Motivation to lead, manage or govern schools for results – which results
Inaugural lecture delivered on 25 October 2011.
Prof Jan Heystek started his professional career as a teacher in Pretoria in 1985. During the following years he continued with his studies, completing honours, master’s and doctoral degrees while progressing from teacher to deputy principal. He started his academic career as a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria in 1995. During his term at the university he played a leading role in restructuring the honours degree, as well as the Advanced Certificate in Education Management delivered to students via a mixed-mode delivery model. These programmes were developed with the aim of “taking the university to the students”; this provided thousands of students in rural areas the opportunity to achieve a university qualification, which not only benefitted them as teachers, but also played an important part in the development of rural communities. In August 2006 Prof Heystek was appointed as associate professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Stellenbosch University, and in July 2011 he was appointed Professor in Educational Leadership and Management in the same Department. In November 2010 he received a C2 academic rating. Prof Heystek is the co-author of two textbooks, Human resource management in education (2005) and People leadership in education (2008), as well as the author of six chapters published in different international books. Since 1995, four doctoral and 19 master’s degree students have completed their research under his leadership. Prof Heystek is the author or co-author of 26 articles published in nationally and internationally refereed and accredited journals, and has presented numerous papers at international and national conferences covering governance and leadership in the diverse and changing South African educational landscape.