Interactive Media – Lecturer/Assistant/Associate/Professor of Practice (Open Rank) – NYU Abu Dhabi

Division of Arts and Humanities

NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is currently inviting applications for a full-time non-tenure track multi-year position in the Interactive Media program to begin Fall 2020. The Interactive Media program is a newly established Bachelor of Arts major at NYUAD that combines art, interaction design, communications, computer science, and engineering. The program was established 6 years ago as a multidisciplinary minor, and is formally housed in the University’s Arts and Humanities Division but has broad reach across the University. The mission of the program is to foster the creative use of emerging technologies for communication and expression as well as to leverage the creative process as a means to engage in both theoretical and critical discourse.

We are looking for a faculty member who:

  • Possesses an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural, social, political, and ethical implications of working with new communication technologies and emerging media
  • Has experience with computer programming (Javascript, Python, C++, C#, etc.), User Experience Design (UX), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), exhibiting works and/or presenting at conferences
  • Can engage students in creative practice, storytelling through various forms of media, designing rich user experiences, and exploring new modes of human-computer interactions.

The Interactive Media program is integrated into the NYUAD liberal arts experience and are interested in faculty who consider teaching an extension of their research. Inherent to the program’s values is an agility with regard to interactive media and its rapid evolution, and thus we welcome faculty who will contribute to the development of the curriculum.

Applicants who can teach the following will be favorably considered:

  • Foundation course that surveys various technologies including web development, sound, 2D design, digital imaging, video, effects and animation
  • Creative coding using Processing, P5.js, openFrameworks, Cinder, Unity, Unreal Engine, and/or TouchDesigner
  • Intermediate and advanced electives that emphasize UX
  • Senior capstone seminar and senior capstone project work

Across the program, Interactive Media faculty focus on experimentation and production both inside and outside of the classroom. Our approach to learning relies more on collaboration rather than competition so as to cultivate an accessible environment in which playful exploration, critical analysis, risk-taking, and failure can freely occur. While our foundation classes emphasize reading and writing, they are run in a workshop-like environment facilitating active learning and encouraging discussion of concept, content, technique and impact. Engaging with students beyond class time in the program’s lab space through project assistance, personal direction, and community activities is key.

About NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi is a pioneer of higher education in a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, while advancing cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. Part of the NYU global network, NYU Abu Dhabi offers an outstanding liberal arts and science education to students from the United Arab Emirates, United States, and around the world, focusing on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research that pushes the frontiers of knowledge forward and responds in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local questions. NYU Abu Dhabi advances NYU as a model university for the 21st century and contributes in multiple ways to the development of a sustainable, knowledge-based economy in Abu Dhabi.

As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students, and providing an intellectually rich environment. Students are drawn from around the globe, surpassing all traditional academic benchmarks. The NYU Abu Dhabi undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school appointments, and many other honors.

Working for NYUAD
A world-class institution deserves world-class benefits. At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work, it’s your home and in order for you to research, teach, and thrive, we’re offering a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. Start with generous relocation allowances to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by competitive salaries, housing and transportation allowances, and educational assistance for your dependents. Health and wellness services round out our offerings, plus more. Click here for more information on benefits for you and your dependents. All benefits are subject to eligibility criteria and dependent on the duration of the appointment.


Good interpersonal skills to collaborate with colleagues and actively interact with students in a multicultural education setting are highly desirable. Connection or experience with the region is also a plus. Applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, two syllabi for courses you would be inclined to teach, and a list of two references.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with March 15 as a priority deadline. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Hiring for this position is subject to final budgetary approval. If you have any questions, please e-mail

If this sounds like you, apply now.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.