Lecturer: Engineering Chemistry
Wits University
1d ago

DescriptionUNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURGFACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENTACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT UNIT (ADU) LECTURERENGINEERING CHEMISTRY The Academic Development Unit (ADU) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment invites suitably qualified and experienced applicants for the Chemistry Lecturer (full time permanent) position.

The 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 Engineering Chemistry Lecturer portfolio will entail improvement of student (first and second year) chemistry academic success through lecturing and development of interventions to (i) prevent students from being at chemistry academic risk, and (ii) if they are at academic risk, use early warning detection techniques to identify the students and provide effective interventions.

Brief DescriptionChemistry is taught to all Engineering first-year students as well as second-year Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering students.

Chemistry is classified as one of the natural sciences 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 Engineering Chemistry Lecturer position will be required to provide student support lectures based on well-grounded Chemistry principles / fundamentals and their applications in a practical engineering context.

Furthermore, through data-informed early identification programs, the Engineering Chemistry Lecturer will be required to develop 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 Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. Studying towards or else indication of the pursuit towards completing a PhD would be desirable.

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 Chemistry courses offered to the first and second year Engineering students are semester courses, meaning timeous support interventions are required to facilitate additional learning opportunities for the students The successful applicant for the ADU Engineering Chemistry Lecturer position will be required to timeously identify students in need of support, develop support material in collaboration with the Lecturers from the School of Chemistry as well as develop and run weekly support lectures and concept tutorials for the students.

The holder of this position will be required to incorporate blended learning techniques (face-to-face, online and teaching technologies amongst others) in the support lectures and concept tutorials.

Additionally, the appointee will manage tutors for Chemistry support as well as run mid-semester school camps for Chemistry.

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.

No application will be considered after the closing date. Applications that are incomplete or do not comply with the minimum requirements will not be considered.

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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