Academic Position, Position

Assistant, Associate or Professor of Graphic Design/Visual Communication in The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises-Zayed University-UAE

The Opportunity

The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises seeks a qualified candidate to fill a full-time faculty position in the area of Graphic and Interactive Design and to teach in the BFA programs in Graphic Design with a full-time faculty appointment in the Abu Dhabi or Dubai campus starting August 2016. Candidates with an interdisciplinary practice/approach are encouraged to apply.

The Requirements

Applicants must have earned a Doctorate or Master of Fine Arts degree (or equivalent), preferably in the field of Graphic Design or Visual Communications, and demonstrate a record of professional activity and accomplishments especially in screen-based distribution, and/or active research in the field of communication design. The successful applicant should have a minimum of two (2) years’ college-level teaching experience with some experience of curriculum development, and will be expected to teach both introductory (Foundation) and advanced level courses. Experience with graduate programs would be an asset.

Our particular aim with this appointment is to develop and strengthen the delivery of graphic/interactive design across the major. As a result we would particularly like to encourage established creative with experience in creating interactive media for professional clients with a thorough knowledge of graphic/interaction design; interactive media; and new technologies for various platforms, including desktop, web, social networking, and design for social change.

The successful candidate should demonstrate versatility, forward thinking, and advanced working knowledge of the leading technology software (Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud) appropriate to Graphic Design, Interactive Design and Multimedia Design. Additionally, the position requires an awareness of current issues in Design education, and a working knowledge and insight into the innovative application of media tools. The candidate’s approach and experience in engaging students in new media tools and digital skills should be evident within their teaching portfolio – statement of teaching philosophy, syllabi and samples of student work. Proficiency with typography and Arabic typographic is considered an asset Candidates must understand and support the integrated nature of the curriculum and must be able to contribute to art and design excellence, both academic and professional, within the college. Applicants should also be willing to collaborate with other colleges within the University and demonstrate a commitment to education and to scholarly and professional work.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • A proven record of excellence at baccalaureate-level teaching.
  • Dedication to curricular innovation.
  • Commitment to a sustained pace of scholarship and/or creative activities.
  • A record of professional accomplishment appropriate to their rank.
  • Substantial level of computer literacy and a good proficiency of usage of IT in education.
  • Willingness to provide service to the University, the College and the community.

The Benefits

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the U.A.E., housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and healthcare is provided to the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply

Please visit our web site www.zu.ac.ae click on ‘Employment’ to be directed to the recruitment website. In addition to completing the online application form, please include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Current Curricular Vitae
  • Statement of undergraduate teaching philosophy
  • Statement of scholarly and creative interests
  • Sample syllabi
  • The names and contact details of three professional references
  • Portfolio (10-15 samples) of professional/research work and (10-15 samples) of student work should be provided on a CD/DVD, a PDF, or provide a dedicated and reliable website to view the work. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

The University

Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. With approximately 550 full-time faculty serving approximately 9500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life. The University expects its graduates to be competent in English and Arabic, proficient in the use of computing technology, and strong in quantitative and research skills. English is the primary language of instruction and administration.

Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US.

The United Arab Emirates is a progressive country known for its high standard of living and it’s safe and family-friendly environment.

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