UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

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Prof. Andrew Thatcher

Associate Professor, School of Human & Community Development


Room U308 Umthombo BuildingWits, East Campus
Tel: 27 11 717 4533
Fax: 27 11 717 4559
Email:
andrew.thatcher@wits.ac.za

INTRODUCTION
Prof. Andrew Thatcher is an Associate Professor in Psychology in the School of Human & Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand where he is also Deputy Head of School. He holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand. His principal teaching interests are in the area of Industrial/Organisational Psychology (Engineering Psychology, Cognitive Ergonomics, Psychometric Assessment, Organisational Theory and Research Design). Andrew strives to integrate his teaching with his research interests and subsequently was the recipient of the 2004 Vice-Chancellor s Individual Teaching Award. He is currently the School postgraduate coordinator overseeing postgraduate issues in the disciplines of Psychology, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Social Work. His research interests are in the domains of the psychological influences of technology adoption, the cognition of technological devices, and computer supported cooperative work systems. His current research projects are looking at the feasibility of online conference systems and the psychological, cognitive aspects of technology adoption in illiterate people, moral disengagement mechanisms in software piracy, and attendance patterns in large class tertiary education classes.

Andrew is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Industrial Psychologist and is also a member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society and the Ergonomics Society of South Africa. He was the Chairperson of the Fourth International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics (CybErg 2005, he was also Chairperson of the Third CybErg Conference, and a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Second CybErg Conference), and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of HCII2007, I*PROMS2005 and I*PROMS2006. He is an Associate Editor of the South African Journal of Psychology , a Co-editor of Ergonomics SA , and is a reviewer for Behaviour and Information Technology, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Ergonomics SA, and the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology.


EDUCATION <top>
PhD (2003), MSc (1996), BSc (1992), University of the Witwatersrand

TEACHING <top>
Undergraduate:
Cognitive Ergonomics
Ergonomics
Cognition

Postgraduate:
Applied Ergonomics
Engineering Psychology
Psychological Assessment
Research Methods
Theoretical Foundations of Organisational Psychology

I have the complete set of Discworld books) and have an interest in books on evolution and science (sometimes these interests even coincide).

PUBLICATIONS <top>
Books:
  • Thatcher, A., Fisher, J. & Miller, K. (Eds.). (2002). Proceedings of CybErg?2002. The Third International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics. Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Fisher, J., Katz, L., Miller, K. & Thatcher, A. (2003). South Africa at work: applying psychology to organisations. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press
  • Thatcher, A., James, J. & Todd, A. (2005). Proceedings of CybErg 2005. The Fourth International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics. Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press

Journal Articles: <top>

Refereed and edited Conference Proceedings: <top>

  • Thatcher, A. & Greyling, M. (1996). Cognitive modelling of process control operators using Multidimensional Scaling (MDS). Advances in Applied Ergonomics, pp 551-555, West Lafayette: USA Publishing Company
  • Thatcher, A. & Greyling, M. (1996). Mental models of the Internet. In L. Straker & C. Pollock (Eds.), Proceedings of CybErg 1996: The First International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp 105-113, Perth: International Ergonomics Press
  • Greyling, M. & Thatcher, A. (1997). Hierarchical ordering of Internet mental model categorisations. In G. Salvendy, M.J. Smith & R.J. Koubek (Eds.), Advances in Human Factors/Ergonomics 21A. Design of Computing System: Cognitive Considerations, pp. 261-265, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers
  • Thatcher, A. & Greyling, M. (1998). The use and meaning of the ?computer experience? variable. In P.A. Scott, R.S. Bridger (Eds.), Global Ergonomics, pp. 541-546, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers
  • Thatcher, A. & Raffray, B. (1998). Defining and developing scales for Anthropocentrism and Anthropomorphism towards computers. In P.A. Scott, R.S. Bridger (Eds.), Global Ergonomics, pp. 585-591, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers
  • Thatcher, A. & Fuller, B. (1999). Psychological type and cognitive style as antecedents of computer attitudes. In D. Harris (Ed.) Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics (Vol. 4), pp. 157-164, Aldershot: Ashgate
  • Thatcher, A. (1999). Determining interest and motivation in WWW navigation. In L. Straker & C. Pollock (Eds). Proceedings of CybErg 1999: The Second International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp. 191-201, Perth : International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Katz, L-A., Thatcher, A. & Trepess, D. (1999). The impact of computer mediated communication (CMC) on conflict resolution. Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT?99 (Vol. 2), pp. 41-42, Edinburgh : British Computer Society
  • Thatcher, A. (2000).?Experience? and WWW searching, or the search for the WWW ?expert? ?. Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, Vol.1, pp. 412-415, Santa Monica: Human Factors & Ergonomics Society
  • Thatcher, A. (2001). Information-seeking on the WWW: Task interest and search strategies. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 45th Annual Meeting, Vol. 2, pp. 1171-1175, Santa Monica : Human Factors & Ergonomics Society
  • Thatcher, A. (2002). CybErg?2002: Ergonomics for Human and Community Development. In H. Luczak, A.E. ?kir & G. ?kir (Eds.), WWDU 2002 Work With Display Units. World Wide Work, pp.253-255, Berlin: Ergonomic Institut f?rbeits und Sozialforschung
  • Distiller, K. & Thatcher, A. (2002). The effectiveness of a teambuilding activity, as carried out through a computer mediated communication medium: a comparative study. In A. Thatcher, J. Fisher & K. Miller (Eds.). CybErg?2002: The Third International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp. 562-569, Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Thatcher, A., Shaik, F. & Zimmerman, C. (2002). Attitudes of semi-literate and literate bank account holders to the use of automatic teller machines (ATM?s). In A. Thatcher, J. Fisher & K. Miller (Eds.). CybErg?2002: The Third International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp. 578-594, Johannesburg : International Ergonomics Association Press
  • De la Cour, A. & Thatcher, A. (2002). The role of psychological type in small group decision-making: face-to-face versus computer-mediated groups. In A. Thatcher, J. Fisher & K. Miller (Eds.). CybErg?2002: The Third International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp. 515-542, Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Thatcher, A. (2002). Internationalising access to ergonomics knowledge through a virtual conference series. In A. Thatcher, J. Fisher & K. Miller (Eds.). CybErg?2002: The Third International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp. 81-91, Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Thatcher, A. & Greyling, M. (2003). Mental models of search engines: How does a WWW search engine work? In D. Harris, V. Duffy, M. Smith & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), pp. 602-606. Human-centred computing. Cognitive, social and ergonomic aspects (Vol. 3), London: Lawrence Erlbaum
  • Thatcher, A. & James, J. (2003). Evaluation of virtual conferencing for ergonomics. International Ergonomics Association 25th Triennial Congress, August 25-29, Seoul, South Korea
  • Thatcher, A. & James, J. (2004). Bridging the digital divide through online conferencing: lessons from CybErg. In H.M. Khalid, M.G. Helander & A.W. Yeo (Eds.), pp. 251-266. Work with Computer Systems Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Damai Sciences
  • Thatcher, A. (2005).Information seeking behaviours and cognitive strategies in different search tasks on the WWW. In A. Thatcher, J. James & A. Todd (Eds.). CybErg 2005: The Fourth International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, 535-555. Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Kruger, I. & Thatcher, A. (2005). Usability experiences with South African online banking. In A. Thatcher, J. James & A. Todd (Eds.). CybErg 2005: The Fourth International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, 517-524. Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Thatcher, A. (2005). Building and maintaining an online academic conference series. In A. Thatcher, J. James & A. Todd (Eds.). CybErg 2005: The Fourth International Cyberspace Conference on Ergonomics, pp. 60-68. Johannesburg: International Ergonomics Association Press
  • Thatcher, A. (2006). Evaluation of online academic conferencing: a longitudinal analysis. Proceedings of the International Ergonomics Association 26th Triennial Congress, 10-14 July 2006, M stricht, The Netherlands
  • Sealetsa, O.J. & Thatcher, A. (2006). Expanded ergonomic model for technology transfer to industrially developing countries. Proceedings of the International Ergonomics Association 26th Triennial Congress, 10-14 July 2006, M stricht, The Netherlands
  • Thatcher, A., Wretschko, G. & Fisher, J. (2007). Problematic Internet use in South African information technology workers. HCI International 2007, 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 22-27 July, 2007, Beijing, P.R. China
  • Fisher, J., Milner, K. & Thatcher, A. (2007). Performance Monitoring, Supervisory Support, and Job Characteristics and their impact on employee well-being amongst four samples of call centre agents in South Africa. HCI International 2007, 12th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 22-27 July, 2007, Beijing, P.R. China
  • Fisher, J., Milner, K. & Thatcher, A. (2007). Job Characteristics, anxiety and depression and employee well-being amongst call centre employees in South Africa. In A. Toomingas, A. Lantz & T. Berns (Eds.), Proceedings of WWCS 2007 Computing Systems for Human Benefits from the 8th International Conference on Work With Computing Systems, pp. 207-212

Other Conference Papers: <top>

  • Thatcher, A., Trepess, D. & Miller, K. (1997). The WWW as a tool in teaching Organisational Behaviour. The Fourth International Organizational Behaviour Teaching Conference (IOBTC ?97), December 15-18, 1997
  • Thatcher, A. & Feldman, A. (1997). Cybersex: No mess, No fuss? The search for the virtual orgasm. In M. Terreblanche (Ed.). Proceedings of the Third Annual South African Qualitative Methods Conference, pp. 36-44
  • Deverell, A., Thatcher, A. & Katz, L-A. (1998). Cybersex: It?s life Jim, but not as we know it. In D. Hook & B. Harris (Eds.). Proceedings of the Fourth Annual South African Qualitative Methods Conference, pp. 163-173, South African Qualitative Methods Press: Johannesburg
  • Fourie, V. & Thatcher, A. (1999).The impact of an intranet on organisational commitment and morale. Annual National Psychometric / Industrial Psychology Conference. May 27-28, 1999
  • Deverell, A. & Thatcher, A. (1999). South African perspectives on cybersex: Please have sex with me ... please ... please ... please. Fifth Annual South African Qualitative Methods Conference. September 6-8, 1999
  • Paledi, P. & Thatcher, A. (2000). The psychological well-being of unemployed tertiary graduates. Annual National Psychometric / Industrial Psychology Conference. June 8-9, 2000
  • Thatcher, A. (2000). The WWW as a Virtual Conference ?Playground?. Online Proceedings of the Second Annual Conference on World-Wide Web Applications, September 6-8, 2000
  • Thatcher, A. (2003). Using the WWW to support lectures: supporting the lecturer-student relationship. The Second Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, September 1, 2003, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Thatcher, A. (2004). Experiences of student peer-evaluation of group work in large and small classes. The Third Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, September 6, 2004, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Thatcher, A. (2005). Simulating the ?real world?: translating ill-structured problem solving into the classroom. The Fourth Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium September 5, 2005, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Howell, L. & Thatcher, A. (2006). Deaf employees? conceptualisations of computer technology. Ergonomics Society of South Africa 2006 Conference, CSIR, Pretoria, 19-20 January
  • Thatcher, A. (2006). Cognitive ergonomics: applying knowledge of the functioning of the mind to ergonomics. NIOH/SASOM Congress on Ergonomics: the art, science and practice, August 7-8, 2006, NIOH, Johannesburg
  • Thatcher, A. (2006). South Africa and Australia: different backgrounds, similar tertiary education problems in the contemporary academic world. The Fifth Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium September 4, 2006, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Thatcher, A. (2006). Using the WWW to support classroom lectures in a psychology course. Twelfth South African Psychology Congress, 12-15 September, 2006, Johannesburg
  • Thatcher, A. (2007). Class attendance and improving teaching and learning in large classes. Teaching in Psychology Conference, 22-23 March, 2007, Bloemfontein.
  • Fisher, J., Milner, K. & Thatcher, A. (2007). Ergonomics, social and cognitive factors in the design of work for call centre agents: some South African priorities. The 10th Meeting of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 21-22 June, 2007, Durban
  • White, E.P.G. & Thatcher, A. & Van der Walt, J.S. (2007). The influence of the World Wide Wait on the usability of websites: a South African perspective. The 10th Meeting of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 21-22 June, 2007, Durban
  • Sealetsa, O.J. & Thatcher, A. (2007). Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders amongst sewing machine operators in the textile manufacturing industry in Botswana. The 10th Meeting of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 21-22 June, 2007, Durban
  • Fisher, J., Milner, K., Thatcher, A. & McBain-Charles, K. (2007). Electronic performance monitoring, performance data and subjective mental workload amongst call centre employees. The 10th Meeting of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, 21-22 June, 2007, Durban

Keynote Addresses: <top>

  • Thatcher, A. (2006). Teaching ill-structured problem-solving for team-based usability analysis. Ergonomics Society of South Africa 2006 Conference, CSIR, Pretoria, 19-20 January

PERSONAL<top>
When I am not having fun teaching and researching at University I enjoyjuggling (I am not a proficient numbers juggler - I can do a passable 5 balls - but I do enjoy learning new club-passing routines and relaxing on the beach at the SA National Juggling and Unicycling Convention). I have also been known to lounge for long hours in front of the TV watching South Africa lose at various different sports (my current personal favourite is watching SA lose cricket test matches, although sometimes I am lucky and get to see South Africa fleece Australia in the greatest one-day international ever played). I am also a keen action cricket player. While I am not particularly good, I am terribly enthusiastic. Finally, I enjoy reading and I am an avidTerry Pratchett fan (I have the complete set of Discworld books) and have an interest in books on evolution and science (sometimes these interests even coincide).