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Professor Mokgale Makgopa is a teacher by profession. He has taught at several high schools and a teacher training college of education. He joined the University of Venda in 1996 and progressed through the ranks, until he was appointed Full Professor in May 2010. Currently, Prof Makgopa serves as the Dean of School for Human and Social Sciences, a position he has held since 01 June 2010. The School of Human and Social Sciences is made up of six departments, two Centres and one Institute. The current staff component is 70, with a total enrolment of 2300 under-graduate and post-graduate students. The School of Human and Social Sciences is the largest school of the eight schools within the university in terms of staff component and student population. Through teaching, learning and research, the School addresses the needs and challenges of the disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences within Southern Africa.

Professor Makgopa is an alumnus UNISA and Stellenbosch. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Literature from UNISA. Prof Makgopa is a seasoned and renowned international scholar in African Literature (all genres), Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), Sociolinguistics, Onamastics and Folklore. He has researched, published in peer-viewed and accredited journals: and participated in regional and international conferences. For the past five years, Prof Makgopa has presented 45 papers at Regional and International Conferences necessitating to extensively travel to the following African countries; Lesotho, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Senegal and Gambia. Prof Makgopa has also presented papers on work-related and conferencing matters in Brazil, Venuezela, US, France, Italy, Singapore and Thailand.

For the past five years, Prof Makgopa has supervised 30 Honours, promoted 15 Masters Students and supervised 10 PhDs in the following areas of specialisation: African Studies, Literature, Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Onamastics and Folklore. He is an external examiner at MA and PhD levels for the following universities; University of Limpopo, University of South Africa, Rhodes University, Stellenbosch University and the University of Botswana.
Prof Makgopa is a member of the following academic associations, SAFOS, ALASA, ISOLA and IATIS. He is a member of the Executive Committee of ISOLA.