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15 May 2019
Vacancy: Dean - Faculty of Arts

(Published - 15 May 2019)

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a vibrant, diverse and dynamic university, cognisant of its regional, national and international environment. UWC actively responds in critical and creative ways to the development needs of the country, within an ever-changing and challenging global context, which is framed by our exciting Institutional Operating Plan.

The Faculty of Arts is a leading faculty in arts and the humanities in South Africa. Its twelve departments and three research centres have considerable national and international recognition and are at the forefront of debates in the humanities, languages and social sciences in a transforming society. The faculty produces world-class research, hosts two SARChI chairs, and is well-networked with leading universities globally. Characterised by innovative, creative and award-winning learning, teaching and research the faculty also has a long-established commitment to working with communities in ways that promote social justice and that contribute to broader processes of social transformation. It offers a range of specialised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that educates the students across multiple disciplines. The successful candidate will join a thriving, research-driven faculty.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Arts or Humanities or Social Sciences or a relevant professional discipline; senior academic leadership experience and appointable, at a minimum, at the level of associate professor or its equivalent; an outstanding track record of learning and teaching, research and community engagement, successful postgraduate supervision; and an extensive knowledge of the current issues in Higher Education and internationalisation. In order to lead the Arts Faculty’s research agenda, a candidate should qualify for NRF rating and be recognised as a researcher of high academic standing.

Key competencies for this role are: Visionary and dynamic leadership skills, excellent interpersonal skills, fostering partnerships and stakeholder relationships at all levels, commitment to social justice and transformation, and nurturing and developing staff.

Reporting directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, the Dean will lead the Faculty while ensuring that it fulfils UWC’s mission, especially in terms of meaningful transformation. The Dean should also play a leading role in forging links with relevant industries, donors, funders and government.

In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and motivate your suitability for this leadership position. Follow our online application process at or via our link at Please include your cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae and highest qualification with your online profile.

Nominations may also be submitted by convocation, registered students, alumni, members of Council and staff of the University. A nomination must contain the full names of, and be signed by, the nominee, proposer and seconder. It must be supported by: (a) an online application by the nominee including a detailed curriculum vitae; (b) a memorandum on the nominee’s suitability, prepared by the proposer and seconder; and (c) a clear indication of the capacity in which the proposer and seconder are forwarding the nomination.

Ms Jeanine Schroeder (HR Administrative Manager) is at hand to answer any queries telephonically on +27 21 959 2104/3333.

Applications and nominations should be submitted online by 9 June 2019.

In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right to not make an appointment, make an appointment at a different level, seek additional candidates and may conduct competency assessments.