Professor Mashudu C Mashige is currently Research Professor and Deputy Chair of Research and Postgraduate Studies in the office of the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at the University of Venda. He has worked for the past 31 years in South Africa’s the higher education sector. Prof MC Mashige obtained his Master of Arts and D Lit et Phil in English Literature from the University of Johannesburg, then still known as RAU, in 1996 and 2004 respectively, focusing on Politics and Aesthetics as well as Identity and Culture in contemporary South African poetry written in English. He has worked for the University of Limpopo as Teaching Assistant (1988) Makhado and Venda Colleges of Education before taking up tenure as Senior Lecturer and HOD at Lemana College of Education in 1993. He joined the University of Venda in 1997 where he also served as Head of English Department until he took tenure as Associate Professor at Unisa’s Centre (now Institute) for African Renaissance studies in 2006. He later worked in the Private Sector for two years before he was appointed Associate Professor and Head of Applied Languages at Tshwane University of Technology in 2010. He attained Full Professorship in 2015 while working as Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Humanities. He had a short stint as Executive Dean of Faculty of Humanities at Northwest University in 2018 before he resigned to become and independent researcher. He returned to the University of Venda in April 2019 as Research Professor. He has published extensively in peer reviewed accredited Journals and has three book chapters in South African poetry in English and the constructs and articulation of identity. He has also served as Scientific Editor for the peer-reviewed and accredited Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies, Deputy Editor of the International Journal for African Renaissance Studies. Before leaving Univen in 2006 he was also the Editor-in-chief for the Journal of Educational Studies.  Among his recent publication are:

  • Journal Articles

Cekiso MP, Meyiwa TS and Mashige MC, 2019. Foundation Phase Educators’     experiences with mother tongue instruction in the Eastern Cape. South            African Journal of Childhood Education 9 (1) a658.

Raphalalani MR & Mashige MC, 2018. Tshivenda Female Attire: A Socio-cultural  Significance In Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies 28 (2) 14pp. 

Chaka CP & Mashige MC, 2016. Revisiting the postmodern condition of a higher education landscape: South Africa’s higher education epochal archive 1999-2002. In Journal of Higher Education in Africa / Revue de l’enseignement superieur en Afrique Volume 14 (1) pp1942 (ISSN 0851-7762)

  • Book Chapter

Mandende, IP and Mashige, MC. 2018 The Subrogation of Names: A Breakdown of      the use of Clan Names in the Vhavenḓa Community. In Mafela MJ, & Ntuli CDD             (eds.)  Issues of Indigenous African Literature and Onomastics: A Festschrift in             Honour of DBZ Ntuli. New York: Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-3-631-73630-2

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Scopus Author ID:          42862094000      

Designation: Research Professor

Department: Research and Postgraduate office
Qualifications: BA Ed, BA Hons (English) [UL], MA , D Litt et Phil (English) [UJ], ALPC (Maccuavlei Training Centre)
Phone: +27 (0) 15 962 8496
Office No: 30, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

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