Vice Dean: Teaching And Learning (contract Appointment: Five Years, With The Possibility Of Reappointment For A Further Term) (job Id 5554)

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Job Description

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may be submitted only online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Take co-responsibility with the dean to ensure the achievement of the mission of all faculty-based programmes and initiatives.
  • Lead the Teaching and Learning (T&L) portfolio of the faculty by guiding T&L policies, teaching approaches, digitalisation, and innovation in the field to ensure the smooth running of all T&L activities.
  • Provide guidance with respect to strategic and visionary T&L matters such as course and curriculum development, teaching innovation and hybrid teaching methodologies.
  • Ensure that the General Rules and Regulations of the UFS as well as HUM rules relating to the academic programmes are adhered to, updated where needed and communicated to all staff in HUM.
  • Liaise with top management through the dean, especially with the Vice-Rector: Academic, CTL, SAS, and DIRAP.
  • Continuously assessing new T&L needs from the related market, students, and the government.
  • Take co-responsibility with the T&L manager of HUM for leading the T&L committee and all initiatives in the field of T&L.
  • Attend all UFS T&L-related meetings, formal and informal.
  • Ensure the application of the quality assurance framework to all T&L matters in the different departments.
  • Spearhead curriculum renewal and innovation in the faculty.
  • Coordinate the initiation of short learning programmes.
Inherent Job Requirements
  • A Doctoral degree on NQF Level 10, within a discipline of the Humanities.
  • A minimum of five (5) years' experience on management level.
  • Proven experience in forming networks and linkages with industry.
  • Proven experience in supervision of master's-degree and PhD students.
  • Proven evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Must be appointable as an Associate or full Professor at the University of the Free State.
  • Proven experience in the leadership of Teaching and Learning, such as curriculum development, design and
renewal, and assessment.

  • A deep understanding of policies and rules relating to T&L.
  • A fair understanding of the HEQSF, SAQA and DHET rules and requirements and the development of new
  • Evidence of curriculum development and innovations and staff development within his/her faculty/ department
in relation to new strategies and innovation.
  • Evidence of the implementation of a composite strategic plan for T&L in his/her faculty/ department.
  • Knowledge of the functioning of the executive committee of a faculty.
  • Evidence of inter-faculty and inter-department collaborations.
  • Knowledge about identifying, training, and developing leaders in the faculty and setting them on a path for management.
  • A deep understanding of national and international trends in current, new and emerging modalities of
improving Teaching and Learning in higher education.


Key Competencies Required:
  • Results-orientation:
o Ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations.
o Ability to be reliable, responsible and dependable and to fulfil obligations.
o Analytical problem-solving skills with impeccable attention to detail.
  • Strategic thinking:
o Ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
o Ability to carefully analyse information and use logic to address issues and problems at work.
  • Business acumen:
o Ability to ensure quality management of programme delivery.
o The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Leadership:
o Ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
o Ability to be cooperative with others; display a good-natured attitude and encourage people to work together.
o Ability to set an overall strategy and drive process improvement.
  • Building coalitions:
o Ability to be self-assured and at ease with people in all types of social situations.
o Ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration and working with close supervision.
o Established leadership and team-building capacity.
o Demonstrated ability to negotiate, collaborate, communicate and facilitate in complex environments.
o The ability to build relationships with and between faculty and staff.

Required Documents

Please ensure all relevant documentation is attached to your application.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • Copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • A copy of your identity document (ID or passport in the case of foreign nationals).
  • Proof of registration with a professional body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver's licence (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of employment from current employer/last employer if unemployed (only applicable to external applicants).
Assumption of duties
As soon as possible.

Closing date
12 January 2024

The salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits
Subject to specific conditions: pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

For enquiries, please contact 051 401 9737 or email / 051 401 9329 or email

The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its employment equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups, including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at: EEA13_EE Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf.

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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