Thoko Mnisi

Thoko Mnisi

Thoko Mnisi

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.