Lecturer in Academic Literacy

University of the Free State Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Academic Language and Literacy Development
Lecturer / Researcher (Academic Literacy Coordinator)
Job ID: 3914

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/vacancies. Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

• A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
• Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
• Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
• A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID).
• Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
• A copy of your driver’s licence (if applicable).
• A service record of your current employer / last employer.

Duties and responsibilities:

Teaching and Learning
• Teach a Law academic literacy module (including online and/or blended learning format).
• Design appropriate formative and summative assessments within the Academic Literacy Programme / module.
• Mark assessments and provide feedback to students.
• Design learning and teaching materials for use by facilitators within the Academic Literacy Programme.
• Use various communication platforms to communicate with students and facilitators.
• Manage the implementation and student support of the M-Reader and iCAN extensive reading programmes for own cohort.
• Present academic writing workshops and consultations for students and consultation sessions in the writing centre (online and/or face-to-face).
• Coordinate and ensure quality within the Academic Literacy Programme through facilitator evaluation and moderation, as well as student module evaluation.

Research and Engaged Scholarship
• Conduct research into students’ academic literacy needs.
• Research and analyse global trends in English for academic purposes as they relate to key strategic imperatives.
• Produce one (1) research output per year in the form of conference paper and/or article publication.
• Create and nurture a culture of inquiry, research and evidence-based practice within the (Academic Language and Literacy Development) ALLD.

Leadership and Administration

• Coordinate academic literacy modules for the Law faculty (including online and/or blended learning format).
• Monitor student performance in literacy modules for the Law faculty and intervene as needed in collaboration with ALLD staff.
• Oversee all administration related to the academic literacy modules, including (but not limited to) class attendance and student marks.
• Coordinate and manage academic facilitators within the Academic Literacy Programme (including meetings, performance management etc)
• Organise and present training to assist facilitators in the academic literacy module on a continuous basis.
• Monitor the quality of appointments in academic literacy modules for the Law Faculty and intervene where necessary.
• Establish and maintain effective interaction between faculties and the ALLD.

Academic Staff development
• Build and maintain mutually beneficial engagements with faculties and disciplines.
• Run/organize workshops/brainstorming/ informational sessions between ALLD and faculties/disciplines/stakeholders/experts etc.
• Design Short Learning Programmes (SLP) for academic staff as per need.
• Work with academic staff to develop a common understanding of the literacy and language needs of students (with a multilingual angle in mind)
• Work with academic and ALLD staff to determine ways in which literacy skills can be integrated into degree course teaching and learning (with the aim of increasing epistemic access)
• Develop knowledge of discourse practices in different disciplines: discourse communities and how membership and full participation is achieved
• Work closely with other literacy coordinators and the curriculum coordinator to ensure alignment between this portfolio, faculty needs and the literacy curriculum

Inherent requirements:

• A Master’s degree on NQF level 9 in English, Applied Linguistics, Education OR a relevant field.
• Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
• Provide evidence of manuscripts produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals.
• A good academic record.
• Proven experience in teaching in the field of academic literacy OR English language in the higher education sector.

Required competencies:

• Business Acumen
o Proven experience in the use of a learning management system (LMS e.g. Blackboard).
o Proficient in using MS Office.
o The ability to facilitate online and face-to-face.
• Results Orientated
o The ability to cope with a changing environment and to adapt to evolving situations. 
o The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task.
• Strategic Thinking
o The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
o The ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
• Leading
o The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others. 
o The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.
• Building Coalitions
o The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people. 
o The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.
• Proven coordination of teaching and learning activities in Higher Education.
• A minimum of three (3) years’ experience in the field of academic literacy OR English language in the higher education sector.
• Willing to enroll for a relevant PhD degree at the first available opportunity, if not already attained by the time of the appointment.
• Proven experience in curriculum design, materials writing and assessment of student learning.
• Experience in desktop and field research.
• Qualification in TEFL, TESOL or related course.
• Experience in the use of Learning Management Systems e.g. Blackboard / Moodle / Sakai / Canvas

Assumption of duties: 

1 October 2021

Closing date:  

6 August 2021


The salary scale is available on request.


For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7705 /7267 /9003 or email Recruit@ufs.ac.za

Fringe benefits:

(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division. 

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at https://ufsacza.sharepoint.com/sites/supportservices/hr/Resources/Employment%20Equity%20Plan_July2017.pdf. For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

Apply online:

External candidates can click HERE to apply online.
UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.