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Professor Di Wilmot

Professor Di Wilmot is the first woman to be elected Dean of Education at Rhodes University. She has been Dean of the Education Faculty since 2010 before which she was Deputy Head of the Education Department. As coordinator of the PGCE programme from 1996 to 2009, she was a driving force behind initial teacher education at Rhodes University.

Di’s doctoral research focused on teacher empowerment and professional development. She teaches, researches and publishes in the field of Geography education and Curriculum. She also supervises Masters and Doctoral students in these fields. In 2014 she founded the Grahamstown Geography Teachers’ Forum in which practitioners and university tutors work together to enhance the quality of geographical teaching and learning. Di is a founding member of the African Education Deans’ Forum established in Kenya in 2012 and a member of Higher Education South Africa (HESA) Education Deans’ Forum.

She is a member of the International Network of Teacher Education institutions associated with the UNESCO Chair on Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability and the Society of South African Geographers (SSAG). Di serves on numerous university committees and is Chair of the Board of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) and the Centre for Social Development (CSD). She is the former (and first woman) Chair of Council of the Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown, and member of Wolfson College, Cambridge University.

Di is a lay minister at St Cyprian’s Highlands Anglican Church. She is passionate about Great Danes.


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