Jeff Jawitz


Team: Course and Curriculum Design

Associate Professor Jeff Jawitz is the co-ordinator of the Curriculum and Course Design unit. The broad project that has shaped his work as teacher, educational developer and researcher has been to help build a transformed higher educational system in South Africa and to help overcome the obstacles that undermine efforts to succeed on the part of students and academic staff. 

Jeff joined UCT in 1988 and has seen a shift in his work from being student facing to academic staff facing in his teaching, development work and research. While in the past his interaction with students was his primary source of learning and inspiration, it is now his work with colleagues which provides the inspiration and the rewards.


Jeff believes that one of the biggest challenges in enhancing teaching practice at UCT is to create an institutional culture where research, teaching and educational development are not set in opposition to each other. At the individual level his contribution has been through the courses that he teaches, and the workshops and the programmes that he has helped to develop and run. He seeks to support colleagues in fitting teaching comfortably into their academic identities and in building communities of teaching practice both within and outside of their departments.


Since 2014 Jeff oversees the Curriculum and Course design team within CILT and is supporting the transition of UCT teaching into the online space and the integration of social justice teaching into the curriculum.  


Contact details:
021 650 3351
Room 7.38.6, Floor 7, PD Hahn Building


Peer- Reviewed Articles In Journals

Brenda Leibowitz, Vivienne Bozalek, Jean Farmer, James Garraway, Nicoline Herman, Jeff Jawitz, Wendy McMillan, Gita Mistri, Clever Ndebele, Vuyisile Nkonki, Lynn Quinn, Susan van Schalkwyk, Jo-Anne Vorster, Chris Winberg  (2017).  Collaborative Research in Contexts of Inequality: The Role of Social Reflexivity. Higher Education. 74(1), 65–80, DOI: 10.1007/s10734-016-0029-5

Jawitz, J & Perez T. (2016). Asserting agency: Navigating time and space for teaching development. 30(6) South African Journal of Higher Education, 30(6), 112-126.  DOI: 10.20853/30-6-722   

Jawitz, J. (2016) Unearthing white academics’ experience of teaching in higher education in South Africa. Taylor & Francis: Teaching in Higher Education [Online]. VoR, doi/abs/10.1080/13562517.2016.1198760, Postprint at

Jawitz, J. & Perez, T. (2016)  Investing in Teaching Development: Navigating Risk in a Research Intensive Institution in International Journal for Academic Development, 21(3), 194-205. VoR, doi/abs/10.1080/1360144X.2015.1081852

Jawitz, J. (2012) Race and assessment practice in South Africa: understanding black academic experience. Race Ethnicity and Education, 15(4), 545-559.

Blackie M., Case J. & Jawitz J. (2010) Student-centredness: the link between transforming students and transforming ourselves. Teaching in Higher Education, 15(6),637-646.

Jawitz, J. (2009b) Learning in the academic workplace: The harmonization of the collective and the individual habitus. Studies in Higher Education, 34(6), 601-614.

Jawitz, J. (2009) Academic identities and communities of practice in a professional discipline. Teaching in Higher Education, 14(3), 241-251.

Jawitz, J. & Case, J. (2009) Communicating your findings in engineering education: The value of making your theoretical perspective explicit. European Journal of Engineering Education, 34(2), 149-154.

Saalih Allie; Mogamat Noor Armien; Nicolette Burgoyne; Jennifer M. Case; Brandon I. Collier-Reed; Tracy S. Craig; Andrew Deacon; Duncan M. Fraser; Zulpha Geyer; Cecilia Jacobs; Jeff Jawitz; Bruce Kloot; Linda Kotta; Genevieve Langdon; Kate le Roux; Delia Marshall; Disaapele Mogashana; Corrinne Shaw; Gillian Sheridan; Nicolette Wolmarans (2009) Learning as acquiring a discursive identity through participation in a community: improving student learning in engineering education . European Journal of Engineering Education, 34(4) 359 - 367.

Jawitz, J. (2008) Learning to assess in the academic workplace: case study in the Natural Sciences. South African Journal of Higher Education, 22(5), 1006-1018.

Jawitz, J. (2007) New Academics negotiating communities of practice: Learning to swim with the big fish. Teaching in Higher Education, 12(2), 185-197.

Shay, S. & Jawitz, J. (2005) Assessment and the quality of educational programmes: What constitutes evidence? Perspectives in Education, 23 (1), 103-112.

Jawitz, J., Case, J. & Ahmed, N. (2005) Smile nicely, make the tea – but will I ever be taken seriously? Engineering students’ experiences of vacation work. International Journal of Engineering Education, 21 (1), 134-138.

Case, J. & Jawitz, J. (2004) Using Situated Cognition Theory in Researching Student Experience of the Workplace. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 41(5), 415-431.

Case, J. & Jawitz, J. (2003) Educational Paradigms and engineering educators in South Africa, Higher Education, 45(2), March 2003, 251-256.

Jawitz, J. & Case, J (2002) Women in Engineering: Beyond the stats. Guest editorial. Part 1- Special issue on Women in Engineering. Jawitz & Case (eds) International Journal of Engineering Education, 18(4), 390-391.

Jawitz, J., Shay, S. & Moore, R. (2002) Management and assessment of final year projects in engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education, 18(4), 472-478.

Jawitz, J. (2001) Priorities for the new engineering education movement in South Africa, Australasian Journal for Engineering Education, 9(2), Dec 2001, pp 173-177.

Jawitz, J., Hanrahan, H. & Marais, N. (2001) Using accreditation to drive curriculum development in engineering, Australasian Journal for Engineering Education, 9(2), Dec 2001, pp 137-146.

Jawitz, J., Case, J.M. & Tshabalala, M. (2000) Why NOT Engineering? The Process of Career Choice amongst South African Female Students, International Journal of Engineering Education, 16(6): 470-475.

Jawitz, J. (1999) The new engineering accreditation process: enabling sound curriculum development or appeasing the Washington Accord. South African Journal of Higher Education, 13(2) 1999, pp 54-59.

Jawitz, J. & Case, J. (1998) Exploring the reasons South African students give for studying engineering. International Journal for Engineering Education, 14(4), 1998, pp 235-240.

Jawitz, J. (1995) Performance in First- and Second-year Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South African Journal of Higher Education, 9(1), 1995, pp 101 108.

Jawitz, J., Kotecha, P. & Setiloane, T. (1992) Support Programmes in Engineering. South African Journal of Higher Education, 6(3) 1992, pp 89-96.



Chapters In Books
Jawitz J. (2013) A battle to be waged outside the classroom: The challenge of teaching large classes in higher education in South Africa. In Hornsby, D; Osman, R; De Matos-Ala J (Eds) Large Class Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Quality Higher Education. SUN Media, Stellenbosch

Jawitz, J., Case, J. & Marshall. D, (2009) Grappling with methodologies in educational research: science and engineering educators finding their way. In Setati, M; Vithal, R; Malcolm, C. & Dhunpath, R (Eds) Researching Possibilities in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA, 139-152 ISBN 978-1-6-692-292-7


Peer reviewed conference proceedings
J Jawitz (2013). Do engineering educators teach the way they were taught? Engagement of engineering academics with teaching development opportunities. In Collier-Reed, B., Proceedings of the Second Biennial Conference of the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) 2013, Cape Town, 48-55.

Jawitz, J., Williams, KF., Pym, J., and Cox, G.(2012). Why we do what we do: Interrogating our academic staff development practice. In Tisani, N., & Madiba , M., 2012 Proceedings of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) 2012 Conference, Stellenbsoch, 76 – 81.

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