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Director of Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership post available at the level of Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor (Two-Year Contract)

Academic, Eastern Cape Grahamstown

R 567 510 - R 675 414

Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University strongly encourages South African members of underrepresented designated groups, especially women and applicants with disability to apply. Spouses and partners of existing staff members are also encouraged to apply.


Candidates with experience in the field of academic staff development would be an advantage. Proven track record of administration, management and leadership roles required. Experience of fund-raising required. Proven experience in student development and support. Proven mentoring and supervision experience.

Associate Professor Level

A PhD in the field of Media Management; Journalism and Media Studies; and Journalism and Cultural Studies, is required. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and post graduate levels is required. Research supervision of PGDips and Master’s students to completion required. Supervision of PhD students would be an advantage.

Senior Lecturer Level

A PhD in the field of Media Management; Journalism and Media Studies; Journalism and Cultural Studies. In exceptional circumstances, a Master’s degree in the above disciplines may be considered where the experience is exceptional. Teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate level is required for those with academic experience. Sufficient training and/or mentorship in the workplace for those with no academic experience. Research supervision of PGDips and Masters’ degrees would be an advantage, where no research supervision, experience of mentorship of others required.

For additional information on the requirements on the different levels, please refer to the Academic Role Profiles.

Please note that this appointment will be made in line with the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of RSA and the University’s recruitment and selection policies and equity strategies. The initial focus will be on equity candidates.

In terms of Immigration Legislation (Act No. 13 of 2002 & Regulations), international staff members (non-SA citizens) have to comply with the provisions of the Act. This therefore means that the period of employment to non-SA citizens will be guided by the validity period of the work permit.  In line with legislation governing employment of foreign nationals, employment contracts will be offered on the basis that a development plan would be implemented for the transfer of skills to a South African resident. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they are in possession of a valid work permit before the commencement of employment at the University, failing which the employment with Rhodes University will be terminated.

Application process: 

The following documents are required:

  • An application form; 
  • A comprehensive CV and relevant qualifications, including academic transcripts;
  • A substantial motivation which tells us:
    • Your research trajectory.
    • Your teaching approach and experience.
    • The level you are applying for, your interest in the post and suitability in light of the requirements. 

It is essential that prospective candidates read the academic role profile, further particulars relating to this post and ensure that all relevant documentation is submitted.

VERY IMPORTANT: The system DOES NOT allow for multiple attachments. This means that candidates should submit all the above documentation as one single attachment

Candidates that previously applied for this post do not need to re-apply as their application is being considered.

If you have any questions or experiencing challenges on the system, please contact Ms Ntosh Gongqa on 046 603 8616 or submit your application to

Failure to submit such documentation will result in an application not being considered. Please examine the following documents:

The selection process that will be followed for this post including the process of short-listing, the interview etc, is contained in the document above. The Full Minimum Requirements against which candidates are to be measured are outlined in the requirements document. 

Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the interview date.


Senior Lecturer Level:

Basic salary: R567 510 per annum

Approximate cost to company: R804 358 per annum

Associate Professor Level:

Basic salary: R675 414 per annum

Approximate cost to company: R954 203 per annum

All applications will be treated in strict confidence. This post is advertised as permanent post, but the University may opt to appoint on a fixed-term contract of not less than three-years. The University reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. An application in itself does not entitle the applicant to an interview.  Please apply online by accessing the Rhodes University Website.

Closing Date: 08 October 2021

If you are not contacted within 30 days from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful


Other Benefits: medical aid and retirement funding