The Department of African Literature seeks to make an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. The department offers an undergraduate major in the literatures of Africa and the Black diaspora, as well as Honours, MA and PhD degrees. Founded in 1983, the department marked its 40th anniversary this year, while retaining the distinction of being the only full-scale department of African Literature on the African continent, and possibly in the world. Over these four decades, the Department of African Literature has established an international profile as one of the leading centres of African literary and cultural studies. We envisage that the successful candidate will play a central role in growing and sustaining this profile.
Requirements: Candidates must hold a PhD in literary studies with strong focus on early 20th century African print cultures and/or early 20th century black intellectual traditions. Strong expertise in foundational African/Afrodiasporic literatures is crucial to this role. They must have experience in teaching the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising postgraduate research in the field. It is critical that candidates demonstrate an ability to teach two or more African regional literatures. They should be keen researchers with an established publication record and a public profile commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor. Extensive experience in academic management and course coordination is essential.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be required to take on senior leadership roles in the department; lecture and tutor a wide-ranging curriculum across all years of study; supervise postgraduate students; be research-active in areas related to the discipline, participate in interdisciplinary research and teaching; and take part in the intellectual and public life of the School and University.
Enquiries Only: Email Grace A Musila: Grace.Musila@wits.ac.za
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.
*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.
WITS Employment Equity Policy: https://www.wits.ac.za/media/wits-university/footer/about-wits/transformation-office/documents/Policy%20-%20Employment%20Equity.pdf
Closing Date: 29th February 2024