MokgwathiProfessor Martin M. Mokgwathi is the new Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, following his appointment to that post on January 1, 2016. Professor Mokgwathi takes over from Professor Lydia Saleshando whose term ended as DVC SA at the end of December 2015. Prof. Mokgwathi has 26 years of teaching experience. He joined the Department of Physical Education in the University of Botswana in 1986 as a Staff Development Fellow charged with establishing the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation as well as to develop sport programs for students and staff. In 1998, he established and became the Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation at the University. He held this position until August 2000. He became the Head of Department of Physical Education from 2000 to 2006. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education. His last station of work was as Director of Culture, Sport and Recreation. He has taught courses in Physical Education Teacher Education and Physical Activity courses in Education at undergraduate as well as post graduate level. He has extensively been involved in doing research in both physical education and sport. He has, with others, carried out consultancies for the Sports Council and other sporting agencies. He has published in the area of physical education and sport (three book chapters, 18 Refereed Journal Articles, five Non-Refereed Journal Articles, six Published Conference Proceedings). In addition, he has made presentations for teachers, curriculum developers, sport associations and school administrators in the area of teaching in physical education and sport pedagogy. In 2012, He was appointed again as Director of Culture, Sport and Recreation, a position he held until he was appointed as DVCSA. Prof Martin Mokgwathi is a dedicated sports person who always puts the needs of others first. As an example, in 1986 he and several concerned parents established the Special Olympics, Botswana Chapter. His expertise and his passion for the less privileged led to him being elected the first President of Special Olympics Botswana, a position he held for four years. When he was elected into the BNSC in 1999, he established a training and education plan for the secretariat because he believed that those who are in charge of athletes must be knowledgeable to deal with more sophisticated competitors. It was this that led to several employees of the Sports Council to undertake studies in their areas of operation. For his contribution to the development of Sport and Physical Education in Botswana he was awarded the Presidential Certificate of Honour (PCH) in 2015. In the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, Prof Martin Mokgwathi has served in the Local Preachers Association as a preacher as well as Supervisor of Studies for several years.

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