Job Details

  • Reference number: TGB19/134/0524
  • Province: Western Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: June 24th

Background to Position

Professor / Associate Professor: Executive Head of Department

Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Department of Health Professions Education (DPHE)

Executive Head of Department

Professor / Associate Professor

Ref. TGB19/134/0524

Over the past ten years, the Centre of Health Professions Education, now the Department of Health Professions Education (DHPE), has demonstrated significant growth in terms of academic and scholarly outputs while continuing to provide a service to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) with regard to Faculty development, digital technologies, simulation and language communication. The post of the Executive Head of the Department will become vacant by the end of 2024 and we are now seeking the services of an individual who can not only build on the current upward trajectory, but also enable the DHPE to extend its reach in terms of health professions education within the FMHS, across South and sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere in the world.  

Job Description



  • Leading the DHPE in an innovative, inspirational, person-centred manner in the interest of building the standing and stature of the Department;
  • Providing strong leadership towards the development and achievement of the Department’s strategies, while also contributing to the development and achievement of University and Faculty strategies within the context of being a research-led university in Africa;
  • Being recognised and serving as an authority in the field of higher or health professions education, with a strong external research profile as appropriate to the discipline;
  • Maintaining high-level scholarly activity and keeping up to date with developments in the field as necessary to carry out the duties of the post;
  • Maintaining their own continuing professional development;
  • Integrating the Faculty values into all appropriate aspects of the job, respecting the dignity and diversity of all members of the Faculty community and its partners. 

Research, innovation and impact: 

  • Pursuing, developing and leading research, innovation and impact at a benchmarked level, including national and international collaborations;
  • Developing strategic direction within their own research area while providing over-arching leadership to staff in the Department in terms of their own research;
  • Promoting the integration of their own research area with other research interests within and outside the Faculty;
  • Maintaining a high quality record of regular and original research publications;
  • Attracting research income on an individual and collaborative basis, to the field or discipline, to underpin high quality research activity;
  • Providing high quality postgraduate supervision and attracting research students to the Centre; 
  • Participating in knowledge transfer activities. 


  • Undertaking research-led teaching in the M Phil in HPE; and regularly collecting, and responding to, student feedback;
  • Supervising postgraduate students at PhD and Master’s level;
  • Contributing at a leadership level to Faculty policy and practice in teaching;
  • Playing a significant role in the design, development and planning of modules and programmes within the subject area as required;
  • Playing a significant role in the review of modules and programmes, and in quality assurance and enhancement as required;
  • Developing innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment as appropriate;
  • Providing timely feedback on assessments. 

Faculty development:

  • Actively contributing to the development, planning and implementation of activities within the DHPE;
  • Being available to consult with staff within the FMHS on matters related to teaching, learning, and assessment;
  • Mentoring and encouraging scholarly and educational leadership activities, including scholarship of teaching and learning.

Inherent Criteria


  • Experience at management level, and of leading a large team; 
  • PhD in health professions education, or higher education;
  • At least five years’ experience of working within a tertiary institution;
  • Proven national and international standing in health professions education;
  • Proven track record of research in health professions education with a research profile commensurate with the level of associate or full professor;
  • Existing networks and collaborations in health professions, or higher education in Africa or beyond;
  • Sound experience in postgraduate supervision at both master’s and doctoral level; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  


  • A health sciences qualification;
  • Experience of grant writing;
  • Knowledge of an additional official South African language.

Application Requirement

Commencement of duties: 01 January 2025

Closing date: 19 July 2024

Enquiries regarding the job content: Prof Elmi Muller on 021 938 9104, or at

Enquiries regarding remuneration/benefits as well as technical assistance with the electronic application process: Human Resources Division, Tygerberg Campus, on 021 938 9636, or at

Stellenbosch University is committed to employment equity (EE), and appointments will be made in line with the EE plan for the specific environment as well as the institutional EE Plan of the University.

Stellenbosch University reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Your application, comprising a curriculum vitae (including the names and email addresses of at least three referees), must reach the University before or on the closing date of the advertised post. 

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About Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. ​The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University.