Prof Chris Kapp was a well known academic figure in the fields of higher and adult education nationally and internationally. In 1996 he started the Centre for Higher and Adult Education at Stellenbosch University, and continued to his work here as professor and director of the Centre until 2007. During this time, he initiated both the MPhil programmes in Higher Education and Education and Training for Lifelong Learning, as well as the PhD programme. He supervised 30 PhD and 40 Master's students to completion, and published and presented more than 20 academic articles and 50 conference papers during this period. He also convened the first Conference on Postgraduate Supervision in 2007 - an initiative that is continued to this day. Chris was passionate about academic staff development and facilitated more than 20 workshops per year on a variety of topics. After his retirement, he continued this work at the Centre as a research associate and emeritus professor.
Post-retirement he established a successful consultancy, Chris Kapp and Associates, that became well-known for academic development work in the areas of departmental and academic leadership, postgraduate supervision, assessing and evaluating theses and dissertations, and writing for publication.