College Deans: Teaching & Learning

The position of College Dean: Teaching and Learning was created as part of the University-wide reorganisation process and launched in January 2012. Combined with the challenges brought about by the reorganisation, developing a character for the position provided new opportunities for Teaching and Learning, enabling the University to impact more directly on improved student progression and graduation. In an effort to promote and support student success, the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group identifies strategic goals through a systematic process of data review, research, discussion, planning and implementation.

The work of the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group is underpinned by the principle that student success is not the result of the implementation of one programme or approach, but rather the result of various initiatives applied in concert. Under the leadership of the DVC: Teaching and Learning, Professor Renuka Vithal, a number of strategic areas have merged as the foci of the group’s work. These include: providing an overall strategic direction for teaching and learning at the University; developing and revising teaching and learning policies; implementing Senate approved policies; and contributing to the promotion of the scholarship of teaching and learning across the University through a variety of scholarly fora and activities.

In addition to key functions of policy development and implementation, the College Dean: Teaching and Learning participates in various strategic initiatives including response to key national policy documents and position papers. In 2012, the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group responded to the revised Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework and the DHET Green Paper on Post-School Education and Training. 

Professor Naven Chetty - College Dean: Teaching and Learning (College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science)
 

Professor Naven Chetty has a PhD in Experimental Physics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was awarded the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science distinguished teacher award in 2014. Professor Chetty is currently the head of the Science and Engineering Access Programme at UKZN. His passion is teaching and he enthusiastically enlightens students about the wonders of Physics and he strives to change the face of teaching and learning in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. He has published more than 20 papers in ISI rated journals and has graduated a number of students at MSc and PhD level.


Professor Betty Claire Mubangizi - College Dean: Teaching and Learning (College of Law and Management Studies)
 

Prof Betty Claire Mubangizi is also Full Professor of Public Administration and Governance and is an NRF – rated researcher with over 40 publications. In 2015 and 2016 she was seconded to the College of Humanities where she served as Interim Dean of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies. Prof Mubangizi is a member of the scientific committee of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) based at the University of Bergen in Norway. This eight-member committee is appointed by the International Social Science Council and is responsible for shaping and monitoring the scientific goals of CROP. Prof Mubangizi is an external Editor of the Loyola Journal of Social Sciences and responsible for the July December Issue of this bi-annual Journal. Prof Mubangizi brings to this portfolio a career total of 20 years of teaching in a tertiary environment, an understanding of needs of students from various backgrounds and a passion for excellence in teaching and learning underscored by reflective practice. Further, she has successfully supervised Doctoral and Masters Students and serves as external examiner for many universities.


Professor Sinegugu Duma - College Dean: Teaching and Learning (Health Sciences)
 

Sinegugu Duma obtained a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cape Town (2006); Masters in Nursing Education from University of KwaZulu Natal (1998); a B Cur in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education from UNISA (1994); and Diploma in Nursing (Psychiatry, Community) and Midwifery from Natal College of Nursing. She has authored a book “The Pain of Being a Women” and published more than 20 articles in scientific nursing education, forensic nursing and nursing practice journals. At the University of Cape Town she established and chaired the first ever national Campus Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which coordinates services for victims and survivors of sexual violence on campus. Her current research is on prevention of sexual violence in different settings, including universities.

She is an Adjunct Professor at Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kenya and Foreign Faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore and Stamford University where she teaches gender based violence as a public health issue to graduate students on international exchange programme in South Africa. She is an executive board member of FUNDISA, a fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa since 2013, and is the recipient of the FUNDISA Excellence Nursing Research Award (2016) She also served as the Chairperson for the Practice Portfolio. As Chairperson of the Accreditation Committee and Deputy Chairperson of the South African Nursing Council (2008 -2013), she was responsible for developing regulations for nursing curriculum and accreditation of nursing programmes in higher education. She serves on the South African Forensic Nursing Association, of which she is a founding member, the International Association of Forensic Nurses where she serves in the international advisory committee, Sigma Theta Tau international and its African Chapter, Tau Lambda at Large. Furthermore, she has successfully supervised and graduated six PhD Graduates and nineteen Masters Graduates.


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