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Engagement Office

Engagement Scholarship Writing Retreats

Facilitators (ASEV Research and Development Consultants):

Dr Ruth Albertyn (left) and Dr Christel Troskie-De Bruin (right)

 

Journal Article Writing Session 16-19 January 2017

 

Participants and outputs to date:

 

Dr Maryna Baard - Human Movement Science

 

Dr Phil Collett - Govan Mbeki Maths Development Unit

 

Mr Kempie van Rooyen - Psychology

Paper delivered at 2016 Community Engaged Learning Symposium, Rhodes University, 3-5 May:

'Results and reflections from student action research engagement in an NGO driven rape prevention programme'

(co-presented by students Ms Marelise Lerm and Ms Jane Ndungu)

 

Ms Claudette Leppan - Public Relations

 

Ms Mary Duker - Art & Design

 

Ms Natalie Mansvelt - Social Development Professions

 

Dr Avivit Cherrington - Education

 

Dr Eileen Scheckle - Education

 

Ms Kumaree Moodley - Office for Institutional Planning

 

Dr Zoliswa Made - Language & Literature

 

Dr Belinda du Plooy - Engagement Office

 

 

Journal Article Writing Session 18-21 January 2016

 

Participants and outputs to date:

 

Ms Bianca Currie - Sustainability Research Unit (George Campus)

 

Ms Mary Duker - Art & Design

 

Dr Rosemary Exner - Health Sciences, Missionvale Community Clinic

Educational Research for Change (in press):

'Developing a dynamic multi-disciplinary approach to university engagement in mental health teaching and service provision to a disadvantaged community'

 

Dr Jenny Jansen, Health Sciences, Missionvale Community Clinic

South African Journal of Higher Education (in press):

'Mapping the development of a trans-disciplinary community mental health student teaching and learning platform'

 

Dr Ann Lourens - Industrial Engineering

Journal for New Generation Sciences 2016 14(3):

'The development of an instrument to measure engineering students' self-efficacy to improve student success and retention'

 

Dr Maryna Baard - Human Movement Science

 

Ms Debbie Mattheus - Community Development Unit

 

Ms Claudette Leppan - Public Relations

 

Ms Shena Lamb - Politics & Conflict Management

Paper delivered at 2016 Community Engaged Learning Symposium, Rhodes University, 3-5 May:

'The Alternatives to Violence Project as a support for Life Orientation teachers'

 

Prof Louise Stroud - Psychology

 

Dr Karl van der Merwe - Industrial Engineering

Journal for New Generation Sciences 2016 (14:3B):

'Leadership behaviours and LEAN culture attainment in automotive component manufacturers'

 

Dr David Morton - Nursing Science

 

Prof Raymond Auerbach - Sustainability Research Unit (George Campus)

 

Dr Belinda du Plooy - Engagement Office

(1) Paper delivered at 2016 Community Engaged Learning Symposium, Rhodes University, 3-5 May:

'Self-identified interpretations of 27 project managers of flagship and benchmark engagement projects at a South African comprehensive university'

(2) South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE) (in press):

'A metaphorical approach to higher education engagement as a liminal and creative free space amid supercomplex and paradoxical dual demands'

 

 

Comments from participants:

"Thank you for leading by example."

"A big thank you for the opportunity...it was an enabling environment for me and I appreciate the investment in us."

"Thanks for the opportunity - it was a safe space to retreat and think at a really hectic time of year for me. Also timely as there are good opportunities opening up for writing about our work both for conferences and journals."

"Thank you for the invaluable treat of having access to the legendary mentors and for creating the secure space away from our desks to focus solely on manuscript preparation. I am happy with my progress in such a short time span."

"Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to attend the Engagement focused writing workshop. It was a brilliant workshop. ... I think the presenters did the most outstanding job of empowering and supporting us all, whilst at the same time maintaining a firm grip with regard to academic rigour. I really do believe this was the best workshop I have ever had the opportunity to attend."

"Thank you for organising the engagement article writing workshop. I was fortunate to be part of the group who experienced the supportive environment created by the facilitators. The workshop assisted me with developing my article idea in a systematic way and for that I am grateful."

"Thank you Belinda for your outstanding organisation of this workshop ... I hope that the NMMU recognises the importance of this kind of support in integrating engagement with our research work."

"Very impressive. I enjoyed its professionalism/nurturing blend - quite unique!"

"Awesome to receive feedback as well as hints/lessons from [facilitator's] own experience. ... Constructive feedback and development in a supportive environment. Thank you for everything!"

"Pitched in a way that supported both the extremely advanced and the learner writers ... an enormous gift of time in which to focus ... the first workshop of this kind that I have been to where it does not feel like the presenters are building a jigsaw with missing pieces."

"Immediacy of feedback provided in a non-threatening way is excellent, thank you ... such a luxury to have enough writing time, uninterrupted ... such a privilege and treat to have time 'out of the office' to focus on publication only."

"It helped me break through my blocks ... fantastic, constructive discussions and feedback which was also very encouraging."

"One of the best workshops I have attended ... helped me put my background into engagement research context."

"I learn so much, feedback is given in a constructive way. It is an uplifting and non-threatening environment. Quick feedback turn around time, so helpful to get personalised feedback. Looking forward to the next one."

"Wish I had this opportunity many decades ago. Most satisfied with the time spent - fruitful and encouraging, thank you."

"From 1 - 100, would never have progressed so far on my own."

"Very useful - many things fell into place."

"A very special experience ... and a learning curve that made a tremendous impact. Thank you."

"What a privilege to have been part of the writing retreat! We salute you for making this dream come true for us as academics."

"I feel so privileged to have been able to attend the workshop, not only to have been able to dedicate four days of time to writing without distraction, which is a luxury in the life of an academic, but also for the learning. The facilitators and their feedback were fantastic. It was constructive and encouraging. ... Thank you for making the workshop possible and giving me the opportunity to work with both Ruth and Christel. I hope to get a chance to do it again sometime."


 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact information
Dr Belinda Du Plooy
Manager: Engagement
Tel: 27 41 504 3083
Belinda.duPlooy@mandela.ac.za