Dr Luyanda Marhaya is a Senior Educational Development Practitioner / Researcher who works for the University of Venda, Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning. Amongst some of his activities is to steer Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) related research in the Centre and the university as a whole. His other primary responsibilities is to develop and steer the PGDHE (Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education) and represent the department in the Western Cape Universities consortium. Apart from these responsibilities, he is also involved in Academic Development initiatives in the Centre working with academic departments in steering and providing workshops on the following: Curriculum Development/ dialogues/ Assessment of Student Learning and Teaching Portfolio development short courses. Amongst some of his qualifications are: Project Management (NMMU), MA (Higher Education) University of Free State, and Doctoral of Philosophy (Education, specializing in Academic Development. He is currently enrolled for a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (Academic Developers) at Rhodes University.
He sits in the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of South Africa (HELTASA) executive committee and is responsible for steering Curriculum Dialogues across universities nationally. Luyanda has over 10 years in the field of Academic Development having worked for four universities in South Africa, an experience that has given him a diverse perspective on the higher education landscape.