The University of Zimbabwe community wishes to congratulate 23 members of the academic staff who were recently promoted to the full professor, associate professor and senior lecturer grades. The promotion criteria were rigorous, making the promoted academics compare with the best on the continent and globally. Most of the promotions are with effect from 1 May 2018. With the new promotions, the University now boasts of 148 professors.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the University on 20 June 2018 to celebrate the promotions, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Professor Levi Nyagura said, ‘On behalf of the University and my own behalf, I would like to congratulate these outstanding individuals for their well-deserved promotions. Encouraging excellence is a core value of the University that needs to be followed up with recognition and reward. These promotions indicate not only to the individuals themselves but also to the wider scientific community the strength of their contributions as well as the calibre of the academic staff at the University of Zimbabwe. The University is dependent upon the personal growth and career attainment of its academic staff to develop, strengthen and fulfil its mandate. The University’s successes as a research intensive institution, and therefore, its current top position among the best universities on the continent and the globe are in no small part, a reflection of the number of individuals whose hard work is reflected in our promotion figures.
The newly promoted academics are:
Promoted to Full Professor
Professor Margaret Z Borok is a Professor of Medicine at the University’s College of Health Sciences where she has worked for many years. She was trained in internal medicine at the Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine, now the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and has been involved in the care of HIV patients in Zimbabwe since 1991. Most of her professional career has been involved in the clinical care of these patients, particularly those with AIDS-Kaposi sarcoma. She has been the core physician at the KS Referral Clinic at the Parirenyatwa Hospital for over ten years and has been involved in collaborative operational and clinical research with the University of Colorado Denver during much of this time.
Professor Nyasha Chin’ombe is a molecular vaccinologist and teaches microbiology and biotechnology to medical and science students. He graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences in 1993 and was awarded the University of Zimbabwe Book Prize and Hiram Wild Memorial Prize for academic excellence as a student. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology (University of Zimbabwe) and conducted his research project on animal genomics at the International Livestock Research Institute. He worked for some time as a research fellow in the Chemical Pathology Department of the University of Zimbabwe and was later awarded a South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative scholarship to pursue a PhD in Medical Microbiology at the University of Cape Town. His doctoral research interrogated the development and testing of attenuated recombinant bacterial-based HIV/AIDS vaccines. After graduation, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship under the South African Vaccinology Research Chair programme to do further research on DNA-based HIV/AIDS vaccines. He was awarded a second postdoctoral research fellowship at Emory Vaccine Centre in the United States. After a stint at Emory University, he returned to South Africa to take up another postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacogenomics at the University of Cape Town. Professor Chin’ombe joined the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in 2012 in the Department of Medical Microbiology and was promoted to the senior lectureship level in 2014 and to the associate professorship level in 2016. His main areas of specialization are molecular biology, medical virology and vaccinology. He is currently setting up a medical biotech start-up and a Pan-African vaccine research institute to train the next generation of African vaccinologists.
Professor Vupenyu Dzingirai joined the University of Zimbabwe in 1990 as a teaching assistant in the Department of Sociology where he had studied for an honours degree. He later studied for an MPhil degree in the same department, graduating in 1992. In 1993, he registered for a Dphil degree at the University of Zimbabwe, graduating in 1998 with a thesis located in applied social sciences. He has researched widely and taught on several courses on natural resources management in Africa
Professor Tinyiko Halimani (BSc, MPhil (UZ), PhD (Stellenbosch)) joined University service in April 2001 as a research assistant. He became a permanent full-time lecturer in 2006. He was chairperson of the Department of Animal Science from 2009 to 2012. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 2012 then associate professor in 2016. Professor Halimani is a geneticist with specific interest in the utilisation and conservation of local farm animal genetic resources. He has carried out extensive research in the subject area, supervising 9 PhD, 18 masters and 47 bachelor’s candidates in the process. He is a participant in various research collaborations involving Universities in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Professor Halimani has published 46 peer reviewed journal articles and 12 invited or occasional publications in a range of journals. He is currently the deputy dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. He is also a technical editor for UZ Publications.
Professor Mhosisi Masocha is a Professor of Geospatial Science at the University of Zimbabwe. He specialises in the environmental applications of cutting-edge Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Global Position System (GPS) & Earth Observation technologies. His recent research interests include: invasive alien species management, remote sensing of water quality, crop yield forecasting, wildlife monitoring from space and modelling transmission dynamics of diseases in a changing climate. He has published over 55 papers in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Some of the new GIS-based mathematical models he co-developed are now being widely used for invasive alien species management and for geographically targeted disease surveillance and control. Professor Masocha is also a registered cattle breeder running a family-operated Brahman stud business in central Zimbabwe. His primary focus and speciality is to develop and supply commercial cow-calf producers, an efficient, low-cost, fertile, and highly adapted genotype of Brahman cattle with quiet temperament that can survive and produce on natural forage with no external inputs to boost profit per acre and not per cow.
Professor Stanley Mukanganyama joined the University of Zimbabwe in the Department of Biochemistry as a Teaching Assistant on 01 April 1991 and enrolled as a part-time MPhil student. In 1996 he converted his studies to DPhil which he carried out as sandwich programme with Uppsala University, Sweden. He successfully completed his DPhil studies in 1999. In February 2001 he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer on 2 February 2008 and to the Associate Professor grade on 1 January 2013. Professor Mukanganyama served as the acting Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry from July-November 2011. He was appointed the substantive Chairperson of the Department of Biochemistry from 1 November 2011 until present. He is the past President of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society of Zimbabwe (BMBSZ) from 2010-2013, and is the In-country President of the Natural Products Research of Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) Zimbabwe Chapter. Professor Mukanganyama is also the Acting Secretary-General of the Federation of the African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB). His area of specialisation is Biochemical Pharmacology where he is involved in the scientific evaluation and validation of efficacy of medicinal chemicals from plants from Zimbabwe.
Professor Brighton Mvumi holds a PhD in Postharvest Entomology from the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom; and an MPhil in Agriculture (Postharvest Science & Technology) and BSc in Agriculture (Crop Science) both from University of Zimbabwe. He has provided strategic technical and scientific inputs to R&D agency programmes including the 11-year DFID Crop Post-harvest Programme (design, implementation, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of projects); the African Postharvest Losses Information System (APHLIS) Network; the development of the FAO Postharvest Loss Assessment Methodology and Food Loss Reduction Programmes in several African countries. He has conducted a number of postharvest training programmes for technocrats and scientists in east, central and southern Africa. He collaborates with scientists in Europe, USA and many African countries. In the last 11 years, he has worked on evaluation and optimisation of pesticidal plants in controlling field crop, livestock and stored-product pests in sub-Saharan Africa’s smallholder farming sector. His current research focuses on developing effective and sustainable technologies for food postharvest handling and loss reduction, management of agricultural pests and understanding the effects of climate change and variability on postharvest systems and pest dynamics in semi-arid areas and how communities are responding. His research work is published in over 51 peer-reviewed journal articles, 8 books/book chapters and 18 edited proceedings. He is currently a core member of the African Postharvest Information Systems (APHLIS) network; a steering Committee Member of the Postharvest Technical Working Group and the Plant Health Committee both in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement; and a member of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa.
Professor Sunanda Ray first joined the Department of Community Medicine, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) in 1992 as a lecturer and research fellow. She was involved in the early days of establishing the Masters in Public Health (MPH) in the department. She was also part of the research team that set up the Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project, a collaborative research project between UZ and Stanford University, USA as co-principle investigator and Director. She left UZ to work for her Fellowship at the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians UK, (1995-1999). Professor Ray has worked in a range of public health environments including 2 years at Murambinda Mission Hospital, Buhera (1984-85), 6 years for Harare City Health Department (1986-1992), and as Executive Director of the Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service (2000-2003). She has worked for the British National Health Service as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine (2003-2009) and was part of the academic team that established the new medical school at the University of Botswana (2009-2012) where she set up MMed programmes in Public Health Medicine and Family Medicine, as well as teaching integrated public health to undergraduate medical students. Her main research and teaching interests have been in sexual and reproductive health (including HIV), maternal and child health (including prevention of maternal and neonatal mortality), health systems, quality improvement and health professions’ education. She has been an educator for more than 35 years, and is especially interested in how to mentor health professionals to become lifelong learners. She also mentors young researchers in publishing and is an assistant editor for the African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine.
Professor Lloyd Sachikonye joined the University of Zimbabwe as a Research Fellow in 1990 after obtaining a Ph D in Political Studies from Leeds University, United Kingdom in 1989. He served in the University’s Institute of Development Studies (IDS) where he was active in research in Labour and Agrarian Studies, and taught on its Industrial Relations programme. He is now based in the Center for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) in which he contributes to its research and post-graduate teaching in Social Ecology. Promoted as an Associate Professor in 1998, Professor Sachikonye has been prolific with over 70 publications. Amongst the 10 books that he has authored or co-edited was an award-winning title on Labour Movements in Africa published in 2010. In recognition of his intellectual contributions, Professor Sachikonye was appointed an Honorary Professor in the School of Development Studies at the University of Kwazulu Natal in 2015. He is also a member of the Transformation Research Unit of Stellenbosch University. Professor Sachikonye serves on editorial boards of ten international scholarly journals including the Global Labour Journal, Africa Development and the Review of African Political Economy. He has undertaken advisory study assignments periodically in the past 15 years for the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). In addition, Professor Sachikonye serves on boards of a number of Zimbabwean non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are engaged in development policy advocacy, farm worker welfare, trade union research, youth and women’s rights.
Professor Mufuta Tshimanga is a professor of public health medicine at the University of Zimbabwe. Since medical graduate school and as a public health physician, Professor Mufuta Tshimanga has focused on developing teaching and public health research approaches for master level trainees to improve curricula for the advance of field epidemiology core-competencies required to run public health programs in the African region. As the Director of the Zimbabwe FETP since 1997, he has guided the training of over 230 public health specialists who occupy senior management positions both in public and private sectors and constitute the network of public health practitioners who run public health programmes in Zimbabwe. This has assisted the ZimFETP program to be accredited in 2017 by TEPHINET. As an academic faculty member, he has supervised over 1000 research projects using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Most of these projects’ findings have been used primarily by the Ministry of Health and City Health authorities to improve the delivery and effectiveness of their public health systems. As a Director of a ZICHIRE Project, a local research entity, in Zimbabwe, he has collaborated with many US research institutions and held grants on multiple studies over the past 15 years. He has successfully been involved in more advanced HIV prevention research including follow-up studies on risk compensation after VMMC and clinical trials of medical devices for pre-qualification by World Health Organization for use as alternative method in male circumcision in resource-constrained settings. Following these studies, he has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is now also a key implementer of the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) Program in 6 districts to support the national effort to scale up VMMC services in Zimbabwe. As a member of AFENET (African Field Epidemiology Network) board of Directors since its foundation in 2005, he has developed expertise in FETP implementation and has effectively contributed to the establishment and maintenance of functional FELTP to continue building capacity to address epidemics and other major public health problems in over 23 African Countries to date.He is the current Chairman of AFENET Board and Director of Zimbabwe FETP.
Promoted to Associate Professor
Professor Mutsawashe Bwakura-Dangarembizi embarked on her academic career with the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in 2002 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer grade in 2013. Her clinical and research interests include Paediatric HIV, its associated co-morbidities and child undernutrition. She has over 10 years experience in conducting multi-centre paediatric HIV research whose overarching goal is to generate evidence for the best ways to treat HIV-infected children in resource-limited settings and improve their quality of life. She was recently awarded a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship to study the outcomes of young children who suffer severe malnutrition with a view to developing targeted interventions that will optimize their long-term growth and development potential.
Professor Nehemiah Chivandikwa is the former chairperson of the department of Theatre Arts at the University of Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in applied theatre and development communication from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, he is shifting his research focus to include television, participatory video and community radio as sites for participatory development communication in interdisciplinary contexts that involve public health promotion and civic engagement. He has a particular interest in the use of participatory theatre and media technology in the context of impact-oriented/research on marginalized groups, such as women, youths and disabled communities. He has been involved in a number of practice-oriented research projects with marginalized communities in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa and the USA. A number of articles and book chapters resulting from these projects have been published in international, regional and local journals and book projects.
Professor Felicity Gumbo is 41 years old and a practising Paediatrician. She graduated as a medical doctor in 2000 and completed her Masters degree in Medicine (Paediatrics) with the University of Zimbabwe in 2006. She then graduated with a PhD with the University of Oslo in 2012. Her area of interest is mother to child transmission of infection including HIV, CMV, Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis. She has special interest in Paediatric Pulmonology and Intensive care.
Professor Clara Haruzivishe holds a PhD in Nursing (MCH/Midwifery major) (USA), a Master’s in Adult Education(UZ), a BSc Nursing Science (UK), a diploma in nursing (UK), a diploma in midwifery(UK) and a diploma in nursing and adult education(UZ). She has provided leadership in grants management and research and devoted her time in coordinating an innovative method of teaching DPhil students in a limited setting. She has 50 publications in referred journals. She is active in the following University committees: Staff development, Senate Subcommittee on Associate Affiliate Status and College Regulation committee. She was also appointed as a member of the Zimbabwe Nurses council examination committee (2015-2020). She is a member of the Faith Ministries Medical Missions. She has been nominated by the Ministry of Health for consideration for the Princess Srinagarinda Award (Thailand) 2018, for her contribution to nursing and midwifery education and research.
Professor Venancio Edward Imbayarwo-Chikosi holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Animal Science (Stellenbosch University), Master of Animal Science (University of Malawi) and a Bachelor of Agriculture Honours degree in Animal Science (University of Zimbabwe). His post-graduate studies focused on the quantitative aspects of dairy cattle breeding with emphasis on inheritance of functional traits (MSc) and functional longevity (PhD) in dairy cattle. He joined the University of Zimbabwe on the 2nd of June 2008 as a temporary full-time lecturer and was appointed permanent full-time lecturer in 2009. He was promoted to Senior lecturer on the 1st of January 2016. Professor Imbayarwo-Chikosi specialises in animal breeding, quantitative genetics and the application of biostatistical principles to the animal sciences. He has been involved in a number of collaborative research initiatives with government departments, private and international institutions. He has also supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate students across the wider animal science spectrum. To date, Professor Imbayarwo-Chikosi has over thirty (30) research articles in refereed international journals and several conference papers delivered at both local and international conferences
Professor Star Khoza joined the University of Zimbabwe as a staff development fellow in 2001 and was appointed as a permanent full-time lecturer in the Department of Clinical Pharmacology in 2002. He holds a Bachelors of Pharmacy (UZ), MSc Clinical Pharmacology (UZ), MSc Clinical Epidemiology, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in pharmacovigilance, drug safety, blood transfusion safety, diabetes, HIV and AIDS, and medication adherence. He is the current coordinator for the MSc Clinical Pharmacology programme. He is the current chairman of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology.
Professor Rooyen T Mavenyengwa joined the University of Zimbabwe, Department of Medical Microbiology in January 2002 as a Lecturer. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, MSc in Medical Microbiology, both from the University of Zimbabwe in addition to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the same institution. He graduated with a DPhil from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway in 2012. Professor Mavenyengwa was promoted to Senior Lecturer Grade on 1 January 2013. He is the first African scholar to use molecular techniques to characterize Group B streptococcus (GBS) which causes infections mainly in pregnant mothers and children. He has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed high impact journals and has presented his scientific research work at local, regional and international conferences and symposia across the globe. His main research highlight is the discovery of the new surface-anchored protein in GBS called the “Z” protein. He has since published a book on molecular characterization of Group B Streptococcus. His other research interests include antibiotic resistance testing, HIV and AIDS, and other viruses of public health importance, Transfusion Transmissible infections (TTIs), Cryptococccus and Tuberculosis. He has worked as visiting scholar at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Professor Mavenyengwa has received other numerous academic, research and travel awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Medical Microbiology scientific research. His main area of specialization is Medical Bacteriology focusing on Streptococcology and Molecular Biology which he passionately teaches to both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students. He coordinates and facilitates the training of the HIV Rapid testing course in partnership with the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council (MLCSC). He also leads a vibrant team at the WHO-funded Zimbabwe National Virology Laboratory which is mandated by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to carry out routine diagnostic and surveillance on Polio, Rubella, Measles and Rota viruses for Zimbabwe and Malawi. He was appointed Chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology on 1 October 2016, the appointment which he holds to date.
Professor Billy Mukamuri is the current Chairman for the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, a position he has held for the past 6 years. He first joined the University of Zimbabwe as a Temporary Full-Time Research Fellow in the Institute for Environmental Studies, 1995-1999. He joined the Centre for Applied Social Sciences in 2001 a Permanent Full-Time lecturer and got promoted to Senior Lecturer position in 2004. He has published over 30 articles in referred journals and book chapters. Apart from teaching and supervising post graduate students, Professor Mukamuri pioneered research in African Traditional Religion and environmental protection; local-level institutions and management of indigenous woodlands, and impacts of macro-economic policies on management of forests by communal area residents. His recent research focus is on policy; people-livestock-wildlife interface (ONE HEALTH); collective management of natural resources; technology adoption; scenario planning; climate change; resilience building; capacity building; land reform; intergenerational issues; changing family values and livelihoods in both urban and rural contexts. He is the Leader of Natural Resources Institutions and Governance Petal of the Research Platform for Partnership in Production (RP-PCP), a joint initiative of the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) which supports regional and international students to undertake post graduate research in Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs).
Professor Herbert Mushangwe (李开明) is currently the Director of the Confucius Institute and former Chairperson of the Department of Foreign languages and Literature (2016-2017). He joined the University of Zimbabwe in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theatre Arts. He was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship to pursue Chinese Language and Masters in Theatre Arts. Upon completion of his Chinese studies he pursued Masters in Chinese Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. In 2011 he was appointed as a temporary full time Chinese lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (then Modern Languages). He became the first Chinese local teacher to teach Chinese in Zimbabwe at University level. In 2012 he was awarded another scholarship to pursue doctoral studies in Chinese Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Upon successful completion of his Ph.D he was appointed as a core Chinese teacher in the Confucius Institute and later he was promoted to the Senior Lecturer Grade on the 1st of September 2015. Professor Herbert Mushangwe is one of the compilers of the first Shona-Chinese dictionary. He also compiled the first resource book for learning Chinese characters. He has published more than 20 articles in the area of teaching Chinese as a second language, Chinese phonetics, Shona-Chinese comparative phonology and onomastics.
Professor Maxwell Sandada is a holder of BSc Economics (Honours) degree (UZ), MSc Strategic Management (Chinhoyi University of Technology), PhD in Business (Vaal University of Technology, South Africa). He started his academic career at Vaal University of Technology (VUT), South Africa in January 2008 and served until December 2013. He is a recipient of the Faculty Research Award and the Research and Teaching Award at VUT in 2012 and 2013 respectively. He returned home to join the University of Zimbabwe’s Graduate School of Management (GSM) in 2014 as a permanent Senior Lecturer. In August 2016, he was appointed as a Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, the position that he currently holds. Professor Sandada is well published in the areas of Marketing, General and Strategic Management. To date, he has published over thirty (30) research articles in top refereed international journals. He has also attended conferences and held lectures in several regional and international universities. He is also a respected expert adviser on programme design, assessment and evaluation as he has over the years, offered notable contribution to the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) on various assignments. Over the past three years, Prof. Sandada has also been a consultant to the following organizations in the area of Customer Satisfaction Index: (1) Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) (2015), (2) Public Service Commission and (3) Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Company (ZETDC).
Professor Moses Zimba is a Medical and Forensic Entomologist. He has a PhD degree in Medical Entomology from University of Zimbabwe and an MSc in Medical Entomology and Applied Parasitology from University of Liverpool, School of Tropical Medicine. He joined the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences on 1st June 2011. He was promoted to the Senior Lecturer grade on 1st June 2014. In 2016, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Forensic Science at Texas A&M University. Currrently he teaches MSc courses in Tropical Entomology, Forensic Science and Ethics and Forensic Entomology. As a Medical Entomologist he has consulted for Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC), World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Agriculture and the private sector. He has vast experience in the designing, implementation, auditing, monitoring and evaluation of malaria control programmes including training and research in vector bionomics, bioassays, indoor residual spraying, insecticide resistance monitoring, insectary design and maintenance.
Promoted to Senior Lecturer
Mr Munyaradzi Gwisai joined the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in 1994. He is a holder of an LLBS (Hons) (UZ) and LLM (Columbia) and recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. His areas of specialization include Labour Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History. Mr Gwisai is the Faculty of Law Senate representative, He holds the position of Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Labour Centre, and is a member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe.
Dr Ismail Ticklay did his basic medical training at the University of Zambia. He came to Zimbabwe in 1985 and worked as Senior House officer in Harare and Parirenyatwa Hospitals. He completed his Master of Medicine in Paediatrics with the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) in 1994. He worked as a Government Paediatrician since then. He was Head of Division of Paediatrics at Harare Hospital until September 2007.He joined the University Of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences on 1st February 2008 as a Lecturer. He is a member of the Paediatric Association of Zimbabwe, the National Certification Council (NCC) and the National Cancer Registry. His research interests are Diabetes, Paediatric Palliative care, early infant male circumcision and ambulatory medicine especially Emergency Triage Assessment and treatment (ETAT).