Department of Public Administration and Management

Dr C Alers

College of Economic and Management Sciences
School of Public and Operations Management
Department: Public Administration and Management
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 429 6286


  • Bachelor of Arts ‒ Public administration (Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, 1991)
  • Honours BA ‒ Public Administration and Political Science (Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, 1992)
  • Magister Artium ‒ Public Administration (North West University, 1995
  • PhD ‒ Public administration (UNISA, 2018)

Fields of academic interests

  • Development and implementation of standard operating procedures
  • Implementation of internal control system and mechanisms
  • Research ethics risk assessment in Public Administration and Management

Field of Specialisation

  • Policy design and formulation
  • Policy implementation

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • CEMS Honorary Omni Award for outstanding integration of Teaching and Learning, Research and Innovation, and Community Engagement (2015)
  • Nominated for Excellence Award in Module Design - A team approach in module design for blended learning (2016)
  • Member of Ethics Committee (Department of Public Administration and Management)


Research project – The development and implementation of methods and procedures for the issuing of driving licences at the Madibeng Local Municipality


Ms Corlia Alers, Lecturer

Office: AJH van der Walt Building - Room 4-87

Corlia attended Rustenburg High School and matriculated in 1987. Thereafter, she studied for a 

Corlia is currently studying towards a Doctorate degree in Public Administration and Management. Her research focuses on the determining and revision of methods and procedures as an administrative function.

In addition to her formal studies, she has attended several short courses in advanced computing, and other courses ranging from channelling diversity and supervisory skills, to ethics and values in the workplace. She is a registered assessor and moderator at ETDP and various other SETAs.

Corlia was initially employed as a research assistant in Public Administration at the University of Potchefstroom before moving to the public service in 1992 as an administration officer at the Gauteng Department of Transport; becoming an assistant director in 2005 in the Directorate Law Administration. She successfully applied her expertise and experience in the field of lecturing when she joined a private Further Education and Training college in 2006. From 2006 to 2013, she focused on lecturing short courses and workshops, such as fraud and corruption prevention, as well as qualifications in Public Administration. She was also involved in the design and development of training material for a number of subjects and qualifications.

Ms Alers was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Management in March 2014. She is responsible for the following subjects: Nature, Content and Scope of Public Administration I, Protection Services II and Environmental Affairs II. She recently took interest in human settlement management. Corlia is also supervisor and co-supervisor for a number of Masters degree students.

In 2015, Ms Alers received the College of Economic and Management Sciences Omni Award for Teaching and Learning, and she was nominated in 2016 for the College Excellence Award in Module Design. She presented her module design approach at the 2016 Unisa Teaching and Learning Festival.

Departmental committees:

  • Ethics Committee
  • Human Settlements Management Committee
  • eTutor Committee
  • Examiners (Secundus)
  • Quality Assurance (Study Guides)

Corporate/ Professional membership:

  • South African Association for Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)
  • Association of South African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management (ASSADPAM)