Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Anthropology
University of the Free State Faculty of the Humanities
South Africa

Faculty of the Humanities
Department of Anthropology

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Anthropology 

An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and student-centred department in the heartland of South Africa (Bloemfontein campus) is available from August 2020. If you have the capacity to teach across the following research areas – the Anthropology of Identity, the Anthropology of Development, the Anthropology of Displacement and/or Theory in Anthropology – please complete an online application before the deadline of 9 April  2020. 

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note:  Combine all the below documents as one document (PDF or Word), when uploading it on the online applications system.

• A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
• Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of all academic records;
• Certified copies (not older than 3 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
• A certified copy (not older than 3 months) of your identity document (ID);
• A copy of a peer-reviewed published article.

Duties and responsibilities:

• The teaching and facilitation of learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
• Contribute to- and develop relevant curricula of a high standard in the department and faculty.
• Utilise a student-centred approach to teaching and learning.
• Provide supervision of Masters and PhD students.
• Initiate, conduct and sustain high-level research that feeds into  teaching.
• Publish articles of a high quality in national and international DHET accredited journals.
• Active participation in the day-to-day running of the department.
• Participate in community  service and/or engaged scholarship.
• Perform administrative and/or leadership responsibilities in respect of Teaching and Learning, and  Research.
• Provide mentorship to students, particularly  from under-resourced backgrounds.
• Willingness and capacity to act in the role of Head of Department.
• Contribute to the critical transformation of the discipline in South Africa. 

Inherent requirements:

Senior Lecturer:
• PhD on NQF level ten (10) in Anthropology or cognate discipline.
• A minimum of five (5) years’ lecturing experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at university.
• Proven experience in the presentation of papers/posters at national scholarly conferences.
• Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research in a specific area of scholarship.
• An NRF rating or demonstrated potential for obtaining an NRF rating within reasonable time.
• 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.

Associate Professor:
• PhD on NQF level ten (10) in Anthropology or cognate discipline.
• A minimum of 10 years’ lecturing and supervision experience in Anthropology at university.
• Experience as external examiner for postgraduate students.
• Proven experience in the presentation of research papers at national conferences, where there is evidence of peer review of papers.
• Act as an editorial board member of high-quality national scholarly journals.
• Proven national recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a specific scientific area of scholarship.
• An NRF rating of C3 or equivalent status.
• Proven experience in the supervision of graduated Masters’ students.
• A proven research record of relevant publications in national and international accredited 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.

Required competencies:

Business Acumen
- The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
- Excellent skilled use of Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and related programmes).
- Ability to 'translate' anthropological theory for the consumption of undergraduate students.
- Ability to integrate own research with teaching.

- The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and direction to others.
- The ability to cooperate with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together. 

Building Coalitions
- The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
- The ability to interact with others and extablish personal connections with people. 
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). 

Strategic Thinking
- The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing issues.
- The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.

Results Orientated
- The ability to cope with a frequestly changing environement and to adapt to evolving situations.
- The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.

Personal attributes
- The ability to work as part of a diverse team. 
- A strong work ethic that supports the collective. 
- A commitment to teaching and learning that is respectful of diversity however configured. 
- Transparent, ethical, and honest. 
- Ability to work independentlyCollegiality. 


• Senior Lecturer:
- A keen understanding of, and critical use of, a liberatory/critical pedagogy in higher education.
- Experience as a departmental leader/ manager in a higher education environment.
- A monograph.

• Associate Professor:
- Experience as a departmental leader/ manager in a higher education environment.
- Supervision of graduated PhD students.
- A monograph.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 9 April 2020.

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.  

Enquiries: For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7267/ 9811/ 9814/ 9848 or email

Fringe benefits: (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned Act and the employee profile of the specific department/division. 

Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


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