Staff Profile

/Prof Irene Muzvidziwa

Prof Irene Muzvidziwa

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD – Rhodes University
  • Med – Waikato University –New Zealand
  • Bed – Waikato University
  • Diploma in Education -University of Zimbabwe


 Research Interests:

  • Gender and Education
  •  Gender and Educational leadership
  • Staff and School Development
  • Educational Change



  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2015) “Women Educational Leaders and the Empowerment of Others”. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology 6(3):365-376.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2014) “Educational Leadership for Social Justice: The case of Zimbabwean Women Primary School Heads”. In Bogotch, Ira and Shields, Carolyn (Eds.). International Handbook of Social (In) Justice and Educational Leadership. New York: Springer Publishers.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2014). “Principalship as an Empowerment Leadership Process: The Experiences of Women School Heads in Zimbabwe”. The Anthropologist 17(1):213-221,
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2013) “Gender, Culture and Exclusion of Women in Educational Leadership”. Alternation 20(2):241-261.
  • Muzvidziwa Irene and Victor N Muzvidziwa (2012) “Ubuntu and Discipline in African Schools”. Journal of Dharma 37(1):27-42.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2012) “Women Managing Change in Zimbabwean Schools”. In Chikoko Vitalis and Molbjerg-Jorgensen Kenneth (eds). Education Leadership, Management and Governance in South Africa. New York: Nova Science Publishers. Pp. 125-142.
  • Chikovore Jeremiah, Richter Linda, Muzvidziwa Irene and Makusha Tawanda (2012) “Children’s learning in socio-economic contexts in South Africa”. International Focus Issue of Childhood Education 88(5):304-308.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2012) “Nurturance as a tool for Educational Change: How Women School Heads Handle the Problem of Indiscipline in Schools”. In Wolhuter, C. C. (ed.) Beauty and the Beast: Towards Turning the tide in Education. Cape Town Van Schaik. Pp.223-239.
  • Muzvidziwa Irene and Victor N Muzvidziwa (2011) “Women and the Concept of Servant Leadership: biblical Influences”. Journal of Dharma 36(4):257-273.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2011). “Gender Differences in Managing Organisational Conflicts: the Case of Women Primary School Principals in Zimbabwe”. Annals of Modern Education 3(1):155-166.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2010). Reflections on a Phenomenological Inquiry into Zimbabwean Women’s Stories of Managing Schools. International Journal of Social Sciences 6(2):33-58.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2010). “The Resolution of Poverty and Cultural Marginalisation in Zimbabwe through a Dynamic Educational System”. LWATI Journal of Contemporary Research 7(1):10-27.
  • Muzvidziwa Irene & Victor N Muzvidziwa (2008). “Organisational Culture, the media and the School”. In V Agbanu and C Nwabueze (eds). Readings in Mass Communication: global Perspectives in Communication Issues. Owerri: Top Shelve Publishers. Pp 177-192.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2007). Socialisation, culture and school development: the Zimbabwean context. South-South Journal of Culture and Development 9(2):17-40.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2003). “Staff and School Development: Implications for Teacher Productivity Motivation and Commitment”. Gundani Paul and Muzvidziwa Victor N (eds). Management and the Human Factor. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications. Pp 111-120.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (2001). Women’s Under-representation and their Perceptions as Female Deputy School Heads in Zimbabwe. South-South Journal of Culture and Development 3(2):165-179.
  • Muzvidziwa, Irene (1999). Transformational Leadership and School Effectiveness in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe Bulletin of Teacher Education 12(1):58-7.
  • Jugmohan Pete and Muzvidziwa Irene (Forthcoming) “Mentoring and Principal Preparation: A Case of KwaZulu-Natal Women. International Journal of Educational Science


Selected List of Papers presented at Conferences:

  • August 2013 -The OXFORD ROUND TABLE conference in England, UK entitled: Women Educational leaders and how they use power to empower others.
  • Leadership experiences of women primary school principals in KwaZulu Natal: A phenomenological inquiry in Cyprus at the Commonwealth council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) conference in November 2012.
  • Mentoring and principal preparation: KwaZulu Natal women Speak – Great Zimbabwe at Southern African Society for Education (SASE) conference in October 2012.
  • Creativity and the art of networking: Tools for successful change management. EASA Conference held at Empakweni in East London Eastern Cape Province in January 2012.
  • Preparing your career path as a Guest of Honour at Ridge-Mont private school’s prize giving Day in November 2009 in Harare.
  • Striving for excellence as Guest of Honour at Conway Primary School’s prize giving Day November 2008 Harare.
  • The Role of Education in Combating Poverty as well as Other Forms of Social Exclusion and Cultural Marginalisation for International Bureau of Education –UNESCO in August 2008 Harare.
  • Gender Equity in Education at a UNESCO organised workshop in July 2007 in Harare.


Community Engagement:

  • Embarking on gender awareness campaigns: – on issues of Gender and HIV/AIDS in schools around Zvishavane.
  • Awareness raising – gender stereo-types in subjects choice and career guidance.
  • Alumni – linking with former MSU graduates
  • ICT Communications Skills Development
  • Ethics Committee
  • Gender Department Library Resources Rep.