Professor Ndileleni Paulinah Mudzielwana is an Associate Professor and the HOD in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education at the University of Venda. She has been in higher education since 1998. Prior to this, she was a primary school teacher, lecturer at Tshisimani and Makhado College of education. She is now HOD of the Department of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education. She serves as a member of University Senate, member of university Senate Teaching and Learning, member of the editorial board of Journal of Educational Studies (JES) in the school of Education. She has supervised a number of BED Honours, Masters and PhD students to completion.
Her role and responsibilities, amongst others, are to provide academic leadership to the department, promote scholarship amongst staff, and develop an operational plan for the department based on the school and university policies. As the HoD, she holds departmental meetings with members about various issues amongst others, teaching, learning and assessment, article writing, internationalization, teaching practice and community engagement.
Professor Ndileleni P. Mudzielwana is a member of The South African Research Association for Early Childhood Education (SARAECE) and specialises in: Early literacy, teaching reading in the Foundation phase and assessment practices in Higher Education institutions. She has published many articles in accredited journals. She has also co-authored and authored various books. In 2012 Prof Mudzielwana won the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning awards in the category of Lecturer and in 2014 in the category of Senior lecturer.