Conference presentations

Conference presentations about the project 

CHE Quality Enhancement Project Symposium: Understanding Academics as Teachers, Durban, 2015

Winberg, C. 'Extreme Teaching' - understanding teaching practice in a challenging context.

Organisational Learning, Culture and Knowledge (OLCK) Conference, Milan, April 2015

Leibowitz, B. Being and becoming a good university teacher

The Higher Education Learning and Teaching of Southern Africa (HELTASA) Conference, University of the Free State, 2014:

  • Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V., Farmer, J.,  Garraway, J., Herman, N., Jawitz, J., McMillan, W., Mistri, G., Nkonki, V., Quinn, L., Vorster, J., van Schalkwyk, S., Winberg, C. Reflections on a large group, multi-site collaborative research project.
  • Jawitz, J. and Perez, T. Learning to Teach at UCT - a risky business?
  • Quinn, L. and Vorster, J. Practising what we preach in a course on teaching for lecturers. 


  • Panel: Interplay of Structure, Culture and Agency: A study on professional development in higher education in South Africa – what can we learn about context, and does it matter?
  • Brenda Leibowitz, Vivienne Bozalek, Precious Sipuka: Overview on the project
  • Garraway, J. and Winberg, C. Duality of institutions
  • Mistri, G. Universities of Technology
  • Quinn, L. and Vorster, J. Rhodes - an outlier that is research-intensive and teaching focussed.
  • Ndebele, C. and Nkonki, V. Rurality
  • Bozalek, V. and McMillan, W. Recommendations of the project.

New Students at SRHE, Wales, December 2014:

  • Farmer, J. Poster: Black Women's Experiences in HE South Africa. The interplay of Structure, Culture and Agency - a Method?


Propel Conference, Stirling, UK, June 2014:

  • McMillan, W. and Gordon, N.  Poster Presentation: Being and Becoming a University Teacher.

 ICED Conference, Stockholm, June 2014:

  • Winberg, C. Extreme Teaching: Educational Development in Difficult Contexts
  • Jawitz, J. and Peres, T. Enabling Teaching Development at a Research Led University: The UCT Case Study. 
  • Leibowitz, B., Garraway, J. and Farmer, J. Values, Concerns and Identity in Academic Development
  • Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V., van Schalkwyk, S. and Winberg, C. The Interplay of Structure, Culture and Agency: A Multisite Study of Academic Professional Development in South African Higher Education
  • Ndebele, C. Voices of academics on conditions enabling and constraining their uptake of professional development opportunities as teachers at a South African University.


12th Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Ottowa, 2014:

  • Blitz, J. and van Schalkwyk, S. Accessing Professional Development Opportunities: A Survey of Health Sciences Academics in their Teaching Role

The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (UNISA, 2013):
    • Leibowitz, B., Garraway, J. and Farmer, J. Values, concerns and identity in academic development. 
    • Herman, N., Leibowitz, B. and Bitzer, E. Professional learning of academics for their teaching function: "an impossible luxury".
    • Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V., van Schalkwyk, S. and Winberg, C. Context Matters: Professional development in South African Higher Education.
    • Ndebele, C. and Maphosa, C. Conditions enabling and constraining the uptake of professional development opportunities at a South African university.
    • Farmer, J. Black women academics' experiences in teaching and learning in higher education South Africa (Poster)
    The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (Stellenbosch, 2012):
    • Jawitz, J., Williams, K., Pym, J. and Cox, G. Why we do what we do: Interrogating our academic staff development practice. 
    • Symposium: Professional development at South African universities: The interplay of context, structure and agency. 
    The International Conference on Educational Development (Bangkok, 2012):
    • Ndebele, C., Leibowitz, C. and Winberg, C. Exploring participation in collaborative research: identity formation or identity crisis?
    • Leibowitz, B. and Bozalek, V.  Professional development at South African Universities: The interplay of structure, culture and agency. 
    • Herman, N., Leibowitz, B. and van Schalkwyk, S. Professional learning of academics in their teaching role: the value of a multi-site, inter-institutional research project.
    • Garraway, J. Context, structure and agency in academic development in South Africa.

    The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (Port Elizabeth, 2011)


    • Boughey, C., Garraway, J., Jawitz, J. and van Schalkwyk, S. Exploring the national policy environment: Spaces for the professional development of academics.
    • Leibowitz, B., Ndebele, C. and Winberg, C. Structure, culture and agency: University teachers' professional development.














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