Instructor, Leadership and Public Speaking, NYUAD Summer Academy

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
08 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part-time


The NYUAD Summer Academy is a cross-cultural program designed to enhance the academic profile of highly motivated Emirati high school students about to start their 11th year. The program features intensive instruction in Critical Thinking and Writing, Mathematical Reasoning, College Readiness and Success, Standardized Test Preparation, and Leadership Development and Public Speaking over the course of two summers and an intervening academic year.

Following a competitive admissions process, up to 54 program participants are selected each year as recipients of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarships for Outstanding High School Students, which enables them to attend the Summer Academy.

In this mixed-gender program, students are exposed to a rich cultural and rigorous academic program which enhances their ability to gain admission to and perform well at top-tier English-language universities. The program begins during the summer following the 10th year of high school and continues for the following 18 months, with two intensive summer courses of study in Abu Dhabi at the NYUAD Campus. In addition, students participate in online study and academic refresher weekends during the following academic year.

Program Goals

  • University Preparation - Instill in students the intellectual resources and skills necessary for success at top-tier, English-language universities through the 18-month curriculum.
  • Liberal Arts Education - Introduce students to the study of the humanities and to the value of a liberal arts education.
  • Cultural Awareness - Develop students' understanding of the cultural norms of Western universities.
  • Test Preparation - Prepare students to excel on the standardized tests necessary for university entry.
  • Leadership Skills - Spur personal growth, maturity, cultivate leadership potential.

Job Summary

The Instructor will oversee all academic duties for teaching Leadership and/or Public Speaking, including instruction, grading, lesson planning, office hours, for two classes of Summer Academy students – students in their first summer of the program and students in their second summer of the program (Summer I and Summer II). Each LPS course will comprise approximately 10 sessions totaling 20 hours of instruction per class (40 hours total per summer), with class hours determined by early Spring 2023. The Instructor will also support programmatic activities on Summer Academy weekends as necessary and participate in selection activities and graduation events, as needed.

Length of Appointment: 

Four to five weeks from approximately July 10 through August 12, 2023 with attendance at approximately two meetings prior to the program’s start for orientation activities. 

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work within the existing LPS curriculum, exploring with students aspects of the theory and practice of leadership, develop their own leadership awareness, and improve their public speaking skills. This course, over the 18-month span of the Summer Academy, also helps students enhance their critical analysis, collaboration and teamwork skills, problem solving skills, and oral communications in various formats including speeches, debates and group presentations. Areas of study include: characteristics of effective leadership, public speaking, leadership development, and interactions with leaders from different settings. Leadership and Public Speaking curriculum could be taught separately by two different instructors
  • Arrange for meetings and facilitate interactions with leaders from various professional settings, typically 3-4 leaders in the UAE.
  • Attend any pre-program meetings and/or training sessions
  • Teach the LPS curriculum to the Classes of 2023 and 2024 in Abu Dhabi.
  • Participate in faculty meetings by providing detailed feedback on student progress 
  • Work closely with the co-Instructor to ensure that both cohorts receive the same material delivered with a similar high-quality approach
  • Be available to individual students and groups in need of assistance, as well as to other instructors undertaking cross-curricular or collaborative projects
  • Attend and provide assistance as needed with co-curricular events and activities throughout the Program, which will entail leading small groups of students on excursions and trips, or supporting the operations of the program if necessary
  • Provide students with ongoing and regular feedback (oral and written) during the course 
  • Following the summer session, submit extensive and detailed written feedback on each student to be used in crafting letters of recommendation for their college applications within 30 days
  • Supervise and coordinate instruction with assistant instructor(s).

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, 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, Professional Communications, Educational Leadership or a related subject
  • Available to teach in Abu Dhabi during the dates listed above.
  • Ability to provide some online instruction during the dates listed above, if necessary.

Preferred Education, Certifications, Licensing or Training

  • Advanced degree in English, Communications, Leadership, or related subject
  • High-school or College-level experience teaching in English
  • High-school or College-level experience in teaching debating and public speaking

Required Work and Related Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in cross-cultural education and enthusiasm for teaching
  • Experience supervising high school students in a co-curricular setting (i.e. school or after school program)
  • Availability to assist with the planning of the program prior to the start of classes

Preferred Work and Related Experience

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

Application Instructions

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

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NYUAD is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University, including women, under-represented minorities, and UAE nationals.

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

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

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