Visser new acting vice-rector
One of the first female lecturers at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has been appointed as acting vice-rector: research and planning.
Prof Susan Visser was the dean of this faculty for the past almost four years and is well known in accounting circles. She is a national award-winning researcher who has made her mark in her specialist area.
In 2004 Prof Visser was the first woman to be honoured by the Southern African Accounting Association for teaching excellence in Accountancy. In 2008 she was also the first woman to receive an award from the same association for her sustained contribution to research and training.
She started her academic career at the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE) where she obtained the degrees BCom, BCom Honours, MCom and also later her doctorate in Management Accounting. She also holds two teaching diplomas and passed her diploma in tertiary teaching in 1986 with honours.
During her honours studies Prof Visser taught at a school in Carletonville for a year before she started teaching at the PU for CHE in 1976 as junior lecturer. She was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and in 1997 she was the first woman at the Faculty of Economic Sciences to become a professor, as well as the first woman to become a professor in Accounting Sciences.
She is a very popular lecturer who has already received seven institutional awards for teaching excellence (ITEAs) for her exceptional teaching skills.
• Prof Jan van Romburgh, former director of the School of Accounting Sciences, will act as dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in Prof Visser’s place this year. He has been part of this faculty for the past ten years. He focuses on the training of forensic accountants and took over the reigns as school director at the School of Accounting Sciences at the end of 2013.