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Educator's Role 5 of 7: No lecturer is an island unto themselves

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-Smith

A lecturer may think that their job responsibilities are only limited to the classroom, and perhaps that never-ending pile of marking. Unfortunately, that lecturer would be wrong. A lecturer needs to interact with the community (scholars, colleagues, public) in order to become a pillar of that community.

One of the seven roles of an educator is to be a citizen, pastor and member of the community. This means that as an educator, you should practice and promote a critical, committed and ethical attitude towards developing a sense of respect and responsibility towards others. The educator will uphold the constitution and promote democratic values and practices in schools and society among which are dignity, equality and non-racialism. Within the school, the educator will demonstrate an ability to develop a supportive and empowering environment for the learner and respond to the educational and other needs of learners and fellow colleagues. Furthermore, the educator will develop supportive relations with parents and other key persons and organisations based on a critical understanding of community and environmental development issues. One critical dimension of this role is HIV/AIDS education. Remember that your students will very likely look to see what kind of example you set, both within and outside of the classroom.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Processions Education and Leadership will assist you in becoming a pillar of the community and form communities of practice by developing an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. Learn to teach like a boss!


  • Open Education Resources Africa. The seven roles. Viewed on 25 March 2019.
  • Chapter 1: Founding Provisions. Viewed on 15 July 2019.

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