Invisible teachers

The tenuous circumstances of non-permanent staff who teach

Presenter: Shanali Govender

Shanali is a lecturer within the Staff Development unit at CILT. Although her teaching experience began in secondary education, a return to higher education to pursue her own studies prompted a shift to an interest in the higher education landscape. She has worked (in varying capacities) in three South African institutions of higher education, and has strong interests in the scholarship of learning and teaching. Her particular brief in the staff development team is to support part-time and non-permanent teaching staff, and runs a number of programmes and activities to support this, working also within departments and faculties on request.

Seminar abstract
While the casualisation of higher education is being increasingly documented and researched in the global north, structural aspects of the local context, including austerity measures and transformation imperatives are likely to produce patterns of casualisation that are different from those in developed contexts. These unique patterns are likely to impact in both positive and negative ways on research and teaching in local higher education. This presentation focuses on initial research at UCT on the experiences and contributions of non-permanent staff who teach (NPST) in relation to the learning and teaching focus of the university.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
13:00 to 14:00

CHED Boardroom, 6th Floor, Hoerikwaggo Building, Upper Campus, North Lane.

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