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Head of the Department of Art and Design
American University of Sharjah

  • Jun. 5, 2017
  • Head of the Department of Art and Design
  • Department of Art and Design
  • American University of Sharjah
    United Arab Emirates
  • October 31 or until filled
  • August 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Art Administration
    Fine Arts - General
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Head of the Department of Art and Design

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

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.

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