Vacancy: Head of School – Wits School of Arts

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of the Witwatersrand invites applicants for the Headship of the Wits School of Arts. One of the top interdisciplinary institutes of its kind, the School brings together the divisions of Digital Arts, Film and Television, Fine Arts, Heritage and Cultural Management, History of Art, and Music, Dramatic Arts and Drama for Life. Some of South Africa’s leading artists, composers, performers, and cultural theorists are affiliated with the School, which combines a strong academic programme with rigorous training in performance and artistic practice.

The Head of School is expected to provide strong intellectual leadership, to have a detailed knowledge of the visual and performing arts, and to be an effective and practical administrator. In addition, the successful candidate should have an excellent sustained record of teaching in the humanities, as well as a record of high quality research or artistic production. She or he should also demonstrate an understanding of both research-driven academic practice and practice-based activities; such as performance, directing, visual art, and curating.

Such an individual must also have a proven record of effective human resources management, and must be able to articulate a vision of the interdisciplinary arts in South Africa, and in Johannesburg, that will carry the School into its next phase of academic planning, recruitment, and fundraising. The candidate should have excellent communication and inter-personal skills. There should be evidence of the her/his ability to maintain and extend the School’s existing international partnerships and its Africa exchange programme in the interests of enhancing the School’s academic and creative profile.


The standard period of appointment is 5 years, after which the candidate may seek another term or be integrated into a senior teaching and research position in the School.

Remuneration will be appropriate to the seniority of the post and will be negotiated on an individual basis.

Enquiries: Acting Dean of Humanities: Professor Ruksana Osman, Tel: 011 717 4011 or e-mail:;

To apply: Submit a letter of motivation, a CV, names and contacts details (include telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of three referees to Lolo Ngubeni, Human Resources Manager, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Private Bag3, WITS 2050, South Africa or

Closing date: 31 May 2013