12 July 2019

Opportunity Description

The Faculty of Humanities invites applications for the full-time post of Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in the Department of History of Art in the Wits School of Arts. The successful candidate will join a passionate team of academics, artists and curators in the department, as well as colleagues from the different disciplines of WSOA, comprising Fine Arts, Theatre and Performance, Music, Film and Television, Digital Arts, Drama for Life, and Cultural Policy and Management.

We invite academics and practitioners with dynamic, innovative and critical academic and creative research and teaching experience to apply. Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence within the faculty, staff and student body, the University of the Witwatersrand especially encourages South Africans from designated groups to apply.


For appointment at the Lecturer level, a PhD or substantial progress towards completion and evidence of a teaching and research are required.

For appointment at the Senior Lecturer level, a PhD and a recognised teaching and research profile are required.


  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and curriculum development, in one or more of the following areas of art historical, curatorial and/or heritage studies: historical and contemporary genres; colonialism, decolonization and post-colonialism; South African and African contexts and networks; disciplinary methods and methodologies; and, multidisciplinary and multimodal approaches.
  • Postgraduate supervision.
  • Excellent track record of conventional and creative research outcomes in the discipline and/or its allied fields in the humanities.

Skills and Attributes:

  • Some experience with project management would be beneficial.
  • An interest in transformative pedagogies, curriculum development, and transformation within the humanities.


  • Developing, teaching and coordinating courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programme.
  • Supervising postgraduate students at Honours, Masters and PhD level.
  • Contributing to the developlement and management of the research fieldwork programme.
  • Contributing to the work of the Department and the School as a whole, such as actively engaging in committee work.
  • Contributing to fundraising strategies for the Department.

The position is available immediately. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on published WITS pay scales.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities.

Please note that only applications via the website will be considered for shortlisting.
The University reserves the right to verify all information provided by candidates and to verify credit standing. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to re-advertise.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a letter of motivation – clearly indicating which position you are applying for, detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail addresses).

Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/”Apply for a job”

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering a profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at https://irec.wits.ac.za and submitting your application.