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Prof Boitumelo Diale​​

Head of Department | Associate Professor
Name: Boitumelo Diale​​
Location: B Ring 425 / RS 224 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
DEP Staff, Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education  Staff Members

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Tel: +27 11 559 2673 / 5242


Curriculum Vitae Boitumelo Diale

About Prof Boitumelo Diale​​

Prof Boitumelo Molebogeng ‘Tumi’ Diale currently holds the position as the Head of Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. She is the President of Convocation at the University of Johannesburg and also chairs the Faculty of Education Transformation Committee. Prof Diale plays an advisory role in the University transformation Unit. Professionally, Prof Diale is a registered Educational Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and holds a private practice in Soweto.

As an academic, Prof Diale has just more than 10 years tertiary undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision experience. Before joining the then Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) in 2003, Dr Diale held various positions in the Department of Education. In 2010 Prof Diale was appointed to establish and head the psychological services at the BHP Billiton Career Centre at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg. She re-joined UJ in 2013 after a successful establishment of the centre. Prof Diale holds various leadership positions within professional bodies in her filed. She is the chairperson of the South African Career Development Association (SACDA), an executive member of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and an Academic Board member of South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). As a scholar and researcher, Prof Diale is the section editor (Educational Psychology) for the South African Journal of Childhood Education (SAJCE), Editorial Board member for African Journal of Career Development (AJCD) and Consulting Editor for the Educational Psychologist (Nigeria). She has also produced masters and Doctoral students and currently supervises more than 10 Masters and Doctoral students and two Post Doctoral Research Fellows (PDRF) from Nigeria and Ethiopia.Prof Diale is appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Prof Diale has published articles, conference proceedings and has presented papers nationally and internationally. Her research interests centres on Inclusion and career development across the lifespan with the focus on community-based empowerment and social change, exploring issues of identity, such as race, class, and gender, and how these impact on people’s career development and career transitioning in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. Prof Diale is also interested in the field of therapeutic interventions from an African Psychology, Indigenous knowledge system and more specifically African indigenous knowledge systems.


  • PhD in Educational – UJ
  • Masters in Educational Psychology- RAU
  • Honours in Educational Psychology – RAU
  • Further Diploma in Remedial Education – RAU
  • BA Degree; University Education Diploma – Vista University
  • Certificate in Employee Wellness – UNISA
  • Short course Certificate in Leadership Development – UJ
  • Strengthening Doctoral Supervision Course – Rhodes University

Current research interests: career development across life span; therapeutic interventions: an African perspective; technical vocational education in primary schools

Teaching information

Courses taught in the past:

Advanced Certificate in Education – Life Orientation focusing on behavioural and emotional challenges
Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Life Orientation focusing on Career Development
School Guidance and Support 2A and 2B – BEd Senior and FET Phase


Honour in Educational Psychology – professional practice; career development
Masters in Educational Psychology – professional practice; career development

Courses currently teaching:

School Guidance and Support 2A – BEd Senior Phase and FET

Postgraduate teaching:

Honour in Educational Psychology –career development
Masters in Educational Psychology – career development; therapeutic interventions

Postgraduate supervision

Prof Diale currently supervises 14 Masters Students and 2 doctoral students in the field of educational psychology focusing on teacher career and professional development, technical vocational education in senior phase schooling and career and career development needs of teachers in special needs education contexts.


Diale, B.M. (2016). Life Orientation teachers’ career development needs in Gauteng: Are we missing the boat? South African Journal of Higher Education Vol 30 (3); 84‒110.

Tabane, R., Maseko, N. and Diale, T. (2016). Childhood behavioural and learning disorders. Weinstein, E., Rosen, E., Snowman, J. McCown, R., Maphalala, M and Tabane, R (Eds). Educational Psychology and Teaching Children about Health. Cengage Learning EMEA, United Kingdom.Diale, B.M. (2015). Bullying of vulnerable children: An increasing form of school violence. MD Magano and U Ramnarain (Eds).Including the excluded: Educating the vulnerable for the 21st century. Pearson Holdings, Southern Africa

Diale, B.M. (2014). Black adolescents experiences of domestic violence in South Africa: A Solution Focused Group Therapy Intervention Approach: Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences Vol 5 (16); 506-515.

Diale, B. M.; Pillay, J. & Fritz, E. (2014): An Exploration of the Dynamics in the Personal and Professional Development of Life-Orientation Teachers in the Gauteng Province in South Africa. Journal of Social Sciences 38 (1); 83-93.

Diale, T. & Fritz, E. (2007). Indigenous knowledge and learning development. Duncan, N, Bowman, J, Naidoo, A, Pillay, J & Roos, V (Ed): Community psychology. Analysis, context and action. Cape Town: UCT Press.

Recent conference Presentations

March 2015
Paper: Helping youth at-risk entering into the working world in different cultural contexts of Switzerland and South Africa.
SFIVET-VET CONGRESS, Bern, Switzerland

September 2015
Paper: Advocating for the need to introduce Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at South African Primary Schools
PsySSA, Johannesburg, South Africa

September 2015
Paper: Social media and career counselling: Using Facebook as a tool to enhance the career construction journeys of adolescents
PsySSA Congress, Johannesburg
Co- presented: CJJ Wessels

July 2016
Paper: Social media and career counselling: Using Facebook as a tool to enhance the career construction journeys of adolescents
31st International Congress of Psychology, Japan
Co-authored with CJJ Weesels and presented by CJJ Wessels

Conference proceedings

Diale, B. (2012). Psychotherapy at the crossroads: The desires and challenges of an African-sensitive approach in South Africa. International Journal of Psychology, 47; 335-336.