American University of Sharjah

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Faculty Positions for College of Architecture, Art and Design

Department of Architecture

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for full-time continuing and visiting teaching positions in the Department of Architecture. The initial contracts for continuing faculty will be for a three-year duration with an attractive salary and benefit package that includes housing, and places the candidate in a tenure-track position. Tenure at the American University of Sharjah translates to a full-time, four-year rolling contract.

The Bachelor of Architecture program at AUS is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and is the first and only program to receive this designation outside North America. All Architecture and Design Degree Programs at the College of Architecture, Art and Design are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA) and are licensed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative work and / or professional practice. The candidate will be expected to teach architectural design studios at various levels, core curriculum and elective classes, mentor students through an established advising process.

Visiting Professor | Master of Urban Planning Program

The Master of Urban Planning Program in the Department of Architecture seeks a Visiting Professor (open rank) during the 2016-2017 academic year. The selected candidate will teach three courses a semester on topics such as spatial analysis (GIS), transportation planning, and planning research methods. The Department is particularly interested in candidates with expertise developed through academic or professional practice.  Candidates must possess exemplary teaching skills. A terminal degree in Urban Planning or related field is required. Preference may be given to applicants who have academic experience with the North-American model.

The American University of Sharjah is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the United Arab Emirates, neighboring countries in the region, and around the world. Website: www.aus.edu

Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience, and an attractive benefit package with housing is included. The successful candidate is expected to assume duties on August 23, 2016.

Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately.  Interested applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter describing the applicant's fit with the position as described above, and a list of three references.  Application material must be packaged in a single PDF file clearly labeled with the applicant's name. Applications must be submitted to the following email address arcsearch@aus.edu (with copy to rpizarro@aus.edu). The position, subject to change and funding availability, will remain open until filled.

Assistant | Associate | Full Professor  (Multiple Positions)

The Department of Architecture seeks multiple full-time permanent and visiting faculty to teach design studios, required core classes, and/or elective offerings in one or more of following areas: Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design, Digital Technology, Sustainable Environments, Fabrication and/or Beginning Design.

At a minimum, a terminal degree, typically a Master's degree in Architecture or Interior Design is required. Licensure and a thorough knowledge of design history, theory, and practice are desirable for all candidates.

Candidates must possess exemplary teaching skills and demonstrate outstanding research and creative work, (or potential for outstanding research and creative work for Asst. Professor applicants). Beyond normative research and scholarship, recognition is given towards creative work, which may include built work, theoretical explorations, competitions, publications, or exhibitions.

Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience, and an attractive benefit package with housing is included. The successful candidates are expected to assume duties on August 20, 2016. Application material must be packaged in a single PDF file clearly labeled with the applicant's name. Incomplete applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Preference may be given to applicants who have academic experience with the North-American model of studio-based design education. 

Interested applicants should send a single PDF file including a letter of interest outlining areas of teaching, practice, research/scholarship, and service, a Curriculum Vitae, contact information for three references, a digital portfolio of professional work and examples of student work submitted in confidence to "Architecture Search Committee" at the following email address: arcsearch@aus.edu. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2015. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled.

Department of Art and Design

Regular faculty appointments are initially made as a three-year contract; after a second three-year contract, faculty are reviewed for a four-year rolling contract, the equivalent of tenure at North American universities. Salaries are attractive and commensurate with qualification and experience, and come with an attractive benefits package including housing and annual travel. Visiting appointments are for one semester or one academic year; salary and benefits are the same as for regular appointments.

The ability and interest to teach beginning design in our first year foundation program would be a significant asset but is not essential. Besides teaching, faculty are required to mentor students through an established advising process, engage in scholarly activities and participate in service activities for the college, university and community. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills and experience, plus an excellent record of teaching and scholarship (or the potential for developing such a record, if at the Assistant Professor rank).

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applicants should send a Letter of Interest outlining fit with position requirements and highlighting key accomplishments in teaching, practice, scholarship, and service. Also attach Curriculum Vitae, contact information for three references, a digital portfolio of professional work and examples of student work. Application material must be packaged in a single PDF file clearly labeled with the applicant's name. Submit in confidence to "Art and Design Search Committee" at the following email address: dessearch@aus.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Regular Appointment | Open Rank
Visual Communication | Department of Art and Design

A terminal degree (MFA or MA) in Visual Communication or a related area is required along with significant academic and professional experience. Interest and experience in interdisciplinary design education and global practice are highly desirable. A thorough knowledge of contemporary design practice and history/theory are required together with excellent communication skills. Candidates should be knowledgeable in one or more of the following: typography, branding, editorial & publication design, typeface design, way-finding and packaging design. One successful candidate is expected to assume duties in January 2016, and another in August 2016. The positions will remain open until filled, however full consideration will be assured to applicants submitting prior to December 1st if applying for Spring 2016 and February 1st, 2016 if applying for Fall 2016.The candidate will primarily teach studio courses in the Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication program.

Design Search e-mail: dessearch@aus.edu

Regular Appointment | Open Rank
Multimedia Design | Department of Art and Design

A terminal degree (MFA or MA) in Digital Media or a related area is required along with significant academic and professional experience. Interest and experience in interdisciplinary art and design education and global practice is highly desirable; outstanding communication skills are required. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to, and experience in, teaching at all levels of an undergraduate studio sequence in narrative/non-narrative time-based and interactive media design and related technical and/or theoretical areas. Candidates should be knowledgeable in one or more of: film and video production, sound design, animation, UE, UI, physical computing, interactive installation design, game design and/or other emergent/computational media forms in the discipline/profession. The successful candidate is expected to assume duties in August 2016. The position will remain open until filled, however full consideration will be assured to applicants submitting prior to February 1st, 2016. The candidate will primarily teach studio courses in the Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design program.

Design Search e-mail: dessearch@aus.edu

Visiting Appointment | Open Rank
Illustration / Printmaking | Department of Art and Design

A terminal degree (MFA or MA) in Illustration or a related area is required along with significant academic and professional experience. Interest and experience in interdisciplinary design education and global practice are highly desirable. Candidates should be knowledgeable in illustration and printmaking. Experience in drawing, both traditional and contemporary methods along with 3D modeling, is highly desirable. The successful candidate is expected to assume duties in January 2016. The review of applications will start immediately. The position will be filled subject to change and funding and will remain open until filled, however full consideration will be assured to applicants submitting prior to November 1st, 2015

Design Search e-mail: dessearch@aus.edu