Faculty Position in Visual Communication
Visiting or Regular Assistant Professor Rank
The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for a regular or visiting faculty position in visual communication—at the assistant professor level—in the Department of Art and Design. The position provides an opportunity to contribute to a dynamic and diverse learning environment with students from approximately 90 countries. CAAD has established a reputation as a leader in design education in the region and graduates have gone on to study at top graduate programs across the globe and have established themselves as experts in creative industries within the region. AUS has been ranked among the top 200 programs globally in the Art and Design subject area by QS World University Subject Rankings.
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 Department of Art and Design also offers minors in design management, film, illustration and animation, photography and product design. The curriculum is based on the North American model with liberal arts and sciences integrated with professional education. All courses are taught in English. Website: https://www.aus.edu/caad. Samples of student work can be found at https://www.aus.edu/caad/department-of-art-and-design/gallery.
All positions come with a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package inclusive of free housing and generous retirement contributions along with funding for annual return airfare, school tuition for dependents and health insurance. The successful candidate for the visual communication position is expected to assume duties in August 2023 subject to budgetary approval.
The successful candidate will primarily teach courses in the Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication degree program and/or the Foundation Year. A terminal degree (MFA) in visual communication 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: graphic design, photography and printmaking. They should also have the ability to teach drawing courses and a Foundation Year design studio course.
In addition to teaching, faculty are required to mentor students, engage in scholarly activities (which can include creative work, publishable research or both) and participate in service activities for the college, university and community. Creative work and publishable research are important for the department and the university. Successful candidates will not only have access to excellent research opportunities but also generous financial support from the university to develop their scholarship. Applicants should have an excellent record of teaching and scholarship from a reputable university or the potential for developing such a record.
Interested applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application that describes one’s suitability for the position and provides the names and contact information of three referees; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) a digital portfolio of scholarly/professional/teaching activities (as a single PDF file, not exceeding 50 pages).
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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications received before November 15, 2022, will be given full consideration.
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 (1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 USA) since June 2004.
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 comprises 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