New Head of the Department of Educational Psychology was appointed

Posted on July 10, 2017


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

Dr 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.

Dr 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.

Dr 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 Dr 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.


- Author Annalize Brynard
Published by Annalize Brynard

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