The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof Molatlhegi Trevor (Chika) Sehoole as Dean of the Faculty of Education with effect from 1 June 2016.
Professor Sehoole has been Head of the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria (UP), since 2011. He previously held the positions of Chief Director: Higher Education Policy and Development Support, and Chief Director: Higher Education Planning and Management Support at the National Department of Education.
Professor Sehoole obtained a BA in Pedagogics at the University of the North (now part of the University of Limpopo) and a Bachelor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, before completing a master’s and a PhD in Education, also at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 2002. Early on in his career, he also completed a Certificate in Education Research at the University of Essex.
Professor Sehoole commenced his academic career as a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at UP in 2001. In 2007 he was promoted to associate professor. He was subsequently seconded to the National Department of Education where he held various chief directorships until 2010.
Professor Sehoole has published extensively in the field of higher education. He has authored or co-authored a number of published peer-reviewed policy briefs, chapters in scholarly volumes and articles in accredited journals in his fields of research specialisation. Between June 2013 and June 2014 he served on a task team of the Council on Higher Education, which conducted a 20-year review of the status of higher education in South Africa, and between 2012 and 2013 he participated in a research initiative of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which focused on governance in higher education.
An NRF-rated scientist, he maintains a number of active research collaborations nationally and internationally. He has been involved in various outreach projects in local communities.
The University congratulates Professor Sehoole on his appointment and wishes him well in his future career as Dean of the Faculty of Education and member of the University’s senior management team.