New CUT dean wants to make a difference

Prof. Nosisi Nellie FezaPhoto: Supplied
Prof. Nosisi Nellie FezaPhoto: Supplied

The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, has appointed Prof. Nosisi Nellie Feza as the new dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

She took office on 1 October tasked with the major role of seeing to it that all six departments excel in their diverse mandate.

Feza said she will focus on developing the strengths of each department concerning teaching and learning.

Reacting to her appointment to the new portfolio as dean, Feza said: “I am excited and nervous about my appointment. I’m a dreamer and believe in making a difference. My main challenge is that dreamers like me cannot dream alone, the dream has to be mutual. So my wish is to share this dream with my colleagues so that we can live to achieve it.

“Everyone I have met so far is striving for excellence and I believe that together as a team we can work hard to achieve our goals in areas of teaching and learning, research and innovations.”

She stressed that the department of postgraduate studies will be the home of research support for all departments in the faculty, providing training and support for all staff members to conduct research of their practice, influence society and be innovative.

Feza is a distinguished scientist and specialist in Mathematics Education.

She holds a PhD: Mathema-tics Education from the State University of New York; MEd: Mathematics Education from the Nelson Mandela University (NMU); BEd (Hons): Science and Mathematics Education from the former University of Port Elizabeth (UPE); BEd: ­Science and Mathematics Education (former UPE); further diploma in Mathematics Education from Rhodes University; diploma in Education: Primary School Education from the South African College of Teacher Education; and a diploma in Primary Mathema­tics Education from Cambridge University.

In addition to these qualifications, Feza has obtained various certificates, including an assessor certificate for Mathematics Teacher Education (NMU); facilitator in Mathematics Education Certificate (Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Education); Project Management Certificate (former UPE); Self-Deve-lopment Certificate (former UPE); Family Mathematics Certificate (University of California); Primary Mathema-tics Education Certificate (University of Cambridge); and Primary Mathematics Certificate (Leeds University).

Furthermore, Feza was the recipient of the following awards: Fulbright Scholarship for PhD in Mathematics Education; Emerging Diversity Scholar Award from Michigan University; and Distinguished Scientist Award from the Venus International Foundation in India.

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