Leadership Principal Instructor

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
21 Jun 2022
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Full Time


The Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program offers a select cohort of talented university students unique access to specially designed courses, lectures, leadership experiences, networking, and assistance with applying for graduate school opportunities and scholarships. It accepts scholars from among the most outstanding students at the national UAE universities: the Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates University, and Zayed University. The Scholars Program has been developed in close consultation with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, national extant universities and colleges in the UAE, and New York University Abu Dhabi. The Program Goals include:

  • Academic and Leadership Development
    To offer an unparalleled and rigorous educational, cross-cultural, and leadership-development experience to outstanding and gifted university students in their third or fourth years of college study in the UAE.
  • Network and Enrichment Opportunities 
    To provide access to NYUAD’s global research, educational, and leadership network, to foster greater awareness of international issues and challenges, and to develop in these Scholars the capacity to shape the future.
  • Graduate Education Advising 
    To counsel and help prepare exceptional candidates demonstrating the highest merit and motivation for graduate and professional study at institutions of their choice. 

The Principal Instructor will oversee all academic duties for delivering the SMSP course, What Makes a Great Leader? in collaboration with Assistant Instructors. The curriculum for this course will help students explore some aspects of the theory and practice of leadership, and will assist them in the development of their own leadership awareness through individual, and group-based activity. Specific topic areas include: characteristics of effective leadership; time management; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment; Strengths Based Leadership assessment; emotional intelligence; personal mission statements and leadership development maps;  goal setting.  The course, over the nine-month span of the Scholars Program, also helps students enhance their critical analysis, collaboration and teamwork skills, as well as problem solving skills.  Interactions with leaders from different settings in the UAE and the US is an important component.

Academic duties of the Principal Instructor include identifying and updating course goals and learning outcomes, syllabus and lesson plan creation, instruction, grading and evaluation, and office hours for student meetings. The course comprises approximately 8 sessions, totaling approximately 16 hours of classroom instruction for the duration of the academic year. The Principal Instructor also assists with the coordination and facilitation of  meetings with 5-6 leaders for each SMSP cohort, totaling approximately 5-6 classroom hours. The Principal Instructor will also support programmatic activities on SMSP weekends as necessary and participate in selection activities and graduation events, as needed.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work within the existing curriculum to create syllabi and lesson plans for 8 What Makes a Great Leader? sessions
  • Ensure that all course materials are delivered and accessible to the Scholars, oftentimes through the NYU learning management system of Brightspace
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings and interactions with leaders from various professional settings, typically 3-4 leaders in the UAE and 1-2 in NYU’s Global Sites
  • Incorporate the What Makes a Great Leader? curriculum into research/interest-based trips (if government and institutional regulations allow for travel due to Covid-19)
  • With the Assistant Instructors, have at least one set of 1-1 meetings with the Scholars to discuss goals, progress, and challenges. Be available to individual Scholars or groups in need of assistance, as well as to other instructors undertaking cross-curricular or collaborative projects
  • Work closely with the Assistant Instructors to review Scholar performance, provide feedback and grades, and evaluate course delivery and activities
  • Provide Scholars with ongoing and regular feedback (oral and written) for the duration of the Scholars Program
  • Attend any pre-program meetings and/or training sessions
  • Participate in faculty meetings by providing detailed feedback on Scholars’ academic progress 
  • Submit extensive and detailed written feedback on each Scholar to be used in crafting letters of recommendation for their graduate school applications at the end of every academic year
  • Review, evaluate, and update course and teaching materials at the end of every academic year
  • Attend and aid as needed with co-curricular events and activities throughout the Scholars Program, which will entail leading small groups of students on excursions and trips, or supporting the operations of the program if necessary
  • Supervise and coordinate instruction with Assistant Instructor(s)

Length of Appointment: 

September to May of each academic year, with attendance at approximately two meetings prior to the program’s start for orientation activities. Apart from the Abu Dhabi portion of the program, research/interest-based trips to NYU’s Global Sites may take place for students, which the Principal Instructor may take part in.  Trips will only take place subject to government and institutional regulations due to Covid-19. Dates of the appointment are subject to change.

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 on campus if required; 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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Required Education, Certifications, Licensing or Training:

  • Advanced degree (Masters, PhD, or other terminal degree) in Executive Leadership, Educational Leadership, or a related subject
  • Available to travel internationally, if necessary, during the dates listed above, if the program is delivered in person
  • Ability to provide online instruction during the dates listed above if the program is delivered online

Preferred Education, Certifications, Licensing or Training:

  • Advanced degree in Leadership, or related subject
  • College-level experience teaching in Leadership

Required Work and Related Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in cross-cultural education and enthusiasm for teaching
  • Experience supervising university students in a co-curricular setting
  • Availability to assist with the administration of the program prior to the start of classes in Abu Dhabi

Preferred Work and Related Experience

  • Work or internship experience teaching English to non-native speakers
  • Familiarity with both online and face-to-face instruction

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format.
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