College of Human Sciences

Message from the Executive Dean: 2022

Prof Kgomotso Masemola the Executive Dean of the College of Human Sciences, Unisa.

An NRF B-rated researcher, Professor Michael Kgomotso Masemola, welcomes you as the Executive Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Unisa, a College that boasts 84 NRF-rated researchers who support Niche Areas. The Executive Dean is the author of the monograph book South African Autobiography After Deleuze (Brill & RODOPI, 2017) with a history of being the Co-Editor (with Liberty M. Hove) of Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Anticipating the Vice-Chancellor Professor LenkaBula’s push for Catalytic Niche Areas, Professor Masemola has recently contributed book chapters such as “Autobiography in Africa” in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: The Novel in Africa and the Atlantic World, edited by Simon Gikandi (Oxford University Press, 2016), Masemola is also a Full Professor of English in the same University who has published in top-drawer journal articles locally and internationally. He holds the distinction of being internationally recognized through international Keynote Addresses and, as an example, invitation by Professor Stephen Ross of York University to contribute to the prestigious Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Positioning CHS internationally, the Executive Dean participated in the Trans-Atlantic Platform: Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World as a virtual panelist, adjudicating grant proposals from Europe, North America and South America—at the behest the Research and Innovation Support and Advancement arm of the National Research Foundation. Notably, Prof Masemola has leveraged his leadership of the rollout of the National Doctoral Review in readiness for the Commonwealth of Learning Audit, which added a strong Humanities bias as a member of the UCT Panel for the National Doctoral Review.

Professor Masemola as Executive Dean of CHS has aligned the Unisa mission--of an African University shaping futures in the service of humanity—to the vision of “The Africa Want” as per Agenda 2063, as well as Sustainable Development Goals, the National Development Plan 2030 and the National Innovation System through Africa-centred internationalization: he has struck collaborations with the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Secretariat and the African Export and Import Bank (AFREXIM BANK), with a view to exploring the research-driven establishment of Carbon Markets in the Green Economy and Sustainable Livelihoods.

For 2022-24 Prof Masemola has attained internships for UNISA students with the AFREXIM Bank and, in line with the Marine Studies Catalytic Niche Area, will hinge Work Integrated Learning on a relationship with the Ports Authority. According to Professor Masemola’s vision, this will not only articulate the Green Economy to the Blue Ocean cycle—basing it on CHS’s drive to commensurately pursue Teaching-led Research as well as Research-led Teaching. This informs the CHS vision of curriculum transformation of all modules, qualification and programmes in the PQM.

An executive manager who leads research by example, in support of Niche Areas, Professor Masemola continues to publish in IBSS/ISS Journals in 2020-21:

  • Michael Kgomotso Masemola “Enter the jargon: the intertextual rhetoric of Radical Economic Transformation following the logic of Demosthenes’s oratory,” African Identities, Vol 19, Issue 2, pp. 209-220 (2021) 1st Published online: 29 Jul 2020
  • Michael Kgomotso Masemola: "African Cultural Memory in Fred Khumalo’s Touch my Blood and its Metafictional Para-texts" in Journal of Black Studies, Vol 52, number 2 (2021), pp.103-122 first published online in Sept 2020 

As Executive Dean, Prof Masemola plays a leading role in creating a transformed and agile knowledge organisation that shapes and influences all aspects of the knowledge enterprise with unwavering commitment to transformation, impact, excellence, and sustainability. Prof Masemola’s management innovation is exemplified by his novel praxis of eQuality, which he introduced to the College of Human Sciences management faced by the COVID-19 pandemic. He demonstrated that, more than ever, e-Learning platforms are set to equalize learning opportunities for students across the globe based on quality teaching and research. For Prof Masemola eQuality is a technology-based quality means to a quality end in the form of student throughput and academic output as an unapologetically African University in the service of humanity. Through eQuality, we will now together move the University into a High-Performance Comprehensive University in Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning, Community Engagement, Community Engagement and Academic Citizenship. Thus, the “e” in eQuality represents a confluence of effective e-learning and efficiency gains for excellence. By design, it is meant to meet and exceed the Open 2016-2030 Strategy—and redirect Research outputs to Open Source publishing in IBSS/ISS accredited journals. Be part of our CHS knowledge transformation journey!

Professor Kgomotso Michael Masemola, PhD(Sheffield, UK), NRF B-rated Scholar



Last modified: 2022/04/04