As Executive Dean: Academic, Franzél is responsible for the management and leadership of all facets of The Institute’s academic project including the heads of programme, academics and programme co-ordination and convener team.
Dr. Franzél du Plooy-Cilliers is the Executive Dean: Academic at the Da Vinci Institute: School of Business Leadership. Franzél has extensive higher education experience, before she joined the Da Vinci Institute, she was the Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies atThe Independent Institute of Education. Before she became the Dean, she was also the Head of Faculty for the Faculty of Humanities.
She studied her BA Communication Degree at the Rand Afrikaans University (currently the University of Johannesburg) where she graduated as the top student in Communication Studies. She continued her studies and did an Honours Degree in Advertising, a Master’s Degree in Organisational Communication and a Doctorate in Interpersonal Communication, where she specifically focussed on the influence of expectation violations on relationship quality.
Franzél started her academic career as a lecturer in the Communication Department at the Rand Afrikaans University, where she received an award for lecturer of the year in 2001. She then joined Monash South Africa where she was the Head of Section of Communication and Media Studies.
Whilst at Monash Franzél received an award for the most outstanding female academic, a dean’s commendation for teaching excellence and was invited to present in the Vice-Chancellor’s Showcase for Teaching Excellence in Melbourne Australia on best practice in Higher Education Teaching and Learning. Franzél has published articles in accredited academic journals, presented research papers at national and international conferences and she is the author and editor of several books. She has published in the fields of Organisational and Business Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Research Methodology. She is a referee for accredited journals, an external moderator and examiner for public and private higher education providers, a programme reviewer for the Council on Higher Education (CHE), sits on advisory committees for several academic institutions, is a mentor for the Phakama’s Women’s Academy and she continues to supervise Master’s and Doctoral students.