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25 January 2018
Noted alumna appointed new Community and Health Sciences Dean
UWC has appointed Professor Anthea Rhoda as the new Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (CHS). Prof Rhoda replaces Prof Josè Frantz who has taken up the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation.

Prof Rhoda was the CHS Faculty’s Deputy Dean for Teaching and Learning from 2015, and acted as Dean from July 2017.

A leader in Africa in the field of stroke rehabilitation, Prof Rhoda has published extensively on the subject. “This, along with a wealth of teaching and learning experience, makes her eminently suitable to enhance and grow the CHS Faculty’s reputation for excellence in community-based, inter-professional education and research,” says Prof Vivienne Lawack, UWC Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic.

Prof Rhoda studied at UWC and Stellenbosch University. She gained her PhD from UWC in 2010 for her study of rehabilitation of stroke patients at community health centres in the metropole region of the Western Cape.

After starting her full-time academic career at UWC in 2000 as a Physiotherapy lecturer, Prof Rhoda held several senior positions within the Department of Physiotherapy as well as the CHS Faculty.

A member of the Health Professions Council and the South African Society of Physiotherapy, Prof Rhoda has published extensively on stroke patient outcomes in Africa. She received a C2 National Research Foundation rating in 2016, recognising her as an established researcher in the field of stroke rehabilitation.

Her current research involves contextualising a self-management programme for individuals recovering from strokes for the South African context. She is also engaged in research on learning and teaching and describes her teaching philosophy as being based within “an authentic learning framework” that emphasises training and the development of skills and knowledge in a real-world setting. Prof Rhoda has supervised numerous master’s and doctoral students.

As an academic, she focusses on capacity building for both students and staff and has implemented programmes in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences related to student success and faculty development.

Prof Rhoda has deep roots in the local community as she matriculated from Belhar High School and, in her early career, served the Bishop Lavis Community Health Centre as its only physiotherapist.