Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor/ Professor and Head of School - School of Social Sciences and

Location
South Africa
Posted
Sep 04, 2017
Closes
Sep 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Faculty Education

School of Social Sciences and Language Education

Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor/ Professor and Head of School

Job ID: 2035

 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Social Sciences Education.
  • Ensure active involvement in research activities.
  • Act as a research supervisor for postgraduate students.
  • Contribute to curriculum development in the field(s) of specialisation. 
  • Provide consultation sessions for students and ensure cooperation with staff.
  • Coordinate Faculty marketing and teaching practice activities.
  • Liaise with relevant offices to ensure efficient service to students and staff.
  • Contribute to academic coordination and perform administrative tasks related to Social Sciences Education; Languages Education and Early Childhood Care and Education.
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    Inherent requirements:

    Senior Lecturer:

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline relevant to the field of education.
  • A recognised educational qualification.
  • Knowledge and skills to teach and facilitate learning in Social Sciences Education.
  • Proven experience in the presentation of papers at national scholarly conferences.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
  • An NRF rating or demonstrate potential for obtaining an NRF rating.
  • Proven experience in supervision of graduated master’s students.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited journals.
  • Proven experience of service as an active member of a national or international scholarly society or committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.
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    Associate Professor:

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline relevant to the field of education.
  • Proven experience in research management and capacity building.
  • Experience as external examiner for postgraduate students.
  • Proven experience in the presentation of research papers at national and international conferences, where there is evidence of peer review of papers.
  • Act as an editorial board member and/or reviewer of high-quality national scholarly journals.
  • Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a specific scientific area of scholarship.
  • A NRF rating of C3 or equivalent status.
  • Proven experience in the supervision of graduated master’s and doctoral students.
  • A proven research record of relevant publications in accredited national and international journals.
  • Serve as a member of a national scholarly society, OR a national committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels, OR show evidence of service as an active member of an international equivalent.
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    Professor:

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline relevant to the field of education.
  • Proven experience in research management and capacity building.
  • Experience as external examiner for postgraduate students.
  • Proven experience in the presentation of research papers at national and international conferences, where there is evidence of peer review of papers.
  • Act as an editorial member and/or reviewer of high quality national scholarly journals.
  • Proven international recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a specific scientific area of scholarship (e.g. regularly serves as a reviewer for international/ISl/IBSS journals).
  • A NRF rating of C1 or C2 or equivalent status
  • Demonstrated successful supervision of graduated master's and preferably doctoral students.
  • Proven experience in delivering keynote addresses at national scholarly conferences.
  • Serve as a member of a national scholarly society, OR a national committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels, OR show evidence of service as an active member of an international equivalent.
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    Required competencies:

  • Teaching experience in Social Sciences Education or Languages Education and/or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).
  • Knowledge and use of inclusive pedagogic practices and alternative assessment strategies.
  • Research supervision and research leadership skills.
  • Sound interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Computer literacy skills.
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    Recommendations:

    Senior Lecturer:

  • Specialisation and/or experience in different research methodologies.
  • Knowledge of assessment and alternative assessment practices and willingness to attend training sessions in this regard.
  • Teaching experience in school context, a higher education environment or in Teacher Education.
  • Experience in community engagement.
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    Associate Professor:

  • Specialisation and/or experience in different research methodologies
  • Experience in grant writing and/or preparing research funding applications.
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    Applications are invited for the post of Head of School of Social Sciences and Language Education in the Faculty of Education.  The tenure for Head of School is an additional fixed-term leadership appointment for a period of five (5) years (with a possibility of renewal for another term).

    Additional duties applicable to the Head of School:

  • Provide academic leadership by creating and executing strategies to establish the school as a leader in the discipline vis-à-vis competing international entities.
  • The Head of School is directly responsible for:
  • directing the academic debate in the school;
  • influencing the school's overall climate and culture;
  • energising everybody in the school and beyond; and
  • shaping the future of the school.
  • Contribute positively  to the overall leadership in the faculty.
  • Frequent and continuous planning and execution of plans, general organising and coordinating of staff, students and activities, mentoring and motivating staff, structuring, and exercising overall control.
  • Create an atmosphere of consensus among staff.
  • Effective internal and external communication.
  • The Head of School is pivotal in linking the school‘s staff and students with the University's management and administration through communication, negotiation and consultation.
  • Active participation and involvement in faculty management structures, attending meetings, leading project teams, representing the school and faculty, and fulfilling the roles of liaison officer and marketer, when necessary.
  • Active participation and involvement in applicable UFS management structures, e.g. Senate. Initiate, formulate and implement a visionary academic strategy for the school that is aligned with and supportive of the guiding strategic documents of the UFS and faculty. Ensure –
  • the provision of top-quality, research-informed facilitation of learning at all levels of teaching in the school;
  • relevance of content, material and presentation in all modules;
  • the enhancement of student experiences and their continuous engagement in academic debates;
  • that adequate rules and regulations are in place to optimally deliver high-quality teaching and learning programmes on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • adherence to all the rules and regulations of the UFS, faculty and school;
  • quality and timely feedback on student work;
  • proper and quality-driven academic advice and support to all under- and postgraduate students in the school; and
  • the revisiting and development of fresh learning programmes that will help to position the school as a leader in the fraternity.
  • Create and maintain a(n) –
  • ovisionary research strategy for the school; and
  • environment that encourages research, leading to strong and active research habits and a culture of inquiry.
  • Ensure that –
  • every academic staff member is engaged in quality-driven and discipline-specific research;
  • postgraduate students are recruited to broaden the research base of the school; and
  • ethical requirements are met.