Associate Professor, Art History

Abu Dhabi / Dubai, United Arab Emirates
19 May 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

College of Art and Creative Enterprises

Zayed University, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Campuses

Beginning in Spring or Fall 2022

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 high standard of living and its safe, family-friendly environment.

The College of Art and Creative Enterprises (CACE)

CACE offers students a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in the following: Animation, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Visual Art and a shared BSc in Multimedia Design. Additionally, we offer a minor in Curatorial Studies. 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). The College works closely with faculty in other university disciplines such as the majors in Multi-Media Design, in Emirati Studies, and the MA in Museum Studies. CACE has received Substantial Equivalency from the National Schools of Art & Design for its academic programs.

The Opportunity

The College of Arts and Creative Enterprises seeks qualified candidates to teach in the area of Art History with an appointment beginning in 2022.

The successful applicant will teach a variety of Art History courses including introductory survey courses, upper-division specialized courses in contemporary art and design, design history, curatorial and/or museum studies, and courses related to the art of the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region. Candidates with an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to teaching Art History are desirable, as are those with expertise in the area of Culture and Heritage of the Gulf Region, Islamic Art and Architecture, or Middle Eastern Art or related fields are preferred. Curating or Museum Studies are also strongly desired areas.

The Requirements

Applicants must have earned a Doctorate or Master of Fine Arts degree (or equivalent) in the appropriate disciplinary area. Experience with graduate programs would be an asset.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will make a valuable contribution to the development of the programs in the College through building relationships and liaising with the local industry and contributing to the Internship Program, as well as support an integrated approach of the curriculum. They will encourage students to consider their future careers within a local, regional and international context and ensure that they are equipped to take up this challenge. The successful candidate should demonstrate versatility, forward thinking, and advanced working knowledge of the leading technology software. The candidate’s approach and experience in engaging students in new media tools and digital skills should be evident within their teaching portfolio – statement of teaching philosophy, syllabi and samples of student work.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • A proven record of excellence at baccalaureate-level teaching.
  • Dedication to curricular innovation.
  • Commitment to a sustained pace of scholarship and/or creative activities.
  • A record of professional accomplishment appropriate to their rank.
  • Substantial level of computer literacy and a good proficiency of usage of IT in education.
  • Willingness to provide service to the University and to the College.


The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the U.A.E., 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 upload one document containing:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current Curricular Vitae
  3. Statement of undergraduate teaching philosophy
  4. Statement of Research (scholarly and creative interests)
  5. Sample syllabi
  6. Copies of the terminal degree and transcript
  7. The names and contact details of three professional references

In addition, please submit copies of your terminal degree and transcriptsto and please reference the job title “Art History” in the subject heading.

Review of applications will begin once received and interviews will begin shortly after.