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Brenda-Leibowitz.jpgProf Brenda Leibowitz
Chair: Teaching and Learning
Contact Details
B Ring 435
+ 27 11 559 3487


Post Doctoral Researchers and PhD Bursaries in the Faculty of Education 


Assistant: Ms Tebogo Mokgokong
+ 27 11 559 4658

Conference: July 24 – 27 2017:

Support for SOTL

Brenda Leibowitz supports the scholarship of teaching and learning at the University of Johannesburg and in the region. At the university she has been running a project entitled: SOTL @ UJ – Towards a Socially Just Pedagogy since 2014. The purpose of the project is to encourage dialogue, reflection and research on the subject of teaching for and with social justice. To find out more about the project, go to: Outcomes of the project are the first conference on the scholarship of learning and teaching in the global South, to be held at the University in July 2017; and the launch of a journal, SOTL in the South, also launched at the University in July 2017.


Other Projects

Brenda Leibowitz is convenor of the Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowships Scheme, a national HELTASA project designed to foster the stature of teaching and learning in South Africa. The scheme was begun in 2014 and has its second intake for a two-year programme in 2018. See

She is convenor of the Southern African Universities Learning and Teaching (SAULT) Forum, with members from nine Southern African countries. The forum has an annual meeting and engages in collaborative research and dialogue about teaching and learning. See

She is the South African lead researcher, along with Sue Timmis from the University of Bristol, of a research project funded by the ESRC and NRF,  entitled South African Rurality in Higher Education (SARiHE). For more information, see


Brenda Leibowitz is co-convenor, with Kibbie Naidoo, of the Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education. She supervises one Masters and seven PhD students, as well as one postdoctoral student.

Selected most recent publications

Leibowitz, B., Naidoo, K. and Mayet, R. (2017) Teaching in and for social justice. In R. Osman and D. Hornsby (eds), Transforming Higher Education: Towards a Socially Just Pedagogy. Palgrave.

Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V., Farmer, J., Garraway, J., Herman, N., Jawitz, J., Mc Millan, W., Mistri, G., Ndebele, C., Nkonki, V., Quinn, L., van der Merwe, S., Vorster, J. and Winberg, C. 2017. Collaborative Research in Contexts of Inequality: The Role of Social Reflexivity.  Higher Education, 74, 65 – 80.

Leibowitz, B. (2017) Language teacher identity in troubled times. In: G. Barkhuizen (Ed.) Reflections on Language Teacher Identity, 74 - 79 New York: Routledge.

Leibowitz, B., Bozalek, V. and Kahn, P. (eds) 2017. Theorising learning to teach in higher education. London: Routledge/SRHE. ISBN 978-1138677272

Leibowitz, B. (2016) Professional academic development – the influence of context on motivation, SAJHE, 30 (6), 191 - 206.

Leibowitz, B., Wisker, J. and Lamberti, P. (2016) Postgraduate study in uncharted territory: A comparative study.  In M. Fourie-Malherbe, R. Albertyn, C. Aitchison and E. Bitzer, eds, Postgraduate supervision: Future foci for the knowledge society. 189 – 202. Stellenbosch: SunMedia.

Leibowitz, B. 2016. In pursuit of socially just pedagogies in differently positioned South African higher education institutions  South African Journal of Higher Education, 30 3, 219 – 234. h

Leibowitz, B. (2016) The professional development of academics as teachers: Reconsiderations. In. J. Case and J. Huisman (eds) Investigating Higher Education: A critical review of research publications. SRHE. 153 – 170.

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