Academic position at UFS: Lecturer in Linguistics

Department of Linguistics and Language Practice, Faculty of The Humanities, University of the Free State

Bloemfontein, South Africa

Lecturer in Linguistics

Job ID: 5253

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website:  – Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter.
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID).
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).
  • A service record of your current employer / last employer (only applicable to external applicants).

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Linguistics with a focus on the spoken and signed language and linguistics of Southern Africa.
  • Supervise postgraduate students at Honour’s, Master’s and PhD level in one or more areas of linguistics.
  • Conduct research, present findings, and publish in the field of Linguistics, with the spoken and signed language and linguistics of Southern Africa as a focus area.
  • Carry out administrative work in the Department and at Faculty/University level and community service work.
  • Work to enhance the visibility of the Department at national and international level.

Inherent requirements:

  • A PhD on NQF Level 10 in Linguistics and/or Applied Linguistics or related discipline (for a permanent appointment).


  • Master’s degree on NQF Level 9 in Linguistics and/or Applied Linguistics or related discipline (contract appointment: five years during which a PhD on NQF Level 10 MUST be obtained to be converted to a permanent position).
  • Proven experience in the delivery of poster or oral presentations at conferences or equivalent activities.
  • Provide evidence of manuscripts produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals.
  • A good academic record.

Required competencies:

  • Results-oriented.
  • The ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
  • The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • The ability to deal with several activities at a time.
  • The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
  • Business Acumen:
  • The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Proficient in using MS Office.
  • Leading.
  • The ability to maintain high levels of personal motivation, energy and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • Building coalitions
  • The ability to be sensitive and understanding to the needs and feelings of others.
  • The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.


  • Expertise in teaching linguistics with reference to the spoken and/or signed languages of Southern Africa.
  • A strong record of accomplishment of research in the linguistics of African languages, particularly African languages spoken and signed in Southern Africa.
  • Specialisation in one or more of the following subfields of linguistics: Language Acquisition, Morphology, Phonology, Phonetics, Pragmatics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, or Syntax.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching and/or supervisor in Linguistics.
  • Experience with Language Documentation, Corpora and/or Experimental Linguistic Research.
  • Experience in teaching with electronic content management tools such as Blackboard.

Assumption of duties: 1 July 2023

Closing date: 4 June 2023

Salary: The salary is available on request.

Fringe benefits: (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

Enquiries: For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9814 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9857 / 9810 / 9813 for assistance.

General: The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at :

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


The Routledge Handbook of Translation Theory and Concepts

The Routledge Handbook of Translation Theory and Concepts

Edited by Reine Meylaerts & Kobus Marais


This is the first handbook to focus on translation theory, based on an innovative and expanded definition of translation and on the newest perspectives in the field of Translation Studies.

With an introductory overview explaining the rationale, a part on foundational issues and three further parts on object translation, representamen translation and interpretant translation, the handbook provides a critical overview of conceptual approaches to translation which can contribute to our understanding of translational phenomena in the broadest sense. Authored by leading international figures, the handbook covers a wide range of theories and approaches from ecological and biosemiotic approaches to philosophical and cultural approaches, and from computational sciences to anthropology.

The Routledge Handbook of Translation Theory and Concepts is both an essential reference guide for advanced students, researchers and scholars in translation and interpreting studies, and it is an enlightening guide to future developments in the field.

Call for Abstracts: GLOCAL African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology 2023

Call For Abstracts – The SOAS GLOCAL AFALA 2023, the GLOCAL African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology 2023

We announce the (SCOPUS / ISI) SOAS GLOCAL AFALA 2023, the African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology.
( (2021 retained owing to COVID)

Main Hosts – University of Nairobi, and SOAS, University of London

Purpose and Structure – Over 400 scholars globally will gather to present papers and to engage in progressive discussion on the Linguistic Anthropology, the Language and Society, and the Sociolinguistics, (and related fields) of Africa. The SOAS GLOCAL is a fully Non-Profit unit at SOAS, University of London, assisting scholars in impeded economic positions, who require funding to access the Conference, and who display strong ability in their work. The SOAS GLOCAL AFALA 2023 proceedings are SCOPUS / ISI (AHCI / SSCI / CPCi) indexed and contribute to ranked and cited publications for all those accepted to present and publish. The SOAS GLOCAL AFALA 2023 will publish papers presented at the conference in High Impact Journal Publication Special Issues.

SOAS GLOCAL AFALA Physical In-person Conference  –  The University of Nairobi, Kenya
Dates – October 18-21,

Theme – Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni, the GLOCAL AFALA 2023 theme, well symbolizes the complexity of the set of inter-subjective identities throughout African urban and suburban centres. These complex climates are a fertile ground for Linguistic Anthropological attention, while scholars can draw from a range of peripheral fields, to work on these geographic and cultural localities. The SOAS GLOCAL AFALA 2023 invites work that addresses the complexity of African linguistic landscapes and their cultural climates. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of linguistic complexity at these African cultural centres, and by those scholars working on African linguistic cultural centres.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

·  Globally renowned scholars

·  Publishing company speakers

Official Partners

·  Taylor and Francis Global Publishers, Elsevier Publishers

·  SOAS, University of London

·  Over 3000 academic institutions globally (Stanford University, University of Hawai’i, Temple University, University of Illinois, Montclair State University, Ohio State University, University College London, Stockholm University, and so forth)

·  Scientific Committee of over 500 academics globally prominent in Linguistic Anthropology and related fields

Conference Format

·  General Papers (400+)

·  Interviews (30+)

·  Poster Presentations (150+)

·  Methodology / Analysis Workshops (Endangered Languages Network, Globally Prominent Professors Teaching Methodology)

·  Talks

·  Keynotes

·  Anthropological Excursion

·  Cultural Performances

·  Anthropological Exhibitions

·  Linguistics Exhibitions

·  Displays

·  Proceedings Publications (SCOPUS / ISI / AHCI / SSCI / CPCI)

·  Special Issue Publications in High Impact Journals

Final Call For Abstracts – Deadline: June 2, 2023

( (2021 retained owing to COVID)

Publications – Several Special (High Impact/Scopus/ISI/ACHI/SSCI) Journal Issues and Monographs are planned with well ranked publications and publishers only, from papers submitted to the AFALA 2023 that meet review requirements. Ample assistance is provided to revise papers. 

Abstract Submissions – The Call for Abstracts is now open (see link below):

Anthropological Excursion – Outside of Nairobi (October 21, 2023 final day) (Academia.eduFB, GLOCAL App) (2021 retained owing to COVID)