Prof Kobus Maree, a full-professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, received a B1 rating as from 1 January 2017. His main research interests are career counselling, career construction (counselling), life design (counselling), emotional-social intelligence and social responsibility, and learning facilitation in mathematics. He links research results to appropriate career choices and to life design.
Prof Maree is a former editor of the South African Journal of Psychology, managing editor of Gifted Education International, executive editor of the SA Journal of Science and Technology and a member of several national and international bodies, including the National Career Development Association (USA), the Society for Vocational Psychology (SVP) (USA), the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) (USA), the Psychology Association of South Africa (SA), the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (SA Akad) (South African Academy for Science and Arts (SA Acad)), and the Association of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Since the beginning of 2004, he has written more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and 60 books or chapters in books.
The Stals Prize was awarded to him by the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in 2009 for his exceptional research and contributions to psychology, and again in June 2014, for exceptional research and contributions to Education. On the occasion of the 20th South African Psychology Congress, held in in September 2014, he received the Award for Excellence in Science from the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA), and in October of the same year he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Golden Key International Honour Society for exceptional academic achievements, leadership skills and community involvement. He received a Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Learning from the University of Pretoria in 2010 and has been nominated successfully as an Exceptional Academic Achiever in four consecutive years (2013-2016).