University of South Africa Vacancies: Dean College of Law

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18 Apr, 2012

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Unisa is the only publicly funded Higher Education Institution in South Africa dedicated to distance education. In keeping with its mandate as a comprehensive, Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Institution offering a variety of academic and career-focused programmes, Unisa is inviting applications for the position of Executive Dean: College of Law.

Roles and responsibilities 

An Executive Dean is an executive officer of the College, S/he is a member of the Extended Management Committee of the University, and is required to advance the strategic goals, academic objectives and  the management philosophy of the University. The incumbent reports to the Vice-Principal Academic: Teaching and Learning and provides strategic leadership to the College of Law to establish Unisa as a centre of excellence in the fields of Law,including tuition, learning, research, and community engagement in South Africa and on the African continent, in line with the overall vision and strategy of Unisa.


S/he does so by 

  • leading academic strategy in the College
  • critically reviewing and optimising current approaches to Law teaching and learning
  • envisioning and establishing relevant educational programmes in response, in the first instance, to nationally determined needs in line with Unisa’s strategic objectives and secondarily, to the needs of the continent
  • building and securing sound contextual relations with relevant stakeholders, including the community
  • establishing and maintaining a collaborative approach with regard to tuition within the College
  • promoting cutting-edge research in the field of Law
  • assuming responsibility for transformation and change management in the College



  • A relevant Doctoral degree
  • At least fifteen years experience in Higher Education of which at least five years should be at senior management level
  • A proven academic record and a recognised  scholar in the field of law, with a good grasp of evolving trends
  • Demonstrated experience in, and expert knowledge of, teaching and learning
  • Sound track record as an academic leader with proven experience and involvement in leadership and management at the level of college, faculty and/or school
  • Knowledge and insight into the challenges facing higher education in South Africa.
  • Knowledge of open distance learning
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Assumption of duties:  As soon as possible

Salary:                         Remuneration is commensurate with the seniority of the position

Closing date:                20 April 2012


Enquiries:                                (012) 429-2618        Ms CBN Phakati

  •  The completed prescribed application form must be accompanied BY COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM VITAE and ORIGINAL certified copies (within the previous six months) of;
    • all educational qualifications,
    • academic transcripts/records;
    • identity document; and
    • proof of SAQA verification of foreign qualifications (if applicable)
    • UNISA reserves the right to authenticate all qualifications without any further consent from the applicant.
    • The contact details of three contactable references must be provided, one of which must be from your present employer.
    • The prescribed application form is obtainable from
    • UNISA is not obliged to fill an advertised position.
    • Late, incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered.
    • Appointments will be made in accordance with Unisa’s Employment Equity Plan.

Applications must be submitted in an envelope clearly marked with the name of the relevant College and/or Department, the position applied for and the reference number of the position. If you apply for more than one position, each application must be in a separate envelope.

Applications must be posted to Unisa, HR: Staffing, PO Box 392 Unisarand 0003

Hand delivered applications can be deposited into the Application Box (marked HUMAN RESOURCES) situated at Muckleneuk Campus: OR Tambo Building, Main Entrance.

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within two months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application has not been successful.

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