Professor of Sociology

University of Botswana


Professor of Sociology

Duties: The candidate should be able to teach in the areas of Sociological Theory and Research Methods, contribute significantly to the University of Botswana Strategic research themes and emerging areas of Sociological thought.  Preference will be given to candidates with any two of the following specializations: Social Theory, Urban Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Industry and Society; Globalization; Social Development Theory; Applied Anthropology; Ethnicity and Race; Migration Studies; Agrarian Society; Sociology and Crime and Deviance; Rural Development, Penology and Youth Studies.  The candidate should be able to: (i) supervise undergraduate and graduate students’ research projects; (ii) conduct research and render professional services; (iii) perform any other duties and responsibilities assigned by the Head of Department


Professor: the candidate should have: (i) a PhD in Sociology or related fields; (ii) at least nine (9) years relevant teaching experience at a university or comparable institution; (iii) a minimum of 24 pieces of research products (e.g., articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings, etc.) published by recognized publishers.  Twelve (12) of these must be articles in refereed/accredited journals in internationally recognized indexing databases.  The remaining twelve (12) publications could be journal articles, book chapters, peer reviews conference proceedings, etc. published by recognized publishers; (iv) An academic book may be equivalent to a maximum of 4 articles in refereed/accredited journals, depending on the quality of standing; (v) Sustained research output: a minimum of 3 peer reviewed publications every four years; (vi) Sustained research output: a minimum of 3 peer reviewed publications every four years; (vi) Sustained research activity: on-going externally supported research (e.g. funded/commissioned) (viii) paper/poster presentations at international conferences at least once every two years; (ix) be lead and/or single author in at least one-quarter of the required journal publications in Sociology.  There should also be evidence of mentorship of early career scholars/graduate students; (x) publications should be spread internationally and across journals; (xi) significant research, including but not limited to citations, the h-index, patents policy applications, peer reviews, publications that are prescribed texts in other institutions etc.  (Required in at least 3 of these). (xii) acknowledged by peers as being of national and international research standing ( e.g. peer review of new research proposals; reference in research committees; editor/guest editor/reviewer of refereed/accredited national and international publishers; editorial board members of an international publisher in relevant field; invitations as key note speaker at national and international/symposia (required in at least 3 of these) (xiii) evidence of governance and social engagement; (xiv) research collaborations with other institutions or organisations; (xv) research collaborations with cognate disciplines in the University; (xvi)  external examiner for Masters and/or PhD theses internationally.  The following will be an added advantage: (i) research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate.

The curriculum vitae (CV) should contain a detailed list of publications clearly specifying titles of publications, ISBN numbers, (for books, book chapters and conference proceedings), dates published, name of publishers and name(s) of co-authors, if any, and number of pages.  The work should be categorized into books, book chapters, refereed journals, non-refereed works and consultancies.

Remuneration: The University offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply: Applicants are to address the stated qualification and provide other information to assist the University determine their suitability for the position. They should also quote the vacancy number of the post applied for, provide current CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, samples of their publications, names and addresses of three referees, and send complete documentation to: The Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Social Sciences, Private Bag UB 00705, Gaborone-Botswana; Telephone: (267) 355 4894; Fax (267) 318 5099; E-mail: Applicants should inform their referees to: i) Quote the Vacancy number and position applied for and ii) submit their references directly to the above address before the stipulated closing date. Please note that applications with incomplete information shall not be processed.  

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Block 240, Office No. 137: (240/137).

NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Closing Date: Open until filled

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