RELATING TO THE POST OF
IN THE DEPARTMENT OF
ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS
The Department teaches a diversified programme. Core components in the undergraduate programme are
syntax (both Systemic Functional Linguistics and Transformational Generative Grammar),
semantics/pragmatics and phonetics/phonology, as well as Language Typology (with cross-reference to,
Japanese, Sign Language Linguistics and Russian). The strong theoretical strands of the curriculum are
balanced by modules with an applied focus, including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and discourse
analysis. There is a particular focus on English in the South African context.
The Department, whilst enjoying its autonomy, has close ties with its various cognate disciplines. In the
field of general Linguistics and Language studies, the departments of English, and the School of Languages
(incorporating French, German, Chinese, the Classics, Afrikaans and African Languages) offer scope for co-
operation. In English Studies, Rhodes has a range of departments and institutes unrivalled in Southern
Africa - English; Journalism and Media Studies; Drama; the S.A. Dictionary Unit; the Institute for the Study
of English in Africa and the National English Literary Museum. Staff in the Department are active members
of the Linguistic Society of Southern Africa and the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association, and
are strongly encouraged to further their own research interests and to publish regularly.
Library holdings in Linguistics and English Language are excellent and have been built up over many years.
The Department has its own computing, recording and playback facilities for both audio and video.
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English Language & Linguistics is a three-year major in all Faculties.
Course I is a general introduction to language and linguistics, with a particular commitment to English, ideal
for students who may want one course only in this area. The class numbers approximately 170 students
Courses II and III are more specialized, and a research report is mandatory for all students in Course III.
There are usually between 60 and 80 students in 2nd year and around 35 in the 3rd year. The main
commitment is to English, but introductory units in other languages are also taught. Further details about
programmes are available on our home page: http://www.ru.ac.za/englishlanguageandlinguistics
The present programmes aim to balance theoretical and applied linguistics, and have been designed both
to capture the best in contemporary linguistics, and for relevance (especially in Course I) to the needs of
future language practitioners: journalists, lawyers, social scientists and teachers.
Honours in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies is open only to students who have majored in
Linguistics or a cognate discipline in their undergraduate degree. The Coursework Masters in Linguistics &
Applied Language Studies comprises coursework and a short dissertation. The Department also offers
Masters and PhD degrees by thesis: Supervision is provided in accordance with the interests and expertise
of the staff.
This one-semester course is for Commerce students who are at least in their second academic year. The
course aims to improve the oral, written and small-group communication skills required in the professional
and commercial world. Emphasis lies on the student's ability to use language effectively rather than on
theoretical knowledge. All staff are expected to assist in the teaching of this course.
1(c) The Staff of the Department
The current establishment consists of seven posts: one Professor, one Associate Professor, one Senior
Lecturer, two Lecturers, and two Junior Lecturers. They are dedicated primarily to teaching the Linguistics
programme, and have interests and capabilities in one or more of the central disciplines of semantics,
syntax and phonetics/phonology and in one or more fields of applied linguistics (e.g. sociolinguistics,
psycholinguistics, discourse analysis). The two Junior Lecturers are responsible for the delivery of the
Professional Communications course which is offered to Commerce students. Teaching Assistants are
generally also appointed to replace staff on sabbatical leave and to assist with tutorials. The Department
has an Office Administrator and a half-time Secretary.
THE POST INCLUDING ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate for the Lecturer position, who should be in possession of at least a Master’s
degree in Linguistics, will have had a broad training in core Linguistics, and have demonstrable interest in
Phonology. Candidates for the Senior Lecturer position should have a PhD in Linguistics and training in core
Linguistics. S/he should have a specialist knowledge of and interest in teaching and leading research effort
in Phonetics/Phonology and a good research record (publications and conference presentations) and
experience of University teaching in Linguistics.
The successful applicant should be willing in addition to meet the teaching needs of the Department at any
Additional desiderata include:
- an interest in students and in the development of a clear and effective teaching methodology;
- willingness to participate in the efficient running of the Department and its various teaching
- a strong interest in research, matched (more so at the Senior Lecturer level) with a productive
- sensitivity to, and experience of, the language situation in South Africa;
- an ability to deal with diversity;
- good relationships with colleagues and students; and
- knowledge of an African language.
Duties for the position include
- lecturing to students at undergraduate levels;
- teaching at least one semester-length honours course per annum;
- coordinating and administering selected programmes in the Department;
- supervision of post-graduate research at the Master’s level (if appointed at the Lecturer level) and
at both the Master’s and PhD level (if appointed at the Senior Lecturer level); and
- involvement, if required, in delivery of the Professional Communications course to Commerce
The Job Requirements:
The following are the requirements for the job against which candidates will be assessed.
Masters in Linguistics, with Phd in Linguistics.
Qualification registration and some progress
towards a PhD.
Relevant teaching experience. Solid track record of relevant
teaching at undergraduate and
Teaching experience Taught at all levels in the undergraduate programme as well as the Honours
Taught in the area of phonetics/phonology. (Where an individual has taught in
other areas of Linguistics evidence of research areas should be provided)
Interest in teaching and an awareness Proven interest in teaching with
of relationship between teaching and evidence of an understanding of the
research. relationship between teaching and
An ability to teach students from Evidence of having adapted one’s
Teaching qualities diverse backgrounds including an teaching practice to effectively
understanding of the relevant facilitate learning amongst diverse
pedagogic issues. groups of students.
Evidence that teaching is informed by sound pedagogic principles as well as
evidence of being critically reflective in teaching. Knowledge and experience
of academic development issues would be an advantage.
Focused, well conceptualized Well defined research programme in
individual research programme with the area of phonetics/phonology with
evidence of the development of a evidence of engagement and
research niche or evidence of this participation by post-graduate
trajectory. Potential to drive this students.
research programme amongst post-
Able to supervise third year and Successful supervision of Masters
Research record Honours research projects and students. Supervision of PHD
Masters theses. students desirable.
Publication in national scholarly and Solid publication record in scholarly
accredited journals, such as SALALS. and accredited journals at both the
national (such as SALALS) and
Presentation of research at national Presentation of research in national
conferences. and international fora.
Administration Administrative interests and abilities to contribute to the smooth running of
the department and a track record of such abilities.
Honesty, openness to change, a commitment to collegiality, and concern for
An interest in and, ideally a track record of, using African Language examples
within teaching as well as the ability to supervise research in such an area.
The Faculty of Humanities is the largest Faculty at Rhodes University. Of 7214 students currently enrolled
for 2011 at Rhodes University, 2307 are undergraduate students and 542 are Postgraduate students in the
The Faculty comprises 11 Academic departments, 2 Schools and 3 Institutes.
The Faculty offers a rich variety of courses within four broad categories:
1. Arts (Fine Art, Drama, Music)
2. Languages (isiXhosa, English, Afrikaans, English Language and Linguistics, French, German, Latin, Greek
3. Professional Offering (Journalism and Media Studies)
4. Social Studies (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Studies, History, Philosophy)
Rhodes University offers academics a collegial environment where its small size contributes to the quality
of work life experienced by staff. A internationally recognised Centre of Higher Education Research,
Teaching and Learning (previously the Academic Development Centre), headed by the Dean of Teaching
and Learning, supports academics in their professional development as teachers. A highly effective
Research and Development Office, headed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Development,
seeks to assist academics in pursuing their research interests. A well-functioning and committed
administration seeks to support the academic endeavour of the University.
New staff are offered the following benefits:
payment of reasonable relocation expenses by the institution (further details are provided with an
offer of employment);
transit accommodation for at least six months, possibly up to one year, at reasonable market-related
prices, subject to availability of such accommodation;
possible transferral of academic leave credits (further details are provided with an offer of
competitive medical aid benefits (Rhodes University runs its own in-house medical aid scheme which
has resulted in it being able to offer benefits that compare favourably with other service providers at a
lower cost price) and an employer contribution of 50% of medical aid costs;
competitive pension/provident fund options with an employer contribution of 15%;
payment of a thirteenth cheque (further details are provided with an offer of employment); and
housing allowance (further details are provided with an offer of employment).
The University’s current remuneration strategy is to pay academics at the 50 th percentile (in the middle of
the market compared to other HE employers) of the Higher Education market. An offer made to a
prospective staff member will seek to ensure parity with current staff members. The final negotiated
salary package will be agreed upon between the candidate and the Director: Human Resources.
Living in Grahamstown and working at Rhodes University offers a number of additional benefits:
small classes of motivated and in some cases exceptionally talented students;
supportive environment within the academic department;
proximity to good schools where children can attend as day scholars, see:
reduced travel and transport costs;
proximity to some of the best beaches in the world;
nearby nature reserves and wilderness areas;
clean fresh air and a healthy lifestyle;
a small city with big cultural and academic possibilities;
generous parental leave benefits, see:
The Selection Process:
Applicants who do not hold South African citizenship or permanent residence are welcome to apply for this
post. However, South Africa's Department of Home Affairs will require the University to justify the
appointment of a foreign national over a South African citizen. We are required therefore to give careful
consideration to all South African applications before turning our attention to applications from non-South
The following selection process will be followed:
(a) For all applicants applying:
The submission of a standard university application form.
A substantial letter of motivation. Candidates are asked to indicate their teaching and research
interest and their suitability for the post in light of its requirements.
A description of research undertaken and the outcomes of this research.
Full Curriculum Vitae.
(b) On the basis of the above information, candidates will be short-listed. Candidates will be advised of
the outcome of this short-listing in the week of the 28th November 2011.
(c) All short-listed candidates will under-go the following processes:
Referee reports will be solicited. This will be done shortly after the short-listing. Referee reports will
be due on the 05th December 2011. Candidates will be asked to advise referees of this short time-
Presentation on the following topic: Make a presentation on one of your most recent research
projects and demonstrate its potential for developing into post-graduate research projects at
Visual aids may be used during this seminar. The presentation should be for no more than 20
minutes after which there will be a 10 minute question and answer session. The Selection
Committee as well as interested staff and students will be in attendance.
Panel interview process to take place on the 12th December 2011.
(d) An employment check (checking of qualifications, checking of research record, checking of past
employment record) is undertaken on final candidate recommended for appointment.
The University reserves the right to check qualifications and the accuracy of any information supplied.
Should it become apparent that information provided has been fabricated or deliberately altered, the
applicant will forfeit their application.
The Selection Committee reserves the right to confirm your publication and research records and, if
necessary, access such documentation. Information so gained may be used to assess your suitability for
If you have any further queries about the selection process, please do not hesitate to contact the HR
professional at email@example.com .
Our best wishes to you in your application.
Last updated: 2011/11/11