n South African Journal of Higher Education - The selection of academic staff ± a quality assurance issue

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article addresses the question of how to improve the selection procedure for academic staff in higher education to promote quality assurance at the point of entry. The procedure that is described has been in operation at the Cape Technikon since 1993 with very positive results. The procedure requires prospective candidates to follow specific guidelines when making a presentation to staff in the academic department. Their presentation is then evaluated in terms both of structural components and presentation skills by one of a panel of evaluators, in consultation with the members of staff of that department. The results of this procedure indicate that approximately 27% of prospective candidates were not recommended for appointment on the basis of their presentations. The procedure has also encouraged departments to reflect on and make explicit their own understanding of the dimensions of effective teaching.

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