Prof Brigitte Smit
is a National Research Foundation (South Africa) rated researcher and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of South Africa. She teaches Educational Leadership and Management and Qualitative Research using the ATLAS.ti software. Prof Smit serves on four international editorial boards and has published in national and international journals. Selected research projects include novice teachers in the workplace, teacher identity, the culture of schooling and school performance feedback.
Brigitte's current research focuses on leadership in disadvantaged schools. The intent of this study is to broaden the scope of this topic in order to place greater emphasis on female leadership both in rural and urban schools in South Africa. Prof Smit was the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Reviewer Award: American Educational Research Journal: Social and Institutional Analysis - American Educational Research Association, and the 2015 Research Medal of Honour, which was awarded by the Education Association of South Africa. In 2014 she was a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Professor Catherine Comiskey was the former Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College (2014-2017). She is also the former Director of Research and inaugural and founding Director of the Trinity Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Children’s Research Network of Ireland and Northern Ireland and was the inaugural Chairperson. As the current Professor in Healthcare Modelling and Statistics she leads on quantitative research within the School and is responsible for the overall strategic development in this area. Her personal research interests are in addiction epidemiology, children and educational capacity development.|
Dr Christel Troskie-de Bruin
specialises in postgraduate education and scientific writing and currently facilitates capacity building workshops for staff and postgraduate students at various South African universities. She is an independent research and development consultant with ASEV - a SAQA accredited service provider of research related short courses and a research associate at the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University. Dr Troskie-de Bruin has an Industrial Psychology background but obtained her Master's and her Doctoral degrees in Education from Stellenbosch University. She is registered with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).
Dr Troskie-de Bruin has over 18 years' experience of research in higher education and over 25 years' of facilitating training and development workshops. Christel lectured in research methodology at various institutions across Africa, including but not limited to Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch University's Graduate School of Business, UNISA School of Business Leadership and the University of the Free State's Department of Psychology. She has supervised Master's and Doctoral students and is external examiner of theses and dissertations.
Dr Troskie-de Bruin co-presents
Article writing during the course of the doctorate with Dr Ruth Albertyn (since 2016).
Dr Cindy Lee Steenekamp
is a Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Stellenbosch University. She holds a PhD (Stellenbosch University) on the topic of social capital and its development, dimensions and determinants in post-apartheid South Africa.
Her research focuses primarily on the World Values Survey and several elite surveys conducted around the world and include research interests such as comparative international politics, political behaviour, political culture, value studies, survey research and methodology. Cindy is the co-author of a book, several journal articles, research reports and occasional papers and has presented at a number of national and international conferences. She is also the member of various international research projects, including Global democracy: Political institutions and cultural
Prof Jan Botha
is a professor in the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author and co-authors of three books (including the book,
Institutional Research in South African Higher Education - Intersecting Contexts and Practices
, SUNMedia, 2016), 30 articles in academic journals and 24 chapters in scholarly books and has supervised five PhD and 16 Masters students. Until July 2014 he was Senior Director for Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Stellenbosch. He served on national policy-making task teams, including the development of a national policy framework for higher education internationalisation in South Africa (2016), the national policy for joint international masters and doctoral degrees (2014), and the development of the national programme accreditation framework and criteria used by the Higher Education Quality Committee since 2004. He is a past president of the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR). He regularly presents workshops on doctoral supervision, on higher education policy and management, and he has presented numerous papers and keynote speeches at national and international professional and scholarly conferences. His research interests include Higher Education policy and planning in South Africa, academic organization, postgraduate supervision, and the theory and practice of Institutional Research, academic authorship and research ethics.
He is co-editor (with NJ Muller) and co-author of the book,
Institutional Research in South African Higher Education - Intersecting Contexts and Practices, published in 2016 by SUNMedia.
Professor Botha presents Doctoral supervision (since 2015).
|||Dr JP Bosman is currently Head of the Centre for Learning Technologies at Stellenbosch University. He trained in the field of Theology, obtaining a Doctorate in Old Testament and then teaching at the Faculty of Theology, SU before becoming involved in academic development work in 2004-2006 as a Senior Adviser e-Learning in the Centre for Teaching and Learning. In 2006-2008 he worked in the private sector as part of a start-up educational software company, Leaf Educational Designs. In 2008 he returned to higher education and his previous position as Senior Adviser e-Learning.|
Dr Bosman co-presents
The Digital Scholar: Using emerging and multimedia technologies to further your research and teaching projects, with Prof Wim van Petegem (since 2017).
Dr Joubert van Eeden
is a Senior Lecturer at the Stellenbosch University since 2006, and lectures in Project Management and Supply Chain Management. His interests include supply chain planning and the development of supply chain strategies. He also has experience in macro-economic modelling and research of the freight industry. He obtained an MSc Eng (Industrial Engineering) in 2002 and an MBA in 2007, both from Stellenbosch University. He has presented several papers at conferences on the topics of business information systems and supply chain management.
Joubert has experience in managing projects related to information systems implementation, business process re-engineering, supply chain management and strategy formulation. He has spent several years in industry managing projects in the cement, automotive, information systems and transport industries. Joubert teaches project management principles to students, industry and academic personnel on a frequent basis.
Joubert van Eeden presents the one-day course,
Project Management: Planning and Execution for your PhD.
|||`Dr Koen Plevoets is the FLAMES coordinator at KU Leuven. He holds degrees in Master in Artificial Intelligence and in Master of Statistics, and in 2008 he defended his PhD on the morphological variation in colloquial Belgian Dutch. From 2010 until 2016 he worked on several projects on corpus-based translation and interpreting studies. His research interests are the cognitive load and disfluencies of interpreters. He is the author of the R packages corregp and svs.|
Dr Lara Skelly is a trained professional librarian, currently the Research Manager and the Head of the PhD in Business Administration at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Her research interests centres around ways in which researchers can be better supported.|
Dr Layla Cassim
is a pharmacist who holds a PhD (Pharmacology) and MBA (cum laude
). She has her own business, Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC, which specialises in postgraduate and research development. Layla facilitates various research-related workshops, provides academic writing assistance and has developed the Postgraduate Toolkit on CD, which assists postgraduate students across disciplines to complete their research projects. Layla believes in making research as practical, integrated and user-friendly as possible, and uses an interdisciplinary, intersectional approach that highlights real-life examples and critical thinking.
Dr Cassim co-presents
Preparing for the PhD: Considerations and planning your research project (since 2015).
Dr Marina Joubert
is a senior science communication researcher at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa. After working as a science communication manager and consultant for two decades, she joined SU in 2015. In addition to coordinating and presenting an online science communication course with a focus on Africa, she teaches several modules on public engagement with science as part of an MPhil programme on science and technology studies. Her research interests focus on scientists’ role in public communication of science, as well as online interfaces between science and society. In July 2015, she won the (South African) National Science and Technology Forum Award for her contribution to promoting science communication and outreach in the country.
Marina Joubert has previously presented the course Communicating your research to policy makers, funders and the wider audience and co-presents part of Preparing for the PhD with the focus on research communication.
Prof Michael Gibbert
is professor of marketing at the communication department at the Universita' della Svizzera Italiana at Lugano, and was previously an associate professor at Bocconi University in Milan. Michael's Ph.D. research - conducted at St Gallen University in Switzerland - triggered his interest in case study research and was published in Organizational Research methods, Strategic Management Journal, as well as several books with Wiley and Blackwell, and Elgar.
Prof Gibbert's marketing research uses quantitative methods and is published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Cognitive Science and Industrial Marketing Management. His research on product innovation management uses field studies and is published in Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research Policy as well as in practitioner journals such as the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Wall Street jo
Prof Gibbert presented
Designing, doing and publishing case studies.
Dr Michael D. Fetters
, MD, MPH, MA, is Professor of Family Medicine, Co-Director of the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program (http://www.mixedmethods.org), Director of the Japanese Family Health Program (https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/japanese-family-health-program), and Editor, Journal of Mixed Methods Research. He earned his B.A. (Japanese Studies) and MD degree from The Ohio State University. He completed residency training (Family Medicine), research fellowship (Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program-health services research) and an MPH (clinical epidemiology) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He earned an MA (medical anthropology and ethics) from Michigan State University.
Dr Fetters' research focuses on the influence of culture on medical decision making, health services research, and research methodology. An active researcher of qualitative, quantitative and mixed studies for 25 years, he has given research methods workshops in 8 countries, and has experience from 11 funded mixed methods projects including multilingual and cross-national projects in China, Japan, Thailand, and Qatar. In 2016, as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Social Sciences, he taught the first mixed methods research graduate course in China. He has served on two research guideline committees in the US, for the National Institutes of Health and for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Dr Fetters presents the course,
Multicultural, Multilingual and Cross Cultural Settings: Conducting Original Research.
Dr Nicoline Herman
is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Stellenbosch University (SU) where she is involved in the professional learning of academics for their teaching. Her research interests and publications centre on academic professional learning and aspects relating to teaching and learning in higher education as well as leadership in higher education. She is involved in the MPhil in Higher Education at SU and the PGDip in HE (T&L) and CHEC short courses in the Western Cape region. Nicoline is the facilitator of a monthly PhD discussion group for support staff at SU undertaking PhD studies with an educational research focus. She has presented her own research at national and international conferences and regularly reviews for national and international journals in the fields of higher education and professional learning.
Dr Herman co-presents on
Preparing for the PhD: Considerations and planning your research project.
is currently the International & Early Career Research Funds Group Manager at Stellenbosch University. She obtained a Master's degree (cum laude
) in French. Among other, she held the positions of Interim Regional Manager of the African Office for the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership and Executive Director for the South Africa-USA Fulbright Commission. A recipient of the Rector's Award for Professional Excellence, the United States Government Distinguished International Visitor's Award and the United Nations' award to the United Nations International Leadership Academy Programme, Riana has developed a full-day workshop for researchers on grant proposal writing which has been offered at international conferences and at various tertiary institutions across the world.
She recently wrote a chapter on grant proposal writing in the book, Get Ready…Get set..Go! (SUNMedia 2017) aimed at doctoral students and supervisors.
Riana Coetsee presents the one-day course,
Grant proposal writing fundamentals and has presented for the ADA since 2016.
Dr Ruth Albertyn
is currently involved in research and development in the field of doctoral education, postgraduate supervision, research methodology and academic writing. She graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Master's (cum laude
) and her PhD was awarded in Adult Education in 2000. At Stellenbosch university she is both a research associate in the Centre for Higher and Adult Education in the Faculty of Education and a research fellow at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
She lectured and supervised postgraduate students in the faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape for seventeen years . She currently teaches research methodology in various disciplines and supervises students on a Master's and doctoral level. She is involved in capacity development workshops for academics at various universities in South Africa. She has been an external examiner for theses and dissertations and has published articles/book chapters in the field of adult and higher education both nationally and internationally.
She has won awards for teaching, research, and in 2012 she obtained the Emerald literati award for outstanding review of an article in the International Journal for Researcher Development. She supervised the student who won the award for best research across all Master’s programmes at the Business School in 2016. Her current research focus is on doctoral education, postgraduate supervision and researcher development. She has co-edited three scholarly books:
Pushing boundaries in postgraduate supervision for supervisors, students and institutions (2014);
Knowledge as enablement: Higher Education engagement in the third sector in South Africa (2015) and
Postgraduate supervision: Future foci for the knowledge society (2016).
Dr Albertyn has been co-presenting
Article writing during the course of the doctorate since 2015 with Dr Christel Troskie-De Bruin.
Prof Timothy C. Guetterman, PhD, is an applied research methodologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. His research interests, scholarship, and teaching are in research methodology, namely general research design and mixed methods research. He has authored numerous articles and chapters, including empirical studies and methodological articles to advance rigorous methods of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. In addition, he is a co-investigator on three large-scale funded research studies. Tim’s empirical work uses quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research to investigate the use of technology in health professions education and in educational assessment. He also conducts research on teaching, learning, and developing research methods capacity in his role as evaluator and faculty for the NIH-funded Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences. Tim has extensive professional experience conducting program evaluation with a focus on educational and healthcare programs.
Prof Wayne A. Babchuk
is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Departments of Educational Psychology (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometrics Program), Anthropology, and Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) USA. He was recently selected to serve as Dean’s Professor of Teaching and Learning in the Inaugural Teaching Academy in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNL. He holds a BS in Education, an MA in Anthropology, an MA in Adult and Continuing Education, and a PhD in Community and Human Resources from UNL. Dr. Babchuk is an applied research methodologist who teaches and conducts research on the history, epistemology, application, and instruction of qualitative research across disciplines, research ethics, grounded theory, ethnography, grounded ethnography, and mixed methods grounded theory. He is also involved in several other research tracks including the study of interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching applied and development anthropology, Kalahari San land use and resource rights, student and instructor perceptions of the impact of social media on learning, research to practice links in minority health care, and the evaluation and assessment of teaching among faculty in post-secondary institutions. Wayne serves on numerous graduate supervisory committees specializing in training students in the design and application of qualitative research. He also serves as an Executive Board Member of the Kalahari Peoples Fund of southern Africa and for the Central States Anthropological Society.
Dr. Babchuk presents the course
Introduction to Qualitative Research Design (since 2017).
Prof Wim Van Petegem holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and one in Biomedical Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium). He got his PhD in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven in 1993. His current research interests are in the field of multimedia production, new educational technology, networked e-learning, virtual mobility, lifelong learning, open and distance learning, knowledge transfer, innovative entrepreneurship and science communication. He and his team are involved as contractor, partner, coordinator, expert, or evaluator in many implementation and development projects mostly financed by the European Commission (DG Education and Culture). He is also heavily engaged in development cooperation with the South, and volunteer board member of several non-profit organizations.|
Prof Van Petegem presents
The Digital Scholar: Using emerging and multimedia technologies to further your research and teaching projects (since 2016).