Office of the Executive Dean

Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education

Professor Bongani D Bantwini, Executive Dean: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

Full names: Professor Bongani D Bantwini

Designation: Executive Dean
Qualifications: PhD – Education – Science Education & Masters in Science Education (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Phone: +27 15 962 8318 /+27 15 784 3585
Email Address:
Office: FF 20, New Education Building
Office: 34, Humanities and Social Science Building

Short Bio: Prof Bantwini is the Executive Dean and holds a PhD and Master’s in Science Education both from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Prof. Bantwini has over 20 years of working experience in the education field and has taught for various universities both in the USA (University of Illinois, University of Northern Iowa & Kennesaw State University); SA (University of Port Elizabeth-NMU; North West University; Walter Sisulu etc.); worked for the Human Science research Council and SA and has also taught at various levels, primary, secondary and high school. Additional to his experiences, he has worked for a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the capacity of a teacher trainer and collaborated with several others. He also worked as an Independent Consultant conducting teacher trainings in South Africa and USA and providing team leadership.

He has conducted several large-scale research and evaluation studies and wrote successful grant proposals. He has generated several client reports and has worked closely with SA government policy makers participating in decision making process. Most of his research work has been presented in local, national, and international conferences. He has several single and co-authored publications in national and international refereed journals and continues to contribute to his field. He serves as a reviewer for various blind peer review national and international journals, reviews for conferences and serves in several professional organizations. He serves as a reviewer in several NRF grant proposals. He also serves as a Ph.D. and Master’s degree External Examiner for various universities in South Africa. As part of ongoing scholarship, he serves in two editorial journal boards: University of Swaziland Journal of Education and Journal of Progressive Education.

Research Interests: Science education reforms; Professional Development of Science teachers; teaching and learning of science in primary schools; curriculum matters; school district issues (subject advisors; circuit managers; district directors etc.) etc.

Recent Publications:

  • Bantwini, B.D. (2020). Congruence Between Pedagogical and Assessment Approaches: A Case of One Large Province in South Africa. In H. Flavian, Eds. From Pedagogy to Quality Assurance in Education: An International Perspective. Emeralds Publishing. United Kingdom.
  • Moorosi P, Bantwini B.D, Molale I & Diko N. (2020). School Governance and Social Justice in South Africa: A review of research from 1996 to 2016. Education as Change, 23, 1-23.
  • Bantwini, B.D. (2019). Developing a Culture of collaboration and learning among natural science teachers as a continuous professional development approach in a province in South Africa. Teacher Development: An international journal of teachers’ professional development, 23 (2), 213-232.
  • Bantwini, B.D. & King-McKenzie, E. (2019). Co-teaching as a viable pedagogical approach for a pre-service teacher education programmes. In ML Hove & N Diko, Eds. Dynamics in Teacher Education. Ivyline Academic Publishers, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

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Elizabeth Chauke

Executive Secretary

Tel: +27 15 962 8309

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