Marietjie Potgieter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Pretoria, South Africa since 2013. She has a PhD in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Illinois, USA, and a Master’s degree in carbohydrate chemistry from the University of South Africa.
Her research focusses on effective instruction and student success in tertiary science. Recent research projects include an investigation of student preferences and engagement patterns with face-to-face and virtual learning opportunities in blended learning environments, and metacognitive activity in a senior undergraduate chemistry laboratory where a simulated industrial project was introduced to achieve higher order learning outcomes. In a project aimed at moving the “murky middle” towards success it was possible to validate the blended learning design and identify productive learning strategies in first year biology that are associated with success rather than risk of failure.
She is a recipient of an International Fellowship of AAUW (American Association of University Women) (1981) and several awards: the RC Fuson merit award for research in organic chemistry (University of Illinois, 1983), the Chemical Education medal from the South African Chemical Institute (2008) and a national commendation in 2011 for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from HELTASA (Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association of Southern Africa). She serves on the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education as titular member and national representative for South Africa.