The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university anchored in Africa and intent on global excellence and stature. With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development and multiple partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice.

The Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT) was established as a research centre in the Faculty of Education in 2009. The work of the CERT focuses on social justice, human rights and anti-discrimination in education through scholarly research, policy advocacy and influencing the curricula of educational institutions. Concretely this includes:

  • Research projects investigating the nexus between education, poverty, inequality and marginalisation.
  • The history, sociology and development of South African education.
  • Globalisation and educational change in Southern African, African and International Education.
  • Research in formal education as well as non/informal and popular education in social movements, communities, worker organisations and the workplace.
  • Appropriate research methodologies and practices to pursue CERT’s objectives.
  • Advocacy, community participation, and social relevance.

CERT invites applicants for the academic post of Professor starting on January 13, 2020. This post was made vacant since Prof Vally was awarded the DHET-NRF SARCHi Chair in Community, Adult and Worker Education (CAWE).


  • A demonstrable commitment to excellence in research and publishing in reputable peer-reviewed journals and books.
  • Research supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Leading and managing research projects in the fields of community, adult and worker education, schooling and tertiary education and education in marginalised communities including migrants.
  • Play a significant role in the management of CERT and the Faculty journal housed at CERT, Education as Change.
  • Liaise closely with the SARCHi Chair in Community, Adult and Worker Education (CAWE).
  • Arrange seminars, colloquiums and symposiums based on the Centre’s research and aims and present at local and international conferences.
  • Limited teaching at the postgraduate level and guest lecturing at undergraduate level.
  • Participation in faculty and institutional committee structures when required.
  • Reporting to the Dean and Vice-Deans of the Faculty
  • Secure research funding.
  • Staff development and mentoring of researchers and fellows.
  • International collaboration and participation in research projects.
  • Administration related to teaching, supervision, research and community engagement.
  • Must have a proven record of accomplishment in research, supervision and publishing in peer-reviewed journals and books.
  • An appropriate PhD or DEd degree in Education or a related field.
  • Successfully supervised several Master’s and Doctoral students.
  • Appropriate experience in leading research projects.
  • A track record of research project management and procurement of research funding.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies appropriate to CERT research projects.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for social justice in education and critical knowledge production in formal and informal settings.
  • Sound community and social movement engagement.

Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:

  • Good communication skills (written and verbal) with high level of proficiency in English.
  • Sound academic writing skills.
  • Teaching and assessment skills.
  • Good planning and organisational skills.
  • Proven competency in qualitative research paradigms.
  • Strong interpersonal relationships.
  • Critical and analytical thinking.
  • Effective interaction with a diverse student population.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


  • An extensive publication record.
  • A track record of post-graduate research supervision.
  • Proven record of teaching.
  • Research and engagements with social movements, trade unions and community organisations


Please note that the following contact details are for enquiries about JOB CONTENT and NOT for application purposes.

Enquiries regarding job content: Prof. Salim Vally (011) 559-1148

Enquiries regarding remuneration and benefits: Ms. Beulah Monamane on Tel: (011) 559 4448


To submit your application for the above-mentioned post, please register (first-time users of the UJ e-recruitment portal) or login (existing users of the UJ e-recruitment portal) by going to the website of the UJ e-recruitment portal ( and uploading a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. For this post candidates from the designated groups in terms of the 1998 Employment Equity Act, including designated women, will be preferred. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 21 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

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