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 Prof. Venicia McGhie

Position: Associate Professor and Chair: Academic Development
Department: Department of Academic Development
Faculty: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Qualifications: PhD (US), MA in Linguistics (UWC), BA Hons in Linguistics (UWC), BA (UWC), Diploma in
Higher Education (Postgraduate) (UWC), Diploma in Public Relations Practice (Academy of
Learning), Postgraduate Course in Principles of Marketing (with distinction), Postgraduate
Course in Human Resource Management (UWC) and a Certificate Course in Life Skills and
Sexuality (Planned Parenthood Association)
Tel: 021 959 3041
Fax: 021 959 3072
Email: vfmcghie@uwc.ac.za
Research:
 
 
 
 

Biography

 Prof. McGhie is an academic development practitioner and her areas of specialisation are Education, Critical Linguistics, Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition. Working with undergraduate students is her passion, and trying to empower students to believe in themselves her mission. Her other interests are research methodology and conducting research with the view to effect change in people’s lives; supervising postgraduate students; and making good on her social responsibility – that is, to liberate and empower communities in townships and rural areas with what higher education was instituted to do: to educate for the public good.

• Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Scholar: 2014/2015 academic year at the University of Missouri-St Louis, USA. Visiting Scholar and Instructor in the College of Communication and Information, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA.

• Winner of the Best Teacher of the Year Award: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, UWC, for the academic year 2011/2012.

• Erasmus Mundus ema2sa Grantee: Academic Staff Exchange Scholarship to the University of Granada, Granada, Spain, for the period October until December 2011.

• Winner of the Extraordinary Woman Award in the Education Category, City of Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa, 31 August 2005.

• Winner of the Lifelong Learning Award: Part-time Studies, 2004 Division for Lifelong Learning, UWC.

• Recipient of the Research Capacity Building Scholarship for PhD candidates (SANPAD) for the 2004/2005 academic year.

• Best English Method student in 1999, Dept. of Didactics/Teaching Practice, Education Faculty, (UWC).

• Best Composition Writer in High School, Grade 10, 1976.

• Best learner in Accounting, Grade 9, 1975.

• Best learner in Needle Work, Grade 8, 1974.

Publications


McGhie, V.F. & Keim, M. (2017).  Understanding the needs and challenges of a Black community in South Africa. Development and Practice (Taylor & Frances), 27 (3), 380-391

 

McGhie, V.F. (2017, March). Entering University Studies:  Identifying enabling factors for successful transition from school to university. Journal of Higher Education (Springer), 73 (3),  407–422 (printed version)


McGhie, V.F. (2016). Entering University Studies:  Identifying enabling factors for successful transition from school to university.  International Journal of Higher Education(Springer) [first published online: 9 December 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-016-0100-2 (online- version)

 

Ndesi, L., Kimani, Latief. N. & McGhie, V.F. (2016). Embedding academic literacy skills into the mainstream curriculum: The case of Information Systems 131/132. Journal for New Generation Sciences, 16 (1), 107-123McGhie, V. F. & Du Preez, M. (2015). Addressing the learning needs of at-risk students at a South African university. Special edition of the South African Journal on Higher Education (SAJHE), 29 (1), 164-180


McGhie, V. F. & Du Preez, M. (2015). Addressing the learning needs of at-risk students at a South African university. Special edition of the South African Journal on Higher Education (SAJHE), 29 (1), 164-180

 

McGhie, V.F., Moodley, P., Naidoo, H. (2015, December). The Changing Landscape:  Exploring the dichotomy between academia and first-year students’ transition from school to university. Higher Education Development Journal (ZFHE), 10 (4), 189-20​

McGhie, V. F. 2014. The will to learn”: An essential element for successful student learning? South Africa Journal for Distance Learning and Practice (Progresso), 36(1), 108-128.

Mcghie, V.F. 2012. Successful student learning: Does it matter? Conference Proceedings of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) 2012 Conference, ISBN: 978-0-620-55540-1.

McGhie, V. F., Van der Walt, C. &  Van Schalkwyk, S.  2012. Successful first-year  learning: a social cognitive view of academic literacy.  Journal for Language Teaching (SAALT), 46 (2):27-41. 

McGhie, V.F. 2009. Teaching for a New Generation of Students: Understanding the Needs and Challenges of First-year Students in the Learning Process.  Peer-reviewed, International Journal of Learning, Common Ground, Australia, 16 (9):719 -732.

 

McGhie, V.F. 2008. The role of the lecturer in the learning process: Towards a learning-centred approach. Peer-reviewed, International Journal of Learning, Australia, 15 (11): 1-10.


Smith (my previous surname), V.F. 2007. Learning in English: Academic Proficiency – learning vs acquiring a second language and its impact on L2 students in the learning process.  Peer-reviewed, International Journal of Learning, Australia, 14 (8):35-42.


Smith, V.F. 2006.  Learning to write versus Writing to learn: Teaching students to become critical thinkers and efficient writers.  Peer-reviewed, International Journal of Learning, Australia, 13 (6):27-34.


Smith, V.F. 2004/5. English as Language of Teaching and Learning at a Southern African University.  Peer-reviewed, International Journal of Learning, Australia, 11:611-617.


Smith, V.F. 2000. Article on Dr Christa van Louw, Director of the IiLwimi Sentrum at UWC in the in-house bulletin of the URC.​


 

Chapters written in Business Communication textbook (2014) published by Oxford University

Press, Southern Africa:​​

 

Chapter 7 - Reading for Academic Purposses

Chapter 9 - Referencing and Academic Writing

 

Articles reviewed for publication:

 

Associate Editor for the Peer-reviewed, International Journal of Learning, Australia, in 2006 and 2009

Associate Editor for the Peer-reviewed, International Journal on Diversity in Education, in 2013

Associate Editor for the South African Association for Language Teaching Journal (SAALT), in 2014


 


 

Papers presented at international and national conferences:

Keynote speaker at First-year Experience Conference held in Durban, South Africa, from 22 – 24 May 2019


World Conference on Transformative Education (WCTE) at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya, 26 – 28 July 2018 (2 papers presented)

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​Round Table Symposium/Conference on Women in Education held at the University of Oxford, Oxford, London, from 20 – 23 March 2016​


The International Conference on Educational Development (ICED) held at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, from 15 – 18 June 2014.

Title of paper: Holistic health and educational development to effect change:  The case of Gugulethu, Cape Flats, South Africa.

The International Conference on Learning and Knowledge Community held at the University of Rhodes, in Rhodes, Greece, from 11 – 13 July 2013.

Title of paper: Cause and Effect: Learning challenges and their impact on first-year students’ academic progress. 


The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference held at University of Tasmania, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, Tasmania, from 2 – 5 July 2012.Title:  Enabling factors for successful first-year student learning


The 18th International Learning Conference held at the University of Mauritius, Mauritius, from 5 – 8 July 2011.Title:  “The will to learn” An essential element for successful learning.


The 16th International Literacy and Learning Conference held at the University of Barcelona in Spain, from 1 – 4 July 2009.         

Title:  Teaching for a new generation of students: understanding the need of first-year students in the learning process

The 15th International Literacy and Learning Conference held at the University of Illinios in Chicago, USA, 3 – 6 June 2008.

Title:  The role of the lecturer in the learning process: Towards a learning- centred approach. 

​The 13Th International Learning Conference held at Sam Sharpe Teachers College & the Montego Bay Community College, Montego Bay,         Jamaica, 22 – 25 June 2006.

Title:    Learning to write versus writing to learn:  Teaching students to become critical thinkers and efficient writers.


The 12th International Learning Conference at the University of Granada, Granada, Spain from 11 – 14 July 2005.

Title: Equity and Redress: Student support and development for successful completion of undergraduate degree programmes


The Seventh Women and Leadership Conference held in North Georgia, USA 3 – 5 March 2004.

            Title: Women in Leadership roles:  Why are we in the minority? 


The annual conference of HELTASA held at UNISA’s main campus, Muckleneuck in Pretoria, from 26 – 29 November 2013.

Title of paper: The will to learn”: An essential element for successful student learning. 


The Annual HELTASA Conference hosted by the University of Limpopo from Tuesday, 23 November to Thursday, 25 November 2010.

Title:    First-year students: Learning challenges and enabling factors for successful learning.


The Annual HELTASA Conference hosted by the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, 19 – 21 November 2007.

Title:    The impact of language learning challenges on the reading and writing abilities of first-year L2 students of English in the learning process.


The Annual Conference of the Education Association of South Africa in Bloemfontein, 18-20 January 2006.

            Title:  Outcomes-based education:  Do we teach our learners how to think?


Conference held at Rhodes University with the theme “Reinventing the Universities” in Grahamstown, 6 – 8 December 2004.

Title:    The transformation process of institutions of higher learning in South Africa


SAADA Conference, Cape Technikon, 3 – 5 December 2003. Title:  Mentoring Process in the Certificate for Business Programme in the EMS Faculty.​​​



 


 


 

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 Member of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA).
Member of the International Association for Cognitive Education in Southern Africa (IACESA).

Member of the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (Noda).

Chairperson of Project Making A Difference (a NGO focusing on undergraduate financial needy students in the EMS Faculty at UWC).

Educator for the Women for Peace non-profit organisation: Western Cape Province.

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