American University of Sharjah

Faculty Positions


Faculty Positions for College of Architecture, Art and Design

Assistant | Associate | Full Professor (Multiple Positions)
Department of Architecture

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, Fabrication 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.

Associate | Full Professor
Visual Communication | Department of Art and Design

A Master's degree in Visual Communication or associated areas is required as well as 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 also be able to demonstrate knowledge in one or more of the following specialist areas; typography, branding, editorial & publication design, typeface design, way-finding and packaging design. 

The candidate will be expected to primarily teach design studio courses in Visual Communication.

In addition to teaching duties 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.

The College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah currently has five undergraduate programs leading to degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Multimedia Design, and Design Management, plus a Master's Degree in Urban Planning. The Department of Art and Design also offers minors in Design Management, Film, Illustration and Animation, Photography and Product Design.

Assistant | Associate | Full Professor  (Visiting)
Design and Art | Department of Art and Design

The duration of this position would typically be for one academic year, but could possibly range from a semester to two years. The Visiting Faculty Program at CAAD adds an important dimension to the college, and directly addresses those with a deep interest and significant experience/expertise, wishing to engage the department and college outside of the typical three-year entry contract. Candidates with expertise in visual communication, UX and UI design, 3D modeling, animation (2D and 3D) or design foundations will be considered.

Lab Instructor (Multiple Staff Positions)

Lab Instructor in various areas | CAAD Labs

CAAD Labs promotes the act of making as an essential component of a comprehensive design education. CAAD Labs provides support and resources for student and faculty production of full-scale design output; in pursuit of academic excellence, scholarly activities, and cross-disciplinary practice. CAAD Labs encompasses three lab groups: the Materials Labs, Fabrication Labs, and Multimedia Labs. The Materials Labs include resources for working with specific material types (wood, metal, ceramics, finishes). The Fabrication Labs include resources for working with digital manufacturing processes (CNC milling, laser cutting, 3D-printing, industrial robotics). The Multimedia Labs include resources for the production of media content (audio-video production, photography, printmaking, internet, and physical computing).

CAAD Labs Instructor is a full-time, salaried position reporting to the CAAD Labs Director. CAAD Labs Instructors are highly motivated individuals, responsible for instructional, technical, and operational support for a designated lab group (Materials, Fabrication, or Multimedia). Qualified candidates hold a degree from a recognized institution, in Architecture, Design, or a relevant field of study; and exhibit functional competency and experience in the topics covered by their specific lab group.  In addition to required duties, CAAD Labs Instructors are encouraged to pursue individual research, professional development, and dissemination of their own work within the University context.

General duties include the following:

  • Provides orientations and workshops on lab processes.
  • Provides individual instruction during regular lab operating hours.
  • Provides course support as requested by academic departments.
  • Exhibits competencies in proper equipment operation.
  • Performs and coordinates routine equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Ensures that labs adequately meet and maintain requisite safety standards.
  • Assumes responsibility for lab inventory management and tracking.
  • Contributes to lab planning and development.
  • Participates in special College projects and activities.

For All Positions:

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:  The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1, 2014 and the positions, subject to change and funding, will remain open until filled.