Dr Kirstin Wilmot
Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Higher Education Studies Doctoral Programme, Rhodes University
Dr Kirstin Wilmot is the Coordinator of the Higher Education Studies Doctoral Programme in the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University, where she also works as a senior lecturer in academic development. Kirstin has a background in sociolinguistics (MPhil, Cantab; MA, UCT) and has conducted research dealing with issues of identity, accent, social class and language/literacy practices. Her PhD research at the University of Sydney, under the supervision of Prof Karl Maton, shifted her research focus into the sociology of higher education and the framework of Legitimation Code Theory (LCT). Kirstin’s current research focuses on developing theoretical tools for analysing and understanding disciplinary knowledge-building practices, with a strong focus on the practice of doctoral writing and the supervision of doctoral research. Kirstin’s work has a strong social justice agenda in that it seeks to make explicit the often-tacit disciplinary literacy practices that act as gatekeepers to becoming members of a discipline.