Head Professor of Geography
University of the Free State Faculty of the Natural and Agricultural Sciences
South Africa

Faculty of the Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Department: Geography
QwaQwa Campus

Subject Head: (Contract appointment: 5 years, with the possibility of serving a second term)

Job ID: 3498


*NB! Applications may only be submitted by email. Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note:  Combine all the below documents as one document (Pdf or Word) or one zip folder when sending them to the HR Business Partner.

• A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted about reference checking);
• Statement of intent and a vision for the academic programme;

Duties and responsibilities:

Support the Assistant Dean in operational management and the HOD at the Bloemfontein Campus as their representative on functional matters of concern to the Department at the QwaQwa Campus. Furthermore, the duties involve the provision of academic leadership and management leadership to the Department through the provision of high quality, technically advanced and cost-effective educational service in alignment with the objectives of the University. The Subject Head will be expected to, among others:

• Promote, through the provision of academic and managerial leadership, a high level of academic integrity, achievement and excellence in each Department in respect of research, teaching and community service.
• Promote the Department as a centre of excellence through conducting, promoting and / or supervising research initiatives in the Faculty.
• Monitor the provision of high-quality education by ensuring academic staff complies with the academic standards, rules and regimes as set by Senate and Council.
• Identify potential concerns/constraints in relation to facilities/resources, e.g. lack of laboratory facilities, shortage of skilled staff and related concerns, and motivate appropriate remedial action plans.
• Monitor the cost-effectiveness and viability of existing programmes, e.g. staff/ student ratios and motive/ implement proactive plans and actions where programmes on offer may appear unsustainable.
• Motivates the development of new programmes and/ or the modification of existing programmes to meet the needs of the community and stakeholders.
• Coordinate the preparation of a budget for the Department incorporating the resources (internal and external) required to achieve agreed objectives with optimal efficiency.
• Liaise with relevant offices to ensure efficient service to students and staff.

Inherent requirements:

• Any full-time, permanent member of the academic staff of the University of the Free State (UFS) currently working in the Department of Geography at the QwaQwa Campus.
• A PhD Degree in Geography or related discipline or enrolled for a PhD in Geography at the time of applying.

Required competencies:

• Good Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University parallel-medium and multicultural working environment
• People management skills and team leadership.
• Organizational and budgetary skills.
• Strategic planning and report writing skills.
• Ability to provide leadership in research, teaching and engaged scholarship.
• Computer literate in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint skills.
• Ability to work effectively in a team.

Term of office:  Five years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term.

Assumption of duties: 

1 November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date:

24 September 2020.


The Subject Head allowance is payable, which is calculated according to a transparent formula approved by the relevant decision-making structures of the UFS.  The value of the allowance is available on request.  


For enquiries, please feel free to contact 058 718 5096/5097/5153


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division. 

Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. 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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