Photo by Derrick Tucker
Fulbright Professor Chisepo Mphaisha, from the University
of Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, is the newest
addition to the political science department.
Fulbright Professor hosted by Political Science department
By Susan Walley
Senior Staff Writer
This fall the political science and public administration department welcomed Dr. Chisepo Mphaisha, a visiting Fulbright Professor from the School of Government at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr. Mphaisha will be present through May and will open up new opportunities as far as programming and curriculum building.
This semester, Dr. Mphaisha is teaching two sections of introduction to political science.
“It’s been quite a wonderful experience,” Dr. Mphaisha said.
In the spring, he will be teaching a regional area study of South Africa and a course in comparative public administration which will compare the systems of the U.S. to those of South Africa.
Both courses are new to the department and were designed by Dr. Mphaisha, who hopes to offer his students a perspective they have not been exposed to.
Dr. Mphaisha also offers the opportunity for the university to build a relationship with institutions in South Africa.
UNCP had established a relationship with South Africa through a Masters of Public Administration collaboration at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, but Dr. Mphaisha hopes to open up more possibilities for both faculty and student exchange in his home institute in Cape Town.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Mphaisha also makes himself available to speak on South Africa and works with the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs.
“I have found it helpful just to get a feel for what the office does, because diversity is an issue we all deal with,” said Dr. Mphaisha, explaining that social integration remains present in South Africa.
Dr. Mphaisha explained that the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars based in Washington D.C.
The program “provides an opportunity for foreign scholars and American scholars to exchange views,” Dr. Mphaisha said.
The process that brought Dr. Mphaisha to UNCP began in 2006, when the university prepared a grant with the Fulbright program.
Dr. Mphaisha began teaching at the University of the Western Cape in 1995, where he teaches at the post graduate level and has supervised four Ph.D. graduates’ research in the last 12 years.
Dr. Mphaisha was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Richmond in Virginia from 1985-86. He has also guest lectured at eight other universities around the U.S.