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Prof Chika Sehoole

Dean: Faculty of Education

Prof Sehoole is a NRF-rated scientist and maintains a number of active research collaborations nationally and internationally. He has a BA degree in Pedagogics and a Bachelor of Education degree, as well as a master's and PhD in Education.

Prof Sehoole's academic career at the University of Pretoria started in 2001. He has also held various chief directorships at the National Department of Education.

He has published extensively in the field of higher education and is the author or co-authored of a number of published peer-reviewed policy briefs, chapters in scholarly volumes and articles in accredited journals in his fields of research specialisation.

Prof Sehoole has served on a task team of the Council on Higher Education and has participated in a research initiative of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). He has also been involved in various outreach projects.

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Prof Salome Human-Vogel

Deputy Dean: Faculty of Education 

Prof Salomé Human-Vogel was appointed as Deputy Dean in September 2017.

She was the Acting HOD in the Department of Educational Psychology from 1 January 2017. Salomé is a registered educational psychologist with 18 years’ of experience in psychological practice. She has supervised the training of numerous Masters students in Educational Psychology, as well as intern-psychologists, and her teaching interests focus on family-oriented intervention and the use of equine-assisted interventions in a community context.

She is also an NRF rated researcher whose research interests focus on how people form and maintain long-term commitments in various areas of their lives. She has been involved extensively in teaching modules at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Educational Psychology, and has also developed many postgraduate modules (Honours and Masters) in Educational psychology. Salomé received an ‘Education Innovation Award’ in 2010 for the integration of community engagement with postgraduate teaching and clinical practice in the MEd (Educational Psychology) program. Salomé regularly publishes her work in accredited peer-reviewed journals both nationally and internationally, and she regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.

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Prof Johan Wassermann

Head: Department of Humanities Education

Prof Johan Wassermann has been appointed head of the Department of Humanities Education in the Faculty of Education, with effect from 1 July 2017.

Prof Wassermann completed his undergraduate and Honours degrees at North-West University, two Master’s degrees (in Geography Education at Rhodes University and in History at the University of Free State). He completed his DPhil. in History at the University of Pretoria in 2005. He has extensive teaching experience in higher education, which includes eight years lecturing at the Durban College of Education, and 16 years teaching History Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal before joining the University of Pretoria as a full professor of History Education in 2016.

He has an impressive research portfolio that includes over 40 publications in accredited journals, book chapters and contributions to conference proceedings. He supervised to completion 25 Master’s and PhD. students, and one post-doctoral fellow. His research focuses on History textbooks, youth and History, teaching controversial issues in History and the position of minoritised peoples in Colonial Natal. He has been a visiting scholar to a number of African and overseas universities.

Prof Wassermann has administration and management experience at higher-education level, which includes working as Head of Department for History and Geography at the Durban College of Education and as Cluster Leader for Social Science Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He serves on numerous editorial boards and scientific committees and has acted as the Vice-President of the Historical Association of South Africa. He is a founder member of the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education and serves on its scientific committee. He is also the co-founder and chairperson of the African Association for History Education.

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Prof Ina Joubert

Head: Department of Early Childhood Education

Prof Ina Joubert is a member of the World Education Research Association and serves on the management committee of the South African Research Association of Early Childhood Education (SARAECE). She has been a school principal, a lecturer and senior lecturer in distance education, an associate professor and now the head of the Department of Early Childhood Education.

She received an award for the best PhD presentation (2006) at the Faculty of Education, Research Indaba. She has also received two Deans Awards (2010) as well as two Teaching Innovation Awards (2006 & 2010).

She specialises in democratic citizenship education and language education of the young child. She has published articles on her research in these fields in accredited national and international journals. She has published a total of 12 books and also numerous chapters in these fields. In addition she has published scholarly, research-based books on children’s experiences of their citizenship in democratic South Africa and assessment practices at higher education institutions.

Prof Joubert has mentored 17 postgraduate students to the completion of their studies over the past 10 years, in the fields of democratic citizenship education and language education in the Foundation Phase. Some of these students who completed their degrees under her supervision, have excelled in their careers.

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Prof Gerrit Stols

Head: Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

Prof Gerrit Stols is the Head of the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. He was appointed on 1 January 2016. Prof Stols, who received his professorate on 1 January 2014, enjoys international recognition for his work in Mathematics Education and has received a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). He has supervised more than a dozen postgraduate research studies to completion and has obtained numerous grants for his research on the use of technology in Mathematics education.  

He has generated more than 24 articles and book chapters in highly regarded publications in his field. His research is aimed at bridging the gap between research and practice, and involves a systematic enquiry into the conditions under which mathematics teachers use technology for instruction. Prof Stols has conducted a comprehensive literature study in order to understand the factors that influence the decision by mathematics teachers to use technology in the classroom, and presented has his findings at conferences. His research has directly benefited teachers in South Africa, Japan and the United States of America.

He has lectured on his work in the field of mathematics, and specifically geometry, on several continents and has been invited to the Universities of Alberta and Georgia, the Northeast Normal University, Naruto University, Fordham University and the University of Utrecht. He is currently on a Fulbright scholarship at the University of Great Falls, Montana, in the USA.

Prof Stols’s appointment as Head of Department will not only lay the foundation for the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education to increase its role as a national leading department in education in these fields, but will also increase opportunities for international study for researchers and students in the Department.

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Prof Everard Weber

Head: Department of Education Management and Policy Studies

Prof Everard Weber has been appointed as the Acting Head of Department since 1 June 2016. He is a leading scholar in the field of Education Policy in both South African and international contexts. He has Masters and Doctoral degrees in Education from the Harvard University, an MPhil and Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a BA in Xhosa and Sotho from UCT. He has been a full professor at the University of Pretoria (since 2012) and at UJ from 2011 until joining UP.

Prior to that he was Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at UP, a researcher at Wits Education Policy Unit, and a consultant to US AID. He was a Researcher at Harvard University for five years, and has 17 years of teaching experience at the Crestway and John Ramsay High Schools in the Western Cape.

Prof Weber has developed and presented many undergraduate and postgraduate modules at UP, Harvard, UWC, and UCT. He directed the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg from 2009 to 2011. This is excellent background for his current responsibility as a member of the Curriculum Transformation work stream of the University of Pretoria. Nine Master’s and PhD students have completed under his supervision or co-supervision and Prof Weber currently supervises 6 students. Research outputs include 2 scholarly books as editor and author, 18 accredited articles, multiple conference presentations and he has a large number of reports, workshops and short courses to his name. He is s reviewer for 10 scholarly journals.

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Prof Ruth Mampane

Head: Department of Educational Psychology

Prof Motlalepule Ruth Mampane has been promoted to the position of Associate Professor and new Head of Department of Education Psychology from 1 August 2017.

Prof Mampane obtained her undergraduate qualifications from Vista University (Mamelodi) and her B Ed Honours in Education Psychology from the University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU), her masters and PhD Degrees at the University of Pretoria in 2005 and 2010 respectively. She started her career at the South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI) as Programme Administrator, followed by stints at the Centre for the Study of Aids at the University of Pretoria and at the Tourism Hospitality and Sports Education and Training Authority. Dr Mampane joined the University of Pretoria in 2004 as Junior Lecturer and was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in 2013.

Prof Mampane is a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health Professional Council of South African (HPCSA). Her research focus and scholarly contributions within the discipline of Educational Psychology are centred on resilience, mitigation of risk and encouraging preventative programmes through early identification of risk. She has published 10 articles in accredited journals, has supervised to completion 15 masters students and is currently supervising eight masters students and one  doctoral student.

Prof Mampane has an impressive leadership profile which entails being the Chairperson of Education Association of South Africa (EASA). She is a Council and Executive member of the UMALUSI Council for General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance. She is also Chairperson of the Assessment Standard Committee, a member of the editorial board of the Perspectives in Education (PIE), editorial team member of the South African Journal of Education (SAJE) as well as Council member of the World Education Research Association (WERA), which have provided her national and international footprint and recognition.

She received the following awards in recognition of her scholarly contributions SANPAD RCI Scholarship, Thutuka National Research Foundation Rating Track, University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar.

The Faculty is proud to have Prof  Mampane as the Head of the Department of Educational Psychology. As her name Motlalepule attests, may her appointment bring about showers of rain (blessings) to the Faculty. We are looking forward to her contribution in these roles.

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- Author Annalize Brynard
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