The English department in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Botswana aims to produce graduates who are competent in the English language and literature, who can work in academic, public and private positions where extensive and expert knowledge of English is required.  The Department is currently seeking to recruit Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in English Literature.

Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to (i) teach graduate and undergraduate courses in English Literature at all levels in the Bachelor of Arts in English/Humanities degree programmes; (ii) take an active part in the supervision and assessment of undergraduate and graduate students’ research projects; (iii) serve on committees within the University and external professional organisations; (iv) carry out any other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Head of Department.


Senior Lecturer: Candidates should have: (i) a Doctorate (PhD) in English Literature or related field(ii)  a Master’s degree in English Literature or related field; (iii) Bachelor’s degree in English Literature or related field; (iv) at least years relevant teaching experience at a university or comparable institution; (v) an excellent cumulative and sustained record of research and publications with at least 6 pieces of research products published by recognised publishers, 4 of which must be articles in refereed/accredited journals in internationally recognised indexing databases. The remaining 2 publications could be journal articles, book chapters, peer reviewed conference proceedings etc published by recognized publishers. An academic book may be equivalent to a maximum of 4 articles in refereed/accredited journals, depending on the quality and standing of the publisher; (vi) sustained research output: a minimum of 1 peer reviewed publication every years; (vii) scholarly presentations at national and/or international conferences; (viii) lead and/or single author in at least 2 refereed journal articles; (ix) publications should be spread nationally and/or internationally and across journals; (x) some 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 1 of the these); (xi) recognised as being of at least national research standing (e.g. reviewer for refereed/accredited national and regional publishers; Editorial board member of at least a national publisher in a relevant field; invitation as key note speaker at national and/or international conferences (required in at least 1 of the these) and (xii) evidence of governance and social engagement.  The following will be added advantages: (i) sustained research activity: on-going internally and/or externally supported research; (ii) research awards and other forms of research recognition, where appropriate; (iii) examiner/ moderator/assessor for undergraduate and/or postgraduate projects nationally and (iv) effective and experience in running a programme/course, etc.

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.

Lecturer:  Applicants should have: (i) at least PhD degree in English Literature or related field; (ii) A Master’s degree in English Literature or related field; (iii) a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature or related field; (iv) show evidence of engagement in research.  Evidence of governance and social engagement, as well as teaching experience at a University or comparable institution will be added advantages.

N.B. Applicants with Master’s degree in English Literature or related field with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature or related field of at least 2(i) or equivalent may be considered under special circumstances.

Remuneration: The University of Botswana offers a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications. For more information about the University visit our website:

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 CV’s (including telephone, telefax and email), certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees. Complete documentation should be sent to: The Human Resource Manager, Faculty of Humanities, Private Bag UB 00703, Gaborone, Botswana; Telephone: (267) 355 2641, Fax (267) 318 5098; E-mail: 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 239, Office No. 121 (239/121).

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: 2 May 2024