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Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 900 faculty and staff serving approximately 8500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Zayed University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life, and to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy and society. The University expects its graduates to be proficient in English, Arabic, the use of computing technology, and quantitative and research skills. English is the primary language of instruction and administration.

Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US. The United Arab Emirates is a progressive country known for its high standard of living and its safe, family-friendly, multi-national environment.

The Department
The Department offers students a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and Design with the choice to specialize in Animation, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Visual Art. The Department of Art and Design aims to prepare students to become creative leaders in the arts and related industries. Our mission is to provide student artists and designers with an opportunity to explore and develop their own creative ideas while contributing to national initiatives in the culture of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The department works closely with faculty in other university disciplines such as the Majors in Emirati Studies, Multi-Media Design and the MA in Museum Studies. The department is being developed into the College of the Arts and Creative Enterprises. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and initiatives of this new college that will advocate innovative practices and research.

The Opportunity
The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises seeks qualified candidates to teach in the discipline of Art History with appointment on the Abu Dhabi campus starting February 2013. Applications are welcome from arts and culture specialists of the MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia). Candidates with expertise in the area of Culture and Heritage of the Gulf Region, Islamic Art and Architecture, or Middle Eastern Art or related fields are preferred. Experience in Curating or Museum Studies are considered assets.

We seek Faculty who can offer high-quality teaching in the disciplinary area, while contributing to interdisciplinary courses in the University’s core curriculum. Successful candidates will have a dedication to the principles of liberal learning, a proven record of excellence in baccalaureate-level teaching and a commitment to scholarly activities. They will also have a substantial level of computer literacy, a commitment to curricular innovation, and a solid record of professional accomplishment appropriate to their rank.

The Department of Art and Design works closely with disciplines outside of the department such as the Emirati Studies Major and the MA in Museum Studies. The successful candidate will also teach courses in the above areas of specialization focusing on Historic and Contemporary Islamic Art and Architecture; as well as contribute to the Minor in Curatorial Studies. All courses are taught in English.
In addition to teaching and scholarly requirements, faculty are expected to provide service to the College and to the University; to participate in the development, evaluation and revision of the Art and Design curriculum; and to participate in the implementation of assessment of departmental learning outcomes. Faculty liaise with external constituents to further the mission of the University within the community.

The Requirements
Successful candidates will fully meet the expectations for the position, which include a Ph.D. in Art History, Cultural Studies, Near Eastern Studies or Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in visual culture, and a desire to teach within a university setting. Previous teaching experience at the college level is an asset. All teaching positions require the integration of web-based and/or digital technology in the classroom and teaching practice plus extensive use of the Internet as part of providing an interactive learning environment. . Experience with graduate programs would be an asset. Successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • A proven record of excellence at baccalaureate-level teaching.
  • Dedication to curricular innovation.
  • Commitment to a sustained pace of scholarship and/or creative activities, and interest of research collaboration with other Faculty.
  • A record of professional accomplishment appropriate to their rank.
  • Substantial level of computer literacy and a good proficiency of usage of IT in education
  • Willingness to provide service to the University, the College and the Department.

The Benefits
The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the United Arab Emirates, housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and subsidized healthcare provided to the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply
Please visit our web site and click on ‘Employment’ to be directed to the recruitment website. In addition to completing the online application form, attach a cover letter, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references, a statement of undergraduate teaching philosophy and a statement of scholarly and creative interests (particularly as they might apply to the Middle East, and as to how they might involve undergraduate students).

Review Process
Review of applications will begin in November and continue until the position has been filled.


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