South African Young Academy of Science

Nhlanhla Mpofu

Nhlanhla Mpofu

Dr Nhlanhla Mpofu is the Director for Teaching, Learning and Programme Development and a Senior Lecturer at Sol Plaatje University. Nhlanhla received her PhD (Humanities Education) from the University of Pretoria. Her research interests are in the area of knowing sciences positioned within the socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives. Through her research focus, Nhlanhla seeks to gain a strategic, epistemological and pragmatic understanding of the nuanced discourse of knowing how to teach. Her research and professional perspectives are drawn from multi-paradigmatic trajectories that seek to locate teaching knowledge in the empowering epistemic metaphors embedded in context, reflection, problem solving, critical thinking, experiential and transformative spaces. Following her research foci, Nhlanhla, is at the moment the principal investigator of two research grants.

Nhlanhla serves as a grant reviewer and moderator for the National Research Foundation (NRF) and a programme evaluator for the Council for Higher Education (CHE). She is a reviewer for a number of local and international journals and conferences. She also works with a number of local and international universities as a thesis and dissertation examiner. Nhlanhla is a recipient of several awards that include the Kresge Foundation DREAM Institute on Student Success Travel Grant; The World Bank Margaret McNamara Scholarship; Golden Key International recognition and recently returned from the United States of America on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison