Professor / Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education
University of Zululand, Department of Early Childhood Education
South Africa


FACULTY OF EDUCATION


DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION


PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


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POST NO: N25 – REFERENCE NUMBER: FE2017/02/N25


GRADE 5 / 6


The University of Zululand currently has a vacancy in the Department of Early Childhood
Education. The grade and level of employment would be determent by the applicant’s
knowledge, experience and accredited proof in the following areas:


- Administrative impact,
- Teaching and Learning,
- Research outputs
- Community engagement.
- Current completed levels of supervision would also be taken into consideration


The main purpose of this position is to maintain and strengthen the Department’s
commitment to Early Childhood Education; to set an example of commitment to the
discipline and its role at the University of Zululand and inspire other staff members and to
represent the Department at Faculty and Senate


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS


As per Criteria document available on the University website under vacancies.


GENERIC REQUIREMENTS


 Possession of a doctoral degree (PhD) in Early Childhood Education.
 Sound to Advanced (Depending on the level), theoretical knowledge of the field.
 Supervision and mentoring of postgraduate students and teaching of undergraduate
courses and Honours.
 Publication of research articles in accredited journals.
 Supervision of students work and co-publication with students.
 Participation in community engagement projects.



PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION / ACCREDITATION


Affiliation with the following society would be a recommendation but not a necessity:
Academic organization

PREFERENCE
 Expertise in the field of Early Childhood Education
 Additional research interest in enhancing the research profile of the Department.
 Additional interest in academic literacy which all students should achieve, including
an interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS


Skills
 Teaching skills at University level, especially teaching large classes.
 An ability to design curricula in the discipline
 Capability to stimulate and teach’ research and participation in departmental
academic discussions.
 Ability to inspire a passion for pursuit of philosophy in students.
 Organising and Planning Skills.
 Computer literacy.
 Sound administration skills.
 Fluency in English.

Knowledge & Experience
 Knowledge of curriculum design and development, management of academic
programmes.
 Behaviours
 Ability to work as part of a team.
 Ability to inspire students.
 Ability to encourage students to express themselves freely and ask searching
questions.


Closing date of applications: 24 FEBRUARY 2017


The University reserves the right not to make an appointment in the position as advertised.


To apply for this position please logon to PNET (www.pnet.co.za) and submit your
application. The University will not accept applications directly or through any other
means.


Candidates, who do not meet the minimum requirements, as per the document on the
University website above, will not be considered and should not apply.



If you are not contacted within 2 months of the closing date, please consider your application
unsuccessful.


Kindly Note:


Communication will be entered into with shortlisted candidates only.


The University reserves the right not to fill any advertised vacancy. Preference will be given
to internal candidates suitable for appointment. UNIZULU is committed to employment
equity and equal opportunity.


PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
PROFESSOR


 Advanced theoretical knowledge of and insights into the field.
 Competence in communicating knowledge and facilitating teaching and learning in a
lecture, seminar, tutorial and/or practical or laboratory environment; in assessment
practices; the ability to engage in curriculum design and development; and a
demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research.
 A thorough understanding of fundamental research methodology and competence in
facilitating research tutorials/seminars and practical sessions; and/or undertaking
research projects, production of research reports and conducting of tutorials and/or
practical sessions.
 A substantial number of conference papers, peer-reviewed publications or other
acceptable research outputs.
 Peer-recognition as a specialist in the field and potential to make a substantial
contribution to the discipline or field.
 Ability to supervise research at postgraduate level and to develop research capacity.
 An involvement in the wider academic community (e.g. editorships, review requests,
participation in professional bodies).
 Capacity and willingness to undertake administrative responsibilities at departmental
or institutional levels and to assume leadership positions, either in administration or
in academic or professional activity.
 Promotion of and/or active participation in community engagement projects and/or
leadership in establishing such projects.
 Sound interpersonal skills, including a commitment to collegiality and equal
opportunity. Competence as an Associate Professor, demonstrating that the
applicant has been recognised by the academic community for producing sound
scholarship in either the teaching or research categories, but preferably in both.
 Ability to teach effectively at different academic levels, commensurate with the nature
of the post to which the applicant was previously appointed.
 An interest in and engagement with the theory of teaching and learning, the
promotion of/active participation in teaching development programmes and the
capacity to play a role in curriculum design and development; management of
academic programmes; recognition for advanced teaching practice and/or evidence
of mentoring.
 Ongoing research activity and dissemination of research findings, including a
reasonable record of publications in accredited and/or internationally-recognised
research journals, commensurate with the applicant’s discipline and the nature of the
post to which the applicant was previously appointed.
 A substantial record of high quality scholarship and research relative to others in the
same field, evidenced by a record of high quality publications in appropriate
academic journals.
 Capacity to initiate, manage and supervise research, including research at doctoral
and postdoctoral level, to attract research students and/or research projects and
funding, and to develop research capacity.
 Professional and academic standing in the field of specialization.
 Ability to assume leadership positions either at departmental or institutional level,
including the capacity to represent the Department or the University, and the capacity
to lead the department in a dynamic and inspiring way.
 The ability and willingness to encourage the intellectual and career aspirations of
staff and students.
 Where appropriate, advanced research skills or capacity in the relevant discipline or
field and participation in development programmes. Must have demonstrated strong
research and academic leadership (e.g., by serving on university committees,
professional and academic associations, acting as head of division or discipline), with
competencies to serve as head of research division.
 Service to the University either at departmental or institutional level.
 Ability to take on administrative responsibilities at departmental level.
 Academic and/or professional participation at national and/or international level.
 Community engagement activity.
 A track record of service to the academic and wider community, either by contributing
to teaching and learning or as a research leader in a particular discipline or field,
nationally and internationally.
 A qualification in, or proof of studying towards, the assessment of learning at NQF
Level 7/8, or an equivalent teaching qualification.
 A qualification in or proof of studying towards, postgraduate supervision at NQF
Level 7/8, or an equivalent postgraduate supervision qualification.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


 Either:
 Competence in communicating knowledge and facilitating teaching and learning
in a lecture, seminar, tutorial and/or practical or laboratory environment; in
assessment practices; the ability to engage in curriculum design and
development; and a demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research;
 or
 A thorough understanding of fundamental research methodology and
competence in facilitating research tutorials/seminars and practical sessions;
and/or undertaking research projects, production of research reports and
conduction of tutorials and/or practical sessions.
 A substantial number of conference papers, peer-reviewed publications or other
acceptable research outputs.
 Peer-recognition as a specialist in the field and a potential to make a substantial
contribution to the discipline or field.
 Ability to supervise research at postgraduate level and to develop research capacity.
 Involvement in the wider academic community (e.g. editorships, review requests,
participation in professional bodies).
 Ability and willingness to undertake administrative responsibilities at departmental or
institutional levels and to assume leadership positions, either in administration or in
academic or professional activity.
 Ability and willingness to participate in community engagement projects.
 Sound interpersonal skills, including a commitment to collegiality and equal
opportunity. Competence as a Senior Lecturer or Senior Researcher, demonstrating
that the applicant has been recognised by the academic community for producing
sound scholarship in either the teaching or research categories.
 Ability to teach well at different academic levels, commensurate with the nature of the
post to which the applicant was previously appointed.
 An interest in and engagement with the theory of teaching and learning, active
promotion of and participation in teaching development programmes and
demonstrated ability to play a role in curriculum design and development.
 OR for Senior Researcher, advanced research skills or capacity in the relevant
discipline or field and participation in development programmes. Must have
demonstrated strong research and academic leadership (e.g., by serving on
university committees, professional and academic associations, acting as head of
division or discipline), with competencies to serve as head of research division.
 Ongoing research activity and dissemination of research findings, including a
reasonable record of publications in accredited and/or internationally-recognised
research journals, commensurate with the applicant’s discipline and the nature of the
post to which the applicant was previously appointed.
 Capacity to initiate, manage and supervise research, including research at doctoral
and postdoctoral level, and to develop research capacity.
 A credible research record relative to others in the same field in appropriate
academic journals.
 Professional and academic standing in the field of specialization.
 Ability to assume leadership positions either at departmental or institutional level,
including the capacity to represent the department or the University.
 Service to the University either at departmental or institutional level.
 Ability to take on administrative responsibilities at departmental level.
 Academic and/or professional participation at national and/or international level.
 Community engagement activity.
 A qualification in, or proof of studying towards, the assessment of learning at NQF
Level 7/8, or an equivalent teaching qualification.
 A qualification in or proof of studying towards, postgraduate supervision at NQF
Level 7/8, or an equivalent postgraduate supervision qualification.


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