Prof C.G. Mararike
Key Research area: Rural Development, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Organizational Studies, Human Factor Studies
The Department of Sociology is one of the first departments under the then University of College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, now University of Zimbabwe. The first head was Professor Clyde Mitchell, who later was given a Chair at Oxford University. Housing Sociology and Anthropology, the Department, boasts of giving birth to the Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) and Population Studies, which are now prominent on their own. Former members of staff and former students have gone on to start similar Departments in State and Private Universities in and outside the country.
Distinguished luminaries have passed through the department and many of them have gone on to become leaders in their chosen fields. Intellectuals like renowned Professor G.L Chavunduka (late), Professor M.F.C Bourdillon, Professor R.B Gaidzanwa, Professor V.N Muzvidziwa (current Pro Vice Chancellor, Midlands State University), Professor C.G Mararike and Dr S.D Chingarande (current Pro Vice Chancellor, Ezekiel Guti University) have either taught or are still teaching in the department.
To strengthen the department as a centre of excellence in teaching and research in Sociology and Anthropology and to enhance its reputation as such both nationally and internationally.
To conduct research and produce graduates who will be effective performers in various public and private organisations, nationally and internationally.