Job Details

  • Reference number: AP1056
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: August 16th

Background to Position

  • The WSU Associate Professor is an academic with attributes as defined by the policy on academic appointments and promotions, with duties in teaching and learning, research and community engagement. The Associate Professor is a prominent research leader with an outstanding track-record and is expected to be supervising research/higher level post-graduate students.

Job Description


  • Programme leadership, which entails performing management, administrative and coordination responsibilities of the Journalism programme.
  • Contribute towards development and implementation of Walter Sisulu University's teaching and learning strategy.
  • Contribute towards development and implementation of Walter Sisulu University's teaching and learning Faculty Research Strategy.
  • Research fundraising and stewardship to donors.
  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Academic administration.
  • Develop student-centre teaching methodologies.
  • Participate in planned and regular schedules of evaluative surveys.
  • Build community engagement activities into the curriculum.
  • Academic student development.
  • Act as a study leader of student or lecturer study groups.
  • Membership in professional bodies.
  • Develop and implement strategies to use ICT for teaching and learning.
  • Act as external examiner for post-graduate thesis.
  • Coach/mentor new student supervisors.
  • Take responsibility for allocation of fair workloads.
  • Develop research projects and research capacity within the Faculty.

Inherent Criteria


  • Technical/ professional knowledge and skill.
  • Resource management.
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships.
  • Personal impact, stature and credibility.
  • Emotional intelligence and politically sensitivey.


  • Doctoral degree or PhD in Journalism.
  • Undergraduate and Masters degree in Journalism.
  • Minimum of 8 years teaching experience in a university (tertiary level).
  • Evidence of recent conference papers (must include both local and international conferences) and peer-reviewed publications in accredited journals (a minimum of 10 publications).
  • Evidence of supervision of completed research projects at master’s level.
  • Registration with relevant professional body/Registrable with South African professional body.  
  • Evidence of ability to attract external funds.
  • An NRF rating will be an added advantage.

Application Requirement


  • A letter of motivation.
  • A comprehensive CV.
  • An abridged CV.
  • Names and contact details for at least 3 referees.
  • Certified copies of matric and degree certificates and Identity Document.

To apply please forward your application quoting reference number AP1056 to Genevieve Michel c/o