Faculty of the Humanities
South African Sign Language (SASL)
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer and Academic Head of Department
Job ID: 2343
Duties and responsibilities:
- Teach South African Sign Language (SASL) Linguistics, Culture and History.
- Teach South African Sign Language Acquisition as well as short learning programmes.
- Coordinate, liaise with and provide teaching related to UFS 101.
- Supervise Master’s and PhD students.
- Initiate, conduct and sustain high profile research on South African Sign Language Linguistics, Culture and History or relevant fields.
- Develop and revise the curriculum of the UFS South African Sign Language for formal teaching as well as short learning programmes.
- Attract research funding for South African Sign Language projects.
- Provide academic leadership to students and staff of the department;
- Lead and guide the department of South African Sign Language to maintain the high profile it has internally and externally.
- Contribute to overall leadership of the Faculty and UFS.
- Ensure effective management of departmental finances.
- Master’s degree in South African Sign Language or Deaf Studies.
- Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
- Provide evidence of manuscripts produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals.
- A good academic record.
- Provide academic leadership by creating and executing strategies to establish the department as a leader in the discipline vis-à-vis competing international entities.
- The Head of Department is directly responsible for:
- directing the academic debate in the department;
- influencing the department’s overall climate and culture;
- energising everybody in the department and beyond; and
- shaping the future of the department.
- PhD in South African Sign Language or Deaf Studies.
- 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.
- Proven experience in supervision of graduated masters’ 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.
- Fluency in South African Sign Language.
- Ability to teach South African Sign Language Linguistics, Culture, History and Acquisition.
- Ability to provide supervision to Master’s and PhD students.
- Good managerial skills.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University’s diverse working environment.
- Willing to enrol for a doctoral degree in South African Sign Language or Deaf Studies at the first available opportunity, if not yet attained by the time of the appointment.
- Proven research record of relevant publications in national accredited journals.
- Experience in academic administration at departmental level.
- Experience in academic administration at departmental level.
Applications are invited for the post of Academic Head of Department of South African Sign Language in the Faculty of the Humanities. The tenure for Academic Head of Department 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 Academic Head of Department:
- 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 Department is pivotal in linking the department’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 department 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 department 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 department;
- 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 department;
- quality and timely feedback on student work;
- proper and quality-driven academic advice and support to all under- and postgraduate students in the department; and
- the revisiting and development of fresh learning programmes that will help to position the department as a leader in the fraternity.
- Create and maintain a(n) –
- ovisionary research strategy for the department; 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 department; and
- ethical requirements are met.
- Guiding and supporting senior academics towards acquiring NRF ratings.
- Active engagement with the Faculty research committee and the UFS Directorate of Research Development in order to ensure sustainable financial support for the department’s research initiatives.
- Building an effective team of scholars through:
- planning and implementing a fair and reasonable dispensation regarding the workload of staff members in the department;
- planning and implementing a clear and reasonable career path for every staff member in the department, taking account of the strategic plans of the University, Faculty and department;
- appropriate mentoring interventions where and whenever it is needed;
- managing staff performance in accordance with existing university policies and procedures;
- recruitment and selection of scholars in the case of vacancies and/or specific strategic needs, whenever strategic repositioning requires expansion of academic endeavours;
- creating and maintaining a scholarship-friendly environment in the department; and
- planning and overseeing effective and relevant staff development.
- The ultimate responsibility in terms of financial management culminates in:
- annual budgeting;
- financial planning;
- allocation of funds; and
- financial control.
- Adhere to the UFS' financial policies and procedures.
- Encourage and actively support academic staff members to apply for external research and other grants.
Assumption of duties:
1 June 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
18 May 2018.
The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 9161/ 3687/ 3039/ 3221.
(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 may only be submitted online. All applications must be accompanied by the following:
- a detailed curriculum vitae;
- copies of all academic records;
- copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
- a copy of your identity document (ID).
The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete, or sent by fax or e-mail, will not be considered. 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.
External candidates can click HERE to apply online.
UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.