School of Education

Thoko Mnisi

Thoko Mnisi




Higher Education Studies


Contact Number



Edgewood Campus

Office Address

G025 Ellen Kuzwayo Building

Degrees Held

  • PhD in Education
  • Masters in Educational Psychology
  • BEd Honours in Educational Psychology
  • ACE in Mathematics and STD in Commerce.
  • Finalising Masters in Higher Education Studies


  • 2017- To date: Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal – Higher Education Studies
  • 2012-2016: UKZN Research Office Principal Administrative Officer
  • 2008-2012: UKZN Contract Lecturer – Discipline of Educational Psychology


  • MAC AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative Fellow
  • National Research Foundation Awardee

Research Interests

  • Visual and Participatory Methods
  • HIV and AIDS-related Stigma Issues
  • University-community partnerships
  • Postgraduate Supervision

Teaching Interests

  • Addressing Barriers to Learning and Inclusive Education
  • Digitisation and Technology Education
  • Educational Development in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Curriculum


Supervise at Masters and Doctoral levels

Community Involvement

  • Judge Chair for the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Digital Humanities Awards (2017-2018). 
  • Assist matric students from two rural schools with online university entrance applications. I have been involved in this exercise since 2008 when I obtained access to do research for my Masters, PhD and MACAIDS research project.


  • Fomunyam, K. G., & Mnisi, T. (2017). Temperament as a Determinant of Success in Formative Assessment in Engineering Education. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research12(14), 4152-4161.
  • Mnisi T. (2015). Digital Storytelling: Creating participatory space, addressing stigma, and enabling agency. Perspectives in Education, 33(3)92-105.
  • Mnisi, T., De Lange, N., & Mitchell, C. (2010). Learning to use visual data to ‘save lives’ in the age of AIDS. Communitas, 15(1), 183-202.
  • De Lange, N., Mnisi, T., Mitchell, C., & Park, E. (2010). Giving life to data: University-community partnership in addressing HIV and AIDS through building digital archives. E-Learning and Digital Media, 7(2), 161-172.