Kasturi Behari-Leak

Senior Lecturer

University of Cape Town

ZA South Africa

Dr Kasturi Behari-Leak is a senior professional and academic staff development lecturer in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in the Centre for Higher Education Development at UCT. She works with a range of new, emerging and established academics in a variety of courses and programmes designed to strengthen the academic teaching role in higher education. She currently convenes and teaches on the New Academics Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), The Short Course on Teaching (TSCOT), and the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) module of the PGDip/ Master’s coursework. Her work in these areas focuses on exploring the interplay between structures (national, institutional, departmental and disciplinary) and culture and this influence on lecturers' critical agency. As a PhD scholar at Rhodes University, she was part of a National Research Funded team-doctoral project on Social Inclusion in Higher Education. She is currently the President of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) and is a council member of the International Consortium of Educational Development (ICED). She is co- chair of the Curriculum Change Working Group (UCT), etsablished to facilitate discursive engagements on curriculum change and decolonisation across the university.