The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for a visiting or regular faculty appointment-at the assistant, associate or full professor level-to serve the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program. This position provides an opportunity to teach and conduct research in a unique urban context and to make a difference; program graduates occupy leadership positions across the region. As a result of AUS’s recent push to enhance research, there is now significant support for research activities. The position comes with 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.
Applicants will have demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service or the potential for such excellence. Applicants must possess expertise-developed through academic work and/or professional practice-in some combination of geospatial analysis, geodesign, computer applications in planning, urban plan-making, and research methods in planning.
The successful candidate will teach a combination of required core courses and elective offerings at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as the program’s capstone plan-making workshop. The candidate can expect to participate in and benefit from the AUS Smart Cities Research Institute, Gulf Environment Research Institute and Geospatial Analysis Center in the form of research funding and course releases. The successful candidate-if appointed as regular faculty and possessing relevant prior experience-may also provide program leadership, involving administrative tasks such as curriculum development, teaching assignments and student recruitment. Preference will be given to applicants with academic experience in the North American model of higher education.
A PhD in urban planning or related field is required.
The successful candidate is expected to assume duties in January (preferred) or August 2019.
Interested applicants should submit 1) a letter of application that describes the fit with this position description and provides the names and contact information of three referees; 2) curriculum vitae; and 3) a link to a digital portfolio of scholarly/professional/teaching activities (a PDF file that can be downloaded without a password from Google Drive, Dropbox or other file sharing facility).
Submit applications in confidence by visiting https://tinyurl.com/MUP-18-01.
Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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. Website: https://www.aus.edu/caad.
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 has been 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) since June 2004. The Bachelor of Architecture program at AUS is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and is the first program to receive this designation outside North America.
AUS 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