Associate Professor

Dorita du Toit

I have been a lecturer and researcher in the field of Physical Education for over 15 years now, I have been an author of various publications (15+ articles and two book chapters) in the field and I have been a supervisor / promotor of five post-doctoral students so far. I have been the principle researcher in two national research projects from which several publications have come forth.

Sonja Grater

Sonja Grater is an associate professor in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). She lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of international trade, and also gained practical experience in the freight forwarding industry before joining the University.

Surika van Rooyen

Surika holds the Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) designation. Her academic credentials include a Master’s degree in Financial Management (Cum Laude) and a PhD in Accountancy (in the field of Accounting Education). She has been lecturing Financial Management for 18 years at various levels levels of complexity and currently lectures Financial Management to CA students at fourth year level (CTA).

Herman Grobler

I have taught and conducted research on identity formation for the past 10 years. My focus on identity falls within the context of relations, whether families or communities. I specifically view identity formation from a Gestalt theoretical perspective.

Petra Bester

Petra Bester has extensive work experience in the public and private health sectors of South Africa. After a clinical masters’ degree in Community Psychiatric Nursing and a PhD in Nursing, Petra Bester returned to the higher education context since 2010. For the past seven years Petra Bester supported health system strengthening initiatives from research with a specific focus in health information systems.

Martin van Eldik

Prof Martin van Eldik obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the North-West University in Potchefstroom.
He is an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering where his research group focus
on research relevant to the thermal-fluid industry with the emphasis on energy systems. This include research into
the next generation of heat pumps including the use of CO2 as refrigerant for high temperature applications.

Anél Petzer

Anél Petzer, BPharm, MSc, PhD (NWU) is an associate professor.  She is the subprogramme leader for Drug Discovery in the Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences at the NWU.  In 2015 she was selected as a TWAS affiliate. She is interested in the design of inhibitors and prodrugs for the delivery of centrally acting drugs to the brain. Her main focus is on enzymology especially MAO, COMT, AChE, BuChE and NOS. She has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Anja Franken

Prof Anja Franken obtained her PhD in Occupational Hygiene degree from the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus in 2015. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at the North-West University Potchefstroom Campus where she lectures post-graduate Occupational Hygiene modules. She has more than 8 years of experience in lecturing at the North-West University.

Ike Xaba

My research career started in 2003 on managing teacher turnover with a paper published in the South African Journal of Education in 2003.

Ruan Kruger

I am a trained Physiologist and appointed as Associated Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences with lecturing duties in the School of Physiology of the North-West University, along with research duties within the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART).

Carina (CMC) Mels

Carina Mels is an associate professor and manager of the research laboratory in the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART). She obtained her Ph.D in Biochemistry in 2011 and holds an Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation.

She authored several articles in international peer reviewed journals on various aspects associated with hypertension. Her specific research focus is on the involvement of oxidative stress in the development of cardiovascular disease.

Tumi Khumalo

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.

Kobus Lombard

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.   

Juaneé Cilliers

Prof Juaneé Cilliers obtained her Bachelors degree and Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning Cum Laude at the North West University. She obtained her PhD degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2008 at the same universality.  She is currently registered as a professional Town Planner at SACPLAN (South African Council for Planners).

Ché Weldon

Amphibian conservation has received increasing attention following the 2005 global declaration of the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), with placed a high premium on amongst other increasing the capacity of conservation research required to combat this global crisis. It is within this research field of amphibian conservation that I have established my research activities within the geographical bounds of sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent island of Madagascar.

Nico van der Merwe

After graduating from the NWU with distinctions in all 31 semester modules as the top performer in the faculty, I qualified as a chartered accountant and achieved the fifth position nationwide in the IRBA Public Practice Exam (PPE) in 2005.

I was awarded the ABSA bronze medal for the best Masters' student in the social sciences at the NWU. I joined the NWU in 2007 and was named best lecturer in the university in 2008 and received an award for inspirational education from Rapport in 2010.

Daleen Kruger

Daleen Kruger was born in Fochville on 23 April 1956. She grew up in Carletonville where she started music lessons at an early age. In her matric year she became the organist of the Fochville congregation of the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk (NHK) and two years later organist of the Carletonville South congregation of the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (NGK).


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