PROMOTION OF ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBERS
On behalf of the University Council, Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Jonas Zvobgo is pleased to announce the recent promotion of the following Academic Staff members:
PROMOTION TO FULL PROFESSOR GRADE
Pilot Mudhovozi has been promoted to Full Professor in the Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Venda (South Africa, 2011), an MSc in Educational Psychology (UZ, 1992), a BSc Honours in Psychology (UZ, 2000) and FETC (CTTC, 2000). Professor Mudhovozi is currently the Dean of the Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences and member of various University Committees. Professor Mudhovozi has published several articles in refereed national and international journals. He has also presented numerous papers at several national and international conferences. He supervises research projects for Masters’ and PhD candidates and is also an external examiner at several institutions in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Professor Mudhovozi is a registered psychologist and his research areas are Career counselling, Educational Psychology, Gender, Stress Management and HIV and AIDS. He has been awarded seven research excellence awards and a trophy for researcher with the highest DHTE research output units (University of Venda, SA). He has collaborated in researches funded by the National AIDS Council (Zimbabwe), University of Venda Research and Innovation (SA), TVEP (South Africa) and Save the Children-UK (Musina, South Africa). Professor Mudhovozi is the current Deputy Editor of Dzimbabwe Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (GZU).
PROMOTION TO ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GRADE
Kudzai Chinyoka has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture. She holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Psychology of Education which she attained from the University of South Africa in 2013, Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology (GZU, 2008), Bachelor of Science degree in Geography & Environmental Studies (ZOU, 2002) and Diploma in Education (Gweru Teachers College, 1993). Professor Chinyoka’s research interests are in the areas of Human development, Cognition, Human Learning and Performance, Indigenous Knowledge Systems (lKS), peer and family relations from a cross-cultural perspective, focusing on families from poverty stricken households, the marginalised and stigmatised in various societies, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Poverty and Gender Issues in Education. She has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She has also presented papers at national and international conferences. She is an external examiner at two universities in South Africa. Professor Chinyoka has taught a wide range of both undergraduate and Masters of Psychology courses and supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of Educational Psychology. She belongs to various professional academic organisations namely ALASA, ZANA, and ISSBD. Professor Chinyoka served as a board member at Christian Care from 2002 to 2009. She is the chair of a professional board, Vision Trust International in Zimbabwe, a position that enables her to assist vulnerable populations and has been in this position since 2012. She is also a volunteer counsellor of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in rural communities around Masvingo in Zimbabwe, serviced by God’s Garden and Vision Trust International.
Emily Ganga has been promoted to Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture. She holds a Doctor of Education specializing in Psychology of Education from the University of South Africa (2013), a Master of Education ( UZ, 2003) and a Bachelors of Education (UZ,1999 ). Professor Ganga joined the Great Zimbabwe University in 2006 as a Lecturer in Educational Psychology. Prior to that she had been a high school teacher and college lecturer. Professor Ganga has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. She supervises research projects for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is also an external examiner of Masters and PhD thesis for local and regional universities. Her research interests are in areas of Human Development, Early Stimulation and Cognition, Adolescence, Children’s Rights and Protection, Gender Disparities, Teaching, Learning, Livelihoods for Marginalised Populations to include OVC and Counselling. She has published a number of articles in refereed journals, books and book chapters. Professor Ganga has also presented papers at national and international conferences.
Jairos Gonye has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture. holds a PhD (English) from the University of Venda in South Africa (2015), Master of Arts in English (UZ, 2000), Bachelor of Arts Honours in English (UZ,1990) and Grad. C.E from the University of Zimbabwe. He is a lecturer of English and Business Communication in the Department of Curriculum Studies (GZU). Professor Gonye was as a high school teacher and a teachers’ college lecturer before joining Great Zimbabwe University in 2004. Professor Gonye has also worked as a consultant and examiner with ZIMSEC. Currently, he is the Research Coordinator in the Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture. His research interests are in literature, language, communication and popular arts.
Godwin Makaudze has been promoted to Associate Professor in African Languages. Professor Makaudze lectures in the Department of African Languages and Culture which he joined in January 2004. He has held positions of Chairperson of Department as well as Dean of then, Faculty of Arts. He is a holder of a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy Degree obtained from UNISA (2009), a Masters in African Languages and Literature and Bachelor of Arts Honours (Shona) both from the University of Zimbabwe (1998 and 1996 respectively). He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Education obtained from Midlands State University (MSU, 2003). He was a member of the team that spearheaded the teaching of indigenous languages in their exclusive medium at Great Zimbabwe University. He was also coordinator of the teaching of Tshivenda and Xitsonga (Xichangana) when these languages were first introduced at GZU. His research interests lie in language, literature and culture, particularly the empowerment of indigenous languages as well as the correction of the distorted images (in literary discourses) of Africa’s diverse cultural Heritage. He has published widely on these issues.
Jemithas Mapira has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Geography and Environmental Science in the Gary Magadzire School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. He holds a PhD in Environmental Education from Stellenbosch University in South Africa (2014), a Master Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana (1997) and a BA in English and Geography (UZ, 1982). He joined GZU in 2003 and has published numerous articles in referred Journals as well as writing text books and book Chapters in various aspects of Geography and Environmental Science.
Rose Mugweni has been promoted to Associate Professor. She is currently the Dean of the Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) jointly offered by the University of Zimbabwe and University of Concordia-Canada (1996), a Master of Education in ECE degree from the University of New Castle in Australia (2002) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education Policy Studies from the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2012). She is a specialist in Early Childhood Education and Educational and Policy Studies and is a member of several Committees of Senate and Council. She has been Chairperson, Proctor, Senior Proctor and Deputy Dean. Professor Mugweni, who joined Great Zimbabwe University in 2004, has been primary school teacher and a college lecturer. She is an external examiner of Masters and PhD thesis for other local and regional universities. She has been a consultant for the European Commission and the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) in partnership with Open Society Foundation (UK). Her research interests are in areas of Child Development, Early Stimulation and Cognition, contemporary issues in Early Childhood Development, Adolescence, Social Justice and Children’s Rights, Gender issues, as well as HIV and AIDS. She has published a number of articles in refereed journals, books and book chapters. She has also presented numerous academic conference papers in Zimbabwe and internationally. Professor Mugweni is a recipient of the following Awards: PhD Bursary, 2007-2009 University of Pretoria, South Africa. and M Ed. Scholarship 2000-2002 Australian Aid (USAID), University of Newcastle, Australia.
Martin Musengi has been promoted to Associate Professor of Special Needs Education in the Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture where he is currently chairperson of the Jairos Jiri Centre for Special Needs Education. He holds a PhD (Deaf Education) from the University of the Witwatersrand (2014), M. Ed (Educational Psychology) [UZ, 2003] and a B. Ed (Special Needs Education) [UZ, 1999]. Professor Musengi has been a specialist teacher and a college lecturer before joining GZU in 2004. In 2009 he was a Fulbright scholar studying bilingual education at Gallaudet University. He was co-principal investigator in a national Situation Analysis of Community Based Rehabilitation in Zimbabwe (2016) that was commissioned by ChristofellbBlindenMission (CBM) for the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. He has published a number of empirical studies in the field of Deaf Education and Zimbabwean Sign Language and has authored several book chapters.
Fortune Sibanda has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Professor Sibanda holds a BA General degree (UZ), BA Special Honours degree in Religious Studies (UZ), MA in Religious Studies (UZ) Graduate Certificate in Education (UZ), MEd. in Philosophy (GZU) and a D.Phil in Arts (UZ). He joined Great Zimbabwe University in 2004 as a lecturer in Religious Studies. Professor Sibanda has presented at local, regional and international conferences and has widely published articles in refereed journals and book chapters on various themes from a religious perspective in the African context. His research interests include New Religious Movements, particularly Rastafari, human rights issues, the environment and religion and law. He has been involved in a number of funded local and international research projects. Professor Sibanda is a member of a number of academic associations including the African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS), African Theological Institutions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA), Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (ASRSA) and African Association for the Study of Religion (AASR).
PROMOTION TO SENIOR LECTURER GRADE
In addition, 27 members of staff have been promoted to the position of Senior Lecturers:
Gary Magadzire School of Agriculture and Natural Science
Mr Talent Murwendo
Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences
Mr. Elliot Nkoma
Munhumutapa School of Commerce
Mr Clainos Chidoko
Robert Mugabe School of Education and Culture
Dr. Snodia Magudu , Dr. Lilian Manwa, Dr. Rugare Mareva, Dr. Tafara Mufanechiya, Dr. Jonathan Mswazie, Mr. Agrippa Chingombe, Mrs Thelma Dhlomo, Mr. Webster Kadodo, Mr. Enock Makwara, Mrs Isabel Mupfumira and Mrs Tsitsi Nyoni.
Simon Muzenda School of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies
Dr. Munamato Chemhuru, Dr. Excellent Chireshe, Dr. Fidelis Duri, Dr. Nesbert Grand, Mr. James Hlongwana, Dr. Tendai Mangena, Mr. Michael Mazuru, Mr. Thamsanqa Moyo, Mr. Tasara Muguti, Mr. Sabulo Ndlovu, Dr. Baxter Tavuyanago, Dr. Wellington Wasosa and Dr. Rabson Wuriga.
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