Assoc. Professor – Translation and Interpreting Studies


Associate Professor - Translation and Interpreting Studies (School of Literature, Languages & Media Studies)

Wits University 

Closing Date: 26th February 2021


The Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies is seeking to make an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor to start in 2021. The department offers predominantly postgraduate courses at Honours, PG Diploma and MA level (coursework and research report) in both translation and interpreting. It also offers MA and PhD degrees by research. 

Requirements: Candidates should hold a PhD in Translation Studies or a related field and have extensive experience in teaching, supervision and administration. To be appointed as an Associate Professor, a proven publication record is considered essential, and an active NRF rating would be an advantage. As the department aims to produce professional translators and interpreters, participation in professional organisations and associations of translation and interpreting is a further advantage.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate would be required to teach across all courses and modules as appropriate; supervise postgraduate students across a range of topics in the discipline of translation and/or interpreting; initiate and implement changes in the curriculum in line with developments in the field; engage in a mix of contact teaching and online learning; and promote research projects within the discipline and across the School. An important aspect of this position is maintaining the reputation of the department and actively encouraging the enrolment of students from other African countries. As this is a senior position, the successful candidate would assume the position of Head of Department and provide leadership and mentoring to more junior members of staff, be responsible for all aspects of academic teaching and administration and play an active role in the intellectual and public life of both the University and the profession. 


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 and submitting your application.

Enquiries Only: Prof Dan Ojwang, email:

*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.

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Closing Date: 26th February 2021

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.