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.