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Pro - Vice Chancellor: Research & Academic Affairs

Professor Pedzisayi Mashiri

BA (Honours), MPhil, DPhil UZ

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Location: Vice Chancellor’s Wing, First Floor, Administration Building

As Pro Vice Chancellor for Research & Academic Affairs, Professor Mashiri provides leadership in academic matters. He is responsible for academic policy, plans and formulation and management of teaching, research and service programmes and the overall direction of academic support services. He is therefore, responsible for the development and implementation of effective strategies for teaching and learning across the University and ensures that the University embraces best practices and developments in these areas. Specifically, his brief includes

• Effective articulation of the mission and goals of the University to the institution’s various publics and stakeholders;
• Fostering harmonious relations between and among various University constituencies: staff students, public and private organizations;
• Balancing the requirements of different stakeholders of the University;
• Ensuring that the University’s programmes are of the highest quality and standard;
• Implementing stringent quality assurance systems and instruments to promote best academic practices;
• Directing the development and implementation of academic plans, policies and regulations of the academic business of the institution;
• Supervising the work of faculties, departments, institutes, Research Board and centres;
• Promoting a culture of scholarship that results in increased publications of books, journal articles, etc;
• Creating a dynamic physical environment that enhances quality robust research, teaching and learning;
• Promoting the infusion and use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in all academic activities; and 
• Co-ordinating academic forums and the publication of books to enable the University to claim its rightful position among world class institutions of higher learning.

Professor Mashiri is a distinguished academic with vast experience and a prolific track record in university teaching, administration and management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, all from the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to the new appointment, Professor Mashiri has served 11 years as appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and10 years as inaugural Director of the University of Zimbabwe Confucius Institute. He has also served as Chairman, Senate Sub-Committee on Academic Regulations and has been instrumental in the development of the Credit Hour System. Previously, he also served the University in various academic and administrative capacities that include Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of African Languages and Literature, 1995-2001 and 2001-2005 respectively, Acting Dean of Students (2002-2003), as well as chair and member of numerous University Committees. He also has a number of external roles. For example, he is currently Board Chairman of the Methodist Connexional Bookshop since 2013, Zimbabwe Representative on the UNESCO Commission on Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO General Assembly, and member of the Confucius Institute Board. Between 1996 and 2005, Professor Mashiri served on various boards including, the Mambo Press Editorial Board (2001-2005), Southern Africa Methodist University Board of Trustees (1999-2002), as well as being the National Chief Examiner for “A” Level Shona for the Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (1996-2003).

Professor Mashiri is a widely published scholar with over 45 articles in world renowned peer reviewed journals, book chapters, books and has made presentations in numerous conferences, public lectures and seminars. His areas of research interest are sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and communication, onomastics, visual linguistics, folklore and language and cross-cultural communication. Below is a list of Professor Mashiri’s publications.

A. Academic Books

  • Mashiri, P. Lin, Y., H. Mushangwe, L. Mukaro, E. Chabata, V. Mugari, M. Musona A. Dhumukwa and G. Chisoni (2015) Shona-Chinese - Chinese-Shona Dictionary,Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, 132 pp.
  • Mashiri. P. (1999) Dudziramutauro (A monolingual grammar of Shona), Gweru:  Mambo Press, ISBN 086922 725 4, (With C. Warinda). Awarded the 3rd prize in the non-fiction – Academic category by the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association, at the 2000 International Book Fair, in Harare, 103 pp.
  • Mashiri, P. (1996) TauraiChiShona:Shona Language beginners’ workbook (with audiotapes, Kadoma: JutaZimbabwe, ISBN 17790 60130, (with H. Chimhundu)88 pp.

B. Secondary School Books

  1. Mashiri, P. (1997) “O” Literature Study Guide on R. Tendere’sImbwaNyoro,  Harare: Zimbabwe Publishing House, ISBN 177901 103 2, 64pp.
  2. Mashiri, P. (1996) OngororoyaNdabvaZera – “A” Level Literature Study Guide, Kadoma: JutaZimbabwe, ISBN 1779060149, 88 pp.
  3. Mashiri, P. (1994) “A” level Literature Study Guide on Choto’sTongoona, Harare: Zimbabwe Publishing House, ISBN 1779010680, 87pp.

C. Articles in refereed or peer reviewed Journals

1. Mashiri, P., E. Chabata and L. Mukaro (2015) Zimblish compound personal names: A morpho-semantic study, NamnogNemne32: 87-102.
2. Mabugu, P., P. Mashiri, H. Mushangwe and L. Mutonga (2014) “Pronunciation of Chinese vowels by Shona speakers: A systematic descriptive account, ZAMBEZIA 41 (1 & 2): 90-106.
3. Chitando, E., K. Biri, and P. Mashiri (2014) “VanhuvekweduvanotyaMwari (Our people are God-fearing): The velorisation of Zimbabwe in FungisaiZvakavapano-Mashavave’s album WenyashandeweNyasha, Journal of Pan African Studies, 7 (3): 162-176.
4. Mashiri, P. (2014) “Programme design and credit weighting in tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe: Meeting minimum quality assurance standards”, Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 3 (1 & 2): 126-135.

5. Mashiri, P., E. Chabata and E. Chitando (2013) “A sociocultural and linguistic analysis of postcolonial Christian naming practices in Zimbabwe”, Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2 (2): 163-173.

6. Mashiri, P. and E. Chabata (2010) A country of four names: Zimbabwe’s name changes and their significance, Zambezia, Special Issue, pp. 16-28.

7. Mamvura Z. and Mashiri, P. (2009) Fishers of men: Persuasive strategies in urban commuter omnibus discourse in Harare, Zambezia Vol. 36, Nos. (i&ii), pp. 114-130.

8. Mashiri, P. (2009) Shonglish derisive names within the domestic environment among the Shona people of Zimbabwe, NAWA Journal of Language and Communication, 3 (1): 66-80.

9. Mashiri, P. (2009) Saying “No” without saying “No”: Indirectness and politeness in Shona refusals, NAWA Journal of Language and Communication, 3 (2): 121-146.

10. Mashiri, P. and J. Kangira (2008) An investigation into insults used by some secondary school teachers in Zimbabwe: An alternative to corporal punishment, Journal of Language and Communication Studies, 1(2): 44-65.

11. Dube B., Makoni S, and P. Mashiri (2007 Naming Practices and Language Planning in Zimbabwe, Current Issues in Language Planning, 8 (3): 437-467.

12. Makoni S., J. Brutt-Griffler and P. Mashiri (2007) The use of “indigenous” and urban vernaculars in Zimbabwe, Language in Society, 36: 25-49.

13. Kangira, J., Mashiri, P. and Gambahaya (2007), Women writers’ use of metaphor as gender rhetoric in discourse on HIV/AIDS and sex-related issues: The case of TotangaPatsva(We start afresh) by Zimbabwean women writers, NAWA: Journal of Language and Communication, 1 (1): 31 – 45.

14. Makoni, S., Dube, B. and P. Mashiri (2006) Zimbabwe Colonial and post-colonial Language Policy and Planning practices, Current Issues in Language Planning, Vol 7 (4): 377-414.

15. Mashiri, P. (2005) The language of ethnic contempt: Malawian Zimbabwean – Shona rivalry, ZAMBEZIA, 32 (i/ii): 19 - 40.

16. Mashiri, P. (2004a) A Sociolinguistic interpretation of the social meanings of kinship terms in Shona urban interactions, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 22 (1 & 2): 27-42.

17. Mashiri, P. (2004b) More than mere linguistic tricks: The sociopragmatic functions of some nicknames used by Shona-speaking people in Harare, ZAMBEZIA, 31 (1/2): 22-45.

18. Mashiri, P. (2003a) Managing ‘face’ in urban public transport: Polite request strategies in Commuter Omnibus discourse in Harare, AILA Review, 16: 120-126.

19. Mashiri, P. (2003b) The semantic and morphological aspects of Shona Christian personal names, Malilime: Malawi Journal of Linguistics, 3: 1-14.

20. Makoni, S. and P. Mashiri (2003) The pragmatic import of pronominal usage in 
ChiShona discourse, Per Linguam: A Journal of Language Learning, 19 (1 & 2): 13-38.

21. Mashiri, P. (2002) Shona-English code-mixing in the speech of students at the University of Zimbabwe, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 20 (4): 245-261.

22. Mashiri, P., K. Mawomo and P. Tom (2002) Naming the pandemic: The semantic and ethical foundations of HIV/AIDS Shona vocabulary, ZAMBEZIA, 29 (2): 221-234.

23. Mashiri, P. (2000a) Street remarks, Address rights and the urban female: Sociolinguistic politics of gender in Harare, ZAMBEZIA, 27 (1): 55-70.

24. Mashiri, P. (2000b) The sociocultural and linguistic aspects of childhood disability in Shona, Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ZJER), 12 (2): 170-194.

25. Mashiri, P. (1999) Terms of address in Shona: A Sociolinguistic approach, ZAMBEZIA, 
26 (1): 93-110.
D. Book chapters
26. Mashiri, P. and Z. Mamvura (2016) “You shall know them by their names: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Gospel Music Groups’ Nomenclature in the Shona society in Zimbabwe in Mangena, F., E. Chitando and I. Muwati (eds.) Sounds of Life: Music, Identity and Politics in Zimbabwe, U. K: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 196-212.

27. Chabata, E., P. Mashiri and I. Muwati (2015) The University of Zimbabwe and its role in the development of Zimbabwean Languages: A Historical Account in Katsamudanga, S. and J. Mujere (eds.) The University of Zimbabwe at sixty: Historical Reflections, Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, pp. 168-184.

28. Mashiri, P., E. Chabata and J. Mujere (2015) Internationalisation of Higher Education in Zimbabwe since Independence: The case of the University of Zimbabwe in Katsamudanga, S. and J. Mujere (eds.) The University of Zimbabwe at sixty: Historical Reflections, Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, pp. 252-270.

29. Mamvura, Z. and P. Mashiri (2015) Official National Languages of Zimbabwe in the Linguistic Landscape of the Country: A Geosemiotics Approach, in Mugari, V., L. Mukaro and E. Chabata (eds.) Current Trends in Zimbabwean Linguistics: A Festschrift for Chief KumbiraiMkanganwi, Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, pp. 16-32.

30. Madambi, M., P. Mashiri and E. Chitando (2015) “Mbudziinodyapayakasungirirwa: An analysis of the deployment of sayings during the Zimbabwean crisis”, in Chitando, A., J. Chikowero and A. M. Madongonda (eds.) The Art of Survival: Depictions of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwean in Crisis, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 94-113.

31. Chitando, E., and P. Mashiri (2015) “Africa Yedu!” (Our Africa): African initiated church ideology, land and indigenization in Zimbabwe, in Makwavarara, Z., Magosvongwe, R. and O. B. Mlambo (eds.) Dialoguing land and indigenization in Zimbabwe and the developing countries: Emerging Perspectives, Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, pp. 91-104.

32. Chabata, E., I. Muwati and P. Mashiri (2014) “Language maintenance strategies for the revitalization of Zimbabwean Tonga” in Muwati, I., N. E. Mberi, E. Chabata and M. Nkolola-Wakumelo (eds.) Resuscitating Zimbabwe’s endangered languages: Multidisciplinary perspectives on Tonga language, history and culture, South Africa: African Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Tolerance Studies, pp. 320-343.

33. Sinfree Makoni, Busi Makoni, AshraffAbdelhay and Pedzisai Mashiri (2012) Colonial and postcolonial language policies in Africa: historical and emerging landscapes, in Bernard Spolsky (ed) The Cambridge handbook of language planning, London, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 523-542.

34. ChabataE. and Mashiri, P. (2012) The significance of motherhood in family stability as portrayed in the Shona proverb, in Muwati, I., Z. Makwavarara, T. Gwekwerere and R. Magosvongwe (eds.) Rediscoursing African womanhood in the search for sustainable renaissance: African womanism in multidisciplinary approaches, Harare The College Press, pp. 103-113.

35. Makoni, S. and P. Mashiri (2007) Critical historiography: Does language planning in Africa need a construct of language as part of its theoretical apparatus? In Makoni, S. and A. Pennycook, (eds.) Disinventing and Reconstituting languages, Clevedon, Buffalo and Toronto: Multilingual Matters LTD, pp. 62-89.

36. Mashiri, P. (2001) Representations of Blacks and the city in Zimbabwean post-
independence television drama, in Vambe, M. (ed.) Orality and cultural identities in Zimbabwe, (pp. 115-127), Gweru: Mambo Press.

37. Mashiri, P. (2000) The value and relevance of orality in the Methodist religious 
performances, in Chiwome, E. M., Z. Gambahaya and M. Furusa (eds.) Indigenous knowledge and Technology in African and Diasporan Communities, Harare: Southern African Association for Culture and Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe and National Council for Black Studies, USA, in Association with Mond Books, pp.112-119.

38. Mashiri, P. (1998) The impact of American soap operas on Zimbabwean sensibilities, in Chiwome, E. M. and Z. Gambahaya (eds.) Culture and development: Perspectives from the South, Harare: Mond Books, pp. 76-80.

E. Articles in non-refereed Journals

  • Mashiri, P. (1997) Literary fictions and political reality, The Zimbabwe Review, July: 24-30.

F. Book Reviews

  • Makoni, S. and P. Mashiri (2005) A Review of African Voices: Introduction to the Languages and Linguistics of Africa, V. Webb and K. Sure (eds.) Cape Town: OxfordUniversity Press, Journal of Southern African Studies.
  • Mashiri, P. (2001) A Review of State Ideology and Language in Tanzania, J. Blommaert (1999), Anthropological Linguistics, 43 (3).

Conference and Workshop attended and papers delivered
1. Presented a paper “The dynamics of China-Africa relations” at the University of Namibia, on 15 October 2015.
2. Presented a paper, “A history of foreign language teaching in Zimbabwe” presented at a conference on The teaching of English in former British colonies” held at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, on 25 June 2011.
3. Presented a paper “The Confucius Institute: A Stimulus for Development in Zimbabwe” at the China-Africa and China-Zimbabwe symposium held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 19 May 2009.
4. Attended and participated in the 2nd Confucius Conference and a Confucius Institute Director’s workshop held in Beijing and Jinan, People’s Republic of China from 10 December to 18 December 2007.
5. Attended and participated in the Seminar on Higher Education Administration for African Countries held in ZhejiangNormalUniversity in the People’s Republic of China from 17 August to 3 September 2007.
6. “In search of relevance: New Dimensions in Humanities Research and Training in Zimbabwe” presented at the inaugural conference of Deans of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dakar, Senegal, 20-22 June 2007.
7. “The Development of African folklore” presented at a Humanities Seminar at the University of Santa Cruz, California, 12 June 2003.
8. “The morphosyntactic and semantic properties of Adjectives in Shona” presented at the 29th Colloquium of African languages and Linguistics held at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands from August 30 to September 1, 1999. 
9. “Language Policy and Development in Zimbabwe: The Missing Link” Paper presented at the Second Annual Conference and Workshop of the Zimbabwe Languages Association on ‘ Indigenous languages in culture and Development’ at the University of Zimbabwe, 17-19 July 1997.
10. “Teaching of Shona Grammatical Constructions at High school” Paper presented at a workshop for High school teachers, 22-23 May 1997, GirlsHigh School, Harare.
11. “An Appraisal of A.C Moyo’sNabvaZera” Paper presented at a workshop for Shona “A” level teachers and students, 27 June 1997, MazoeHigh school.
12. “The grammatical expression of social relations in Shona” presented to the African Studies Center and the Linguistic Club at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, in 1998.
13. “Perceptions of Health and Disability in Zimbabwe” presented to the AfricanStudiesCenter and International Medical Programs, at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, in 1998.

14. “The Impact of American Soap Operas on Zimbabwean Cultural Sensibilities” Paper presented at the Conference on culture and Development in Southern Africa, 6-8 August 1997, at the University of Zimbabwe.
15. “The Portrayal of Women by Zimbabwean Women Writers” Paper presented at a Comparative Literature Seminar for Post- Graduate Students, 8 February 1996, SOAS, University of London.
16. “Shona Soaps during the Liberation War: Escapism or Resistance?” Paper presented at the African Research Seminar, 23 January 1996, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
17. “Teaching Literature in schools: themes and characterization in Choto’sTongoona” paper presented at a seminar, 17-18 May 1993, Cresta Oasis Hotel, Harare.
18. “The Auxiliary Verb in Shona”, Paper presented at a seminar, 13-14 March 1991, Ambassador Hotel, Harare.
19. “The Role of Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle: A Survey of the Zimbabwean Writers’ Vision” Paper presented at a Seminar, Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe, 1990.


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