Professor Di Wilmot (Dean of Education)

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BA, HDE (PG Sec), BEd, MEd, PhD (Rhodes)

Tel: +27 46 603 8385


Biographical details

Di Wilmot is Professor and Dean of Education at Rhodes University. Before being elected Dean in 2010, she was a driving force behind initial teacher education at Rhodes University for more than a decade. Trained as a high school geography teacher, she continues to be involved in geography teacher education, post graduate supervision and research. Her doctoral research focused on understanding the process of teacher empowerment that took place in a school-based intervention at two high schools.  She gave her inaugural lecture entitled “Transformative teacher education in a time of crisis” at Rhodes University on 7 September 2017. Her current research interests include school geography curriculum and pedagogical transformation since democracy in different southern African contexts.

Di is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Geography Union’s (IGU) Commission on Geographical Education (CGE) for the period 2016-2021. She is involved in international geography curriculum and textbooks research and is guest editor of the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Geography Educators of southern Africa (JoGESA). She gave a keynote lecture entitled “The challenge of recontextualising geography: Southern African perspectives” at the IGU/CGE Symposium, Institute of Education, London, 15-17 April, 2019. She was recently appointed as a Series Editor of the International Perspectives on Geographical education series published by Springer.

Di was recently elected as a Senate representative on the Rhodes University Council. She is a member of Universities South Africa Education Deans’ Forum and is the current Chair of the Rhodes University Deans’ Forum. She serves on numerous university committees including the Budget Executive and Senate. She is Chair of the Board of the Institute for the Study of Englishes in Africa (ISEA) and the Centre for Social Development (CSD), and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Vice Chancellor’s Revitalising public schooling in Grahamstown intervention. Di is a member of Wolfson College, Cambridge University.  She is the former Chair of Council of the Diocesan School for Girls, Grahamstown and a lay minister at St Cyprian’s Anglican Church, Highlands.

Recent Publications

Wilmot, D. (2018). Issues-based teaching and learning in geography. In E Van Eeden & P Warnich (eds.), Teaching and Learning History and Geography in the South African Classroom, pp. 309-335.  Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp.309-335. ISBN 978 0 627 03502 9.

Wilmot, D. (2018). Teacher education in South Africa after the political transition to democracy in 1994. In M. Ben-Peretz & S. Feiman-Nemser (Eds.), Political Transformations and Teacher Education Program, pp. 49-65. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham: Maryland USA.

Goldschagg, P. & Wilmot, D.  (2017). Exploring the role of a Google Group in enabling lesson resource sharing in a South African geography teachers’ professional learning community. Journal of Geography Education for Southern Africa 2(2), 9-24.

Lotz-Sisitka, H., Shumba., O.,  Lupele., J., & Wilmot, D. (Eds.) (2017). Schooling for Sustainable Development in Africa. Springer: Dordrecht: The Netherlands. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-45989-9.


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