Law: Prof Penelope Andrews | Director, Graduate School of Business: Prof Geoff Bick | Humanities: Prof Sakhela Buhlungu | Health Sciences: Prof Gregory Hussey (acting) | Science: Prof Anton le Roex | Engineering & the Built Environment: Prof Alison Lewis | Centre for Higher Education Development: Assoc Prof Suellen Shay | Commerce: Prof Ingrid Woolard
Professor Andrews is a noted human rights scholar and activist and admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.
Prior to joining UCT, she was president and professor of law at Albany Law School in New York, USA, having formerly served as the first female president and dean for the school which was founded in 1851.
She was previously the associate dean for academic affairs at the City University of New York School of Law (CUNY), where she also sat on the Senate. Prior to joining CUNY, she was a professor of law and director of international studies at Valparaiso Law School in Indiana, USA.
Professor Andrews earned her BA in 1980 (majoring in economic history; comparative African government and administration) and her LLB in 1982 from the then University of Natal in Durban. In 1984 she received an LLM from Columbia University School of Law in New York.
She began her teaching career at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and since then has been tenured at four law schools in Australia and the USA. She has served on significant law school committees and the boards of public interest legal organisations as well as on business councils.
A member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, she has participated in and has chaired several accreditation site teams for the American Bar Association's section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. She has also consulted for the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Fund for Women, and the Victorian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity in Australia.
She has received many awards and honours for her work. In 2015 she received the National Bar Association’s International Award for her global human rights advocacy. In 2015 she was included in the USA’s Lawyers of Colour’s fourth annual power list issue, marking her fourth consecutive year on the compendium of “the nation’s most influential minority attorneys”.
She has published four books and over 50 articles that focus on international human rights law, comparative constitutional law, gender and racial equality, and the judiciary. Her most recent book, From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women's Human Rights, was published by Ashgate in 2012.
Professor Geoff Bick was appointed as the interim director of the Graduate School of Business (GSB) in June 2016.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, he spent many years in the private sector in senior managerial positions in various organisations. Before joining the ranks at the GSB in 2012, he held the Coca-Cola chair of marketing at Wits Business School, where he was also director of academic programmes for some years. Having joined the GSB as professor of marketing, he stepped up in 2014 to take on the role of academic director.
He graduated with a BSc in electrical engineering at the University of Cape Town and studied for a BCom at the University of South Africa. He then pursued his MBA at the University of California (Berkeley, USA) and was awarded a DPhil from the University of Johannesburg in 2006.
His in-the-field work experience began in engineering while working in the mining industry, after which he became a marketing consultant and practitioner for a number of organisations, including Xerox – all experiences that contributed to his teaching capabilities.
Professor Bick has achieved recognition as both a researcher and a teacher, having received a number of teaching awards throughout his career. NRF-rated as an “established researcher”, he has a list of some 30 publications and 20 conference papers to his name, as well as an award at the 2013 Africa Leadership Awards conference. His areas of speciality include marketing metrics to measure the effectiveness of marketing programmes, customer equity and brand equity, business-to-business marketing, customer relationship management, and marketing and technology.
He has published extensively in international marketing journals, including the Journal of Marketing Management, the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, the Journal of Brand Management, the Journal of Product & Brand Management and the Journal of Promotion Management, as well as local business management journals. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Promotion Management, Corporate Reputation Review and the Journal of Consumer Marketing, and is a regular reviewer for submissions to other international marketing journals.
Professor Sakhela Buhlungu was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Humanities on 1 January 2014.
Professor Buhlungu comes from the University of Pretoria where he held the position of Deputy Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Ethics in the Faculty of Humanities. He was also Professor of Sociology and acting head of the Sociology Department. Professor Buhlungu received his Bachelors degree from the University of Transkei, obtained an Honours degree in African Studies from UCT and a Masters and a PhD (Sociology) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
His academic life has focused on labour studies, industrial democracy, social movements, politics, leadership and change in developing democracies and he is a renowned scholar and author on the development of trade unions in post-apartheid South Africa. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including the International Labour History Association Book of the Year Award in 2010 for Trade Unions and Party Politics: Labour Movements in Africa. He has teaching experience at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and Pretoria, and at the University of Kassel, Germany where he was Ela Bhatt Visiting Professorship in the International Center for Development and Decent Work from 2011 until 2012.
Professor Buhlungu is currently a member of the Committee on Scholarly Publishing in South Africa of the Academy of Science of South Africa and has also served as Convener and Chair of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on Labour Movements (ISA XVI World Congress 2006). Among his recent publications are, A Paradox of Victory: Cosatu and the democratic transformation of South Africa (UKZN Press 2010) and Cosatu’s Contested Legacy: South African trade unions in the second decade of democracy (HSRC Press 2012).
Professor le Roex was appointed as dean of the science faculty on 1 January 2011.
In addition to posts at UCT, he held teaching and research posts at the University of Hawaii and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, US.
Although Le Roex grew up in Pietermaritzburg, he travelled south to earn his BSc cum laude (geology, geochemistry) from the University of Stellenbosch (1975), his BSc Hons, first-class (geochemistry), at UCT in 1976 and his PhD (geochemistry) at UCT in 1980.
In addition to his teaching and research duties at UCT, Le Roex held numerous administrative posts. He headed the Department of Geological Sciences from 1991 to 2005. He has been a member of the Senate since 1991, and was a student advisor in the Faculty of Science from 1986 to 2002. Since 1998 he has served on 17 UCT and science faculty standing committees and he remains active on at least 10, two of which he chairs and on two others he is the deputy chair.
Le Roex is or has been active on the following scientific committees and working groups: the South African Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SASCAR - Earth Sciences Committee; the Council of the Geological Society of South Africa; the NRF Open Research Programme Earth Science Evaluation Committee (1998 to 2001; Convenor 1999 to 2001); the NRF National Isotope Working Group; the Southwest Indian Ridge Working Group of the International InterRIDGE Programme; the NRF Proposal Funding Committee (2001 to 2004); and the editorial boards of the Journal of African Earth Sciences and the Open Mineralogy Journal.
He is a member of the Geological Society of South Africa, the American Geophysical Union, the Electron Microscopy Society of South Africa, the Mineralogical Society of South Africa, the Royal Society of South Africa and the Geochemical Society.
In addition, Le Roex has authored or co-authored 86 articles in peer-reviewed journals; two chapters in books; 23 extended abstracts and 95 abstracts. His collaborations with other academic institutions and colleagues extend to the US, France, Germany, England, Botswana and Kenya.
Professor Alison Lewis will take up her position as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment on 1 June 2015.
Professor Lewis has been head of the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2013, and a professor of chemical engineering since 2007. She has moved up the department's ranks since July 1996, when she was appointed a senior lecturer. Prior to this, Professor Lewis was a post-doctoral fellow in the Water Research Group in UCT's Civil Engineering Department.
Professor Lewis is founder and director of the Crystallisation and Precipitation Research Unit. She has raised R52 million in funding for the unit since 2001, supervised 37 master's and PhD students to graduation, published more than 120 international journal and conference papers and has established an international research reputation. She received the National Research Foundation President's 'Champion of Transformation in Research' Award in 2012 for her active involvement in training, fostering and mentoring black and female students.
Amongst other achievements, Professor Lewis won the 2012 Distinguished Woman Scientist award from the Ministry of Science and Technology for her outstanding contribution to building South Africa's scientific and research knowledge base.
Professor Lewis has also been the university orator for the past five years and has done sterling work in preparing and delivering citations for recipients of honorary degrees, ranging from actor Antony Sher, artist William Kentridge and former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, to esteemed specialist in infectious diseases, Salim Abdool Karim.
Professor Lewis took a year's break during her undergraduate studies, and was the education officer for the 1984/85 UCT Students Representative Council. She graduated from UCT with a BSc (ChemEng) in 1985 and an MSc (Chem Eng) in 1987.
After working as a process engineer for South African Nylon Spinners, Professor Lewis studied towards her PhD (Civil Eng) at UCT, graduating in 1993. During this time she was the Editor of Upfront, the journal of the Cape Democrats, a United Democratic Front affiliate.Professor Lewis is a professional engineer, registered by the Engineering Council of South Africa. She is also a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers, the South African Academy of Engineering, the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and UCT's College of Fellows. Professor Lewis is also a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Professor Gregory Hussey will serve as acting dean until August 2016.
Globally recognised as a leader in the field of vaccinology, Hussey has a long and distinguished history with the faculty and a strong management background.
He has been the faculty’s senior research and policy advisor since 2013, and was deputy dean for research from 2009 to 2011. In the latter capacity, he pioneered a number of innovative research activities, among them the UCT Clinical Research Centre and the Cancer Research Initiative.
He was the founding director of South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (2000-2009), and developed this into the leading TB vaccine clinical trial site internationally. Hussey was also the first director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine (2006-2010), now recognised as one of the foremost research groups on the African continent.
His current Vaccines for Africa Initiative (founded in 2008) has established a significant footprint on the continent, focusing on turning research evidence into health policy and practice. Through his vaccine advocacy work he has made a major contribution in introducing new life saving vaccines into the national immunisation schedule. He has also influenced public health policy internationally as a part-time World Health Organisation consultant for the past 20 years.
Hussey was recently elected a Fellow of UCT and was awarded the platinum medal by the Medical Research Council of South Africa. This award is a lifetime achievement award for an outstanding scientist who has raised the profile of South African science and helped build the foundations of health research in the country for future generations.
The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Bongani Mayosi as the new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He will take up his post in September 2016.
Associate Professor Suellen Shay was appointed Dean in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) on 1 September 2013.
She completed her Masters degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1987, and her Doctorate in Education at the University of Cape Town in 2003.
In 1989, Shay started her professional career in the Academic Development Programme, teaching foundation courses in Humanities. She then coordinated UCT's Writing Centre. Her work gradually shifted in the direction of academic staff and institutional development, and she served as Deputy Dean of CHED prior to becoming Dean in 2013. Since 1989, Shay's experience spans a range of development work, including language, curriculum, staff and institutional development. She has convened the PG Dip and Masters in Higher Education Studies since 2010 and taught several of its courses.
Shay's research brings the theoretical frameworks of the sociology of education to an understanding of higher education as social practice, specifically focusing on assessment and more recently, knowledge and curriculum. Since 2010 her work has focused on developing frameworks for curriculum differentiation from a knowledge point of view. This interest emerged in 2010 when she consulted on a SANTED-funded Comprehensive University research and development project. More recently she was the principle investigator for a three-year funded National Research Foundation project, Attending to Knowledge in Higher Education Curriculum. In 2014 the Department of Higher Education and Training awarded her a Teaching Development Grant for a national research and development project on the flexible curriculum.
Shay's most recent publications include: Curriculum in Higher Education: Beyond False Choices. In Thinking about Higher Education, eds. Gibbs, P & Barnett, R.; Conceptualizing curriculum differentiation in higher education: a sociology of knowledge point of view. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34,4, p. 563-582.
She is also co-editing a forthcoming book: Maton, K., Hood, S., Shay, S. (editors) Knowledge-building: Educational Studies in Legitimation Code Theory. Routledge.
Shay has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in 2002 and Harvard University in 2011, and in 2013 she won a Worldwide Universities Network Mobility Grant to visit the University of Sydney. She serves on the Executive Board of Teaching in Higher Education.
Professor Ingrid Woolard became Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town on 1 March 2016.
Professor Woolard is a top-cited economics researcher and the country’s foremost producer of survey data. She is a research associate of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Bonn.
Her work focuses on labour markets, social protection, tax policy and the measurement of poverty and inequality. She is a graduate of the University of Natal, Durban (BSc in mathematical statistics and economics, 1992); UNISA (BA(Hons) in economics, 1995); and UCT (PhD in economics, 2002).
Professor Woolard cut her teeth on the country’s first national living standards measurement survey in 1994, which SALDRU produced with the World Bank at the request of the ANC.
She was also a key team member in the second and third waves of the KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study. This used the KZN component of the 1993 Project for Statistics on Living Standards and Development and then re-interviewed this sample in 1998 and again in 2004. It was South Africa’s first socio-economic panel survey and it pioneered the analysis of poverty and inequality dynamics in South Africa.
She was principal investigator for SALDRU’s bid for the National Income Dynamics Study – the country’s flagship national household panel survey – which was launched in 2008 and is currently in its fifth wave. It is South Africa’s highest-profile national survey with the unique potential to reflect the country’s evolving socio-economic dynamics.
Her contributions have been internationally recognised. She was the only South African labour economist to become a member of the labour market team within the Harvard Group that Treasury asked to prepare a South African growth strategy.
In 2011 the minister of labour appointed her to chair the Employment Conditions Commission on which she had served since 2008. This commission makes sectoral wage determinations for vulnerable workers not covered by formal wage bargaining procedures. Since 2013 she has served on the Davis Tax Committee, which advises the minister of finance on tax reform.
Among her publications are 20 articles in various peer-reviewed journals and a book, Fighting Poverty: Labour markets and inequality in South Africa, co-written with colleagues Professor Haroon Bhorat and Professor Murray Leibbrandt.
In 2015 Professor Woolard received the Alan Pifer Award, the Vice-Chancellor’s highest honour for welfare-related research.
She has served on a number of university committees and bodies, including the Academic Union Executive and the University Social Responsiveness Committee.