at least one annual workshop in which members of the SIG share knowledge and strategies for the professional development of academis for their teaching role. In addition, the SIG explories how the enhancement of the knowledge and practices of academic developers.


The annual PD SIG workshop will take place on 18 and 19 August 2016 at the Durban University of Technology. The focus of the workshop will be on the implications of the calls for the decolonisation of universities and in particular the curriculum, for academic developers. There will also be opportunities to share new directions in AD practice.

PDSIG members who would like to present a session on how academic developers in their institution have responded to the calls for decolonisation should contact Jo-Anne Vorster as soon as possible. Please provide a brief description of the contribution you would like to make to the workshop. Contributions can take any of the following forms: presentations (maximum 60 minutes), workshops (maximum 2 hours), news cafes (maximum 90 minutes), poster presentations or you can suggest any other suitable form of presentation for your suggested topic.

Should you wish to contribute to a session on new directions in AD practice, please send a brief description of your ‘innovation’ to Jo-Anne at  It is envisaged that three to four new directions could be featured in a two-hour session.

Programme to follow soon.

Thinking Education

facebook group HELTASA

This is an informal Facebook group for critical reflections on South African higher education. The postings on the page are curated by DUT lecturer and 2013 winner of the HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching Award, Antony Collins. Please use it for discussing ideas and posting materials. No particular expertise is assumed, just and interesting in the general topic of higher education, and university teaching in particular. 

Higher Education and Social Justice: Asking the ‘Education Questions’

Prof Jennifer Case from UCT was one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Higher Education Close-Up (HECU) conference in Lancaster, England. The video of the keynote has recently been published on YouTube. The title of Jenni’s keynote address was, Higher Education and Social Justice: Asking the ‘Education Questions’. Jenni raises some very important questions for South African higher education in this keynote address. It is well worth watching.


If you have used any of the CHERTL resources in your staff development work, please could you let us know how you have done so. You can write to Jo-Anne Vorster at

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