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Professor of Higher Education, University of Johannesburg

Professor Michael Cross began his career as lecturer at the Faculty of Education,
University of the Witwatersrand in 1986. He has been awarded teaching and research
fellowships in several institutions including the Johns Hopkins University and
Northwestern University. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Stockholm
University and Jules-Vernes University in Amiens. Winner of the 1911-12 award as
Outstanding Mentor of Educational Researchers in Africa from the Association for
Educational Development in Africa (ADEA), Prof Cross is author and co-author of
several books, book chapters and numerous articles in leading scholarly journals,
including Imagery of Identity in South African Education, 1880-1990 (Durham, Carolina
Academic Press, 1999), No easy road: transforming higher education in South Africa
(Pretoria: Longman, 1998) and Unfulfilled Promise – Changing Schools in
Mozambique. Addis a Abbaba: OSSREA, 2011. He has served as an education
specialist in several major national education policy initiatives in South Africa, such as
the National Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Committee on Norms
and Standards for Educators. He is currently a Research-focused Professor in Higher
Education at the University of Johannesburg. He has also served as member of
education evaluation teams in Africa, Europe and USA.


  • –present
    Professor of Higher Education, University of Johannesburg

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Professor of Higher Education
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation