The Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg strives towards dynamic knowledge-making for the 21st century. This implies contextually grounded, future-oriented and globally significant teaching and research. The Faculty is well-known for the good quality of its initial teacher education, professional development and post-graduate programmes, online education offerings, and pioneering work on advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning. It has a global research footprint and many of its academics are highly rated.
The Faculty consists of four academic departments, two research centres and it houses four National Research Foundation Chairs. These are a Chair in Education and Care in Childhood, a Chair in Integrated Studies of Learning Language, Mathematics and Science in the Primary School, a Chair in Teaching and Learning in PSET (post-school education and training) Community, and a Chair in Adult and Worker Education and Training.
Two schools are associated with the Faculty. The Faculty is the guardian of the UJ Metropolitan Academy – a Mathematics, Science and ICT School of Specialisation and the Funda UJabule School. This primary school, situated on the Soweto Campus, serves the Soweto community and it also functions as an education laboratory and teacher education facility for the Faculty.
Read more about the Faculty of Education at: https://www.uj.ac.za/faculties/facultyofeducation/
The University is seeking to appoint an exceptionally motivated and energetic leader of high professional and academic standing as the new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education.
Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellors Academic and Research & Internationalisation, the Executive Dean is a member of the Executive Leadership Group of the University and is responsible for shaping, leading and delivering world-class, transformative teacher education, professional development and post-graduate programmes, coupled with a strong focus on research.
The Executive Dean has strategic, operational and administrative oversight of the Faculty, and is expected to effectively and collegially steward the faculty to achieve excellence in all aspects of teaching, research, innovation, internationalisation and community engagement.
The Executive Dean will be expected to:
- Determine, articulate, implement and lead faculty-based strategic initiatives to enhance the Faculty’s reputation and performance in accordance with the University’s 2025 Strategic Objectives, viz. attaining Global Excellence and Stature (GES) in the context of 4IR;
- Ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the Faculty’s academic programmes across academic departments and disciplines;
- Develop and deepen excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, including online pedagogy;
- Promote and advance excellence in research and innovation – in quality and quantity;
- Implement policies and develop resources that promote and enhance the research capacity and capabilities of the faculty, including raising funds for research;
- Oversee an effective, competitive and responsive Programme Qualification Mix, including joint programmes with international universities;
- Ensure the highest level of Faculty governance, administration and systems functioning, including enrolment planning for the Faculty, management of the students’ academic life cycle and risk management;
- Develop and implement relevant online, inbound/outbound and/or joint short-learning programmes;
- Effectively manage academic, administrative and professional support staff, including staff development (recognition, retention and recruitment);
- Ensure effective and efficient management of the Faculty’s research centres, finances, subsidies and other resources;
- Promote the reputation and standing of the Faculty in local, national, regional and global contexts;
- Strengthen relationships with the public and private sectors, and in particular with professional societies/councils, departments of education, and academic partners in South Africa and internationally;
- Manage risk within the portfolio.