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Meet The Team


Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Dr Africa is senior lecturer and Head of the Department of Political Studies at UWC.  Africa worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) for eight years (1995-2003). She has extensive experience in applied research and research design having been involved in the design and execution of numerous research projects. Dr Africa specializes in teaching research methodology and design with a particular emphasis on public opinion and survey research. She has a wide range of content interests including South African politics, democracy and governance, elections and election campaigns as well as political communication. She has served as an election analyst for both the SABC and e-tv. She has also played an important role in election observation in South Africa.


Director of Teaching and Learning

Professor Vivienne Bozalek is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. Prior to this she was Chairperson of the Department of Social Work, University of Western Cape. She holds a PhD from Utrecht University. Her areas of research, publications and expertise include the use of post-structural, social justice and the political ethics of care perspectives, innovative pedagogical approaches in Higher Education, including the use of educational technologies, feminist and participatory research methodologies and critical family studies,. She was a recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at UWC in 2007. In 2010 she received the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award and the Association of Southern African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) Distinguished Educator of the Year Award.


Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Arts

Lindsay Clowes is the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning and the Chairperson of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape. An historian by training, she is an NRF rated researcher, TAU Fellow and winner of an Heltasa Excellence in Teaching and Learning award. Current research explores ways in which subject locations structured around biological sex, gender, sexuality, race and class mediate and shape possibilities for both teaching and learning. She has recently published in Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, African Education Review, Gender and Education, Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, Gender Questions and Teaching in Higher Education. Earlier work appears in a range of journals including the Journal of Gender Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies, Culture Health & Sexuality, Agenda, the South African Historical Journal, the Journal of Psychology in Africa and Gender & History.


Teaching and Learning Specialist
Faculty of Natural Sciences

Honjiswa Conana is the Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape.

Her role is to support teaching and learning initiatives in the Faculty. Prior to this appointment, she worked as an academic literacy practitioner in the Physics Department at the University of the Western Cape, working in collaboration with first and second year Physics lecturers. Her research interests lie in physics education and academic literacies. Her Doctoral research comprised an in-depth study of students’ experiences of a curriculum that is explicitly designed to develop physics students’ academic literacy and their access to the disciplinary discourse of physics.


Writing Centre Coordinator

Arona Dison is Coordinator of the UWC Writing Centre. She was previously employed as a Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at UWC. In addition to coordinating the Writing Centre, she contributes to professional development work in the Directorate of Teaching and Learning. She is involved in co-facilitation on the inter-institutional Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (Teaching and Learning) and courses of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC). Her research interests include the integration of academic literacies into the curriculum; academic and professional literacies and the political ethics of care in relation to higher education. She is involved in UWC’s Apex project on Multimodal Literacies and Pedagogies for Critical Citizenship. She conducted her doctoral research at UWC on research capacity development of individuals in South African research centres.


Teaching and Learning Specialist
Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences

Dr Karen Dos Reis is the Teaching and Learning Specialist in the Economics Management and Science Faculty. Her research interest are teaching, learning, mentoring, service learning and accounting education. She has 21 years’ experience in teacher education and is a part-time consultant for Umalusi Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training.


Teaching and Learning Specialist
Faculty of Arts

Marijke du Toit joined the University of the Western Cape in 2015. Previously, she taught in Historical Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds a PhD in History from the University of the Cape Town. She is a research participant in UWC’s Apex project  on Multimodal Literacies and Pedagogies for Critical Citizenship.

Together with photographer Jenny Gordon (Rhodes University) she is co-author of the book Breathing Spaces: Environmental Portraits of South Durban (UKZN Press, 2016). This multi-dimensional project included a series of community-based photography workshops and exhibitions while also building relationships with South African environmental justice organisations GroundWork and the South Durban Environmental Community Alliance.  Her interest in digital literacies and pedagogies was shaped by several years of lecturing in Internet Studies (in courses offered by the History Department from 1999 to 2010) at UKZN.

Her interest in multilingual pedagogy was first prompted when she taught History at UWC in 1996-1999. More recently she received funding from the National Research Foundation for the project “”Indigenous language Print Media, cultures of letter-writing and the creation of a public sphere”. This involved combining original research into early twentieth century African language newspapers with the introduction of texts written in various languages, together with translation, as part of undergraduate teaching.   She is currently engaged in critical reflection about this project, as part of a book project on theorizing questions of multilingualism, interpretation and translation from the global South.

Marijke’s archival research has included a focus on how early twentieth century social science researchers made use of ‘snapshot’ photography. More recently, she has pursued work about the early twentieth century history of state social welfare, about ‘kholwa’ (missionary educated, Zulu-speaking) women’s work in child welfare societies and about the early history of South Africa’s racialized system of child maintenance grants.


Associate Prof in Mathematics
Faculty of Education

Rajendran Govender is currently an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education in the School of Science and Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape. In the interim he is serving as the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning. Rajendran started teaching school mathematics in 1985, became a college mathematics lecturer in 1995 and in 2002 he became a subject advisor of Mathematics in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2003 he joined the University of Limpopo as a mathematics education lecturer, and in 2008 took up the post of mathematics education lecturer at UWC wherein he has been promoted to senior in 2013 and recently to Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Rajendran is a member of SAARMSTE, UMALUSI external moderator for Mathematics, serves on the AMESA national council and represents AMESA on the SAMF Advisory Committee on Mathematics. He is also an associate editor of the Pythagoras journal. He served as a team leader for the conceptualization and writing of the Curriculum Statement for National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) in Mathematics, which has been signed by the Minister of Higher Education in 2016. He serves as a work stream leader on geometry and measurement in the DHET Primary Teacher Education project. His core areas of mathematics education research embrace reasoning, generalizing, proof, problem solving, modelling and the use of ICT in mathematics.

Most recently he has been invited by the Universities South Africa (USAf) to serve as a member and chairperson of the Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (TLMCoP).Furthermore, On 5 April 2017, Prof Rajendran Govender was invited and appointed by the Honourable Minister of Basic Education, Mrs A Motshekga, MP to serve in the Reference Team to Develop the Framework for the Mathematical Pedagogical Identity for the South African context.


Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Natural Sciences

David Holgate is a full professor and currently the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.  His principal research interest is in category theory and topology, pursuing a deeper categorical analysis and understanding of methods and constructions in general topology.  His most recent research has been in closure operators and neighbourhood operators on categories as well so-called “pointfree topology” or frame/locale theory.  He holds a B3 rating from the South African NRF.

David also has a strong interest in undergraduate mathematics education and is on the international steering committee for the DELTA conference series on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics.  In 2011 he was a runner up in the HEQC/HELTASA National Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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