Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)
South African Research Chair in Science Communication
Stellenbosch University seeks to appoint a new Chair to head up the South African Research Chair in Science Communication. The Chair is devoted to research on all aspects of science
communication, it is expected to aid in establishing a national research capacity in the field as well as to establish and maintain connections to the international community of scholars in this
field. Its research is to address issues of international interest as well as issues of national concern.
Five focus areas constitute the Chair’s research programme:
- Perceptions and expectations of science among different parts of the SA population (rural, semi-urban and urban);
- Mass media reporting of science as a source of public perceptions;
- Science communication and social media range, formats, quality control, credibility;
- Science communication and scientific advice for policymaking and specialized target groups; and
- Science communication by scientists and scientific organisations motives, audiences, formats.
The incumbent will be taking over the Chair for the period 2020-2024. Specifically, the new chair will:
· Developing and supervising master’s and Doctoral students in Science Communication in the Science and Technology Studies degree programmes offered by CREST;
· Maintaining a high number and high quality of research output in the form of accredited and peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, conference proceedings;
· Maintaining the number and throughput of postgraduate students trained and graduated annually at master’s and Doctoral level;
· Providing reports internally to the Director: CREST, the DVC: RIPS and externally to the NRF and any other reports as required;
· Enhancing, supporting and contributing to the research culture of CREST;
· Attracting and retaining excellent international and national collaborations in the field;
· Developing, supporting and funding cohorts of post-doctoral fellows;
· Writing proposals in order to attract external funding to support the activities and resources required for the Chair.