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Dr Burger: a woman who believes that development of others is extremely important
By Nontobeko Zondi – 26 August 2021
Dr Susanna Burger is an emerging academic scholar, who aspire to learn and equip herself with knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis. She started as a contract Lecturer in 2011 at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) with basic experience in teaching and research. She then pursued various avenues to enhance herself as an academic scholar. “I have enhanced myself from being a contract Lecturer, to being appointed as a Lecturer, and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015” she said.
She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Tourism and Integrated Communication and since 2017 a Programme Coordinator for the Tourism programme. In addition, she is acting as a Research Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at VUT for the past four years.
She added that it has been a great learning curve and privilege for her to act in this position and at the same time be a Programme Co-ordinator. She further stated that she has acquired valuable skills and knowledge about university processes, research practices and people which are highly relevant in a Higher Education context. “I hope to use the knowledge and skills to improve teaching, learning and research at VUT and in the Higher Education sector” she alluded.
Her key performance areas as the Acting Research Professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences are to support and increase research productivity within the faculty.
Dr Burger regards the development of others as extremely important as she believes that a leader can influence others positively by showing empathy and resilience despite setbacks.
Her motto in life is “Advance yourself through learning” and her advice to young females is to “stay positive and find a work-life balance” she concluded.