Professor in Media Studies
University of Botswana

Professor in Media Studies (Contract Position)





Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to: (i) teach undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in any two or more of the following: media studies, journalism, radio broadcasting and integrated communication integrated communication and digital media; (ii) supervise undergraduate and post graduate student’s projects as need may arise; (iii) participate in the academic, governance and social engagement in media related fields; (iv) and perform any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Head of Department.

Requirements for Professor: (i) a Doctorate in Media or Communication studies or related field, (ii) and have at least nine (9) years relevant teaching experience at university or comparable institution; (iii) have a minimum of twenty-four (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 reviewed 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 activity: on-going externally supported research (e.g. funded/ commissioned); (vii) paper/poster presentations at international conferences at least once every two years; (viii) be lead and/or single author in at least one-quarter of the required journal publications. There should also be evidence of mentorship of early career scholars/graduate students; (ix) publications should be spread internationally and across journals; (x) significant research impact, 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 the these); (xi) 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 member of an international publisher in a relevant field; invitations as keynote speaker at national and international/symposia (required in at least 3 of the these); (xii) evidence of governance and social engagement; (xiii) research collaborations with other institutions or organisations; (xiv) research collaboration with cognate disciplines in the University; (xv) external examiner for Masters and/or PhD theses internationally. The following will be added advantages: (i) research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate will be an added advantage.

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

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

How to Apply: Applicants should clearly state the position and level they are applying for, address the stated qualifications and provide other information to assist the University determine their suitability for the position. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. They should also provide current CVs (including telephone, telefax and e-mail), certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts, evidence of research, names and addresses of three referees, and send complete documentation to: The Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Humanities, Private Bag 00703, Gaborone-Botswana, Telephone: (267) 355 2641;Fax (267) 318 5098; 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.

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to Office N0. 123, Block 239

Closing Date: Open until filled

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