Asheena Singh-Pillay

Degrees Held

  • PhD (Science Education) UKZN
  • PG Dip HE, UKZN
  • Masters (Science Education) UKZN
  • BSc, UNISA
  • JSED, Springfield


  • Currently Associate Professor of Technology Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Academic Leader: Bachelor of Education programme (2019 to date).
  • Acting Academic leader Teaching and Learning (Semester 1 of 2023).
  • School Management Committee: 2019 to date.
  • Discipline leader -Technology Education 2014 &2018.
  • Coordinators Technology Hons programme.
  • Coordinator School of Education PhD cohort: 2018.
  • Coordinator Technology Master’s programme:2018.
  • Africa representative to International Organisation for Science, Technology Education board (IOSTE) – 2020-2022.
  • Member of IOSTE board 2023.
  • Editorial board International Society for Academic in Research (ISFAR).
  • International Project Sustain: Researcher assistant and administrator– 2008-2010.
  • External moderator for B. ED modules at the University of Free State, Durban University of Technology, UNISA,
  • External moderator for postgraduate modules at the University of Johannesburg, UNISA, University of Wits.
  • Examiner of national and international masters and PhD thesis.
  • Review of journal articles for:
  1. The African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (AJRMSTE).
  2. Eurasian Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (EJMSTE)
  3. Alternation (UKZN)
  4. Perspectives in Education (PIE).
  5. South African Journal of Education (SAJE).
  6. South African Journal of Environmental Education (SAJEE).
  7. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (EJMSTE).

Professional Bodies Membership

  • Member of SACE,
  • Epsilon Pi Tau and international Honor Society for professions in Technology (US based)


  • Top 10 most published female researchers: CHUM 2018
  • Top 30 most published researchers: CHUM 2018
  • Teaching Excellence Award: 2018, 2019
  • UCDP travel grant
  • Early career academic award -2017
  • Competitive Research Grant (UTLO): 2014

Research Interests

  • Teaching and learning in technology education.
  • Practical work, process skills, design process.
  • Integration of NS-TECH.
  • Education for sustainable development.
  • issues of social justice and STEM.
  • STEM education and teacher training and development.

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching and learning engineering graphics and design,
  • Social justice issues in STEM education,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems,
  • Practical work and process skills,
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Curriculum and policy issues in STEM
  • Use of technologies in teaching STEM

Keynote Speaker

  • International keynote speaker: International Webinar: The Global impact of COVID 19 on teacher education: Transforming challenges into opportunities: Faculty of Education Raja Balwant Singh College, Agra (U.P.), India, June 2020.
  • International keynote speaker: College of teacher education, Kotdwar, India, March 2020.
  • International Keynote speaker, ISFAR conference, July 2023 Zanzibar.

Visiting Scholar

  • Chandigarh University, India, 2019
  • Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius, 2022

Selected Publications

Community Engagement

  • Advisory board of the International Organisation of Science and Technology Education (IOSTE)
  • Advisory board member of The International Society for Academic Researchers (ISfAR).
  • Advisory board member of The International Education Conference, Kotdwar, India.
  • Presented a keynote lecture at the International Education Conference in India in 2020.
  • Editor for the SAARMSTE Conference proceeding, 2019
  • Part of faculty exchange programme Chandigarh university, Punjab India, 2021

Student Supervision