Literature, Visiting Professor, Open Rank

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
15 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time


The Literature and Creative Writing Program at New York University Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint up to three candidates to a multi-year visiting professor position in Literature (open-rank, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) starting on September 1, 2022.

The ideal candidate will have a solid grounding in the study of African, Asian, European, or Anglophone literatures. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach in more than one geographical area and work comparatively across multiple languages and literary traditions. Candidates whose work engages with topics such as translation, migration, and diasporic writing are particularly welcome to apply.

The successful applicant should be able to address the relationship between literary study and creative practice and the diversity of forms of literary and cultural expression, across local, regional, and global contexts.

The candidate should be able to teach at least two of the required courses of the program in Literature and Creative Writing at NYUAD and create collaborations and synergies with the research of our faculty.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. Accordingly, we particularly welcome applications from female scholars as well as members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

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. Likewise, our faculty are highly diverse and community-minded: 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.

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

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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We seek faculty candidates from multiple academic cultures and candidates who have experience or evidence of the potential for success in teaching a diverse population of students, including first generation students, students from diverse racial and ethnic groups, and students from across the world.

Teaching load for the year is 4 courses (typically 2 in Fall, 2 in Spring) plus capstone thesis advising.

PhD in a related discipline is desirable.

Appointments are tenable for up to three years. Visiting faculty (if not retired) must be able to obtain a leave of absence and a letter of no objection from their home institution.

The NYUAD academic calendar typically starts the last week of August and ends in the last week of May. Candidates must be willing to relocate to the UAE in time for the beginning of the semester.

Application Instructions

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

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Up to Five (5) Representative Publications 
  • Teaching Statement
  • Syllabi
  • List of Courses Taught
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available) or other evidence of teaching excellence
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references. (Only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

We anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi in academic year 2022-2023.

Hiring for this position is subject to final budgetary approval. If you have any questions, please email

If this sounds like you, apply now.

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

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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