Faculty of Education

Prof Lloyd Conley

I am an Associate Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education (FEDU) at the North-West University. As executive Dean I am responsible for Leadership and Management across our three campuses namely Mahikeng, Van Der Bijl and Potchefstroom. In addition the FEDU is the second largest Faculty of Education in South Africa and we have a large contingent of Distance Learning (DL) students from across the country and also from SADEC countries. The Faculty is responsible for pre-service (Preset) and in-service (Inset)Teacher training .

Jacques Rothmann

Jacques Rothmann is an associate professor in Sociology at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus. His key research interests include gender and sexuality studies, with a particular focus on masculinity and gay studies. He has published on a number of gender and sexuality foci including gay masculinity and sexual identity in higher education.

Jaco Hoffman

Jaco Hoffman (DPhil, Oxon) is Professor of Socio-Gerontology in the Optentia Research Unit, North-West University (Vanderbijlpark Campus), South Africa where he leads the Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa (AGenDA) programme. He is also Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, UK where he co-ordinates the UN endorsed African Research Network on Ageing (AFRAN).

Marthie van der Walt

My post-doctoral endeavours (since 2008) took me on a journey to become an established (NRF C2-rated) researcher within the metacognition research community in mathematics education. Based on my intellectual property stemming from my Master's and doctoral studies, I could give scholarly leadership to enhance metacognition in mathematics education.

Jako Olivier

Jako Olivier is the current UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and Open Educational Resources hosted at the NWU. He is also a professor in Multimodal Learning in the School of Professional Studies in Education, Faculty of Education of the NWU.

Petro du Preez

Petro du Preez is Professor of Curriculum Studies at the North West University (Potchefstroom) in South Africa. Her research is in the areas of curriculum studies for diverse religious and cultural contexts, human rights education for social transformation and research methodology. She has published widely, presented international papers and promoted several studies on these topics.


Professor Raymond Parsons is a professor at the NWU School of Business & Governance and a Special Policy Advisor to Business Unity South Africa (BUSA).  Until recently he was the Deputy CEO of BUSA.

Martha Sophia van der Walt

Prof Marthie van der Walt completed both her MEd (2006) and PhD (2008) with Prof Kobus Maree (UP) as study leader/promoter. Both quantitative and qualitative research approaches are used in her research. Her research focuses on the possible value of meta-cognition for the teaching-learning of mathematics in the 21st century to foster self-directed learning (SDL).