Assistant Lecturer in Adult Education
University of Cape Town, School of Education
South Africa



The School of Education at the University of Cape Town offers a number of Adult Educator qualifications at
undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department of Higher Education (DHET) has recently passed
legislation which requires universities to bring its Adult Educator qualifications into line with a new qualification
hierarchy for Community Adult Education and Training practitioners. These qualifications will provide capacity to
develop the cohort of lecturers / educators to teach in the newly established Community Education and Training
(CET) colleges. The CET colleges will offer both non-formal and formal programmes.

The School of Education has acquired DHET funding for two, five-year, contract posts, to assist with curriculum
development of its new Adult Educator qualifications at undergraduate level, and with related teaching and
materials development. Successful candidates will receive financial support and mentoring during their 5 year
contract; they will also need to complete a Masters or PhD qualification during that time (Masters – within 3 years;

PhD – within 5 years). The successful candidates will be allowed to complete their studies at a tertiary institution
of their choice and will receive a scholarship to this end. 60% of the lecturer’s time will be devoted to teaching and
related activities and 40% to pursuing research. There is no guarantee of continued employment after the end of
the 5 year contracts, but it is hoped that candidates will be able to apply for permanent posts in the School
thereafter or at any other Higher Education institution

To be eligible for selection for these development posts, applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to
meeting the criteria specified by the advertisement:

 Be a South African citizen
 Show commitment to becoming an academic
 Be below the age of 45 years
 Show evidence of eligibility to undertake postgraduate study at master’s or doctoral level


The successful candidate will:

 Have experience of adult education work in formal and/or non-formal contexts, and be familiar with the
broad field of practice of Adult and Community Education & Training;
 Be familiar with current theoretical and policy debates in the academic field of adult education;
 Be committed to pursuing an academic career, and in developing expertise in a specialist area within the
academic field of adult education teaching and research;
 Be concerned with issues relating to social development, transformation and social justice, including
widening access to higher education;
 Have good facilitation and communication skills, and the ability to work in the context of diversity.
 Be currently studying for, or be prepared to enroll for a Masters or PhD in a relevant area within the broad
field of adult education;
 Have a relevant qualification (if preparing to enroll for a Masters) or post-graduate qualification (if
preparing to enroll for a PhD);

Candidates will have an advantage if they have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

Adult education and development; experiential learning; learning in social movements; labour education and
globalization; gender and diversity in adult education; curriculum development across formal and non-formal

Multi-lingual competence appropriate to the Western Cape will also be an advantage.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to all aspects of the Adult Education work in the School of
Education, including:

 Programme development
 Teaching and assessments
 Participation in Adult Education and Departmental meetings
 Registering for a postgraduate qualification (MA or PhD) and completing this within a set timeframe
 Frequently meeting with their appointed mentor
 Working toward publication of research findings

The annual cost of employment for these posts is R400 000, which will remain unchanged for the duration of the

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms Stacey Manuel at

- UCT Application Form (download at
- Cover letter, and
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Telephone: 021 650 1673 Website:

Reference number: E17015 Closing date: 10 March 2017

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our
Employment Equity Policy is available at
Special funding has been provided for this post with the aim of advancing diversity, and for this post we seek
particularly to attract Black South African candidates.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

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