VACANCY: Permanent Senior Lecturer, Psychiatric Occupational Therapy – WITS University, Johannesburg

Senior Lecturer Psychiatric Occupational Therapy
Job: IRC100482
Applications are invited for a full time, permanent senior lecturer Psychiatric Occupational Therapy in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.The Department of Occupational Therapy is responsible for the education and training of occupational therapists at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, the Department has a strong legacy of leadership, research excellence and contributes significantly to the scientific training of postgraduates in the School of Therapeutic Sciences.

The University wishes to appoint a motivated individual, who will be able to contribute to the Department’s reputation and endeavours in Teaching and Learning, Research, Service to the academic and professional community, and its income-generating activities.

a) Teaching and Learning

• Contribute to teaching psychiatric occupational therapy theory and practical skills undergraduate occupational therapy students.
• Contribute to the supervision of undergraduate occupational therapy students during clinical fieldwork on the primary healthcare platform and other community- based settings. Occasionally, supervision in tertiary hospitals may also be required.
• Contribute to teaching regarding occupational therapy in the field of psychiatry to postgraduate occupational therapy students.
• Contribute to the development and the maintaining of standards of the undergraduate Problem Based Learning educational programme.
• Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

b) Research
• Maintain and expand their own research profile, publish annually and contribute to the departmental research programme. An existing publication record is essential.
• Conceptualise, develop and implement large, multi-phased, multi-investigator studies that will attract grant funding. Experience in grant writing will be advantageous.

c) Administration, Management and Income Generation Activities
• Administration of student marks, fieldwork and examination timetables.
• Set and mark tests and examinations, compile marks and organize and co-ordinate fieldwork blocks and postgraduate programmes.
• Expand the Department’s Income Generation Programmes.

d) Professional Development and Service to the Academic and Professional Community
• Contribute to the general promotion and development of the Department and the profession within the School, University and community.
• Contribute to Department, School, Faculty and University meetings.
• Contribute to the development of the profession of occupational therapy.
• Develop professional knowledge and skill as an occupational therapy academic and educator and researcher.
• Develop professional knowledge and skill frameworks in the field of psychiatry.

Qualifications and Experience:
• Current registration with the HPCSA as an occupational therapist in independent practice
• Applicants must be in possession of a PhD, plus 8 peer-reviewed publications and have graduated at least 3 postgraduate students.
• A postgraduate qualification in Health Sciences Education would be an advantage.
• Applicants must have both clinical and academic experience. Clinical and teaching experience in the field of psychiatry is essential. At least five (5) years’ experience at a tertiary educational institution is required.
• Must have a South African driver’s license.

Enquiries: Matty van Niekerk, Head of Department. E-mail:

Closing date: 14 May 2024

Please apply via i-Recruitment –

Please submit a covering letter clearly indicating which post you are applying for, a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees via i-Recruitment –

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented 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.

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