New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi (AE)
January 07 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

NYU Abu Dhabi

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks a visionary, dynamic leader with a global outlook and a notable record of research, teaching and service to serve as its next Dean of Science. The Dean will join NYUAD at a pivotal moment in its history as it transitions to a new leader and begins the next ambitious phase of developing NYUAD’s role as a leader in global higher education.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability and ongoing desire to actively engage across academic and community boundaries and will be committed to transparency and inclusiveness, research and inquiry, faculty and student success.

NYU Abu Dhabi is pioneering a new model of higher education for a global world, dedicated at once to excellence in teaching and research and to advancing cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. Drawing on the strengths of the NYU global network, it offers an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to students from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and around the world, with a distinctive focus on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research that pushes forward the frontiers of knowledge and responds in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges. NYUAD advances NYU as a model university for the 21st century and contributes in multiple ways to the development of a sustainable, knowledge-based economy in Abu Dhabi.

As chief academic officer of the Division, the Dean will report to the Provost and will provide leadership and oversight of faculty, curricula, research and teaching in a dynamic and developing environment. The Dean will have the opportunity to collaborate on moving NYUAD to its next phase of growth in research, scholarship, and educational programming. As leader of faculty, the Dean will recruit, mentor and develop full-time and part-time faculty while providing leadership for an ambitious growth strategy that will introduce new graduate programming and substantial increases in both student and faculty populations.

Specifically, the Dean will be a catalyst in addressing the following key challenges and opportunities for the Division:

  • Expanding a prolific, collaborative and engaged faculty;
  • Enhancing interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activity;
  • Developing new programs designed for a globally-connected world; and
  • Cultivating and promoting the values and vision of NYUAD and the NYU Global Network

The new Dean will be a creative, engaged and transparent leader who thrives in a shared governance environment and effectively works within a highly diverse community of students and scholars. Dean candidates will possess an earned doctorate and evidence of a passionate commitment to teaching excellence, to faculty mentorship, to global citizenship, and to a strong research agenda.

Candidates will have an academic record appropriate for a tenured appointment at full professor in one of the departments within the Division of Science at NYUAD and a demonstrated track record of working closely with undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The incoming Dean will have demonstrated success hiring, mentoring and promotion exceptional faculty and providing an environment in which they can flourish through meaningful discourse and support for research, scholarship, and teaching, and a record of encouraging and facilitating innovation and collaboration across disciplines.  The successful candidate will be an individual with commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts education and to a strong research agenda, and will ideally have experience with multi-disciplinary collaboration, global education, and faculty and program development and capacity for administrative leadership including supervision of staff, budget and financial planning, and operational oversight.

NYU Abu Dhabi has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of interest. We anticipate that successful candidates can start employment by September 1, 2019. For questions and nominations, please send an email to

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NYU is committed to equality and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. New York University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.