Instructor, University College, Department of Advising and Academic Development

Abu Dhabi/Dubai, United Arab Emirates
05 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
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. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 900 faculty and staff serving approximately 10500 undergraduate and 1500 graduate students on its 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. The University expects its graduates to be proficient in English, Arabic, the use of computing technology, and qualitative and quantitative and research skills. English is the primary language of instruction and administration. 

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 Department

The Department of Advising and Academic Development is one of five departments within University College. Through its innovative General Education common core curriculum, University College offers students a high-quality, foundational first-year program, designed to prepare them for their future majors and professional careers.  The experience instills in the students a desire for lifelong learning, fosters intellectual curiosity, and engenders critical thinking. The General Education program initiates the baccalaureate careers of all ZU students and has as its goal to build students’ understanding of their relation to the world and to equip them to be successful at the University, in their professions and in their personal lives through an integrated, skill-rich, interdisciplinary core curriculum.

Faculty in the Department of Advising and Academic Development are responsible for the First Year Experience of the entire student body of entrants into the university. Faculty are responsible for teaching courses in Life Skills and Advising. The first course includes the more traditional topics of academic and personal adjustment to university life, and then it is through Advising that faculty support and guide students with their academic choices. The advising/mentoring role is as important as teaching; it is through advising classes and individual advising appointments that faculty mentor students and help them navigate university life. Faculty members teach and advise fifteen credit hours per week.  Additionally, they are expected to have a consistent pace of engagement with their discipline/profession; they are expected to be active members of the University and College community.

The Opportunity

The Department of Advising and Academic Development is seeking experienced academic advising faculty to serve as academic advisors for first-year general education students, and to teach in areas for which they are credentialed such as in student development, career exploration, and skills for life. We seek faculty who possess a strong commitment to teaching the University’s core curriculum, and who are advocates of general education as understood in the US model of education. Candidates will be familiar with first year-experience and with leadership curricula, and they will value teaching introductory student development courses. 

Teaching load at Zayed University is established at five courses per semester for instructors. Teaching within University College is a unique opportunity to join a progressive College that is actively working to enhance the education of young people in one of the world’s most dynamic nations. Successful candidates will demonstrate excellence in student-centered teaching and will be committed to practices that ensure student success. 

Candidates are urged to visit University College’s website at:

The Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Education, Educational Counseling, Student Affairs, or related field.  
  • Experience working as an academic adviser and or First Year Experience instructor.
  • Strong commitment to student success.
  • Familiarity with student-centered learning strategies.
  • Demonstrated skills working with different cultures in a sensitive manner.
  • Flexible attitude and ability to work in teams.
  • Native proficiency in written and spoken English.

The Benefits

The University offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To Apply

Visit our web site and click on ‘Employment’ to be directed to the recruitment website. In addition to completing the online application form, please attach a cover letter and current CV. Please note that successful candidates will be required to obtain equivalency of their terminal degree from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.

Review Process

Review of applications will begin immediately for August 2020.  Applicants will be contacted only if they are short-listed.

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