I am the interim Director of Academic and Professional Staff Development in the Centre for Higher Education Development at UCT. I am passionate about working with academics at all stages of their trajectories to support, enhance, deepen and transform the way teaching and learning are conceptualised and practised in HE. My work in this area focuses on the exploring the interplay between structure (national, institutional, departmental and disciplinary) and culture and how this influences academics’ critical agency in the interest of change. I currently convene and teach on the New Academics Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), The Short Course on Teaching (TSCOT), and the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) module of the PGDip/ Master’s coursework. I am President of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) and a council member of the International Consortium of Educational Development (ICED). I am been duly elected as the President-elect for ICED (2020-2021) and President of ICED (2021-2023). I am project leader of a national academic staff development collaborative project (UCDG), NATHEP. I was co- chair of the Curriculum Change Working Group at UCT, commissioned to facilitate discursive engagements on curriculum change and decolonisation across the university. I am on the advisory committee for GHEAR, a sub-committee of the World Universities Network. I am part of several national and international research consortia, focused on HE. I have published in the area of higher education studies and decolonising pedagogies/ decolonising the curriculum.
Langutani Mary Masehela is head of Academic Development Unit in the Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning at the University of Venda. Her research interests lie in student development and quality assurance in higher education teaching. She holds a PhD degree in higher education studies from Rhodes University. She served as a HELTASA executive member for two terms from 2016 to 2019. Langutani held the following responsibilities during her tenure as an executive member: Deputy Vice President – Membership, HELTASA representative in the CHE-HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching Awards Committee. In 2019, she subsequently served as chair of the teaching awards committee. She has since been tasked to serve as convener of the committee responsible for restructuring the awards in this gap year of 2020.
As a Lecturer and Educational Developer at the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development (CLTD) at Wits University, I am currently involved in the professional development of academics. My work aims to promote active and collaborative academic scholars through teaching, learning and research.
As a qualified educator with 17 years of teaching and school management experience, my experience includes educational leadership and management; curriculum and programme development, facilitation and mentorship. I managed the MBA programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) before joining the Centre for Sustainability in Mining and Industry (CSMI) at Wits as the Centre and Educational Manager.
Having completed a Post Graduate Diploma for Academic Developers, I am currently a PhD scholar at Rhodes University researching the critical being and becoming of the South African Academic Developer. My further research interests include curriculum development practices in Higher Education, Early Career Academics as well as the Academic Development Practitioners and Practices.
I am a PhD scholar in Higher Education at Rhodes University and my research interests are professional identity, academic writing and enhancing teaching and learning through academic staff development. I coordinate the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDip HE) course at the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL), Rhodes University. Before joining CHERTL, I coordinated the Student Feedback on Teaching and Courses Programme at CPUT. I have extensive experience in teaching discipline-specific discourses and academic literacy at the undergraduate level. My interest in multilingualism enabled me to present the Afrikaans Communication Course to students in the Health Sciences at UCT. My freelance portfolio includes translation and interpreting work as well as being a radio presenter and programme producer at the SABC.
I am the Manager: Special Projects, Teaching and Learning at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the Central University of Technology, Free State, where I manage the University Capacity Development Programme resourced by the University Capacity Development Grant aimed at supporting the development of academics and students, as well as programmes development in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning in universities. I am also responsible for the New Generation of Academics Project (nGAP) which is aimed at supporting universities to recruit and empower new academics in line with their staffing needs. I hold a Masters in Development Studies, D-Tech in Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education for academic developers. I am passionate about empowering people through coaching and engage in researching my own practice in academic development for improvement and contribution to the field of academic development, as well as teaching and learning.
I am a Doctoral in Business Administration- Higher Education Management candidate as well as an Academic Developer – Foundations of Learning and Teaching in the Teaching Excellence Cluster at the Nelson Mandela University. I coordinate the Teaching Enhancement Programme and Early Career Academics Advancement Programme. My focus areas within the cluster are teaching portfolio development and assessment of student learning. Before joining the Nelson Mandela University, I worked as a student development consultant at the University of Fort Hare where I coordinated various Peer Assisted Student Services programmes. I am passionate about enhancement of student learning which she believes would improve student recruitment, retention and, ultimately, financial stability for the Institution. As the SIGs Co-convenor, I invite you to participate in the SIGs to discuss HE issues that are relevant to the group, to share resources and good practice and learn from each other.
“I am an Office Administrator at CHERTL Rhodes University, and as front of house I am the first port of call for all enquiries relating to CHERTL work. I provide administrative and secretarial support to CHERTL staff. I enjoy interacting with a wide range of people and working on projects.
I am law lecturer in the Marketing department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology holding a LLM (Labour Law) from the University of Western Cape. My higher education experience is wide-ranging at both under graduate and post graduate level. I have a deep knowledge and understanding of curriculum processes. As curriculum officer I facilitated and led the Department in shaping and developing the new qualifications in the Marketing Department in meeting the Universities of Technology’s new qualifications framework obligations. I have an extensive network in the water sector in Southern Africa and as a PhD researcher contributes to ongoing research and training in the regional sector. I have a long-standing network in the legal fraternity staying abreast of new developments in the field. I am excited to serve and be part of the HELTASA team and grow with the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa.