Professor Receives National Commendation for Teaching Excellence
Professor Sarojini Nadar of UKZN’s School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, has received a commendation from the Selection Committee of the National Excellence in Teaching Award 2014.
The selection committee commended Professor Nadar for her enthusiasm and passion in teaching and the ability to make her discipline interesting and relevant for students.
‘I am delighted that not only has the hard work I put into teaching been recognised by UKZN but is now recognised nationally,’ said Nadar.
The committee noted her coherent teaching philosophy aligned with diverse teaching methods and commended her promotion of critical reflective practices.
‘My teaching is undergirded by a contextual feminist pedagogy – a pedagogy rooted in a critical awareness of the ways in which knowledge is co-opted by patriarchy in terms of production and transfer as well as content and form,’ said Nadar
The National Excellence in Teaching Awards is a project of the Council of Higher Education (CHE) in collaboration with the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA).
The National Excellence in Teaching Award is open to all academics at all South African public Higher Education Institutions. Candidates were considered for one of the following categories: leader in the field of learning and teaching, excellent teacher/teaching team or teacher/teaching team that excels in challenging and under-resourced contexts.
Nadar, who received the Distinguished Teachers’ Award (DTA) for 2013, was appointed Dean of Research for the College of Humanities in 2012. A prolific researcher, she has researched and published widely in the field of feminist biblical hermeneutics with a special focus on HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence, masculinity and sexuality. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Young Women in Science Award (human and social sciences) from the Department of Science and Technology.
She is considered one of UKZN’s top-published researchers and has a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation.
In 2010 she received the Top Published Woman Researcher at UKZN award, and also achieved the position of top published researcher in the Faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences and secured the second position among all UKZN researchers. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2014.