Profile for Professor Wiseman Magwa

Professor Wiseman Magwa is a Zimbabwean citizen who did his primary education at Garai School, secondary education at Chibi Mission, A Level at Hartzell High and B.A. General at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in 1984. Magwa is also a holder of a Graduate Certificate in Education (UZ); Post Graduate Diploma in Education (UZ); Master of Education degree (UZ) and a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy degree (UNISA). He scored a record achievement in Zimbabwe when he was appointed Full Professor at the Midlands State University at the age of 48 in 2009. Another record achievement was attained when three years later he was appointed substantive Vice Chancellor of the Reformed Church University in November 2012.

Professor Magwa is the founding Vice Chancellor of the RCU, the first University in Zimbabwe to carve a niche in special needs education. He has successfully established a university exclusively for people living with disabilities that makes use of both the face to face mode of delivery and open distance learning mode. A teacher by profession, Professor Magwa worked as a high school teacher at Fletcher High School and Thornhill High in Gweru, before joining Gweru Teachers College in 1988 as a lecturer. He rose through the ranks and became a Senior lecturer before being appointed Principal lecturer in 1994, a position he held until the establishment of the Midlands State University in 1999. He joined the new University in 2000 as a Teaching Assistant and a year later in 2001, he was appointed substantive lecturer. After serving for only three years, he was promoted to the rank of Senior lecturer in 2003 and was further promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2004, a very rare achievement in Zimbabwe for one to be catapulted to the grade of Professor before attaining a Doctoral degree. He then enrolled as a Doctoral candidate with UNISA in 2005 and successfully completed his doctoral studies in a record time of only four years and graduated in 2008 with a Doctor of Language, Literature and Philosophy degree.

In 2009, Professor Magwa was again promoted to the grade of Full Professor with a record achievement of 23 books used as reference texts in schools, colleges and universities, several book chapters, refereed articles, conference papers and consultancy reports at the age of 48. He then left Midlands State University for greener pastures and was appointed substantive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education in 2010 at the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) to pursue a career in Open and Distance Learning. Whilst at ZOU, Professor Magwa was appointed country representative and he attended several international conferences and conventions on Open and Distance Learning (ODL).

After serving for only two years as Faculty Dean, Professor Magwa was further promoted to become the substantive Pro Vice Chancellor of the newly established Reformed Church University in 2011. A year later, he was appointed substantive Vice Chancellor of the same university in November 2012 and became its founding Vice Chancellor. In addition to the glamorous academic and professional achievements, Professor Magwa is a member of the National Advisory Council for the Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality. He is also a language consultant for the Open Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and a consultant editor for the Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS). Furthermore, Professor Magwa is an external examiner at the following international universities; University of KwaZulu Natal (UKN), University of the Western Cape (UWC), University of South Africa (UNISA), University of Botswana (UB), University of Swaziland, University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and Great Zimbabwe University (GZU). He also worked as the chief language consultant in the making of the new constitution for Zimbabwe in 2011-2012.

Professor Magwa has published extensively in the area of language and education. He has to date published 23 books, 17 book chapters, several journal articles, consultancy reports, book translations, conference papers and several newspaper articles. Professor Magwa is also the winner of the Zimbabwe’s 75 Best Books in the 20th Century Literary Awards in the Drama Category with the play Njuzu published by Mambo Press in 1990. He was again awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Grant for the implementation of the Sexual Maturation Research Findings in the Midlands Province from 2003-2006. In the SADC region, Professor Magwa has represented Zimbabwe at various ODL conferences and workshops. Professor Magwa was awarded the World Education Congress Global Trophy for outstanding contribution to education in Mumbai, India, June 2013.

Professor Magwa is happily married to Mrs Simuforosa Magwa and the couple is blessed with three adult children.

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