Dr Rosemary Quilling

Dr Rosemary Quilling
Senior Lecturer
M Block – Room M121A
Information Systems and Technology


Dr Rosemary Quilling is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems & Technology (IS&T), within the College of Law & Management Studies’ School of Management, IT & Governance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Westville, South Africa. In her discipline, she lectures in Systems Analysis and Design and is keenly interested in use of social and emerging technologies. Her application of knowledge focus is in teaching and learning in Higher Education where she has over 25 years’ experience. Her PhD focused on the use of social computing by HE teachers in their teaching. This research focused on a systemic perspective of teacher agency in elearning innovation that represented a departure from the largely student-/ learning-focused research in HE at the time. She is a recipient of the UKZN Distinguished Teacher award and the South African CHE/HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching & Learning award. 

Rose enjoys working in the “in-between spaces”; joining like-minded individuals in interdisciplinary and collaborative projects. She challenges herself and her students to question the assumptions they bring to learning. This has included boundary-crossing initiatives such as placing her Honours students in a collaborative classroom with Kenyan Computer Science Honours students and in another instance; with American MBA students, by using virtual worlds, social networks, cloud-based storage and YouTube.  

She believes in the ability of education and technology to lead societal change. In 2022 she served as the Southern African Co-chair for the ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing (CWIC) inaugural event in Africa (Nigeria-Hybrid event, May 2022) and as a regional KZN judge for the South African GirlCode Hackathon (Durban, August 2022).  

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Education: Higher Education) & technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal – Title: The Higher Education teachers’ use of social computing in their teaching: The case of the University of KwaZulu-Natal 
  • M.Com (IS&T) by Dissertation summa cum laude University of KwaZulu-Natal  -Title: Multidisciplinary information Systems Teams 
  • B Sc. (Hons) (Geog) cum laude University of Natal-Durban 
  • B Sc. (Comp Sc. and Geog) University of Natal-Durban 

Professional Bodies

  • Institute of IT Professional of SA (IITPSA) formerly the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA), Member (MZ) since 02/09/2002. IITPSA is the only South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) recognised and IFIP IP3 accredited professional body for ICT Practitioners in South Africa. Membership No:Q007705 ( https://www.iitpsa.org.za/ ) 
  • South African Institute of Computer Science and Information System Technologists (SAICSIT), Member since 27/02/2003. Membership No.: 0483M/ 200356 ( https://www.saicsit.org/ ) 
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. Membership since June 2022. Membership No.: 6487842 ( https://www.acm.org/ ) 
  • Association for Information Systems (AIS). MISRC/AIS Faculty Directory, since March 2004 (http://aisnet.org/?FacultyDirectory ) 
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Member: 60066650   ( https://www.aaas.org/mission ) 
  • Golden Key International Honour Society. Member since 01/07/2015. Golden Key International Honour Society is the world’s largest collegiate honour society for graduate and undergraduate students, and has strong relationships with over 400 universities around the world. Membership no.: 11975369 

Publications and Papers

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