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Prof Francois Strydom
Senior Director
Centre for Teaching and Learning
60 319B
IB 7
UFS-Sasol Library 319B

Short CV

Dr J. Francois Strydom
Director: Academic - Centre for Teaching and Learning

Dr Strydom’s experience in teaching and learning over the past 20 years, includes lecturing, tutoring and acting as international guest lecturer and speaker on topics within the fields of Psychology, Research Methodology and Higher Education. In recent research projects he has served as the project leader of both the South African Survey of Student Engagement (SASSE) that was conducted for the Council of Higher Education among 11 higher education institutions in South Africa, as well as the College Survey of Student Engagement (CSSE) which was conducted at 5 Further Education and Training Colleges. The research on student engagement has influenced national quality assurance practices, particularly in the field of teaching and learning.

Dr. Strydom has collaborated with higher education consortiums and Higher Education South Africa (HESA) on various higher education initiatives related to access and success. He is the recipient of various research grants and awards and has published several articles focused on higher education issues. He received his D.Phil. in Psychology from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. In addition to his research he is involved in institutional initiatives to improve the undergraduate curriculum, the enhancement of teaching and learning, increasing academic support for at risk-students as well as improving the quality of academic advising. His research interests include student engagement, and improving the quality of teaching and learning in higher education.

Dr Strydom’s full CV can be found at the Curriculum Vitae link above this profile.


Publications (Short List)

J.F. Strydom & M. Mentz
South African Journal of Higher Education (accepted for publication)
Enhancing a culture of evidence: Using student engagement to identify problem areas which institutions can do something about.

J.F. Strydom & N. Sookdin
Chapter on Capacity building for regional co-operation in the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development, Peer Review Report for The Free State.

J.F. Strydom & M. Mentz
Acta Academia 42(1) 2010
Maximising success in higher education: the case for student engagement in South Africa.


Student Engagement Publications

J. F. Strydom, B. Arndt, & M. Mentz
Enhancing the quality of teaching and learning: Using student engagement data to establish a culture of evidence (in press).

J. F. Strydom & M. Mentz
South African Survey of Student Engagement (SASSE) - Focusing the Student Experience on Success through Student Engagement.

Area(s) of Interest

Higher Education

Student engagement

Scholarship of teaching and learning

Research methodology for the Social Sciences

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