Job Details

  • Reference number: WSU-INST2024/008
  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 1st

Background to Position

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Mthatha Campus 

The Walter Sisulu University seeks dynamic and visionary academics to support the executive deans in leading the various faculties in the university. The faculties must be positioned strategically for pursuing the strategic goals of the University. The Deputy Executive Deans will be responsible for supporting the Executive Deans in providing strategic direction and managing the faculties as well as aligning the work it does with the strategic objectives of the University.

Job Description

The portfolio has several critical components which include:

  • Supporting the Executive Dean in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the WSU Strategy in the faculty, considering the multi-campus nature and national imperatives. 
  • Managing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in all programmes. 
  • Managing faculty academic administration and governance portfolio.
  • Maintain accreditation of all programmes and liaise with internal stakeholders and the regulation and professional bodies when required. 
  • Monitor the work of all Faculty Committees: Higher Degrees Research & Innovation, Research Ethics, Community Engagement, Continuing Professional Development, Intensive Research Projects, and Quality Assurance.
  • Oversee off-campus teaching, Work Integrated Learning, School Based Education where applicable.
  • Deputise the Executive Dean in all activities.

Inherent Criteria

Inherent requirements:

  • A master's qualification in the relevant field and a relevant professional registration 
  • A Doctorate qualification will be an added advantage 
  • A minimum of eight (8) years' relevant experience in the higher-education sector, of which five (5) years must have been a Head of Department position in a university
  • Proven research record
  • Must be a Professor/Associate Professor or appointable as Professor/Associate Professor at Walter Sisulu University.

Application Requirement

WSU offers a competitive executive remuneration package, inclusive of a range of benefits such as medical aid and pension.

Applications, which should contain a completed WSU application form obtainable at (full adverts are also obtainable at this site). Interested applicants should send comprehensive curriculum vitae, certified copies of required qualifications, identity document, and contact details of three referees, emailed to

Enquiries: Ms. Phila Kuboni       Tel. (043) 703 8564

Closing date: 13th March 2024    Assumption of duties: ASAP

Applicants who have not been informed about the outcome of their applications within two months from the closing date may regard their applications as having been unsuccessful.

“WSU is committed to employment equity and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply”. Preference will be given to female candidates in line with WSU equity plan and profile.

About WSU

Walter Sisulu University was established on 1 July 2005 through a merger of the former Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei. WSU is a comprehensive university established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), as amended. WSU has positioned itself as a gateway institution is improving access to higher education. As a developmental, comprehensive university, WSU offers students a wealth of academic choices, articulation and mobility across the qualifications ranging from certificates to diplomas, degrees and postgraduate studies. Strategically located within the Eastern Cape Province, WSU has a footprint of about 1,000 square kilometres across the urban and rural areas of the region. This provides the University with the platform to engage with the drivers of development so that an appropriate programme and research mix meets the needs of the region, province and the country. WSU focuses on quality academic, technological and career-orientated programmes that provide relevant skills for development in rural and urban areas, placing special emphasis on entrepreneurship.