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Jacob B

Highveld, Centurion

I include my CV. If verification is required, I shall gladly present it. Jacob Brits: Curriculum Vitae Centurion, Gauteng 0157 jacobbrits@gmail.com - 27 0731834185 National ID number: 4501145054089 Highest qualification: D. Litt et Phil. (University of South Africa) (1978) Occupation: Professor of History (retired, December 2007) Education University of the Free State (Bachelor of Arts, 1967); Potchefstroom University (B.A. Honors 1996) and Master of Arts, 1971); University of South Africa (Unisa) (D.Litt et Phil, 1978). Work Experience I qualified as a high school teacher, and taught in high schools in South Africa from 1967 to 1972. From 1972 to 1980 I was researcher at the South African Human Sciences Research Council, specialising as an editorial member of the Dictionary of South African Biography. I was appointed as senior lecturer at Unisa in 1980, promoted to associate professor in 1988, and to a full professor in 1996. In my capacity as a lecturer in History I taught my subject to undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. I supervised 12 masters and doctoral students. Since Unisa is a distance education university, I produced study guides and tutorial letters for students. As a senior staff member, I was academic as well as administrative course leader, and performed departmental duties, including assessment and appointment of staff members. I was also involved in external examining at various South African universities. I undertook lecturing and research visits to Copenhagen, London, the Netherlands and various universities and archives in the United States. The published research products are included in my CV/resume. Skills Writing and editing: Microsoft Word; Editorial guidance; Lecturing; Research. Awards Hiddingh-Currie award, November 1994. The award was for the best manuscript published by Unisa in 1994. Publications Six books, including Tielman Roos; Political prophet or opportunist (Pretoria, Unisa, 1987); "Doing History": A practical guide to improving your study skills (Cape Town, Maskew Miller Longman, 1993); Op die vooraand van apartheid: Die rassevraagstuk en die blanke politiek in Suid-Afrika, 1939-1948 (Pretoria, Unisa, 1994) [On the eve of apartheid: The racial question and white politics in South Africa, 1939-1948. The manuscript of the work was awarded the Hiddingh-Currie Award]; The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Historical and Political Terms (London, Penguin Books,1995); twelve articles in professional journals, including: “The historian and the archives: A 1995 South African perspective”, Historia, 40(1), 1995; “Despatching apartheid: American diplomats in South Africa, 1948-1953", South African Historical Journal, 46, 2002; “Tiptoeing along the apartheid tightrope: the United States, South Africa, and the Unite Nations in 1952", The International History Review, xxvii, 4, December 2005; thirty-one articles in collective general works; seven articles in general magazines; editor of two source publications; 20 book reviews in academic and professional journals and 23 in newspapers/general magazines. Activities and Papers From 1972 to 1985: Research on party-political history topics; from 1985 onwards: research on voting trends and behaviour, race relations and South African-American relations; research on history skills development. Visited Scandinavia, Europe and Britain in 1980. Paper in Copenhagen and visits to several editorial offices of national biographical dictionaries. Visited Britain 1986 to do research on Britain, South Africa and race relations. Visited USA in 1999 for primary research in various archives and libraries, with a view of producing some original contributions on South African/American relations in the 1940s and 1950s. Presented two papers at the University of Vermont. Six papers in South Africa (1988-2000) on various topics regarding South African history. Teaching Fields of teaching: Modern South African history; method and theory of history. Supervision of MA and D Litt et Phil students: Supervised 11 master’s dissertations and doctoral theses from 1981 to 2007. Curriculum Development Contributed to study guides for undergraduate modern South African modules, Honours guides on history method and study units on history skills for a Historical Studies programme for 2001. Compiled manuals with guidelines for postgraduate students (MA and doctoral level).

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