Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak is an academic and professional staff development lecturer in CILT. She currently convenes the New Academic Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), The Short Course on Teaching (TSCOT), and the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) module of the PGDip/Masters coursework; all of which focus on the development of emerging, new and established academics in their teaching roles.
Her doctoral research draws on critical and social realist frameworks to account for the exercise of agency among new academics. Her current work is focused on the interplay between structures (national, institutional, departmental and disciplinary), culture (values, beliefs and ideas) and lecturer agency in the context of a transforming university.
Areas of research interest include critical pedagogies, social justice, transformative staff development and curriculum change. She is a member of UCT’s Curriculum Change Working Group, commissioned by the VC to facilitate a process of curriculum transformation across all faculties and departments at UCT. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) as chair.