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Arts Professor, Continuing Contract Faculty (Open Rank)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
3 Mar 2024

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The Division of Arts and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for an open-rank continuing contract faculty in The MFA Degree.

The burgeoning MFA program is currently in year three of existence and we seek to fulfill our commitment to equity-focused teaching practices and diversity in the design of our curriculum. We are eager to welcome a colleague whose experiences, training, and practices will contribute to our efforts in developing the richly diverse landscape of artists and artistic production. We seek an educator and scholar experienced in developing and managing an innovative curriculum with a strong pedagogical focus on bridging theory and practice together, whose scholarship demonstrates a global understanding of image/visual studies, representation and contemporary critical theory.

Track record of excellence in both teaching, curation, and connecting educational programs and pedagogies with public facing art organizations. A scholar and curatorial practitioner who uses approaches from a variety of institutional models and perspectives.

We welcome an educator with a terminal degree and a track record of excellence in both teaching and curation/cultural practices with the professional background to teach all levels of Art students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We are looking to appoint an innovative educator-curator who works with a variety of media, techniques and forms of presentation, and whose work is engaged in an active research process around contemporary art practice.

The successful applicant will also have demonstrated commitment to service, including mentoring and advising graduate students from diverse backgrounds and a desire to shape the future of the curriculum through leadership roles and curriculum development. The successful candidate will be able to relate their own practice and research to other fields of study for collaborative teaching, learning and research opportunities.  Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision in the MFA Program, teaching in the Core Curriculum, and service to the university. A minimum of five years teaching experience is required.

About the MFA  at NYU Abu Dhabi

It is expected that MFA faculty are especially active in fostering collaborations with local and regional artists and art institutions, including the NYUAD Art Gallery, the NYUAD Arts Center, academic organizations and museums, research centers.

NYUAD is part of the NYU Global Network which extends across three portal campuses and twelve ‘away sites’ across the globe. Within this network NYUAD is unique in its commitment to a truly global curriculum that reflects its exceptionally international student body. As a program, Art & Art History sees itself as making a distinctive contribution to NYUAD’s research and teaching mission.

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.

NYUAD 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 here.

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, 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.

Click here for more information on benefits for you and your dependents.


Ph.D. or equivalent degree (D.M.A. or other), and candidates must have demonstrated an ability to develop and manage high profile art programs.

Application Instructions

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

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. (One or two statements at the candidate’s discretion)
  • Statement of Research/Artistic/Pedagogical Curricular interest
  • Name and email address of three references (Each referee will be contacted to submit their reference letter only if the candidate is shortlisted for further consideration.)

The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. We will anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi in the academic year 2024-2025, subject to final budget approval.

NYUAD is committed to equality and is an equal-opportunity employer.  We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to our university's cultural and ethnic diversity.

If you have any questions, please e-mail

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



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