School of Education

Dipane Joseph Hlalele


Dipane Hlalele
Prof. Dipane Joseph Hlalele

Leadership Deputy-Academic Leader: Education Studies

Discipline Educational Psychology

Contact Number 031-260-3858

Campus Edgewood Campus

Office Address CS102

Last Updated 3 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD (Psychology of Education), University of the Free State, 2003
  • MA (Higher Education Studies), University of the Free State, 2008
  • MEd (Psychology of Education), University of the Free Sate, 1998
  • BEd, University of the Free State, 1996
  • BAEd, University of the North (Qwaqwa Branch), 1992

NRF Rating

  • C2, 2022-2027


  • August 1, 2020-Full Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • April 1, 2017-Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2004- March 2017-Senior Lecturer, University of the Free State
  • 2010-2016-Assistant Dean, University of the Free State


  • 2016 Prolific Researcher in the Faculty of Education Award
  • 2014 & 2016 Vice-Rector’s Community-Engaged Research Award

Research Interests

  • Community Engagement
  • Inclusive Education
  • Rural Education

Teaching Interests

  • Inclusive Education: Theory and Practice
  • Children’s vulnerabilities
  • Critical Educational Psychology
  • Subjectivity and identity
  • Critical pedagogy and social justice education

Selected Publications

Research Projects

  • 2017-2019: National Research Foundation Grant-Community Engagement Funding Instrument, Project title: Community engagement in rural contexts: a relational leadership strategy, Grant No: 104869, Principal Investigator, Amount: R1 697 896.00
  • 2017-2018: National Research Foundation Grant-Community Engagement Funding Instrument, Project title: Sustainable urban-rural learning connections, Grant no: 104847, Co-investigator, Amount: R337 400.00
  • 2015-2016: Afromontane Research Unit Grant- Project title: Navigating vulnerabilities, building resilience and creating sustainable futures for the people of the AfromontanePrincipal Investigator, Amount: R38 000.00
  • 2014-2016: National Research Foundation Grant- Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR), Project title: Sustainable rural learning ecologies, Grant No: 87694, Principal Investigator, Amount: R468 200.00
  • 2013-2014: National Research Foundation Grant- Community Engagement Funding Instrument (UKZN/UFS partnership), Project title: Adaptive leadership for community engagement and service learning, Grant No: 82616. Co-Investigator, Amount: R215 295.00

Community Involvement

  • Provides regular commentary on educational issues to LesediFM listeners on the current affairs programmes (LesediFM has 4 million listeners)
  • Chair: Human and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee
  • 2016 Member: Research Team, Developing a Rural Education Framework, Department of Basic Education
  • 2017 Member: Research Team, Developing National Standards for Inclusive Teaching, Department of Higher Education and Training and British Council

Student Supervision