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Janice McMillan, PhD

Dr. Janice McMillan is a Senior Lecturer based in the Curriculum and Course Design team in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at UCT. She joined UCT in 1994, working first in adult education and for the last 15 years, in the field of community engagement. Janice's teaching, research and development interests centre on higher education and social responsiveness - with particular emphasis on community-engaged learning, critical citizenship and university-community partnerships more broadly. For more information on Janice's publications, click here.

From 1999-2001, Janice was the UCT academic partner on a Ford-funded national service learning programme (CHESP) and between 2010 and 2014, she was also the service-learning coordinator for Stanford University's overseas study centre in Cape Town. Since 2010, she has been Convenor of the UCT Global Citizenship Programme, a student-facing, active learning programme of innovation in critical, global citizenship, community engagement and social justice pedagogy’. Since 2013, she has taught on and convened a credit-bearing version of the GC short courses in the EBE faculty.

Increasingly Janice is working with departments and faculties on thinking about how to embed graduate attributes linked to citizenship and social justice into their programmes. This is particularly through the practice of community engaged pedagogy. In 2016, the EBE course won a Collaborative Educational Practice Award at UCT by demonstrating “innovative interdisciplinary collaboration effectively, and employs innovative pedagogy…providing a strong developmental opportunity for students”. Janice also received a Distinguished Teacher Award in 2016, the highest teaching award at UCT.

She has been seconded 50% for the remainder of 2017 to work directly with the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Internationalization Professor Mamokgethi Phakang to scope the social responsiveness project at UCT going forward. Janice is also a member of the University Social Responsiveness Committee, the Steering Committee for the UCT Knowledge Co-op and the UCT Schools Improvement Initiative. Janice was also on the Board of SHAWCO, a large student volunteer organization from 2006-2015. Janice’s current areas of interest include working with students as educators and facilitators; university-community partnerships; developing a better understanding of social responsiveness in higher education; and working with colleagues on community engaged forms of pedagogy. Besides being passionate about her work in education, Janice has a love of wine, food, the city of Cape Town, and spending time being creative in her home space.