The Global Scholar: Implications for Postgraduate Studies and Supervision


Prof Peter Rule (ed)
Stellenbosch University
Prof Eli Bitzer (ed)
Stellenbosch University
Prof Liezel Frick (ed)
Stellenbosch University


Scholarship, Doctoral education, supervision, postgraduate studies, research, doctoral studies, global scholarship, postgraduate education, benchmarking, thesis examination, academic mobility, doctoral mobility


In our rapidly globalising world, “the global scholar” is a key concept for reimagining the roles of academics at the nexus of the global and the local. This book critically explores the implications of the concept for understanding postgraduate studies and supervision. It uses three conceptual lenses – “horizon”, “currency” and “trajectory” – to organise the thirteen chapters, concluding with a reflection on the implications of Covid-19 for postgraduate studies and supervision. Authors bring their perspectives on the global scholar from a variety of contexts, including South Africa, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Chile, Germany, Cyprus, Kenya and Israel. They explore issues around policy, research and practice, sharing a concern with the relation between the local and the global, and a passion for advancing postgraduate studies and supervision.


  • The Global Scholar
    Three Conceptual Lenses – Horizon, Currency, Trajectory
    Peter Rule, Eli Bitzer, Liezel Frick
  • 1. Opportunities and Challenges of International Research Experiences During Doctoral Studies in a Globalised Doctoral Education World
    Maresi Nerad
  • 2. Doctoral Education as a Field of Global Scholarship
    An Analysis of Anglophone Published Research (2005–2018)
    Liezel Frick, Johann Mouton
  • 3. The Vitae Researcher Development Framework in South African Postgraduate Education
    Pia Lamberti, Moyra Keane
  • 4. Is International Benchmarking appropriate for improving the Quality of Thesis Examination?
    Margaret Kiley
  • 5. The Politics of Postgraduate Education
    Supervising in a Troubled World
    Sioux McKenna
  • 6. Academic Mobility in the Digital Academy
    Questions for Supervision
    Anna Morozov, Cally Guerin
  • 7. The Implications of Doctoral Mobility for Doctoral Programme Design and Supervision
    Rebekah Smith McGloin
  • 8. Quality Doctoral Education in Africa
    A Question of Setting the Right Standards?
    Jan Botha, Mike Kuria, Murat Özgören, Marc Wilde
  • 9. The Interdisciplinary PhD
    Processes, Outcomes and Challenges
    Karri A. Holley
  • 10. Finding Academic Jobs in Stratified Countries
    The Effects of Social Class of Origin in the Development of Academic Networks for Chilean PhDs
    Roxana Chiappa
  • 11. Towards a Theoretical Framework for Exploring Emotion in Doctoral Education
    Critically Exploring Familiar Narratives in Student Experiences
    Sherran Clarence
  • 12. Working Together Beyond the PhD
    Gina Wisker, Gillian Robinson, Shosh Leshem
  • 13. Reflections on Covid-19 and The Global Scholar
    Peter Rule

Author Biographies

Prof Peter Rule, Stellenbosch University

Associate professor, Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Department of Curriculum Studies

Prof Eli Bitzer, Stellenbosch University

Professor Emeritus, Centre for Higher and Adult Education

Prof Liezel Frick, Stellenbosch University

Director, Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Department of Curriculum Studies

Prof Maresi Nerad, University of Washington

Founding director, Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) and Professor for Higher Education

Prof Johann Mouton , Stellenbosch University

Director, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Pia Lamberti, University of Johannesburg

Senior lecturer, CLM Teaching and Learning Centre

Prof Moyra Keane, University of Johannesburg

Associate Professor, Postgraduate School

Prof Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University

Director of Postgraduate Studies

Anna Morozov, University of Adelaide

Practising immigration professional and recent PhD graduate

Dr Cally Guerin, University of Adelaide

Adjunct senior lecturer, University of Adelaide and researcher developer

Rebekah Smith McGloin, Nottingham Trent University

Director, Doctoral School

Prof Jan Botha, Stellenbosch University

Professor, DSI/NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

Prof Mike Kuria, Inter-University Council for East Africa

Deputy Executive Secretary

Marc Wilde, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Head of programme, Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)

Dr Roxana Chiappa , Rhodes University

Lecturer, Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL)

Prof Sherran Clarence, Rhodes University

Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Higher Education, Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL)

Prof Gina Wisker, University of Brighton

Supervisor of doctoral students, International Centre  for  Higher Education Management, University of Bath and Professor Emerita


July 15, 2021


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