Janice McMillan, PhD
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: PD Hahn, Level 7, 7.38.13
Role in GC: Director
Portfolio: Overall programme direction
Field of study: Sociology, adult education
How and when did you get involved with the GC programme?
I co-founded the programme, with Janet Small, at the end of 2009, with the first courses running in 2010.
The development of the GC programme was in response to the 2008 strategic plan for UCT, which was the responsibility of then Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jo Beall. The strategic plan explicitly mentioned a need to graduate students as socially conscious global citizens. The Dean of CHED knew of my work and interest in adult education, and recommended I get in touch with Prof. Jo Beall.
While many courses at UCT may expose students to social issues, the GCP was developed to intentionally reflect the values of the strategic plan.
What influenced your decision to join the GC staff?
Due to my background in adult education and community engagement, I was excited to have the opportunity to develop new kinds of curriculum and pedagogical approaches, both of which are integral to transformation.
What do you find most exciting about being part of the GC team?
I love experiencing the inter-generational collaboration within the GC team. From and educator's point of view I enjoy seeing students make meaning of their experiences and the complex social constructs we deal with in our short courses.
What is the one thing you think people should know about you?
My students think my favourite word is 'pedagogy'! Let's see, I worked in a wine store for 8 years, and I grew up in a caravan in the Richtersveld.