University of the Western Cape
Hester Julie is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Western Cape where she has been a faculty member since 1989. She holds the portfolio as Deputy Dean: Clinical and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences since January 2018. She was responsible for coordinating the Clinical Teaching Programme, Service-learning and Community Engagement in the School of Nursing from 2015 to 2017. Her academic-activist footprint straddles all forms of Boyer’s engaged scholarship evident from grass-root to international level.
Her educational philosophy is best captured in the notion of an academic-activist aligned to the social transformation goals espoused in the White Paper on Higher Education (DoE, 1997) i.e. to redress societal inequalities. Hence her professional life, collaborative networks and research trajectory mirror her aspiration to train socially responsive health professionals within a social justice framework. This was achieved by infusing community engagement within the domains of research, as well as learning and teaching (service-learning, e-teaching, blended learning and blogging).
Professor Julie has developed and taught numerous undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Most recently she has been teaching the undergraduate module: Gender-Based Violence as a Public Health Issue, and M. Nursing modules: Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Community Mental Health Nursing. Her international collaborative curriculum design and teaching involvement include the FAIMER-SAFRI fellowship programme, The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and Women and Health: Together for the Future (WHTF).
She has previously worked at Lentegeur Nursing College, Westend Psychiatric Hospital in the Northern Cape, Valkenberg and Tygerberg Hosptitals in the Western Cape Province.
Hester’s research interests are Service-learning, Social Responsiveness, Engaged Teaching and Learning, Mental Health, E-learning and Gender-Based violence, Interprofessional Practice.
She is currently a doctoral candidate on the Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management at University of Bath, U.K.