American University of Sharjah

Faculty Positions


Faculty Positions for College of Architecture, Art and Design

Head of the Department of Art and Design

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Department of Art and Design. CAAD is committed to providing a comprehensive education that will enable its graduates to make significant contributions to the Gulf region and the broader global community through conscientious participation in practice.

CAAD promotes a culture of design through making and experimentation. CAAD labs provide an infrastructure of resources that includes working with wood/metal, digital fabrication, clay, photography, video, sound, and printmaking.

AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS is also accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA, Tel +1 215 662 5606).

The Head leads a department of 14 faculty members, with an enrollment of 200 undergraduate students. The department offers the four-year Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design, Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication and Bachelor of Science in Design Management. Samples of student work can be found at

Reporting to the Dean and assisted by a dedicated administrative staff member, the Head is responsible for engaging in collaborative leadership with department faculty and effectively managing human, fiscal, and physical resources. The Head supports the strategic vision for each program, provides oversight over curriculum, personnel, and budget, and is responsible for applying university rules and procedures. The Head leads efforts to ensure that accreditation standards are met and prepares accreditation reports. The Head mentors all department faculty, supervises and evaluates support staff, examines departmental offerings and curriculum, assigns courses and performs annual faculty evaluations.

In addition to administering the department, the Head teaches nine credit hours a year, engages in scholarship, and provides service to the college, university and community.

The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in design- or art-related fields along with relevant academic and professional experience preferably within the North American higher education model. She or he will have a strong record in teaching and scholarship. Prior administrative experience is preferred.

This is a twelve-month appointment and the initial term is for three years. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All faculty receive an attractive package inclusive of free on-campus housing, retirement supplement, annual airfare to the candidate's point of origin, and contributions to health insurance and education expenses for dependent children. The successful candidate is expected to assume duties in August 2018. For full consideration, applications should be received prior to October 31, 2017, when review of applications will commence.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, the names and contact information of three referees, curriculum vitae, and a link to a digital portfolio of scholarly/professional/teaching activities (a PDF file that can be downloaded from Google Drive, Dropbox, or other file sharing facility).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The search remains open until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted via

Founded in 1997 by the Ruler of Sharjah, the American University of Sharjah is a comprehensive, independent, non-profit coeducational university based on American models of higher education. AUS provides broad access to highly motivated students from all countries, while maintaining academic standards appropriate to and consistent with U.S. universities. The university has achieved remarkable growth and academic distinction during its short history.

The campus is a spectacular setting and is located approximately thirty minutes from Dubai International Airport. Sharjah is known as a city of learning and culture, and the United Arab Emirates is a thriving and rapidly changing country of approximately nine million inhabitants from across the world.

There are four academic units in the university. In addition to CAAD, the university includes the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the College of Engineering. All classes are taught in English, and although most faculty members are educated in the West, the atmosphere is vibrantly international. CAAD currently has five undergraduate programs leading to degrees in architecture, interior design, visual communication, multimedia design, and design management, as well as a graduate program in urban planning. The curriculum is based on the North American model with liberal arts and sciences integrated with professional education. Undergraduate students in CAAD begin their studies in a Foundation Year.