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Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Education

Job Description and Requirements

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), invites applications for two full-time faculty positions in Education – one at the Assistant Professor rank and one at the Associate Professor rank – to begin Fall 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

 

The School of Arts & Sciences is currently undergoing a strategic review, and one outcome will be the development of new Department of Education which will house current and new programs in education (undergraduate and graduate). The search committee would be particularly keen to receive applications from colleagues who have experience in program development and/or leadership of an academic department.

 

Minimum qualifications include:

·         Earned doctorate in Education or a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning

·         Experience as a teacher and leader in a P-12 setting, with preference given to experience in a STEAM discipline

·         Evidence of ability to teach a wide range of courses in education, educational leadership and teaching and learning

·         Experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses 

·         A solid record of scholarly publications in the field of Education and at least five years of prior university level teaching experience

·         Experience in new program development and curriculum design is preferred

·         Experience in forming strategic partnerships with P-12 schools, and other external stakeholders

·         Fluency in the literature and research on P-12 education

·         Commitment to excellence in teaching, research and service

·         Commitment to provide service to the department, university and community

·         Effective communication skills in English (spoken and written)

·         Effective interpersonal and organizational skills

·         Interest and/or experience working with a diverse student population

·         Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a variety of disciplines

·         Ability to advise students in the major

·         Willingness to play an integral role in the growth of a new department including curriculum review and outreach efforts

·         Ability to work in a changing environment

 

Current Education program:

The current Master of Education in Educational Leadership is an innovative program designed to prepare and develop educational leaders and practitioners who actively direct school improvement. The program allows experienced educational professionals to earn the M.Ed. degree while continuing with their careers. A unique aspect of this program is the contextualization of education issues to the challenges that face educational administrators, teachers and students in RAK, the UAE and the greater region. The program has two tracks: the first in teaching and learning with a focus on teachers who want to improve their practice; and the second in school leadership with a focus on teachers and other school personnel who want to continue or advance into administration.

 

Future plans:

The University has ambitious development and growth plans for the Education program, including new pathways into teaching and the field of education for students, including exploring new undergraduate options, expanding the current Master of Education program and seeking international program accreditation. The School of Arts and Sciences seeks a colleague who can assist with this development, with the possibility of a leadership role in the program.

 

Description of AURAK:

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is a public non-profit, independent, coeducation institution of higher education which delivers an integrated American-style, undergraduate and graduate education with a strong focus on the local indigenous culture.  All programs are accredited by the Ministry of Education of the UAE. The American model of higher education ensures not only the acquisition of knowledge and skills in specific academic fields, but also a general education curriculum that exposes students to new ideas and ways of thinking critically about local and global issues. The multicultural student body at AURAK offers candidates the opportunity to teach and conduct research in one of the most diverse countries in the world. AURAK is located in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the Northern Emirates and a rapidly growing region.  The beauty of Ras Al Khaimah is reflected in its traditions and diverse landscapes — its white sandy beaches, the majestic Hajjar Mountains, the expansive desert and its sands dunes, and the many historical sites.

 

Application Submission:

Application materials must be submitted via online. 

 

Incomplete applications will not be acknowledged. Complete applications include the following items: 

·         Cover letter

·         Statement of teaching philosophy

·         Detailed curriculum vitae (résumé)

·         Copies of all transcripts – official transcripts will be required upon hiring

·         Three references (Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses)

·         List of courses taught

·         Copies of teaching evaluations

 

Application Deadline:  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

 

Appointment Information:  Full-time, four-year contract with the possibility of renewal.  Competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with qualifications and experience.