Job Details

  • Reference number: RefUnit No 3343
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: April 11th

Background to Position

The University of Fort Hare is a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African university, committed to teaching and research excellence at the service of its students, scholars and the wider community.

The University of Fort Hare seeks to appoint for the following vacancy:

Lecturer in isiXhosa-English Language and Literacy Education (Ref 3343)

Eastern Cape, East London Campus: Nelson Mandela Institute

Job Description

Duties & Responsibilities include:

  • Design and conduct school-based intervention and applied research focused on bilingual literacy and language development in early grade classrooms.
  • Participate in Nelson Mandela Institute (NMI) research and publishing activities.
  • Participate in fundraising activities for the NMI.
  • Teach undergraduate, in-service and postgraduate students in the area of IsiXhosa or any other Nguni language & English language.
  • Support, mentor and assess students during school-based work integrated modules.

  • Support and supervise postgraduate students in the area of isiXhosa or any Nguni language.

The following Competencies will be a further advantage:

  • Experience teaching (or supporting teachers) in isiXhosa (or related Nguni) medium of instruction foundation phase classrooms.
  • Experience in developing isiXhosa & English bilingual curriculum and materials.
  • Ability to mentor classroom teachers in home language literacy in the foundation phase.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating teacher professional development (both initial teacher education and/or in-service teacher education.)

Inherent Criteria

Minimum Requirements and Competencies:

  • Doctoral degree in Education (PhD or D.Ed.) with focus on or specialization in literacy or language education.
  • Professional teaching qualification.
  • Teaching experience at an institution of higher learning.
  • Research experience supported by a publication record in DHET accredited journals.
  • A minimum of five years teaching bilingual (isiXhosa & English) literacy and language at primary school level, Foundation Phase

Application Requirement

To apply: Interested applicants who meet the criteria are invited to:

  • Submit the motivation and resume as well as supporting documents namely; ID/passport, certificates and three work-related referees, on the application website.
  • Visit the Website: for a more comprehensive advert and to apply online. Applications must clearly indicate thE name of the post applied for on the SUBJECT LINE” 
  • Note that for all re-advertised positions this advert supersedes the one advertised previously owing to modifications made. Candidates who have previously applied are requested to re-apply.
  • No faxes or walk-ins (hard copies) will be accepted.
  • Applicants are urged to ensure that their applications reach the Human Resources Department before the closing date.  Late applications will not be considered.
  • Failure to comply with the above directions will result in the application being disqualified.

Note:   Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only. 

Queries can be directed to Ms M. Gumede on and 043 704 7190

The University reserves the right NOT to make a permanent appointment at this stage.

University of Fort Hare is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Pursuant to complying with the Employment Equity Act No.55 of 1998, when appointing preference will be given to applicants from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile. 

About University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare is a public university in Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was a key institution of higher education for black Africans from 1916 to 1959 when it offered a Western-style academic education to students from across sub-Saharan Africa, creating a black African elite.