Head of School of Education
University of Witwatersrand, Wits School of Education - Faculty of Humanities
South Africa

Job Title Head of School


Organization Name Wits School of Education - Faculty of Humanities

Department Description
The University of the Witwatersrand, located in the economic and cultural hub of South and Southern Africa, is strategically placed to play a major role in the development of education in the country and the region. The Wits School of Education offers undergraduate teacher qualifications, postgraduate studies, continuous professional development and educational research opportunities in a wide range of knowledge domains and associated disciplines. The School includes three teaching and research centres, specializing in Mathematics and Science Education, Deaf Education, and Education and the Labour Market.


Brief Description
The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for the Headship of the Wits School of Education. The applicant should have appropriate academic qualifications, a relevant doctoral degree and a professional qualification. He/she should demonstrate a track record of visionary leadership and hands-on management experience within a university and/or other organizations in the field of Education. The applicant should have a passion for the improvement of teaching and for research in teacher education and the field of education more generally. In order to command the respect and confidence of the School, the Head should also have standing in the field, with both academic and professional experience. A good understanding and knowledge of the South African educational environment would be highly recommended.

The Head of School will be required to set the direction of the School within the wider mission of the Faculty and University and to lead and manage the School in meeting its strategic goals. The successful candidate must provide academic and research leadership, by positioning the School appropriately in local, national, regional and global contexts. She/he will be responsible for the financial management, human resource management and administration of the School. The standard period of employment is five years after which the candidate may seek another term or be integrated into a senior teaching and research position in the School, or, if the appointee is an existing member of the permanent staff, he/she will revert to his/her previous academic position. A shorter period of employment, not less than three years, may be negotiable.

Remuneration will be appropriate to the seniority of the post and will be negotiated on an individual basis.

Enquires ONLY: Professor Ruksana Osman (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities) Email: ruksana.osman@wits.ac.za


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How To Apply

To apply, submit a covering letter, detailed CV with the names, addresses and contact details (including e-mail addresses) of three referees.


Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting your application


The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates.

Closing Date: 15 January 2018

Please note that only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting.


Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.


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