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

Date Posted May 31, 2018
Title Head of the Department of Art and Design
University American University of Sharjah
Department Department of Art and Design
Application Deadline Sep. 14, 2018
Position Start Date January or August 2019
  • Sharjah
    United Arab Emirates
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Art - General
    Art Administration
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.

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 of art and design 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 mentors all department faculty, supervises and evaluates support staff, examines departmental offerings and curriculum, assigns courses and performs annual faculty evaluations.

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. Evidence of administrative experience is preferred.

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 January or August 2019. For full consideration, applications should be received prior to September 15, 2018, when review of applications will commence.

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).

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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 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States.

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.

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 and is now embarking on a campaign to become a comprehensive university with an enhance profile of scholarship and research. 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.

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