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About Pfuurai Chimbunde

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  • Age 48 - 52 Years
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About me

I hold a PhD in Social Science Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2020). M.Ed., Great Zimbabwe University (2014). B.Ed., Masvingo State University (2005) and a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe. My research interests include Curriculum Issues, Gender Issues, Teacher Education, and Social Justice Education. I have over 24 years of experience in the education sector with 28 published academic articles, including multiple articles in high-impact journals. I have worked as a schoolteacher, school head, part-time lecturer, and full-time lecturer at different schools, colleges and universities in Zimbabwe. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa.


  • 2017 - 2020
    University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban: South Africa

    Doctor of Philosophy in Education

    I have passed PhD in Social Science Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban South Africa

  • 2013 - 2014
    Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe

    Masters of Education (M.Ed..)

    I have passed a Master in Education - majoring in Sociology of education

  • 2004 - 2005
    Masvingo State University, Zimbabwe

    Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.)

    I have passed Bachelor's Degree in Education majoring in Social studies

  • 1997 - 1999
    University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

    Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed.)

    I have passed a Diploma in Education majoring in Social Studies

  • 1986 - 1989
    Magwari Secondary School, Zimbabwe

    Cambridge O level

    I have passed 8 Subjects including English, Science and Maths


  • 2023 - Present
    University of the Free State, South Africa

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    • Conduct innovative research in Social Science Education
    • Co-author publication outputs in the form of DHET–accredited scholarly journal articles or books/chapters in books
    • Provide limited supervision and/ or co-supervision at Honours, Master’s and /or Doctoral level
    • Participate in relevant activities of the Department of Social Science and Commerce Education, Faculty of Education, Centre for Graduate Support, and the Directorate for Research Development.
    • conduct innovative research and obtain evidence-based empirical data on current developments in Higher Education in South Africa and internationally.

  • 2021 - 2023
    Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University


    Teaching lectures following the Department and Faculty guidelines and standards.
    2. University Service and Community engagement: Participating in all Department, Faculty/School and University activities such as attending meetings, training workshops, conferences; and seminars, among others.
    3. Research: Engaging in active research in areas of specialization that benefit both the students and the University.
    4. Innovation: carrying out innovation activities
    5. Industrialization- engage in the industrialisation activities of the university.
    6. Coordinated Research Programme and the Post Graduate Diploma in Education

  • 2018 - 2021
    Seke Teachers College, Zimbabwe

    Lecturer in Teacher Education

    Researched the subject matter of educational sociology in preparation for lecturing.
    2. Conducted lectures in educational sociology and assigned students work in addition to marking assignments.
    3. Provided some factual feedback to students on assignments marked.
    4. Supervised students on Teaching Practice
    5. Supervised research projects

  • 2015 - 2020
    Great Zimbabwe University

    Part Time Lecturer

    Researched and conducted lectures to BED, PGDE and MED students in educational sociology modules.
    2. Supervised research projects for students.
    3. Set and mark assignments and examinations.
    4. Compiled marks schedules and presented students to the sectional coordinator and chairperson of the Educational Foundations Department.
    5. Designed and developed modules for courses in Educational sociology

  • 2000 - 2018
    Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Zimbabwe

    School Teacher/School Head

    . Taught upper classes and marked their work in addition to supervising them in areas of challenges.
    2. Carried out demonstrations in co-curricular activities to develop their sporting prowess.
    3. Supervised teachers and auxiliary staff
    4. Asset procurement and management
    5. Peoples management
    6. Financial management


Qualitative Researching
Public relations
Report writing



Honors & awards

  • 2005

    Best Student

    I got this award for being the best student in the Bachelor of Education Class of 2005 at Masvingo State University

  • 2014

    Best Student

    I got this award for being the best student in the Masters Class of 2014

  • 2023

    Journal writer

    Recipient of ETR & D Cultural and Regional Perspectives Outstanding Journal Article Award.