Adele Bezuidenhout

I hold a doctoral degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with a focus on the experience of female academics in terms of burnout, work engagement and sense of coherence.

This study was undertaken from a positive psychological perspective and formed the foundation of my further research into the work experiences and well-being of academics.

During my career in academia, I've published on the topic of work engagement, burnout, wellbeing, distance learning, technology, e-tutors, human resource development, roles and competencies, and the mental health of academics.

I currently lecture on Positive and Social Psychology and Human Resource Development at the University of Portsmouth. My lectures are research-informed and involve a combination of traditional, hybrid and distance learning delivery.

I have supervised about 20 research Masters’ students and 10 Doctoral students to completion during my academic career.

I am currently focused on achieving an international perspective and am involved in research project teams studying the wellbeing of academics in the UK and through distance learning in Italy and South Africa. 

Career highlights

  • Serving at the University of South Africa as a Professor in Human Resource Management (2014-2019)

  • Holding a National Research Foundation of South Africa Research Rating of C2 (Internationally Recognised)

  • Represented the College of Economic and Management Sciences on the Senate of the University of South Africa (2017-2019).

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