Michael Anthony Samuel

Michael Anthony Samuel

Michael Anthony Samuel

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Degrees Held

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Natal 1982
  • University Higher Diploma of Education, University of Durban-Westville 1983
  • Bachelor of Education, University of Durban-Westville 1988
  • Masters of Arts, University of Durham, UK 
  • Doctor of Education, University of Durban-Westville 1999


Research Interests

  • Higher education studies
  • Doctoral education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning (in the South)
  • Teacher professional development studies
  • Curriculum studies
  • Policy analysis
  • Life history research
  • Narrative methodologies
  • Small islands developing states

Teaching Interests

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education:
  1. Higher education, context and policy
  2. Designing and evaluating curriculum in higher education
  • Doctoral cohort supervision models
  • Developing research coherence in proposal and report writing
  • Academic writing and publishing
  • (Teacher) professional development
  • Higher education postgraduate curriculum design
  • Quality assurance in higher education



  • Life history and narrative inquiry methodology
  • Teacher professional development
  • Has supervised over 20 PhD studies to successful completion: Fields include Higher education studies, Health science professional development, Teacher professional development

Community Engagement

  • (2022), A critical analysis of global teacher education policies and practices for equitable and quality education. Invited to serve on Critical Reference Group for The British Council project. Co-ordinator: Yusuf Sayed: Center for International Teacher Education (CITE).
  • (2022-present), Invited to serve on Steering Committee of the Scientific Committee of the 6th World conference on Qualitative Research. 26 -28 January 2022, Barcelona, Spain.
  • (2020- present), Designing online modules for Digital Initiative for African Centres of Excellence (DIGIFACE). Achieving coherence in postgraduate research projects. DAAD funded project with 10 centres of excellence in Africa.
  • (2021-present), Invited member of Advisory Reference Group for SARCHI Chair: Postgraduate Teaching and Learning (Shireen Motala). University of Johannesburg.
  • (2021), Invited member of Institutional Review Panel: Rhodes University: Faculty of Education Governance structures. (May-June 2021). Panel: Lesley le Grange (chair), Michael Samuel, Remy Ndadozi, Masego Mabaso.
  • (2020), Chair of institutional review of institution Witwatersrand University. Council on Higher Education Doctoral Standards Review. October-November 2020.
  • (2020-present), Higher Education Learning and Teaching in South Africa (HELTASA) Advisory Committee. Designing a postgraduate doctoral research programme for academic staff development.
  • (2017-2020), Chair of Task Team: Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET): Review of teacher professional development and distance and e-learning (ODEL) at University of South Africa (UNISA). DHET project: Pretoria. (2017-2020).
  • (2017-present), South African Education Research Association (SAERA). Elected Executive member. Portfolio: SAERA Annual Conference.
  • (2015- present), External examiner: National and international universities.
  • (1990s-present), Serve on Journal Editorial Boards: Perspectives in Education (PIE), Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the South Journal (SOTL J), Alternations, Journal of Education for Teaching (JET).
  • (2022), Invited to serve on Advisory Team: Kresge ASAF Project on curriculum transformation and institutional research (Co-ordinator: Rubby Dhunpath, Director University of KwaZulu-Natal Teaching and Learning Office) (2022).
  • (2019-2020), Institutional Steering Committee (ISC) for construction of Council on Higher Education (CHE) National doctoral standards programme review. University of KwaZulu-Natal: Institutional Self-Evaluation Report.
  • (2020-2022), Institutional report writer: Council on Higher Education Institutional audit self-evaluation report. University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • (1980s–present), Board member of Environmental and Language Education Trust (ELET) (NGO).
  • Involvement in Digital Initiative for African Centres of Excellence (DIGI FACE) Project: including 11 Centres of Excellence in African higher education institutions and
  • Involvement in East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA) Supervisory and staff capacity development in postgraduate supervision project (2018-2020)
  • Research supervisory capacity development: (institutional, national, international)
    • Samuel MA 2019-2020. (repeat/ variants). The research wheel: Supporting novice supervisors for postgraduate supervision.
    • Workshop on using a personally designed pedagogical tool to support postgraduate research coherence and supervision. Target audience: novice supervisors and postgraduate students. Approximately 800 participants in workshops over 2017-2020.
  • Mentorship Development programme: Samuel MA. A menu of mentorship possibilities. UKZN: University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) (2018-2019).
  • Inter-faith dialogue across different religious groups.




Student Supervision

PhD since 1999
PhD Annually
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Teaching Expertise

  • Postgraduate cohort supervision models.
  • Lifehistory research and narrative inquiry.
  • Academic writing and publishing.
  • Using visual graphics in constructing research representations.