Dean and Professor in Humanities
University of Cape Town, Faculty of Humanities
South Africa



The University of Cape Town seeks to appoint a dean of the Faculty of Humanities who will bring distinction to the
Faculty and drive transformation, research and curriculum renewal.

With close to 6000 students, 25% of whom are postgraduates, the Faculty is one of the leading and most popular
Humanities faculties in the country. The Faculty comprises 16 vibrant academic departments located in three main
clusters: the Arts, the Social Sciences and the Performing and Creative Arts. Common to all is a focus on the
human condition, in all its dimensions.

With four SARChI Research Chairs, 2 Mellon Research Chairs as well as 86 NRF-rated researchers (5 A-rated
researchers), UCT Faculty of Humanities enjoys a strong tradition in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Our
academics equip students with skills that are crucial for engaging with the material and non-material aspects of
being human. We produce exceptional graduates who possess imagination, insight, mental agility and analytical
skills. We prepare young people for a variety of career paths in the public and private sectors, in the media space,
in the NGO sector and in research and academia.

UCT Faculty of Humanities is an Afropolitan institution, a centre of excellence on the continent and an intellectual
meeting point between Africa and the world. (see )
We seek a Dean with a scholarly record appropriate to the professorial level, and with the necessary experience
and ability to provide academic leadership and to guide and manage a diverse faculty.

The Dean will be expected to lead strategic initiatives as outlined in the university strategic plan, by implementing
measures to improve, inter alia, the class, race and gender representivity of students and staff in the Faculty and
to enhance diversity and inclusivity in the institution.

The Dean will also lead and promote the Faculty’s engagement with key institutions and scholars in the continent
and globally.

Aside from building on the strengths of the Faculty, as a member of the senior leadership team at a universitywide
level, the Dean will actively contribute to shaping and implementing the University’s strategic goals as well as
contributing to the University’s collective institutional leadership and management.

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate the following:

 Academic leadership in both teaching and research
 Possession of a PhD or, in the case of applicants from the Performing and Creative arts, an appropriate
professional equivalent
 Leadership and the ability to inspire and innovate
 Strategic vision for the Faculty, and for the role of the Faculty in the institution
 Proven management skills
 Thorough understanding of the social, political and economic environments in which South African
universities, and UCT in particular, operate and an active commitment to transformation and
 Fundraising experience

Remuneration will be appropriate to the senior management level and includes sabbatical and discounted fee
benefits. The initial term of appointment of a Dean is for five years and there is a limit of one contract renewal,
subject to performance assessment.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mr Craig Alexander at

 a covering letter which addresses the above criteria, including a statement on your potential
contribution as Dean
 your full curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees.
 the HR204 application form for Senior Executive Posts available at:,

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo an assessment.

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

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to provide further documentation on their candidacy.

The appointment procedures are available at:
Telephone: +27 21 650 5429

Nominations with a brief motivation may also be sent to Mr Craig Alexander at .

Reference number: E17005

Closing date for receipt of nominations: 13 February 2017

Closing date for receipt of applications: 3 March 2017

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary and reserves the
right to make no appointment.

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment
Equity Policy is available at

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