Keynote speakers


Supporting university teaching in changing times and contexts

Prof. Chris Winberg, Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Chris Winberg is the director of the Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. The Fundani Centre is responsible for enhancing teaching, learning, and for promoting educational research at the institution. Chris’ work involves academic and institutional development – with a current focus on managing teaching development grants. Her research focus is professional and vocational education, the professional development of university teachers, and technical communication. In September 2015 she was awarded an NRF SARChI Chair in Work-integrated Learning, which she will take up in January 2016. Previously she lectured in applied linguistics and language education in South Africa and in Sweden. From 2010 – 2012, she was chairperson of the South African Association for Applied Linguistics.

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Demonstrating, evaluating and rewarding excellence in university teaching – a Swedish perspective

Dr Thomas Olsson, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, Sweden
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Dr Thomas Olsson is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and currently works in academic development in the faculty. Thomas has extensive experience in systems for rewarding excellent teaching, pedagogical aspects of tenure and promotion, and research projects related to excellence in teaching and learning. He has played an active role in the steering group of a national Swedish project on excellence in university teaching. He also serves as a pedagogical expert at numerous appointments and promotions committees of university teachers at different universities and he has, together with colleagues from three other Swedish universities, organized a national course for prospective assessors of pedagogical qualifications.

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As academic professionals, we value participation in scholarship, not because it is required or expected of us, but because it is a vital part of how we come to understand our world.
Jeffrey L. Buller, 2015. Change Leadership in Higher Education: A Practical Guide to Academic Transformation.