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ARTS: Assistant Professor of Design Theory - Tenure Track
The American University in Cairo

Date Posted Jun. 21, 2021
Title ARTS: Assistant Professor of Design Theory - Tenure Track
University The American University in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
Department Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Spring 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Product Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
Company Description:

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has a rich legacy that dates back 100 years. Founded in 1919 as an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship, AUC remains a vibrant institution that contributes to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. AUC emphasizes a liberal arts education, with all undergraduate students studying a common set of courses in the humanities and the natural and social sciences as part of the University's Core Curriculum. Ranked as one of the top 30 best universities in the Arab region by U.S. News and World Report, AUC is proud to have programs in the arts and humanities; business, management, and accounting; and social sciences that rank in the top ten in the region. Located in one of the most interesting and important cities in the world - at the nexus of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and the center of events of the Arab world - AUC's academic programs draw on the city of Cairo as an extension of the classroom, integrating it into the curriculum and allowing students to be actively engaged in the society and world around them. As a chartered and accredited university in the United States and Egypt, AUC creates opportunities for diverse students, serves as the fountainhead of arts and culture, and further advances a global exchange that brings the world to Egypt and Egypt to the world.

Job Description:

The Graphic Design program at the Department of the Arts is requesting a full-time position as Assistant Professor of Design Theory to begin Spring 2022.

The successful applicant will be required to teach six courses per academic year (three courses per semester). The candidate will teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate courses in design history and theory, and special topics within the applicant's expertise. The candidate will actively develop design history and theory courses focusing on the Arab world and the region. The position also carries administrative responsibilities at the department, school, and university levels.


The ideal candidate will hold a PhD. in design theory or an appropriately relevant field and have excellent qualifications, substantiated by a habilitation or equivalent academic achievement. At least five to seven years of successful teaching experience at the university level is strongly preferred. Experience with cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential. Applicants should display evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills also.

The successful candidate will teach all levels of design every academic year and develop courses and high-quality research on the role of design in a cultural context. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of design history, theory, and criticism.

Additional Information:

Priority will be given to applications received by September 15, 2021.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:

a) Current CV; b) Letter of interest; c) Statement of teaching philosophy; d) Completed Personnel Information Form; e) We will ask for at least three referees familiar with your professional background if you are selected for an interview. Please send reference letters directly to Finalists will be asked to provide a portfolio of their creative work.

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  • Haytham Nawar
    The American University in Cairo



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