Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11 Jul 2019
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10 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The University

Zayed University, a leading university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 900 faculty and staff serving approximately 9,500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students on its twin campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Zayed University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life, and to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy and society. Through a curriculum grounded in learning outcomes, the University expects its graduates to be proficient in both English and Arabic, and to possess the skills in communication,technology, information literacy, research, critical thinking, and global awareness that will make them leaders in the interconnected21st-century world.  English is the primary language of instruction. 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 its safe, family-friendly, multi-national environment.

The College

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is comprised of three departments – the Department of Social Sciences, the Department of Arabic Language, and the Department of Islamic World Studies -- that contribute to the University ‘s general education program as well as the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs that include: BA International Studies; BA Emirati Studies; MA Diplomacy and International Affairs and MA Judicial Studies.

The Opportunity

As chief academic officer of the College, the Dean provides leadership to advance the educational and scholarly missions of programs in the College and fosters an inclusive environment that encourages an academic climate that is responsive, student-cantered, entrepreneurial and values diversity. The Dean is the principal spokesperson and advocate for the College and sits on the Academic and Administrative Councils to formulate and implement University policies and strategic plans. The Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is responsible for the review of curricula and programs, staffing, budgeting, oversight of all operational functions of the college and alumni cultivation.Reporting to the Provost, the Dean functions as the university's primary representative of the College's disciplines to the external community.As Dean of the College, h/she must also be committed to collaborative,ethical leadership and skilled in human and financial resource management, as well as strategic planning.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D degree from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible academic administrative experience at the level of Department Chair or Associate Dean.
  • A record of scholarship, teaching and service in higher education appropriate to appointment within the Zayed University faculty at the rank of full professor.
  • Experience in a learning outcomes-based,assessment-rich, educational institution.
  • Evidence of leadership in the development of new programs that meet international standards and success in building teamwork and creating a shared vision.
  • Ability to work with faculty from diverse cultures and nationalities and across disciplinary lines.

The Benefits

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive: competitive salaries free of income tax in the United Arab Emirates;housing allowance; furniture allowance; annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family; educational subsidies for eligible children; health insurance for the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply

In addition to completing the online application form, attach a cover letter, a current CV, copies of the academic degrees, and the names and contact details of three professional references. Additionally, please feel free to send your application package as a single pdf document to the Chair of the Search Committee: Prof. Mohsen Onsy, Associate Provost and Chief Academic Officer, at

(Indicate“College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Position” in the subject line.)

Review Process

The review of applications will continue until the position is filled.