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Suellen Butler Shay

Dean, Centre for Higher Education Developemnt, University of Cape Town, Cape Town

Suellen Shay is the dean of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) at the University of Cape Town (UTC), where she has been working since 1989. Her work has spanned teaching English for Academic Purposes, coordinating UCT's Writing Centre to more recently staff and institutional development work through HAESDU. She is currently acting deputy dean in CHED and convenes the Higher Education Studies program. Since her Ph.D., Dr. Suellen's research work has focused on further developing an understanding of assessment as a socially-situated interpretive act. This argument has further developed through her own work and through the work of her postgraduate students to explore assessment practices in a variety of disciplinary contexts. It was also used to explore the implications of an anonymous examination policy. Her current focus is to explore the relationship between assessment and knowledge drawing on theories of Pierre Bourdieu and Basil Bernstein. Among Dr. Shay's recent publications are Curriculum Formation: A case study from History (2011), Editorial: A Critical Engagement with Research into Higher Education: A Call for Reflexivity (2009), and Judging essays: The challenge of interpretation (2009).

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