Call for Papers



The Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand is looking to appoint a new member of academic staff at the level of Associate Professor.

Closing Date: 29 September 2023

Job Title: Associate Professor
Location: Political Studies - School of Social Sciences
Brief Description: The Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand is looking to appoint new member of academic staff at the level of Associate Professor.

This is a permanent position at the rank of Associate Professor. The department would especially value applications from researchers with expertise in gender studies, sexuality feminist theory and politics. However, candidates with strong expertise in any aspect of political studies will receive serious consideration.

The successful candidate will be expected to be able to immediately integrate into the Department’s lifeworld through teaching large and diverse classes in all years of study, cooperating with colleagues in advancing the objectives of the Department, and contributing actively to the intellectual and administrative life of the Department and University. As this is a senior appointment candidates should possess a PhD and have significant experience with university teaching, supervision of post-graduate students, an established publication record, funding, and administration.

The Department is committed to making appointments that will contribute to demographic representativeness amongst academic staff, so we are particularly keen to attract candidates who are currently under-represented in the department. Therefore, special preference will be given to female, black South African candidates.

Remuneration: A competitive salary with excellent benefits will be offered depending on qualifications and experience.

Enquiries ONLY- Dr Ahmed Veriava, Head of Department. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

How To Apply:
Applications should include
i) a formal cover letter, indicating the specific level for which applying,
ii) a comprehensive curriculum vitae,
iii) a two-page summary of career highlights that outlines education, publications, teaching and community engagement (this will be made available to the department as a whole), and
iv) the contact details of three (3) academic referees.

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.

*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: 29th September 2023

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.