On borders, boundaries and being a chameleon: Metaphors for reframing the academic project
Susan van Schalkwyk, MPhil PhD, is Professor in Health Professions Education and Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University, where she is involved in supervision of Master’s and PhD students, and faculty development. Her research interests cover a range of aspects relating to teaching and learning, with a specific focus on postgraduate studies and academic writing. In this context, Susan regularly contributes to the FMHS pre-doctoral programme as well as the African Doctoral Academy’s winter and summer schools. In addition, she has facilitated more than ten writing workshops and retreats, across South Africa as well as in several sub-Saharan countries. She is a founding member of the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative, an interdisciplinary, multinational effort to advance global health education worldwide. Susan is active in health professions education, both nationally and internationally, and is currently a member of the AMEE (Association of Medical Educationalists) Research Committee, the Best Evidence Medical Education Review Committee, on the editorial board of MedEdPublish, and an associate editor for BMC Medical Education and the African Journal of Health Professions Education. In 2016, she received a National Research Foundation rating and has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.
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