Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa



The University of Pretoria is one of the leading residential and research universities in South Africa. The University’s nine faculties offer a wide spectrum of under- and postgraduate programmes which are recognised internationally. Its academic staff maintain a leading position in a number of fields both  nationally and internationally. Our commitment to quality gives us a competitive advantage in the higher education sector.

The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria is a leader in the fields of economics, management and financial sciences. This is the largest Faculty at the University of Pretoria with 9800 students in under- and postgraduate programmes. The Faculty has degree programmes in a number of professional fields and has a strong research focus and interactions with both the public and the private sectors. The Faculty strives to be a leader on the African continent and to be competitive internationally.

The University is looking for a dynamic Dean who will demonstrate visionary leadership, strategic thinking and the ability to execute plans successfully. In addition, the Dean must have a strong academic record, including a doctoral degree and the ability to forge links with sectors in which graduates of this Faculty are employed. The Dean is assisted by a Deputy Dean, Heads of Academic Departments, a Faculty Manager and additional support staff.

The position of Professor and Dean of the Faculty has been vacant since April 2011 and suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply.


The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the alignment of the vision and mission of the Faculty with that of the University, in the context of the broader process of the transformation of the institution and the strategic and academic plans. He or she must be able to provide strong academic leadership to the Faculty, promote research and create an environment conducive to research activities in the Faculty. The Dean is expected to market the Faculty, to undertake fundraising and to promote regional, national as well as international liaison with other academic institutions, research organisations, financial, commercial and business enterprises, government and the community.


  • An appropriate Doctoral degree in the field of Economic and Management Sciences
  • An established record of research achievement
  • Ability to manage the Faculty and to take the lead academically
  • Strong leadership traits and good interpersonal relations
  • Excellent communication and appropriate language skills
  • Proven research ability and the ability to create an environment in which research activities are strongly supported and can flourish
  • Proven management skills and experience, including knowledge of and experience in finance, human resources and marketing.


  • An academic background and experience in a higher education institution, especially in a management capacity, will be a very strong recommendation.

    The Dean is appointed for a term of four years, but external candidates will also be considered for a permanent academic appointment in a suitable academic department within the University.

    The Regulation and Procedure for the Appointment of Deans and Deputy-Deans (R 20/11)) is available on the UP Website at [email protected] (Link: Appointment regulations for Executives and Deans) or can be requested via e-mail from the Director: Human Resources ([email protected]). By applying, applicants consent to the appointment process as detailed in the regulation.

    For further information, please contact Prof RM Crewe, Vice-Principal: Faculties, at (012) 420-4094.

    Applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • an abbreviated curriculum vitae
  • a self-evaluation by the applicant of his/her suitability for appointment in the post
  • the applicant's vision for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences in the national as well as the international context
  • names and contact details of at least three referees who can attest to the candidate’s academic stature as well as leadership qualities. Applicants should note that the University also reserves the right to appoint and consult its own referees.


    All applications must be submitted electronically through the [email protected] link on the University website. All supporting documentation as listed above must be attached electronically to the application. All applications must be submitted by no later than 12:00 on 28 October 2011.

    The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

    All candidates complying with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

    In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to, candidates from under represented designated groups.

    The University of Pretoria reserves the right not to make an appointment in the posts as advertised.

  • This opportunity listing expired on 28-Oct-2011

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