Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Theology and Religion University of Pretoria, Faculty of Theology and Religion South Africa

Job Title
Professor and Dean - Faculty of Theology and Religion

Job ID

Systematic and Historical Thes

Full/Part Time


Job Description




The University of Pretoria is one of the leading research-intensive universities in South Africa. The University’s nine faculties and business school offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We are a diverse and dynamic community of staff and students committed to excellence, relevance, diversity, sustainability and making a difference.


The University wishes to invite applications for the following position, which will become vacant on 1 March 2018:




The University seeks to appoint a Dean capable of visionary leadership, strategic thinking and the ability to efficaciously execute the strategic plans of the University and Faculty. The Dean must possess the requisite qualifications and experience to be appointed as a full professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. The Dean is assisted by appropriate management and support structures.


For more information on the Faculty of Theology and Religion visit:




  • The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the alignment of the ethos, vision and mission of the Faculty with that of the University.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the Faculty meets its strategic goals.
  • He/she must be able to provide strong academic leadership and possess the capacity to promote research and teaching and learning excellence.
  • He/she should also show proof of the capacity to create an environment conducive to research and teaching and learning excellence in the Faculty.
  • The Dean is expected to market the Faculty, undertake fundraising and promote regional, national and international partnerships with other academic institutions, potential employers of our students, research organisations, financial, commercial and business enterprises, government and the community.
  • The incumbent will form part of the senior management team of the University and provide oversight in respect of the management of the operational activities of the Faculty of Theology and Religion.




  • An appropriate doctorate specialising in the broad field of theology.
  • Three years’ experience in high-level liaison with internal and external stakeholders and professional bodies.
  • Three years’ experience in the supervision of postgraduate students (master’s and PhD students).
  • Established national and international profile and networks.
  • At least five years’ proven leadership experience.




  • Recognised academic status in the broad field of theology.
  • A proven research and publication and teaching track record and the ability to create an environment in which research and teaching and learning activities are supported and can flourish.
  • The ability to manage the Faculty and to provide sound academic leadership.
  • The ability to provide strong leadership and the capacity to lead the Faculty on the journey that it has already embarked upon with regard to curriculum transformation, furthering an inter-cultural and inter-religious environment in the Faculty and promoting racial and gender equality.
  • Excellent communication and appropriate language skills.




  • Three years’ managerial experience at a tertiary institution.


The Dean is appointed for a term of four years, but external candidates will also be considered for a permanent academic appointment in a suitable academic department within the University.


The Regulations and Procedure for the Appointment of Deans and Deputy Deans can be accessed on the UP website at (click on Careers@UP and then Appointment Regulations for Deans and Deputy Deans Rt 20/11). By applying, applicants consent to the appointment process as detailed in the regulations and procedure.


Applicants who are shortlisted will be required to make a short presentation to the Faculty Board on their vision for the Faculty.


For further information, please contact Mrs Letticia Jooste, Tel: (012) 420 6921, or e-mail:


Applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A complete curriculum vitae.
  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae.
  • A self-evaluation by the applicant of his/her suitability for appointment in the post.
  • The applicant’s vision for the Faculty of Theology and Religion in a national and international context.
  • The names and contact details of at least three referees who can attest to the candidate’s academic stature and leadership qualities. Applicants should note that the University reserves the right to appoint and consult its own referees.

CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2017


TO APPLY: All applications must be submitted electronically through the Careers@UP link on the University website at All supporting documentation as listed above must be attached electronically to the application. Instructions on how to apply electronically also appear on this link. NB: An applicant will first need to register as user in order to upload documents.


Applications must be submitted by no later than 16:00 on 31 August 2017.

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