Senior Lecturer in Sociology
University of the Free State Department of Sociology
South Africa

Faculty of the Humanities
Department of Sociology

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor in Sociology

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/vacancies. 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);
• Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
• A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).

Duties and responsibilities: 

• Contribute towards creating a strong academic identity for the Department of Sociology.
• Teach and assess undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Sociology.
• Provide study guidance and supervision to final year and postgraduate students.
• Initiate and conduct high-level research and sustain quality research outputs.
• Active participation and involvement in applicable UFS management structures.
• Build an effective team of scholars.
• Contribute to programme development and curriculum review within the Department and Faculty.
• Participate in community engagement initiatives.
• Recruit senior students for postgraduate studies.
• Perform organisational and administrative duties.
• Introduce and teach in a specific Sociology specialisation that can contribute to the Faculty's academic streams.

Inherent requirements: 

Senior Lecturer:
• PhD on NQF level ten (10) in Sociology or cognate discipline.
• A minimum of five (5) years’ lecturing experience in Sociology at a tertiary institution.
• 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 demonstrate 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 Sociology or cognate discipline.
• A minimum of eight (8) years’ lecturing experience in Sociology at a tertiary institution.
• 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.

Professor: 
• PhD on NQF level ten (10) in Sociology or cognate discipline.
• A minimum of eight (8) years’ lecturing experience in Sociology at a tertiary institution.
• Experience as external examiner for masters’ and doctoral students.
• Act as editorial board member of high-quality international/ISI/IBSS journals.
• Proven international recognition for specialist expertise and research leadership in a particular area of academic scholarship (e.g. regularly serves as a reviewer for international/ISI/IBSS journals).
• An NRF rating of C1 or C2 or equivalent status.
• Demonstrated successful supervision of graduated master's and preferably graduated doctoral students.
• Proven experience in delivering keynote addresses at national scholarly conferences.
• Serve as a member of an international scholarly society OR an international committee or agency concerned with research at higher education levels.

Required competencies:

• Business Acumen
   o A strong knowledge of- and practical experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
   o Background and experience in population related issues/ demography.
   o Excellent skilled use of Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and related programmes).
• Leading 
   o Excellent management skills.
   o The ability to cooperate with others and proactively influence a wide range of diverse individuals and groups positively.
• Building Coalitions
   o Proven ability to network with stakeholders at various levels both inside and outside academia.
   o Good interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). 
   o The ability to function well in the university’s richly diverse working environment.
• Strategic Thinking
   o The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
   o The ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
• Results Orientated
   o The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
   o The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.

Recommendations: 

Senior Lecturer:

• Editorial board member of high-quality national/international scholarly journals.
• Experience as a departmental leader/ manager in a higher education environment.

Associate Professor and Professor:
• Experience as a departmental leader/ manager in a higher education environment.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 7 April 2020.

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.  

Enquiries:

For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9848/9811/9814/7267 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za

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.

General:

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.

APPLY ONLINE:

External candidates can click HERE to apply online.

UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.


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