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Grant Andrews

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I am a hardworking and driven lecturer and researcher currently permanently employed at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Education. My research and teaching specialisations are in gender and sexuality studies, decolonial theory in education, and queer African literature and film. I am the recipient of the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship as well as the Thuthuka Research Grant (2020-2022) for a multi-year project on Queer Visualities in South Africa. I am committed to excellence in teaching, with student evaluations consistently in the top quartile of lecturers at my current university. I have a strong research profile with multiple publications per year in WoS/ ISI-indexed journals. I serve as the section editor (Southern African Literature in English) for the journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde (Journal for Literature), which is indexed by WoS/ ISI and MLA. I have a monograph currently in press with UKZN Press titled Stories of Fathers, Stories of the Nation, which has been adapted from my PhD on South African literature that represents fatherhoods. 


  • Ph.D., English Studies, University of the Western Cape, 2016

    Concentrations: Gender Studies, Masculinities, South African Literature & History
    Dissertation: Representations of Fatherhood and Paternal Narrative Power in South African English Literature
    Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Hermann Wittenberg

    M.A. (Cum Laude), English Studies, Stellenbosch University, 2010

    Concentrations: Gender, Culture and Trauma in Literature

    ThesisRepresentation and Identity in the wake of 9/11
    Thesis Advisor: Prof. Shaun Viljoen 

    B.A. Honours in English Studies (Cum Laude), Stellenbosch University, 2008

    Concentrations: Teaching Theory, Cultural Studies, Modern Theory, Oceanic Passages and Creative Writing. Research report on Fatherhood in K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams (2001)

    B.A. Humanities, Stellenbosch University, 2007

    Courses: Psychology, English Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, French and Art History

Work Experience

Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, 2018-Present

Full-time lecturer and researcher at the Wits School of Education

Course coordinator, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Program, 2020

Course coordinator, English I (EDUC1276A/ EDUC1228), 2018 – 2019

Undergraduate courses taught (2018-2020): Media Studies, Critical Literacy (based on the work of Freire and Janks), Marginalised Stories and Identities (Film and short stories course focusing on teaching topics of race, gender and sexuality in texts), Academic Literacies.

Postgraduate courses taught (2018-2020): Research Design & Methods (B.Ed. Honours Level), Visual Literacy and the Role of Media in Education (B.Ed. Honours level)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stellenbosch University, 2016-2017

Host: Dr Mathilda Slabbert, under the title “Textual and Visual Performativity of Queer Identities and Sexualities in South African Literary and Cultural Productions”.

March 2016 – December 2017

Lecturer and Tutor, University of the Western Cape, 2012-2016

Part-time (sessional) lecturer and tutor, English Department

Lectured English for Educational Development (EED) 117 and 127 (Science), sharing responsibilities with co-lecturer and course coordinator Kenneth Goodman, 2014 - 2016

Lectured courses in EED 101 (Law), dealing with academic writing and reading skills to large lecture groups, 2014-2015

Course coordinator for EED 151 (Nursing), creating course content and overseeing student and tutor admin, 2012

Tutored English I courses to students with varying skill levels, with many students who spoke English as a second or third language, 2011 – 2016

Postgraduate Supervision

Master’s Degree Research Supervision

Student: Phumla Sekhonyane, M.Ed. project: “An Examination of Rhetorical Strategies used by South African Politicians.” Completed, Graduation December 2020. Student achieved 75% for her research report.

Student: Ariela Berkman, M.Ed. pre-proposal stage: “A Marxist and Critical Literacy Approach to the South African Education System.” Ongoing, Expected completion 2021.

Student: Lwando Majikijela, MA pre-proposal stage: “Representations of black queer identities in South African film and visual cultures: Transgressive vulnerability as a mechanism for imagining and claiming space, visibility and freedom.” Ongoing, Expected completion 2021.

B.Ed. Honours Research Supervision

Student: Nazeerah Mia, project: “Using film and literature to promote critical literacy in South African schools.” Ongoing, expected completion 2020.

Student: Thabiso Mogane, project: “Dethroning the Okonkwo Spirit: Pedagogical Opportunities to Challenge Patriarchal Masculinities in English FET Prescribed Literature.” Passed with distinction (90%), 2019.

Student: Ariela Berkman, project: “Challenging Macbeth in South African Education: A Feminist Analysis of Pedagogical Approaches and the Pervasiveness of the Text in School and University Curricula.” Passed with distinction (78%), 2019.

Student: Filipa Mateus, project: “Addressing bullying behaviour in South African English classrooms: Perceptions and classroom practices of three high school English teachers.” Passed with distinction (75%), 2018.

Committees & Service

University of the Witwatersrand School of Education (WSoE)
Chair of the Website and Marketing Committee at the WSoE, designing new marketing materials and coordinating updates and redesigns of the School’s website, 2018-present
Member of the Transformation and Decolonisation committee at the WSoE, working with a team to formulate a vision and mission around transformation and decolonisation, and engaging with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the voices of staff, students and the broader community are incorporated in transformation practices, 2019
Recipient of the Early Career Academic Development Grant, developing my research and teaching skills through a series of seminars and collaboration with the university’s research department, 2018
Co-organiser and facilitator of research seminars in the Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures, 2018-present
Presented a staff seminar on using online portals in order to further blended learning at the WSoE, 2018

Conferences & Seminars

Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa, presented a paper titled “Beyond the essay: Pedagogical and decolonial affordances of group assessment in South African universities”, Rhodes University, 2019

International Society for the Study of Gender and Love Conference, presented a paper titled “YouTube Queer Communities as Heterotopias: Reimagining Space, Identity and ‘Realness’ in Queer South African Vlogs”, September 2019

London International Conference on Education, presented a paper titled “Teaching gender and sexuality courses in initial teacher education: moments of mutual disruption through the lens of critical pedagogy”, December 2018

South African Psychoanalytic Conference, presented a paper titled “The Broken Mirror: Subject and Image Tensions Surrounding John Trengove’s Film Inxeba”, October 2018.

Panel at the African Literature Association Conference at Yale University, New Haven, presenting a paper titled “Race and the Boundaries of Desire in South African Queer Film: Oliver Hermanus’ Skoonheid”, 2017

University of Stellenbosch seminar series, presented a paper titled “The Queer Son and the Declining Patriarch: Water as a Symbol of Change and Disruption in Mark Behr's Kings of the Water”, 2016

University of the Western Cape English Department Conference, Place & Imagination, presented a paper titled: “Shifting Paternal Narratives in South African Fiction”, 2015

Awards, Grants & Academic Activities

Thuthuka Grant for funding a large project on Queer Visualities in South Africa. 2020 - 2022
Recipient of the South African Humanities Deans’ Association Scholarship for PhD studies for academic excellence, 2014-2015 
Awarded the prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, involving extensive training in the four cornerstones: leadership, reconciliation, entrepreneurship and education, 2010
Recipient of Postgraduate merit bursary awarded for academic excellence, 2009 & 2010
Recipient of the Babette Taute Scholarship for excellence in English Studies, 2008
Member of the African Literature Association
Assistant to Organising International Conference on the works of ZoĆ« Wicomb, acting as personal liaison to keynote speakers and guests, Coordinator: Prof Meg Samuelson, Stellenbosch University, 2009 – 2010