Associate Professor – Visual Arts / Design at VUT

While the post is substantive, the incumbent will be required to assume the role of Research Professor in the Department for a period of five (5) years.

The incumbent will be required to: {KPA’S}

  • Manage the provision of quality teaching, research and community/industrial engagement
  • Manage and monitor student learning activities to ensure successful completion of qualifications as far as possible
  • Attend Senate and related academic committee meetings and coordinate research activities in the department
  • Develop research capacity in the department within the vision of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and facilitate its implementation
  • Provide academic leadership in teaching and learning as well as research programmes in a Visual Arts and Design domain
  • Liaise with industry, professional bodies and education institutions nationally and internationally
  • Develop and promote post-graduate study and supervise post-graduate students
  • Manage administrative tasks including student registration on Masters / PhD levels
  • Provide leadership in the development of new curricular and programmes
  • Developing and implementing new methods of teaching to reflect changes in Visual Arts and Design Research Staff and team development
  • Undertaking personal research projects and actively contribute to the institutions research profile
  • Carrying out administrative tasks related to the department and involvement in committees and boards
  • Establishing collaborative links outside the University with academic, industrial, commercial and public organisations


  • An appropriate PhD or D Tech in domains related to Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design and or Photography
  • A minimum of six (6) years teaching experience in higher education in South Africa
  • Competency to present various strands of critical and analytical theory in the Visual Arts and Design domain, both as systems of analysis and as stimuli for creative practice
  • Four (4) publications in an accredited journal (as first author) at Senior Lecturer level in an accredited journal
  • Three (3) completed Masters (as co-supervisor) at Senior Lecturer level; and / or two (2) completed Doctorates (as main promoter) at Senior Lecturer level
  • Four (4) national presentations / papers at Senior Lecturer level; and two (2) international presentations / papers at Senior Lecturer level (international conferences in South Africa will also be regarded as international conferences)
  • Proven involvement on departmental and faculty level committees (e.g. faculty management committee, research committee, quality committee, teaching and learning committee, etc.)
  • Active involvement on faculty and university level committees (e.g. institutional quality assurance committee, senate, etc.)
  • Evidence of leadership in community organisations and participation in activities in the wider community related specifically to the academic discipline and/or involvement in significant community activities in professional, cultural, religious, sporting and development fields
  • Participating in community service projection considering the specific discipline. Obtaining funding for community service projects; and integrated community service and service learning in a structured and formal way into curriculum.
  • Experience in curriculum development and material design
  • Membership of relevant professional bodies
  • Membership of editorial boards and peer reviewing experience would be an added advantage


  • Presentation/facilitation skills, evaluation/analytical skills, project management skills, conflict management skills, communication skills, problem solving skills, resource management skills, coaching and mentoring skills, negotiation skills, networking skills, excellent English language, communication and interpersonal skills, high level of disciplinary expertise and computer literacy skill.

Closing date for applications: 10 March 2017

Submit CV by hand to Lionel Nkomazana at B103 or e-mailed to

Please Note: The application must be accompanied by a CV, identity document and ORIGINAL certified copies (not older than 3 months) of educational qualifications. Submission of such copies entitles Vaal University of Technology to authenticate the qualifications without any further consent from the applicant. Candidates with foreign qualifications must also submit the South African equivalent of the qualification. These qualifications are evaluated by SAQA. Vaal University of Technology is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, which is committed to the implementation of its employment equity plan. Therefore people from designated groups are encouraged to apply. If you are not contacted within three weeks after the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

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