Faculty of Humanities

Nina Brink

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.

Marita Heyns

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.

Itumeleng Mekoa

1. Qualifications

  1. BTh (1992)  University of Natal
  2. M.A ( 1992)  University of Natal
  3. PhD (2000) University of the North

2. My academic areas of specialization and interests

African Studies, Education and Politics, Culture and Education, Sociology of Education, Education Policy.

Gordon Matthew

In 2010, Gordon Matthew attained a BA-degree in Computational Linguistics at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus. In 2013, he attainted a MA-degree in Language and Literary Studies at the NWU’s Vaal Triangle Campus, the thesis topic focusing on the development of a Dutch Named Entity Recogniser. Gordon is also part of the UPSET Research area and is part of a sub-area that focuses on Audio-Visual translation and Eye Tracking. Gordon is currently busy doing his PhD on different ways to determine and measure cognitive load while a person reads subtitles.

Ronel Wasserman

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.

Maristi Partridge

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.

Linda Theron

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.

Sebastiaan Rothmann

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.

P Ndlela

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”.

Andrew Manson

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.

Erhabor Sunday Idemudia

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.

André Duvenhage

André Duvenhage was born on 18 April 1962 in Sasolburg in the Northern Free State. He matriculated in 1979 at the Hoërskool Sasolburg. As registered student at the PU for CHE he obtained his BA degree as well as the Hons BA in Political Science (both with distinction). During January 1984 he was appointed as Junior Lecturer at the PU for CHE to lecture in Development Administration, Public Management and later also Science of Politics. In 1989 André obtained a Master’s qualification in Development Administration.  

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