The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) has appointed the new Dean of Faculty of Humanities, Prof. Nosisi Nellie Feza, with effect from 1 October 2017.
When asked about her new portfolio as Dean, Prof. Feza said, “I am excited and nervous about my appointment because I am a dreamer and believe in making a difference. Everyone I have met so far is striving for excellence and I believe that together as a team we can work hard to achieve our goals in areas of teaching and learning, research and innovation.
“My role as the Dean of Humanities is to oversee that all our six departments excel in their diverse mandate; focusing on developing strengths of each department concerning teaching and learning. The department of post-graduate studies will be the home of research support for all departments in the faculty; thereby providing training and support for all staff members to conduct research of their practice, influence society, and be innovative. My main challenge is that dreamers like me cannot dream alone, the dream has to be mutual; so my wish is to share this dream with my colleagues so that we can live to achieve it.”
Prof. Feza is a distinguished scientist and specialist in Mathematics Education. She holds a PhD: Mathematics Education (The State University of New York); MEd: Mathematics Education (Nelson Mandela University (NMU)); BEd (Hons): Science and Mathematics Education (former University of Port Elizabeth (UPE)); BEd: Science and Mathematics Education (former UPE); Further Diploma in Mathematics Education (Rhodes University); Diploma in Education: Primary School Education (South African College of Teacher Education); and Diploma in Primary Mathematics Education (Cambridge University).
In addition to these qualifications, Prof. Feza has obtained various certificates, including an Assessor Certificate for Mathematics Teacher Education (NMU); Facilitator in Mathematics Education Certificate (Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Education); Project Management Certificate (former UPE); Self-Development Certificate (former UPE); Family Mathematics Certificate (University of California); Primary Mathematics Education Certificate (University of Cambridge); and Primary Mathematics Certificate (Leeds University). Furthermore, she was the recipient of the following awards: Fulbright Scholarship for PhD in Mathematics Education; Emerging Diversity Scholar Award by Michigan University; and Distinguished Scientist Award by the Venus International Foundation in India.
According to Prof. Nosisi, one of the main reasons she joined CUT was because its vision is aligned with hers. “I am all about society, the country and how we fit into the world puzzle. CUT has a great record of producing skilled force – a major need in our current status of affairs in South Africa. I believe that strengthening this will benefit our region and the country more.”