J. G. (Kobus) Maree

Prof. Kobus Maree’s (DEd (Career Counselling); PhD (Learning Facilitation in Mathematics); DPhil (Psychology)) main research interests are career construction (counselling), life design (counselling), emotional-social intelligence, social responsibility, and learning facilitation in mathematics. Past editor of a number of scholarly journals, for instance, the South African Journal of Psychology, he is the current editor of the African Journal of Career Development and the regional editor for Southern Africa: Early Child Development and Care.

Kobus has received multiple awards for his research. In June 2014, he was, for instance, awarded the Stals prize for exceptional research and contributions to Education, and he received the Psychological Society of South Africa’s Award for Excellence in Science in September 2014. He also  received Honorary Membership of the Golden Key International Honour Society for exceptional academic achievements, leadership skills, and community involvement in 2014. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for Teaching and Learning from the University of Pretoria in 2010 and has been nominated successfully as an Exceptional Academic Achiever on four consecutive occasions. He has a B1 rating from the National Research Foundation.

Kobus has authored or co­authored 115+ peer­reviewed articles and 65 books/ book chapters on career counselling, research and related topics since 2009. In the same period, he supervised 36 doctoral theses and Master’s dissertations and read keynote papers at 35+ international conferences  and at 25+ national conferences. He has also presented invited workshops at conferences in 30+ countries across the world on a) integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches in career counselling, and b) the art and science of writing scholarly articles.

Over the past seven years, he has spent a lot of time abroad a visiting professor at various universities where he presented workshops on, for instance, contemporary developments in career counselling, scholarly article writing, and research methodology. He was awarded a fellowship of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) in 2014 and received the Psychological Society of South Africa’s Fellow Award (Lifetime Award in recognition of a person who has made exceptional contributions to Psychology in her/his life) in 2017.