Associate Professor in Sociology
University of Botswana Department of Sociology

Associate Professor in Sociology

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Sociology


Duties: The candidate should be able to teach in the areas of Sociological Theory and Research Methods, contribute significantly to the University of Botswana Strategic research themes and emerging areas of Sociological thought. Preference will be given to candidates with any two of the following specializations: Industry and Society, Globalisation, Social Development Theory, Youth Studies and Sociology of Health.  The candidate should be able to: (i) supervise undergraduate and graduate student research projects; (ii) conduct research and render professional service; (iii) perform any other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Head of Department.

Requirements: the candidate should have: (i) a PhD in Sociology or related fields; (ii) at least 6 years relevant teaching experience at a university or comparable institution; (iii) a minimum of 12 pieces of research products (e.g. articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) published by recognized publishers. 8 of these must be articles in refereed/accredited journals in internationally recognized indexing databases. The remaining 4 publications could be journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc. published by recognized publishers. An academic book may be equivalent to a maximum of 4 articles in refereed/accredited journals, depending on the quality and standing of the publisher; (iv) sustained research output: a minimum of 2 peer reviewed publications every three years; (v) sustained research activity; ongoing externally supported research (e.g funded or commissioned); (vi) regular paper/poster presentations at national but also increasingly at international conferences; (vii) be lead and/or single author in at least one-third of the required journal publications. There should also be evidence of mentorship of early career scholars/graduate students; (viii) publications should be spread nationally and/or internationally and across journals; (ix) recognizable research impact, including but not limited to citations, the h-index, patents, policy applications, peer reviews, publications that are prescribed texts in other institutions etc. (required in at least 2 of the these); (x) recognized as being of national but increasingly international research standing (e.g. peer reviewing of new research proposals; reference in research committees; editor/guest editor/reviewer of refereed/accredited national and international publishers; editorial board member of an international publisher in a relevant field; invitations as keynote speaker at national and international conferences (required in at least 2 of the these); (xi) evidence of governance and social engagement; (xii) research collaborations with other institutions or organisations; (xiii) research collaboration with cognate disciplines in the University; (xiv) external examiner for Masters and/or PhD theses nationally and/or internationally. The following will be added an advantage: (i) research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate.

The curriculum vitae should contain a detailed list of published works, clearly specifying titles of publications, ISBN numbers (for books, book chapters and conference proceedings), dates of publications, names of publishers, name/s of co-authors if any and number of pages. The works should be categorized into books, book chapters, refereed journals, non-refereed works, consultancies and practical media projects.

Remuneration: The University offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to apply: Applicants are to address the stated qualification and provide other information to assist the University determine their suitability for the position. Candidates must indicate the position (permanent/contract) they are applying for. They should also quote the vacancy number of the post applied for, provide current CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, and send complete documentation to: The Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Social Sciences, Private Bag UB 00705, Gaborone-Botswana; Telephone: (267) 355 2556; Fax (267) 318 5099; E-mail:

Applicants should inform their referees to: (i) Quote the Vacancy number and position applied for and (ii) submit their references directly to the above address, before the stipulated closing date.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Block 240, Office No. 135: (240/135).

NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing dates: 10th May 2021

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