After completing a degree in Language Practice I worked as a classroom interpreter and freelance language practitioner. I started work at the NWU in 2007 as junior lecturer where I presented modules in Academic Literacy, Language Practice and English Linguistics. The modules that focussed on the influence of various linguistic theories on translation theory contributed to my interest in linguistics.
Marita Heyns is a researcher in the Optentia Research Entity of the NWU. She has a PhD in Psychology and a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) as academic background. Her interests generally reflect Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Scholarship related topics. She has a particular interest in the development of models for interpersonal- and organizational trust within workplace contexts characterised by transition and uncertainty. Through her research, she strives to promote pathways for individuals and organisations to flourish.
Nina Brink achieved a BA in Communication Studies, and BA Hons and MA in Afrikaans and Dutch at the North-West University's Potchefstroom campus. Her specific research focus is on Afrikaans children's first language acquisition. This is an underexplored theme in the field of Afrikaans linguistics. Nina works within the framework of functional/usage-based and cognitive linguistics, and also specialises in Afrikaans language editing. Her research forms part of the Subprogram: Descriptive Linguistics of the Research Unit for language and literature.
Dr Ndlela's field of expertise is South African and African-American Literature. He is currently working with Professor I.S. Mekoa: (Research Professor in the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies) in a Research Project titled: “Culture, Identity & Nation-Building in South Africa”.
My research career started in 2009 when I began compiling the Historical Corpus of South African English, consisting of personal and business letters, news reportage, fiction and non-fiction from all over the country, and spanning from the 1820s to the present. I became more and more interested in the grammatical and semantic changes that occurred within this unique variety of English over time.
Prof. Ian Rothmann is Director of the Optentia Research Focus Area. His expertise is in the assessment and development of employed and unemployed people’s potential, specifically within multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. His initial research focus was burnout, stress, and coping within multicultural contexts. With the changing intellectual climate in Psychology after 2000 (towards Positive Psychology) his research focus broadened to include work engagement and flourishing of people in work and organisational contexts as well as in non-work contexts.
My research career started in the mid-1990s when I studied cultural identity and the acquisition of English as an additional language among home language speakers of Afrikaans and Southern Sotho.
My research career began in 2007 when I joined the North-West University as a Senior Lecturer. I later enrolled for a PhD and completed a thesis entitled “The evaluation of the General Psychological Well-being and the Mental Health Continuum Models in an African context”, awarded in 2011. Prior to that, my MSc dissertation focused on the validation of the Values-In-Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS). Between 2007 and 2012 I worked as a Clinical Psychologist at a University-based counselling and therapy centre. During this time, I continued to do research and teach.
I obtained a B Sc, majoring in Chemistry and Botany at UFS in 1986. After 23 years of teaching in various secondary schools, I started lecturing in January 2010 at the NWU (Vaal). In 2011 I obtained a B Ed (Honn) in curriculum development and performed a research study on indirect teaching methods in Physical Science.
- BTh (1992) University of Natal
- M.A ( 1992) University of Natal
- PhD (2000) University of the North
- My academic areas of specialization and interests
African Studies, Education and Politics, Culture and Education, Sociology of Education, Education Policy.
3. Teaching experience (1996-2018)
I have an interest in the role and function of religion in psychological well-being. This area of interest includes the exploration of culturally informed philosophies of life and their influence on religious and spiritual expression; the role of religion and spirituality in coping and meaning making as well as mindfulness as spiritual practice and psychotherapeutic intervention. I enjoy qualitative research because I am interested in people’s stories and how these express their ways of understanding their lives and how they give meaning to their experiences.
Both my MEd (1988) and DEd (1992) degrees were obtained from the RAU (now UJ), in the field of teacher education.
My university career started in 1988 at the Vista University in the Faculty of Education. With the merging of higher education institutions in 2004, I became part of the School of Education of the Vaal Campus of the NWU. During my university career I lectured several undergraduate and post graduate modules, supervised a number of Masters and Doctoral students and filled various managerial positions.
Linda Theron is respected for resilience-focused research that has contributed a more profound understanding of why some South African children and young people do well in life, despite the odds being stacked against them.
My research career started in 1996 on education management (MEd), followed by A management strategy for Quality Assurance in teacher training in South Africa (PhD).
I was then a member of the committee for In-Service teacher training programmes, focusing on quality assurance of these programmes and the implementation thereof.
Erhabor Sunday Idemudia is a full professor of research (Social Science Cluster) at the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies, HSS, Mafikeng Campus. His research interests span through four focus areas: the application of clinical issues (psychopathology, mental health, wellbeing and therapeutic interventions) in prisons, African migrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations; gender studies and developing African-oriented intervention methods with the understanding of illness attributions based on cultural knowledge in Africa.
I am a lecturer and researcher working in the field of linguistics, and a member of the UPSET research focus area, at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University.
I am a Research Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus. I was a former professor of History and Dean in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Mafikeng Campus.
My academic career started in 2012 when I first joined the NWU as a lecturer. Before that I was a school head master for nine years.
In my M.Ed degree I focussed on the management of school safety and for my PhD the focus was on the whole school approach to facilities maintenance.
In 2014 i published an international article in collaboration with Prof. M.I Xaba.