NWU industrial psychologists make a national impact

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 11/09/2015 - 16:14

NWU industrial psychologists make a national impact

Several North-West University (NWU) academic staff members from the Department of Industrial Psychology in the School of Behavioural Sciences feature prominently on the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). 

 

Prof Llewellyn van Zyl Prof Ian Rothmann

Prof Llewellyn van Zyl

Professor Llewellyn van Zyl made history earlier in the year by being elected as the youngest ever Chairperson of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa. He is a registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and has completed a doctorate degree in the field of Industrial Psychology, specializing in Positive Psychological Interventions. He also holds a Master of Commerce, an Honours and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology, which were all obtained from the North-West University (cum laude). He is a respected researcher, with contributions to peer-reviewed journals and chapters in international peer-reviewed books, and has conducted presentations at both national and international conferences.

As an Industrial Psychologist, Prof van Zyl serves on various statutory-, professional- and discipline- specific bodies/committees with the aim of advancing the needs and interests of the profession.  Prof van Zyl is currently the sub-programme leader of Optimising Performance, a research area within the Optentia Research Focus Area.

Prof Ian Rothmann

The SIOPSA Fellowship - the highest honour bestowed upon members of the Society, was awarded to Prof Ian Rothmann in 2015. Fellows are distinguished full members of the Society whom have made an outstanding contribution to the discipline (science), practice (profession) or organisation of psychology. Such an honour has only been enjoyed by a select few in the existence of SIOPSA as an independent professional society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology within South Africa.  The like of nobles such as Professors Gert Roodt, Deo Strumpher, Theo Veldsman and the late Johann Schepers, serve as the only fellows of the Society. These individuals have made substantial contributions to psychology in their selective applied domains.  

Prof Rothmann is the Director of the Optentia Research Focus Area.

Prof Marius Stander Prof Joppie van Graan

Prof Marius Stander

In 2014 Prof Marius Stander, researcher and lecturer  within the School of Behavioural Sciences at the Vaal Triangle Campus, was selected as an Honorary Member of the Society after a nomination by the Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Stander is a management consultant, specializing in the assessment and optimisation of talented people and teams.  He has been lecturing Industrial Psychology on postgraduate level at the North-West University (both the Potchefstroom Campus and the Vaal Triangle Campus), the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and the University of Namibia (UN).

Prof Joppie van Graan

With more than 40 years of experience as an industrial psychologist, Professor Joppie van Graan is an expert in the field of human potential, coaching, team building, and energy management and also boasts with Honorary Membership to SIOPSA. Although retired, he is current a part-time lecturer within the School of Behavioural Sciences on the Vaal Triangle Campus, as well as an external examiner for some of the postgraduate programmes.  

Professor Van Graan obtained a B.Comm, Honns B.Comm (Industrial Psychology); Honns BA (Psychology); M.Comm and D.Comm degree in Industrial Psychology at the P.U. for C.H.E. (now the North-West University), and completed the Management Programme for Executives at the University of Pittsburgh.  Research for both his Masters and Doctor degrees focused on work stress and human energy.

He is senior associate of Joppie van Graan & Associates, consulting widely for the past 4 decades.  His clients are from a variety of business environments, including mining, manufacturing, transport, banking, financial services and marketing. He consults predominantly in Southern Africa, but also in South-East Africa (Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), Texas and the UK.

He delivered 320 presentations on Human Energy, Work Stress, Burnout, Team Building, and Self-development both nationally and internationally.

Mr Ederick Stander

Mr Ederick Stander

Mr Ederick Stander is the Subject Chair for Industrial Psychology within the School of Behavioural Sciences and also the first-ever Chairman of the Gauteng branch of SIOPSA. The branch came into being earlier in the year.  Stander is a registered industrial psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa and lectures on the postgraduate Industrial Psychology programme at the Vaal Triangle Campus.  He is furthermore a full professional member of the international Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) as well as a member of the international Association for Applied Psychology (IAAP)