Prof Ntebogeng Mokgalaka-Fleischmann, newly appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science.
Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann, a highly impactful researcher in her own right, is also a seasoned academic leader, who has risen through the ranks across several top institutions of higher learning. She is a Full Professor and a C2 National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher. Her academic career began in 2007 at TUT after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas-El Paso, where she was under the mentorship of the world-renowned chemist, Prof Jorge Gardea-Torresdey.
Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann says that she is delighted to contribute to the university’s spirit of excellence “from good to great”, especially at the Faculty of Science, where she cut her teeth as an academic and leader.
Amongst others, Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann holds a DTech degree in Chemistry from TUT and an MBA in Education Management from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
Until recently, she was the Director of the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus, and before that the inaugural Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Agriculture at University of Venda.
Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the South Africa-Swedish University Forum (SASUF) Academic Advisory Committee for Climate Change, Natural Resources and Sustainability; the NRF Advisory Committee of the South Africa-Netherlands Research Cooperation and the CHE National Doctoral Review Panel.
She is currently a member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP), where she chairs the Qualifications Assessment Committee. She also serves in the UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector Committee. She is often invited to be a guest editor of prestigious journals in her field of specialisation.
Over the years, Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann has been involved in several science awareness and advocacy initiatives, nationally and internationally.
The roles she has held in higher education have allowed her to gain substantial experience in curriculum development, research development, student success initiatives, strategy development and implementation, policy formulation, curriculum review, programme accreditation and quality assurance of teaching and learning.
The University could not have found a more accomplished scholar and proven academic leader than Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann to assume the position of Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science.