Prof Xoliswa Mtose has been appointed as UNIZULU’s Faculty of Education Dean. Prof Mtose is a trained educator, higher education specialist and psychologist. She joined UNIZULU on 1 June 2013. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal; a Master of Philosophy in Higher Education from University of Stellenbosch; Bachelor of Arts Honours in African Languages from Rhodes University; HDE (Post Graduate) Primary from University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Fort Hare. Prof Mtose also received, amongst other scholarships, a South African Scholarship to study at Harvard University. She also serves as executive member of the Anti- racism Network in Higher Education.
Her academic career began at Rhodes University as a lecturer and co-ordinator of Distance and Continuing Education. She then served at the University of Fort Hare as senior lecturer, Deputy Director and Director of a School of Postgraduate Studies, School of Initial Teacher Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education. Prof Mtose is a well-rounded manager who has the ability to balance between task orientation and is relationship oriented. She leads by example in setting goals and standards of performance. She is a creative thinker who is able to sell organisational vision and leads with vision and by example. Her experience has shaped her into a successful manager and leader in higher education.
Prof Mtose’s research focuses on issues of identity, race and post-apartheid blackness. Whilst accepting that race is a social construction and that racial identities are fluid, she believes that forms of racial subjectivity are also deeply rooted and persistent.