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NAS Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning appointed for another term
1 December 2017


Prof Marietjie Potgieter has been reappointed as the Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning, in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (NAS) at the University of Pretoria from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2019. Prof Potgieter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and has served as Deputy Dean since 1 September 2013.

Prof Potgieter has a longstanding record of contributions to Science Education in the tertiary education system. These contributions include research publications within the field, the presentation of various lectures at national and international conferences, as well as being elected on national and international bodies representing science education. She currently serves as a titular member of the Committee on Chemistry Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

In 2008 Prof Potgieter received the South African Chemistry Institute (SACI) Education Medal for her outstanding contribution to Chemical Education, and in 2011 she also received a national commendation award from HELTASA, the Higher Education, Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa, for excellence in teaching and learning.

She is the key driver of student success and throughput in the faculty and has implemented numerous initiatives to empower lecturers to improve their practice and to support students in performing to their full potential. The successes of the previous term include widespread adoption of the hybrid model of teaching and learning, advancement of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), the implementation of effective student advising, and mentorship of young academics to develop as teachers. She is also driving the [email protected] campaign and is a founding member of SCIBER Space (Science-based Education Research), an initiative to support scientists to transition from research in their discipline to becoming established as researchers in science education. 



- Author Martie Meyer
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