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 regular and visiting faculty positions in the Department of Architecture. All positions feature a competitive salary and an exceptional benefits package inclusive of free housing and generous retirement contribution along with funding for annual return airfare, school tuition for dependents, and health insurance.

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. In addition to CAAD, the University is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Business Administration. AUS is fully committed to equal opportunity at all levels without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, family status, or national origin. Website: www.aus.edu

CAAD offers five undergraduate programs leading to degrees in architecture, interior design, visual communication, multimedia design, and design management, along with the Master of Urban Planning degree. The curriculum is based on the North American model with liberal arts and sciences integrated with a professional education. All courses are taught in English. Web site: https://www.aus.edu/caad. Samples of student work can be found here: https://www.aus.edu/caad/student_work

All degree programs in CAAD are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA) and by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. 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.

Head of the Department of Architecture

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Department of Architecture.

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 has a successful design-build initiative backed by extensive CAAD Labs fabrication facilities that cover the spectrum of making-from clay to new materials and techniques that comprehensively span all mechanical and digital fabrication as well as photography, video, sound and printmaking.

The Head leads a department of 24 faculty members, with an enrollment of 350 undergraduate and 45 graduate students. The department offers the five-year Bachelor of Architecture, the four-year Bachelor of Interior Design and the Master of Urban Planning degrees.

AUS is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The Bachelor of Architecture degree is fully accredited by the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) in the United States.

Reporting to the Dean and assisted by a dedicated administrative staff member, the Head is responsible for 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 successful candidate will possess a terminal degree in architecture, interior design, or urban planning along with relevant academic and professional experience, and will have attained the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, preferably within the North American higher education model. Licensure is desirable when applicable. The Head must possess a record of teaching and scholarly success and shall have demonstrated the capacity for academic leadership.

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.

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 2017. For full consideration, applications should be received prior to October 31, 2016, when review of applications will commence.  

Interested candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, a digital portfolio of scholarly/professional/teaching activities, along with the names and contact information of three referees. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The search remains open until the position is filled.

Applications and nominations should be sent to: archeadsearch@aus.edu

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.

Department of Art and Design

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for multiple regular or visiting faculty positions in the Department of Art and Design. All positions feature a competitive salary and an exceptional benefits package inclusive of free housing and generous retirement contribution along with funding for annual return airfare, school tuition for dependents, and health insurance. The successful candidate is expected to assume duties in August 2017.

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. In addition to CAAD, the University is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Business Administration. Website: www.aus.edu

All Degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA) and by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The Department of Art and Design offers three undergraduate programs leading to degrees in Visual Communication, Multimedia Design, and Design Management along with minors in Design Management, Film, Illustration and Animation, Photography, and Product Design. Faculty teach required and elective courses in these majors and minors as well as beginning design courses to students in the Foundation Year 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.

Besides teaching, faculty are required to mentor students, engage in scholarly activities (which can include both research and creative work) and participate in service activities for the college, university and community. Applicants should have an excellent record of teaching and scholarship from a reputable university (or the potential for developing such a record, if at the Assistant Professor rank).

Successful candidates are expected to assume duties in August 2017.

Interested applicants should send a single PDF file including 1.) a letter of interest outlining areas of teaching, practice, scholarship, and service, 2.) a Curriculum Vitae, 3.) names and contact information for three references, and 4.) a digital portfolio outlining scholarship, professional and student work. Applications should be uploaded to the following link.

The review of applications will begin on November 1, 2016 and continue until the positions are filled.

Regular / Visiting Appointment | Open Rank

Visual Communication

The successful candidate will primarily teach studio courses in the Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication program and/or the Foundation Year. A terminal degree (MFA or MA) in Visual Communication or a related area is required along with significant academic and professional experience. A thorough knowledge of contemporary design practice and history/theory is required. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Graphic Design, Illustration, Printmaking and/or Photography.

Regular / Visiting Appointment | Open Rank

Multimedia Design

The successful candidate will primarily teach studio courses in the Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design program and/or the Foundation Year. A terminal degree (MFA or MA) in Multimedia Design, Digital Media or a related area is required along with significant academic and professional experience. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Film Theory, Film/Video production, Editing, Sound Design, Animation, UX, Physical Computing, App Design and other digital media.

Regular / Visiting Appointment | Open Rank

Design Management

The successful candidate will primarily teach courses in the Bachelor of Science in Design Management program. A terminal degree (MSc or MA) in Design Management or a related area is required along with a strong design ability and significant academic and professional experience. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Design Management, Design Thinking, Product Design, Strategic Design, User-centered Design and Service Design.

Regular / Visiting Appointment | Open Rank

History of Art

The successful candidate will primarily teach first-year courses on the history of architecture, art and design along with courses that address the university's general education requirement in arts and literature. A terminal degree (PhD) in Art History or a related area is required. Candidates should have the proven ability to teach large-enrollment courses and a publication record appropriate to their rank.