Dr. Hem Raj Kafle (Associate Professor of English and Communication) is the Head of the Department of Language Education, School of Education, Kathmandu University. Before joining the School of Education at Hattiban, Lalitpur, in April 2022, he served the University in a number of different roles at different times, such as the Head of the Department of Management Informatics and Communication (MIC), Chief of University Communications under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Associate Director of Student Welfare Directorate, Coordinator of Humanities and Management Unit, and Academic Coordinator of the BBIS program.
Dr. Kafle specializes in rhetoric and communication. He keenly works across leadership communication, teacher development, rhetorical theories, cultural studies, and creative writing.
He has worked in the University since August 2000. He has given academic/professional service to all the Schools of Kathmandu University as and when required.
Dr. Kafle is an alumnus of the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) program on Journalism and Media, in which he participated at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, in 2008. He was one of the faculties at the former Department of English in School of Science who launched and promoted the Bachelor in Media Studies program, now housed under School of Arts, Hattiban, Lalitpur.
Dr. Kafle is a published poet and prose writer. He has to his credit one co-authored anthology of poems, two translated books, one collection (book) of reflective essays, one collection of poems in Nepali, a number of research publications on literary and communication discourses, and dozens of newspaper columns on socio-political issues. He also co-founded Bodhi: An Interdisciplinary Journal, an annual publication of School of Arts, and worked as its lead editor till its sixth issue.
He is an avid user and learner of Web 2.0 tools. He runs at least four blogs, and is fairly active in social networks. He loves music and poetry and is occasionally seen singing and reciting in public. He profoundly believes that communication is the key to productive learning and teaching, building leadership and maintaining lasting relationships.