Secretary: Colette Gordon

I am a Lecturer in the School of Language, Literature and Media at Wits.  Before I joined the Department of English in 2013, I lectured at several research-intensive public universities: the University of Cape Town, Goldsmiths College, Royal Holloway, and Queen Mary, University of London, where I received my PhD.

I was also a residential fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC. This experience, across different institutional and social contexts, with different priorities (national and local), has developed my understanding of the university as a public good and my commitment to this vision, in which academics must play a central role in guiding institutions of higher learning.

I am hopeful about the capacity of South African universities to learn and transform, but also concerned about corporatization of higher education, the marginalization of students and academics through increased managerialism, and the ongoing challenges of transforming South African universities.

As a member of the Wits community, and a member of the ASAWU executive, I am particularly concerned with how institutional culture at Wits impacts on students and academic staff, and in addressing discriminatory or unfair practices that may arise particularly in response to stress and change.