UFS ap­points a new dean

Prof Heidi Hud­son is ex­pected to bring a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in her role as dean of the fac­ulty of the hu­man­i­ties

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FREE STATE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

THE ap­point­ment of Prof Heidi Hud­son as dean of the fac­ulty of the hu­man­i­ties has been wel­comed by Univer­sity of the Free State vice-chan­cel­lor Prof Fran­cis Petersen.

Hud­son, who is a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions with a PhD in strate­gic stud­ies, started her new job at the be­gin­ning of the month and is ex­pected to bring to the univer­sity a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in her new role, Petersen said.

She is a re­spected re­searcher who has been as­so­ci­ated with the in­sti­tu­tion for the last 25 years.

“Prof Hud­son is a well-re­spected re­searcher and se­nior man­ager and will add im­mense value to the fac­ulty. She has been as­so­ci­ated with the UFS for al­most 25 years and the in­sti­tu­tional mem­ory she brings to the po­si­tion is in­dis­pens­able. I look for­ward to work­ing with her and sup­port­ing her in re­al­is­ing her vi­sion for the fac­ulty,” he said.

Petersen said her vi­sion for the fac­ulty in­cluded, among oth­ers, cur­ricu­lum re­newal, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search and im­proved gov­er­nance at mid­dle-man­age­ment level which is go­ing to ben­e­fit the in­sti­tu­tions tremen­dously.

Among her achieve­ments, Hud­son was co-edi­tor of The In­ter­na­tional Fem­i­nist Jour­nal of Pol­i­tics for the past six and a half years, as well as a Global Fel­low of the Peace Re­search In­sti­tute in Oslo (2014-16).

Hud­son is serv­ing on the ad­vi­sory board of the African Peace-bu­lid­ing Net­work at the So­cial Sci­ence Re­search Coun­cil in New York.

She has been recog­nised for her undis­puted in­ter­na­tional stand­ing, which re­sulted in the award­ing of a B2 rat­ing by the Na­tional Re­search Foun­da­tion, ef­fec­tive from Jan­uary 1, 2018.

In 2018, she will also be the Claude Ake vis­it­ing chair, hosted by the Depart­ment and Peace and Con­flict Re­search, Upp­sala Univer­sity and the Nordic Africa In­sti­tute.

Her Claude Ake memo­rial lec­ture will fo­cus on the de­coloni­sa­tion of gen­der and peace build­ing in Africa.

She started her aca­demic ca­reer at the UFS, spent six years at the for­mer Univer­sity of Dur­ban-Westville from 1991 to 1996, af­ter which she re­joined the po­lit­i­cal sci­ence depart­ment at the UFS, where she was de­part­men­tal chair­per­son from 2006 to 2007.

In 2009, she joined the Cen­tre for Africa Stud­ies as Africa Stud­ies pro­gramme di­rec­tor (2009-11) and has been the di­rec­tor of the cen­tre since Septem­ber 2012.

The cen­tre was re­cently ex­ter­nally eval­u­ated and the pos­i­tive re­port tes­ti­fied to her lead­er­ship.

Hud­son man­aged to in­crease the cen­tre’s in­ter­na­tional foot­print in a short space of time and ef­fected an in­crease in re­search out­puts, as well as PhD en­rol­ments and out­put.

In ad­di­tion to serv­ing on the fac­ulty com­mit­tee of the hu­man­i­ties, she is a long-stand­ing mem­ber of the fac­ulty re­search com­mit­tee and also chaired the port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on qual­ity as­sur­ance (2005-08), while also serv­ing on the UFS qual­ity as­sur­ance com­mit­tee un­til 2008.

She was Se­nate rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the In­sti­tu­tional Fo­rum from Au­gust 2013 to July 2017 and a mem­ber of the UFS gen­der com­mit­tee un­til 2006.

She was re­cently nom­i­nated to serve on the se­nate re­search com­mit­tee.

Hud­son has been act­ing in the po­si­tion of dean of the fac­ulty of the hu­man­i­ties since Oc­to­ber 1, 2017.

ADDING VALUE: The Univer­sity of the Free State has ap­pointed a new dean of the fac­ulty of hu­man­i­ties, Prof Heidi Hud­son.

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