Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Interior Design, College of Arts and Creative Enterprises

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 29 January 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


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 over 900 faculty and staff serving approximately 10,000 students across two main campuses - as well as satellite locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai- the University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, cultural organizations, civil society, and family life. The University expects its graduates to be fully bilingual in English and Arabic, proficient in the use of computing technology, and strong in quantitative and research skills. The primary language of instruction and administration is English. Zayed University is fully accredited in the U.A.E. as well as by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the U.S.A.

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

The College of Art and Creative Enterprises (CACE):
CACE offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the following: Animation Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Art. It also offers a minor in Curatorial Studies, and a joint degree program, a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Design with the College of Communication and Media Sciences and the College of Technological Innovation. CACE aims to prepare students to become creative leaders in the arts and related industries. Our mission is to provide student artists and designers with an opportunity to explore and develop their own creative ideas while contributing to national initiatives in the culture of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In Interior Design, students acquire the appropriate technical skills and conceptual knowledge to design functional, safe, and aesthetically appealing interior architectural spaces for their clients. Students work on small residential to large commercial projects and learn about soft and hard decorative finishes, illumination, and the interplay between social and natural environments. Through research, problem solving, and applied practice, students understand the complexities of the built environment while developing creative solutions.
The Opportunity:
In order to meet the growing enrollment at the college, CACE seeks qualified candidates to teach in the area of Interior Design with an appointment on the Dubai campus starting August 2020.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will make a valuable contribution to the development of the Interior Design program in the College through forging strong relationships and liaising with the local industry and contributing to the Internship Program, as well as support an integrated approach of the curriculum. The candidate will encourage students to consider their future careers within a local, regional and international context and ensure that they are equipped with the necessary tools and knowledge to take up this challenge. The successful candidate should demonstrate versatility, forward thinking, and advanced working knowledge of the leading digital technology software. Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and initiatives of the college that will advocate innovative practices and research.

The Requirements:

Applicants must have earned a Doctorate or Master of Fine Arts degree (or equivalent terminal degree) in the field of Interior Design, or a related field, and demonstrate a strong record of professional accomplishments within Interior Design. The successful applicant will have a proven track record of excellence at baccalaureate-level teaching for a minimum of 5 years, preferably at Associate or Professor rank, and demonstrate a sustained pace of scholarship and/or creative activities. Administrative experience would be an asset.
Candidates should be flexible and able to teach a variety of courses  at both introductory and advanced level in the Interior Design program. Candidates who are proficient to teach digital design software are highly desirable. The successful candidate should demonstrate strong teaching and practice experience in the development and exploration of creative concepts in Interior Design, as well as skills in final presentation employing digital design software. In addition to studio instruction, expertise to teach furniture design, finishes, color and light, interior construction and technology, sustainable design, and graphic representations at the undergraduate level is very important. Knowledge of textiles, building technology, furniture, and finishing materials and/or experience in fabrication lab technology such as 3D printers and laser cutting machines will be considered an asset.

The candidate’s approach and experience in engaging students in an Interior Design program must be evident within their teaching and professional practice portfolio – statement of teaching philosophy, syllabi and samples of student work. As teaching includes advising and mentoring students, faculty are expected to:

  • Serve on department, college and university committees as assigned.
  • Curriculum development and coordination with other Interior Design faculty.
  • Community and industry outreach to promote the program and instigate initiatives involving our students. 

The Benefits:

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries, 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 and click on ‘Employment’ to be directed to the recruitment website.
In addition to completing the online application form, please uploaded one document containing:

  • Cover letter.
  • Current Curricular Vitae.
  • Statement of undergraduate teaching philosophy.
  • Statement of Research (scholarly and creative interests).
  • Sample syllabi .
  • Copies of the terminal degree and transcript.
  • The names and contact details of three professional references.
  • Also, a portfolio (10-15 samples) of professional/research work and (10-15 samples) of student work should be provided as a PDF, or hyperlink or reliable website, and sent through Dropbox or WeTransfer to and please reference the job title in the subject heading. 

The review of applications will commence in March and will continue until the position is filled.

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