Professor of Live Art/Art as Social Practice, Open Rank

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 10 December 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Continuing Contract


The Division of Arts and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for an open rank, full-time contract faculty position in the Theater Program. We seek an educator whose work is located in both practice and scholarship to develop our BA curriculum in the area of Live Arts/Arts as Social Practice. The ideal candidate would have teaching experience, a terminal degree and a demonstrable focus on Performance and Theater as a Social Practice. Such a person should bring into conversation - politics, activism, aesthetics, community and social structures. We seek a colleague who will lead our students in investigations and art making projects that intertwine art practices and scholarly disciplines. All courses will be geared to students with multiple academic and creative interests, activating not only Theater Program students, but also students enrolled in majors across the university. We are seeking a faculty member who will use this new position to open and expand our student’s engagement with theater, performance and citizenship.

The NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program is an academic and artistic laboratory dedicated to theater research, scholarship and practice. Reflecting the cosmopolitan vision of NYUAD, a global liberal arts university with students gathered from 115 countries, we provide a rigorous approach to artist training, a solid scholarly foundation in theater history, theory and criticism, and exposure to a variety of transnational cultural practices through the study of theater and performance. For NYUAD theater majors, making and thinking – creating and articulating culture - are inseparable tasks. Our aim is to develop artist-citizens whose theatrical contributions will expand the limits of the field and make a difference in the world. We expect NYUAD Theater graduates to collaborate eagerly with other artists, scientists and scholars across disciplines and invent new and hybrid cultural practices that will come to define what theater will be in the 21st century.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. Our faculty are the engines that sustain our inclusive environment; NYUAD students come from more than 115 countries, with no single one nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Our modern campus is home to over 320 faculty who represent more than 45 different nationalities, all of whom bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. Research is advanced by over 400 highly qualified research staff, who are likewise drawn from all over the world.

This is an open-rank search and a renewable arts contract position, which includes: a course load of 3-4 courses per year; serving as an academic advisor; serving as a faculty advisor for student projects and interest groups; collaborations with faculty, instructors, and staff in ongoing program and curriculum development; initiating growth within the program and division and support for research endeavors.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has assembled over the past decade a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, artists, inventors, and others who have contributed to the growth of the UAE’s capital as a global hub of knowledge and culture while establishing a new model of higher education for today’s complex world.

NYUAD is animated by inspiring, diverse faculty, students, and staff working together in an exciting and dynamic city. 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 among the world’s best. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to building a campus environment anchored in mutual respect, understanding, and care. The NYUAD undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school appointments, and many other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the university and the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in the next decade.

NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE). For more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values create fundamental to our mission please visit

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. In order for faculty to thrive, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. This starts with a generous relocation allowance to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by a competitive salary, housing, and transportation allowance; educational assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services, plus more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic career trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority.

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This position requires at least a Master's Degree or equivalent experience. An MFA or PhD is preferred.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Teaching Statement
  • List of Courses Taught
  • Relevant Syllabi
  • Names and emails of three references who will be contacted by Interfolio to submit their letter confidentially through the system.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interviews are expected to take place in Fall 2021. We anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi in 2022, though the start date is flexible.

NYUAD is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University.

For questions about this position, please email

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people.

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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