Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa

AboutProfessor Nobuhle Hlongwa

Prof Nobuhle Hlongwa is the Dean and Head of the School of Arts in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has had various leadership positions as the former Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Humanities (2012-2017); Acting Deputy Dean of the Undergraduate Studies in the faculty of Humanities, Development and Social Sciences (2010-2011); First Head of the School of isiZulu Studies (2005-2007). In addition to this, she is rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as a C2 social scientist. Hlongwa is an established researcher with many publications including research articles, books, book chapters and conference proceedings. Some of her publications are written in isiZulu thus contributing towards the promotion and intellectualization of isiZulu as a language of scholarship in Higher Education. Her book entitled “Ukuhlelwa Kolimi” translated as Language Planning, published in 2009 is still the only book written in isiZulu in the area of Sociolinguistics. She is the Assistant Editor for Alternation journal and has co-guest edited several special issues of Alternation Journal. Hlongwa is the member of the Board of Directors of the International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS). She is a representative of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the Community of Practice for the teaching and learning of African Languages (CoPAL) which forms part of the devolved governance structure of Universities of South Africa (USAF). She has served as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on the development of African Languages in Higher Education. She serves as a reviewer in various international and national academic accredited journals as well as the reviewer for the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the reviewer for a number of academic journals. She is also a member of the executive board of the African language Association of Southern Africa.