University of the Western Cape Dean - Faculty of Community & Health Sciences

The Faculty of Community & Health Sciences is an internationally recognised centre for community-based, interdisciplinary education and research in the health and social sciences.

It has a long history of focusing on promoting equity and community development in its education and training of professionals, and is involved in partnerships with service providers and communities in urban as wellas rural areas in South Africa and other African countries.

The Faculty is made up of the following academic departments:

  • Human Ecology & Dietetics
  • ICFD
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Natural Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sports Recreation & Exercise Science
  • The Schools of Nursing and Public Health.

The University seeks to appoint a dynamic leader for the Faculty to take up office. Deans are expected to play a leading role in transformation within the University and the Higher Education context in South Africa.The appointee should be able to manage and motivate staff and students to fulfil the mission of the University.

The Dean should have a doctorate, wide teaching experience and a scholarly research profile, with expert knowledge of Higher Education issues, and a track record of effective, democratic and strategic leadership.

As the Dean is the senior manager of the Faculty, appropriate skills and passion for managerial leadership, excellence as a communicator, and a high level of competence in budget deployment and control are essential.

Deans are appointed on a contract basis, normally for five years, at the end of which time the appointment may be extended. Internal appointees may return to a previous position held at the University.

If you are interested in this challenging position, please apply in writing by 29 October 2010.

Your application should highlight your strengths as a teacher, researcher, administrator and leader, and should be accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and the names and full contact particulars of at least three contactable referees. Anything further which you would like to bring to the attention of the selection panel, may be included.

Short-listed candidates will be required to do a presentation and to participate in an interview process.

All applications should be marked “Confidential” and addressed to the

Executive Director:
Human Resources,
University of the Western Cape,
Private Bag X 17,
Bellville 7535, South Africa,
or via e-mail to
Fax: +27 21 959 1315

For further information, telephone +27 21 959 2104/3333.

In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, applications from the designated groups will be given priority consideration. Women and members of previously disadvantaged communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment.



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