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DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT

Ms Joyce Sibeko lectures entrepreneurship in the Department of Business Management, Faculty of Management. After graduating with a National Diploma in Human Resource Management, about 20 years ago, she worked as a training specialist in both private and public sector organisations, for example, Spoornet, Liberty Life and the Independent Examinations Board. Since then, she has graduated with a B Tech: Human Resources Management in 2003 and a Master’s in Business Leadership from UNISA in 2014. She is currently working on her PhD proposal in Business Management, focusing on strategic leadership in co-operatives. She has presented conference papers and published in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Ms Sibeko’s passion for teaching was ignited when she started to teach illiterate adults in the private sector. From there, she progressed as a facilitator, educator, mentor, lecturer and supervisor. Her teaching is holistic, and, at the core, anchored by listening to the student voice. Joyce firmly believes that to build student confidence, her classes should always provide a safe learning space marked by respect for self and others.

She brings the real world into her classroom, and, equally, takes her students out of the class to the real world. Her learning strategy is grounded in a wide range of long-term community engagement projects. Over the years Joyce has developed authentic learning tasks and ensured that she incorporates student interest in the development of the curriculum. In her words, ‘developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn’.

Ms Sibeko makes use of a number of innovative interactive facilitation methods, including the use of technology and the flipped classroom. One of the strengths of this application is the range of assessmen methods used to enhance learning. Students are given extensive feedback based on careful and detailed rubrics, thus ensuring that assessment for learning is enacted.

She is actively involved in service learning and has collaborated on service learning projects across a number of faculties. She is a member of the TAU fellowship programme and a member of Enactus. This is an international non-profit organization comprising students, academics and business leaders who are committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Her commitment to these projects has ensured that the UJ Enactus team has been in the top five universities in the past three years. Joyce also leads some 2 000 students from various faculties in their involvement with community service learning projects at UJ.

Ms Sibeko has been widely acknowledged for her excellent teaching. She was recognized as the ‘ENACTUS Faculty Advisor of the Year’ from amongst 27 universities in 2011, as the ‘Best Undergraduate Future-fit Lecturer in the UJ Faculty of Management’ in 2012 and in 2013, and as ‘Administrator of the Year’ by ENACTUS. Joyce Sibeko, in Henry Adams’s words, serves as a living inspiration ‘that great teachers affect eternity and that they will never tell where their influence stops’.