Lecturer: Mathematics
Wits University
Johannesburg,ZA
5h ago

DescriptionUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT : ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT UNIT (ADU).

LECTURERMATHEMATICS The Academic Development Unit (ADU) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment invites suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the Mathematics Lecturer (full time permanent) position to commence duties on 1 January 2021.

Brief DescriptionThe ADU is a faculty support resource tasked with improving throughput and student retention through academic, eco-social and, where possible, psycho-social structures and programs.

The ADU Mathematics Lecturer portfolio will entail lecturing first-year Mathematics, tracking students’ performance as well as the development of interventions to (i) prevent students in the course from being at academic risk, and (ii) if they are at academic risk, use early warning detection techniques to identify the students and provide effective interventions.

Mathematics is taught to all Engineering first-year students and is a prerequisite for several of the second-year Engineering courses in the faculty.

Mathematics is classified as one of the natural sciences in the faculty and is a critical component of our Engineering curriculum and its applicability in South Africa.

Additionally, given the current academic, social and economic environment in South African Higher Education, students face several challenges that act as barriers to their academic success.

Thus, the Mathematics Lecturer position, in addition to lecturing, will be required to provide academic interventions based on face-to-face and remote (online) teaching and learning environments as well as work with interactive teaching technology to assess and monitor the progress of students.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE : Applicants must have completed a Master’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education (with an Honours in Mathematics or Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics).

The ADU is looking for a candidate with at least 3 years’ experience in teaching, administration, co-ordination, setting and marking course assessments, managing large teams of tutors, as well as developing interventions and use of teaching technologies to monitor and provide academic support for large numbers of students (>

300). Experience in blended learning through a combination of face-to-face teaching, use of interactive teaching technology and use of online platforms such as Panopto will be desirable.

DUTIES : The successful applicant for this position will be required to lecture first-year Engineering Mathematics, develop and run assessments (tutorials, tests and examinations) as well as develop and / or adjust course curriculum.

The appointee will also be required to timeously identify students in need of additional mathematics support, develop and run weekly additional support lectures and concept tutorials for these students.

Furthermore, the holder of this position will be required to incorporate blended teaching techniques (face-to-face, online and teaching technologies amongst others) in the mainstream and support lectures and tutorials, as well as manage a team of tutors for the first-year Engineering Mathematics courses.

Closing date : 28 September 2020. Enquiries only : Further information can be obtained from Dr Rodney Genga on e-mail : Rodney.

Genga wits.ac.za Applicants are requested to submit applications online on the iWits recruitment website and not directly to the Director of ADU.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University.

The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates. Correspondence will be conducted with shortlisted candidates only.

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