Prof Teboho Moja

Board member

Professor Teboho Moja is a Professor of Higher Education at New York University, an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria. She studied Education at the University of the North and, after working as a teacher for two years, obtained her Master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. On a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her Doctorate in Educational and Instructional Technology from the University of Wisconsin in the USA. She was one of the founders of the Union of Democratic University Staff Associations (UDUSA) and served as its national president.

During that time she and her colleagues explored the future of higher education policies in a post-apartheid South Africa, eventually producing the Red Book Report on what they envisioned as a new higher education system for the country. She joined the National Education Policy Initiative (NEPI), a project of the Mass Democratic Movement, as a member of both its management and research team. She has published extensively on higher education and presented numerous keynote addresses at international conferences on higher education issues. Her research focus has been on higher education policy. Before joining New York University, Prof Moja worked at the Centre for Educational Policy Development (CEPD) as a policy analyst for higher education. The Centre produced policy documents and also proposed implementation strategies for hand-over to the new Minister of Education after South Africa’s first democratic elections. Following the elections, Prof Moja served as a Special Advisor to two Ministers of Education and was appointed Executive Director and Commissioner of the National Commission on Higher Education. In 2019 she received the NRF Lifetime Achiever Award at the annual NRF Awards and in 2021 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pretoria.

Prof Moja is a member of the Research Development Committee and the Remuneration & Human Resources Committee.