Professor/Associate Professor and Head of Department

Pretoria, South Africa
Sep 02, 2020
End of advertisement period
Sep 25, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time



In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.


The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Development and implementation of the strategic vision of the Department;
  • The strategic, academic and operational management of the Department;
  • Promoting a culture of excellence in teaching and learning and champion the adoption and implementation of technology in education;
  • Ensuring excellence in academic and professional education and training in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
  • Leading the research and post-graduate education programmes in the Department ;
  • Playing an active role as academic leader of the discipline at a national and international levels;
  • Strengthening and promoting distance education;
  • Representing the Department in the Faculty Management Committee and Faculty Board;
  • Human resources and financial management of the Department;
  • Mobilising resources and raising third stream income to support the operations of the Department.



  • A relevant Doctorate in either Education Management, Educational Leadership, Education Policy and/or Education Law;
  • At least 5 years tertiary or relating experience;
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Record of curriculum innovation;
  • At least 10 publications in a variety of accredited journals, or an average of 1 article per year for the last 5 years, or equivalent units;
  • Evidence of successful research Master's and Doctoral supervision (at least 4, with at least 2 doctoral supervisions);
  • Membership of national scholarly bodies;
  • Proof of national peer recognition (Citations, keynote or plenary addresses);
  • Proven research funding success;
  • Evidence of Academic Administration experience such as membership of Faculty Committees or acting as an external examiner.


  • A relevant Doctorate in either Education Management, Educational Leadership, Education Policy and/or Education Law;
  • At least 8 years’ experience at a tertiary institution;
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Record of curriculum innovation;
  • At least 15 publications in a variety of accredited journals, or an average of
  • 1.5 publications for the previous 5 years- this includes scholarly books with reputable publishers;
  • At least 5 of the publications should be in 1S1/IBSS journals;
  • Evidence of successful research Master's supervision (at least 5 successfully completed), and evidence of at least 2 successful Doctoral supervisions;
  • Membership of international scholarly bodies;
  • Proof of international peer recognition (Citations, keynote speaker, plenaries, collaborations);
  • Proven research funding success;
  • Community engagement in a related field;
  • Membership of prominent faculty committees and in University committees;
  • Conducted external examination (international if possible);
  • A proven research and publication record;
  • Evidence of strong national networks and moderate international networks;
  • Evidence of digital literacy and the adoption of technological skills to support teaching and learning.


  • An appropriate vision for the Department;
  • Proven academic standing in the relevant disciplines;
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Advanced digital skills and literacy;
  • The ability to lead and collaborate in distance education for teacher training programmes;
  • Track record of innovation in teaching and learning;
  • Managerial skills and competencies;
  • Appropriate language and communication skills;
  • Experience in high-level liaison with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Diversity management skills;
  • Experience in programme development at a tertiary level.


  • Community engagement in a related field would be recommended;
  • Membership of international bodies;
  • NRF rated;
  • Co-authorship with international collaborators;
  • A strong teaching record in the Department’s fields of specialisation;
  • Managerial/co-ordination experience at a tertiary institution;
  • Experience in liaising with Departments of Education.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED medical aid scheme and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact;
  • Names and contact details of peer reviewers (academic and research);
  • Self-evaluation Teaching;
  • Self-evaluation Research;
  • Teaching Portfolio;
  • Your vision for the Department.

Candidates will be expected to make a 15-minute presentation to the Appointments Committee on his / her vision for the Department during the interview.

By applying, candidates agree to the appointment process as set out in the relevant UP policy document. This process can be accessed at

Although candidates will be appointed permanently as Professor or Associate Professor, the headship is a fixed-term appointment of four years. Preference will be given to the incumbent for re-appointment for a second term.

CLOSING DATE: 25 September 2020

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Prof CT Sehoole, Tel: (012) 420 2327 / 5721.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­31 December 2020, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.