New dean appointed for NWU Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Dr Marilyn Setlalentoa has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
Dr Setlalentoa assumed this position on 1 January 2015. Before her appointment as dean she was the director of the School of Social Sciences in this faculty.
She has the following qualifications to her name: BA Hons (Social Work) from the former University of the North (now the University of Limpopo), M SocSc in Social Work obtained from the former Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg), as well as a PhD in social work from the NWU. She also completed Monash Unversity's Campus Research Supervision Accreditation Programme.
Dr Setlalentoa is a registered social worker and has practiced in the following organisations before she joined the academia: Department of Health and Welfare, Department of Correctional Service, Department of Defence and Chamber of Mines. She also served as the vice-president and president of the South African Council for Social Service Professions for a period of 10 years.
Dr Setlalentoa has presented several conference papers both locally and internationally.
When asked about her appointment Dr Setlalentoa said:
“In life we all work hard and look forward to move through the echelons of the institutions. Career progression is realised as one puts in more effort. I am therefore happy that my efforts have yielded positive results and that I was appointed as dean."
“My plan is to elevate the faculty to a higher level with all staff participating and focusing on the core business of the university. It is imperative to review all the programmes to ensure that they are still relevant and respond to the needs of the country as a whole. During my tenure, I would like the faculty to develop a new multidisciplinary programme that emphasises rural development. Staff development will be given priority to ensure higher qualifications are attained, including an increase in NRF ratings,” she concluded.