UNISA Vacancies: Chair of Department – College of Accounting Sciences

UNISA Vacancies

UNISA Vacancies: Chair of Department – College of Accounting Sciences

UNISA, a publicly funded Institution in South Africa dedicated to distance education, is inviting applications for a position in the College of Accounting Sciences. The successful candidate will be appointed to a substantive position, either as an Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer, and will also serve as the Chair of the Department of Financial Accounting.

Requirements for the Chair of Department Position

  • Applicable qualification in the field of Accounting Sciences at NQF level 9 (Masters’ degree)
  • Registered for a Doctoral degree
  • Registration with any recognized accounting professional bodies (including auditing, management accounting, and taxation)
  • Minimum 6 years relevant experience in higher education and academia, or relevant industry-based/commercial experience with at least two (2) years of management experience in an academic leadership role
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, contract management principles and practices, basic budgeting principles and practices, project management principles and practices, applicable software systems, digital production equipment, eLearning principles and practices, and the requirements and practices of the accounting profession
  • Knowledge of current and emerging educational technology

Duties of the Chair of Department

  • Establishing the vision and goals, and overseeing the work plans for the department’s eLearning program in collaboration with the School Director and college management
  • Supporting the development of strategic offerings/initiatives and ensuring compliance with accessibility regulations
  • Planning, implementing, and managing the online course development process, including department training, instructional design, and quality course design reviews
  • Planning and overseeing the implementation of department professional development programs relating to best practices in online teaching and other academic initiatives to support student success and completion through the assistance of the Facilitation and Learning department (Centre for Professional Development)
  • Overseeing the department’s mentoring program
  • Implementing the objectives of the college’s operational plan and reporting on the targets
  • Implementing the transformation objectives of the college and the institution
  • Developing and implementing plans that address accessibility in online instruction, including compliance with regulations, support, and training in designing accessible course materials, problem-solving to address accommodation requests from students or adaptation of course materials
  • Supervising academic, professional, technical/support staff, and casual/student workers
  • Ensuring the efficient management and administration of the Department, including the effective utilization of staff, the maintenance of discipline, the promotion of sound labor relations, and the proper use and care for UNISA property
  • Researching, developing, and facilitating quality training opportunities for new and continuing use of technology in instruction
  • Researching and implementing new instructional strategies to remain competitive in the delivery of education
  • Researching emerging technologies and their application to teaching and learning
  • Planning, managing budgets, and evaluating projects and productions for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), ensuring the integration of activities with the department’s online and operational functions

UNISA Vacancies

Recommendations UNISA Vacancies 2024

  • Evidence of involvement in engaged scholarship will be a strong recommendation
  • Evidence of involvement in the national and international wider academic community and professional associations
  • Evidence of fluency in the use of on-line delivery platforms
  • Completed assessor training
  • Knowledge of the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQsF)
  • Exposure to and/or experience in Open Distance Learning
  • Any evidence of student or peer evaluation from another institution will be an advantage
  • Experience in high-level liaison with external stakeholders, interested parties, and professional bodies
  • Extensive evidence of a high degree of involvement in departmental, school, college, and University committees, including task teams and voluntary associations

Application Process for UNISA Vacancies

Applicants must submit a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae for UNISA Vacancies 2024, proof of qualifications, academic transcripts/records, and a teaching statement for academic positions. UNISA reserves the right to authenticate all qualifications without further consent from the applicant. Shortlisted candidates will be required to make a 10-minute presentation on a provided topic.

All applications should be emailed to cas1pa@unisa.ac.za before 16h00 on the closing date, 09 August 2023.


UNISA Vacancies welcomes applications from Persons with Disabilities and will make appointments in accordance with its Employment Equity Plan and other applicable legislation. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within two months after the closing date, please accept that your application was not successful.

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