Dean of Arts & Humanities

Dean of Arts & Humanities

NYU Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, UAE   |   September 30, 2020

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks a visionary, dynamic individual with a global outlook and a notable record of research, teaching and service to serve as its next Dean of Arts & Humanities. A world-class research university with liberal arts and sciences at its core, NYUAD resides in the United Arab Emirates at a new crossroads of today’s changing world, and a critical portal in NYU’s Global Network University. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability and ongoing desire to actively engage across academic and stakeholder communities and will be committed to transparency and inclusiveness, research and inquiry, faculty and student success.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

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.

The idea for NYU Abu Dhabi was conceived in March 2006, with the goal of creating a world-class American liberal arts and research institution in the United Arab Emirates to offer an unparalleled educational opportunity that would attract the brightest students and academics from the Emirates and around the world. NYUAD was established in partnership with NYU and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and founded upon the following core understandings: the value of a liberal arts education; the benefits a research university to the society that sustains it; the value and necessity of interaction with new ideas and people who are different; and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world.

The creation of NYU Abu Dhabi was a transformative move, not just for Abu Dhabi and NYU, but for higher education. It enabled NYU to recruit exceptional students and scholars who might otherwise never have been part of the NYU community, and it allowed the university to become pre-eminent in offering students a genuinely global education.

Thanks to the shared vision and partnership with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, NYU Abu Dhabi has been a tremendous success. With distinguished faculty, top students from around the world from all backgrounds, and excellent leadership, it has developed a remarkable research enterprise, and its graduates have gone on to prestigious international honors, top graduate and professional programs, and leading employers and positions.

Just as importantly, NYU Abu Dhabi has become a global model, one that is recognized by other universities and challenges long-standing assumptions about higher education—about whether high academic quality could be produced far from the original campus, about new ways a university could fulfill its mission, and about how to build a globally diverse university community. In the years since, several other prominent U.S. universities have chosen to launch major global campuses of their own, and for each of those schools there are probably 10 others contemplating how they might do so as well.

As the first comprehensive liberal arts and science campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university, NYUAD has been built on the following principles:

  • NYUAD is a research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science college. It draws students from around the world, and prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of our interconnected world.
  • NYUAD equips students for leadership in all arenas of human endeavor. It fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical reflection. At NYUAD, students extend themselves and the frontiers of knowledge.
  • The residential life of students is central to the university’s academic mission. Learning takes place across the campus, not only in classrooms, but in residential colleges, through participation in clubs and sports, during informal gatherings, and being engaged with the wider community.
  • NYUAD stimulates advanced research. The NYUAD Institute is a major research center. Research is integral to the undergraduate experience at NYUAD and it will also drive the University’s graduate programs.
  • NYUAD, NYU in New York, and NYU Shanghai form the backbone of a fully connected global network. As one of the three major hubs in the global network, NYUAD creates a unique capacity for faculty and students to access the assets of the entire university system.
  • NYUAD advances the city of Abu Dhabi as a magnetic center of ideas and human talent.

NYUAD’s Downtown Campus was dedicated on December 7, 2009, and the University welcomed its first class of 148 students some eight months later in August 2010. In 2011, construction began on the new campus on Saadiyat Island, a pedestrian campus that combines traditional and modern architectural elements to reflect the University’s three identities: Abu Dhabi, New York, and the world. Completed in 2014, the campus covers nearly 40 acres, and includes residences for students, faculty and visitors; an interdisciplinary, collaborative and technologically sophisticated library; an Experimental Research Building and a Computational Research Building supporting advanced research and cross-disciplinary collaborations in the sciences and engineering; and the campus focal point, the Campus Center, which houses a range of spaces for student life, meeting rooms, lounges, informal study spaces, restaurants and athletic facilities including an Olympic-sized pool. The design of the Saadiyat campus has as its central premise the promotion of interaction between living and learning, research and teaching, and the disciplines, as well as collaboration amongst faculty, students and staff.

Two crucial partners with Arts & Humanities are the Arts Center, a multi-purpose complex of theaters, performance venues, rehearsal rooms, film editing studios and workshops; a conference center and the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.  The Arts Center and the Gallery together also manage The Project Space.

The Arts Center

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is a complex of theaters and performance venues, a project space gallery, rehearsals rooms, film editing studios, classrooms, and workshops that houses NYU Abu Dhabi’s Theater, Music, Film, Visual Arts, and New Media Studies departments.

As a vibrant laboratory for performance that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and community. The Arts Center presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.

The Arts Center offers NYUAD compelling programming that connects to the curriculum and illuminates the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. Its wide-ranging public programs aim to animate and enrich the cultural life of both Abu Dhabi and the university through interaction.

The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery

The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery presents curated exhibitions of art and culture across historical and contemporary topics, with a special emphasis on subjects of both regional concern and international significance. Its curatorial platform supports scholarly and experimental installations, artists’ projects, guest curators, and landmark exhibitions.

Located at the entrance to NYUAD’s campus, the spacious NYUAD Art Gallery is equipped for exhibitions in all media, allowing for both experimental and traditional museum installations.
The gallery includes an outdoor sculpture garden that will host special projects and events. Admission to the Art Gallery is free and open to the public.

The Project Space

The Project Space is a non-commercial gallery dedicated to Abu Dhabi community projects. The Project Space is located in the Arts Center and supported by the museum-trained staff of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. The space gives priority to exhibitions from within the academic and regional community, including the annual Senior Capstone Festival, faculty-curated exhibitions, experimental projects, and the work of regional emerging artists.

Today NYUAD is a highly selective institution of over 1,500 students from 120 countries around the world studying in 24 undergraduate majors across Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science and Social Science.  In consort with NYU in New York it also offers Global Ph.D. Fellowships in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering. Since welcoming its inaugural class in 2010, NYUAD students have excelled and thrived in both academic and extracurricular activities and have received awards and public recognition for accomplishments across academia, athletics, public service and the arts. NYUAD has produced Fulbright scholars, a Truman scholar, as well as twelve Rhodes Scholars in just six graduating classes, more per capita than any other university in the world.

An NYUAD education is characterized by small class sizes, opportunities for research throughout the curriculum, and a commitment to multidisciplinary education. NYUAD’s Core Curriculum forms the heart of the mission to provide an international student body with a 21st century liberal arts education. The Core draws on the diversity and cultural wealth of the world’s traditions and spans the content and methodologies of contemporary disciplines. It offers Core Competencies that will help graduates address major global challenges, including the pursuit of equality, justice, peace, health, sustainability, and a rich understanding of humanity. It fosters modes of thinking and habits of mind central to well-rounded intellectual development and to global citizenship and leadership.

Global education is an essential component of the four-year curriculum at NYU Abu Dhabi. It is comprised of a sequence of intellectually rigorous, culturally and linguistically engaging research-focused learning opportunities that complement students’ coursework. The constellation of NYUAD global education experiences includes semester-long study away programs, January-Term programs (called J-Terms), and course-related study trips in the UAE as well as the broader Middle East, which may be combined with J-Term or spring semester courses.

NYUAD’s 370 faculty and 400 research staff have been attracted to Abu Dhabi from around the world. As prolific scholars and committed teachers, the University’s faculty are leaders in their disciplines and are committed to developing NYUAD into a leading world center of research, scholarship, and artistic creativity. A substantial amount of research awards and grants have been awarded to date in all disciplines. More than 110 U.S. patents have been filed and over 250 artistic works created and directed since NYUAD’s opening. Professors at NYUAD collaborate with their students on cutting-edge research but are also dedicated teachers—with class sizes as small as five and with many limited to fifteen, students have unparalleled access to their professors and the emphasis on teaching is as strong as that on research.

The NYUAD vision is to be one of the world’s great research universities, with an exceptional liberal arts and sciences college as its core. A diverse and vital center of distinctive education and scholarship, actively embedded in NYU’s global network, it will be recognized as a model for a new paradigm in higher education: the university as an engine of a more peaceful, cooperative and productive world. The commitment of the Abu Dhabi government to that vision has been continually renewed, most recently in its endorsement of the next stage of NYUAD’s growth: by 2025, NYUAD is on track to increase its undergraduate student body to 2,200; will grow the faculty significantly; will establish Abu Dhabi-based graduate programs, tailored to NYUAD’s strengths and local interests; and will develop signature research themes and academic programs to respond to critical 21st century challenges.

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Arts & Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi

The Division of Arts and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi encompasses fields of central importance to human culture and creativity. Research and scholarly activity in the Arts and Humanities is creative and collaborative, spanning the disciplines to better understand the human experience from new intellectual perspectives.

Students explore fundamental questions of human thought, cultural values, and modes of expression, and they develop their own creative capacities as scholars, writers, and artists in a variety of media. Courses are shaped around a deep commitment to global frameworks of understanding, and, where appropriate, they present, examine, and discuss the history, theory, and practice of the arts together rather than separately.

Undergraduate programs supporting majors and concentrations include African Studies, Ancient World, Anthropology, Arab Crossroads Studies, Arab Music Studies, Arabic, Art and Art History, Chinese, Design, Film and New Media, French, History, Interactive Media, Legal Studies, Literature and Creative Writing, Music, Philosophy, and Theater. The Division is also in the process of exploring a variety of graduate trajectories. By 2024 NYUAD expects to have expanded their graduate student population to 400, and the Dean of Arts & Humanities will work together with other academic leadership to shape the content and structure of graduate programs to be developed and executed in the Division of Arts & Humanities at NYUAD.

The Division of Arts & Humanities features an extremely vibrant research landscape, ranging from projects supported by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute to a variety of research and creative initiatives across the various disciplines, all of which aim to fostering regional as well as international networks of scholarly excellence. One of the Institute’s signature programs is a multi-year research fellowship program in the Humanities. This program aims to help create an energetic, multi-faceted research environment for the Humanities at NYUAD’s campus. While open to scholars working in all areas of the Humanities, the program aims in particular to build a center of outstanding research capacity in areas of the Humanities that are relevant for the study of the Arabic speaking world, its rich intellectual, religious, and scientific history, its cultural and artistic heritage as expressed in traditional and new media, and its interaction with other cultures in the past and present.

The Division’s arts programs (housed in the university’s Arts Center) benefit from synergies and close collaborations with the Arts Center and the Art Gallery’s public programming and are equally seeking an ever-expanding integration with the vibrant cultural ecosystem of the UAE. An overview of the various activities can be found here.

Tenure and tenure-track faculty and continuing contract faculty currently number 78, with visiting, affiliated faculty and academic support bringing the total number to 146, a number expected to grow significantly under the current strategic plan. At present, 8 postdoctoral students and researchers are affiliated with the Division of Arts & Humanities, which is supported by 7 administrative staff members.

About NYU

Founded in 1831 with a mission to be a center of higher learning that would be open to all, regardless of national origin, religious beliefs, or social background, New York University is today the largest private university in the United States and a leader in global education. From a student body of 158 during NYU’s very first semester, enrollment has grown to more than 52,000 students at five major centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and at sites in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, and ten global study locations located on six continents. Today, students come from every state in the union and from 133 foreign countries. NYU’s alumni community is nearly 470,000 strong and spans a global network of 183 foreign countries in addition to the United States.

NYU is characterized by its commitment to academic excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, and creative innovation. Its schools and colleges encompass the arts and sciences, law, medicine, business, dentistry, education, nursing, performing and fine arts, public administration, engineering, social work, and continuing and professional studies. Its renowned faculty includes recipients of Nobel, Pulitzer, and Abel Prizes; Academy, Grammy, and Tony Awards; National Medals for Science and the Arts; and the MacArthur Fellowship, among many others. Thriving beyond borders and across academic disciplines, NYU has emerged as one of the most networked and extensive worldwide platforms for learning, teaching, researching, building knowledge, and inventing new ways to meet humanity’s challenges.

Centered in the heart of New York’s historic Greenwich Village neighborhood with locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYU takes its name and spirit from one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the world. It has also established itself as the first global network university, with liberal arts campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, and other sites for study and research in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington DC. Great cities are engines of creativity, and through its presence in the world’s idea capitals, NYU offers an educational experience of unparalleled richness and breadth.

About Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is located in the cultural and political center of the United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates was established as a nation on December 2, 1971 after the British announced their intention to withdraw from the region and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the UAE, successfully negotiated agreements between the seven emirates that now make up the nation.

The UAE’s population is about 9.47 million people and it is one of the most ethnically diverse in the Middle East. A city of 1.2 million, Abu Dhabi is located on the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf, and enjoys a sub-tropical climate with sunshine almost all year round and comfortable temperatures throughout the fall, winter and spring months. It is the capital of both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. International residents from 120 countries make up 80 percent of the population and join the Emirati citizens who trace their history back to the settling of Abu Dhabi in 1760.

Abu Dhabi is at the forefront of building one of the world’s next great idea capitals. The city has developed a progressive agenda in health care, the arts, economic and environmental sustainability, educational and human development, and the advancement of women – with impressive resources supporting the vital talent and infrastructure required to both achieve and leverage these advances. Education is central; today, 90 percent of women and 80 percent of men attend a higher education institution. Together, this strategic location and forward-looking commitment create a dazzling array of opportunities for learning, research, and innovation.

Abu Dhabi offers a range of cultural, culinary and leisure activities for all lifestyles. The Saadiyat Cultural District, adjacent to NYU Abu Dhabi, is a portion of Saadiyat Island dedicated to arts and culture and includes the newly-opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, the only Louvre in the world outside of Paris. Other major institutions—including the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi—will bring additional cultural richness to the island, augmenting the cultural offerings at NYUAD’s Arts Center and Art Gallery. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, currently under development, will add a 30,000 square meter museum to the Abu Dhabi cultural district.

The Corniche, a pedestrian promenade adjacent to the beach, is a center of Abu Dhabi activity, with running and bicycle lanes and access to beaches, gardens and cafes along its paths. Opportunities for shopping are varied and plentiful, from ultra-modern malls to small souks with traditional goods. Restaurants reflect the diversity of the population and range from local food stalls to upscale restaurants in the city’s many luxury hotels. Sports and recreation offerings abound, with beautifully landscaped golf courses, watersports, horseback riding, and even a Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. Less than 100 miles away, the thriving metropolis of Dubai is a convenient day trip. For longer travel, Abu Dhabi is a convenient geographical hub to travel to Africa, Europe, and Asia.

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Andrew Hamilton, President, New York University

Andrew Hamilton became the 16th president of New York University on January 1, 2016.

He most recently served as the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University, the university’s senior officer, after an academic career that took him from Princeton to the University of Pittsburgh, and then to Yale, where he was named Provost. Throughout his time in academic leadership positions, he has maintained his scholarly work, including an active research laboratory, and continues to do so at NYU. A distinguished chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society, Dr. Hamilton’s scholarly work lies at the intersection of organic and biologic chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, his master’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and his undergraduate degree from Exeter University.

Mariet Westermann, Vice Chancellor, New York University Abu Dhabi

As the second Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi, Mariet Westermann oversees all academic, administrative, and operational affairs of the University. Vice Chancellor Westermann, an internationally renowned art historian, joined NYUAD from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where she was Executive Vice President. Prior to that, she served as the first provost of NYU Abu Dhabi and the director of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She began her academic career as an assistant and associate professor of art history at Rutgers University.

Vice Chancellor Westermann is widely published in her field and has been the recipient of fellowships, honors, and grants from a broad range of organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Society, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Clark Art Institute, College Art Association, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vice Chancellor Westermann received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Masters and her PhD from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. In addition to serving as Vice Chancellor, she is a Professor of Arts and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Arlie Petters, Provost, New York University Abu Dhabi

As NYU Abu Dhabi’s chief academic officer, the Provost is responsible for setting the institution’s academic strategy and priorities, overseeing academic appointments and faculty affairs. The Provost supervises deans and directors of institutes and all academic support units, and with their assistance cultivates areas of excellence and enhances collaboration within and between them. The Provost also allocates financial resources according to academic priorities, in cooperation with NYU Abu Dhabi’s financial officers.

Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi in September 2020, Dr. Arlie O. Petters was a Benjamin Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, and former Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke. Petters’ principal research interests include mathematical physics and scientific methods in business administration, with a focus on mathematical finance and entrepreneurship and innovation in STEM fields in developing nations.

Before joining Duke, Petters served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and an Instructor of Pure Mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his PhD in mathematics from MIT, and has a BA and MA in mathematics and physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York. Petters’ research explores how gravity acts on light. He pioneered the mathematical theory of weak-deflection gravitational lensing, which brought powerful methods from pure mathematics to bear on astronomy. He also advanced applications of gravitational lensing, which included predicting effects that probe the nature of spacetime around black holes and developing tests of Einstein’s general relativity and modified gravity models.

He has published fifty articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as five books, including the monograph Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing, the textbook An Introduction to Mathematical Finance with Applications, and three problem-solving books on mathematics and scientific reasoning.

The Opportunity

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, diverse 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. 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 while ensuring its continued excellence in undergraduate liberal arts education.

The Dean must work adeptly and collegially with senior administrative leadership, as well as with other deans and academic and administrative leaders. S/he must also be able to work with independent-minded faculty across the institution. The Dean must be committed to two-way communication, to fostering trust, and to building community at campus, national, and international levels.

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
    The Dean has a vital role in recruiting, mentoring and retaining a diverse group of faculty committed to both teaching and scholarship. With the significant resources offered to support research and creative activity, NYUAD has been successful attracting faculty engaged in cutting-edge inquiry and the production of new ideas and practices in the arts. NYUAD faculty members are also committed and engaged teachers, working closely with students at every stage of their academic careers. A priority for NYUAD is to grow its full-time senior level faculty significantly, and the Dean will be central in leading this effort for the Division of Arts & Humanities while maintaining the high levels of research output and emphasis on engaged teaching that characterize NYUAD.
  • Enhancing interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activity
    Central to the NYUAD vision is the value placed on a liberal arts education within a major research enterprise. With the arrival of a new Vice Chancellor, and in partnership with the Provost, other deans, faculty, and funders, the Dean will play a major role in NYUAD’s continued innovation and development of a research agenda designed to address complex global challenges through interdisciplinary inquiry and partnership. The Dean will lead the division’s development as an internationally significant center of creative practice and scholarship by launching arts initiatives that reflect a diversity of ideas and cultures.
  • Developing new programs designed for a globally-connected world
    A major part of the NYUAD’s next phase of growth is the development of graduate programs and opportunities and an increased presence of graduate students. The Dean will be central in the strategic planning and execution of this expansion in the Arts & Humanities and in integrating these programs into NYUAD and the NYU global network worldwide.
  • Engaging the Abu Dhabi and UAE community
    The vibrant arts community in Abu Dhabi and beyond provides a rich source of opportunity for collaboration and integration of NYU Abu Dhabi in its broader context. The Dean will serve as catalyst and promoter of continuing and expanded connection with the surrounding community to the mutual benefit of its students, faculty and staff with its neighboring cultural institutions and the wider community.
  • Cultivating and promoting the values and vision of NYUAD and the NYU Global Network
    NYUAD and the NYU global network are advancing a new paradigm in education. The Dean will promote high visibility nationally and internationally for this paradigm and will collaborate across disciplines and borders to promote and strengthen its scholarly, educational and societal impact.
Candidate Profile

The new Dean will be a creative, engaged, and transparent leader who thrives in a shared governance environment and works effectively within a highly diverse community of students and scholars. 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 programs within the Division of Arts & Humanities at NYUAD and a demonstrated track record of working closely with undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.

The incoming Dean will be an individual committed 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. The Dean will have significant academic and scholarly achievements and recognized distinction in their field, significant standing with peer institutions, and the stature to represent the Division to appropriate stakeholders within and outside of the community. The Dean will be a decisive, results-driven leader with a collegial, team-oriented working style, open and nimble in adjusting to emerging needs or shifting priorities. S/he will have a proven record of visible and effective leadership and management, and the demonstrated ability to professionally develop, nurture and retain a faculty and staff focused on excellence. This individual will be a motivator, able to inspire a shared vision, quality performance and strong morale, empowering and cultivating staff through effective communication, feedback and delegation, and will actively promote teamwork and collaboration. Experience supporting philanthropic efforts through stewardship and grants is highly desirable.

Specifically, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following qualifications, capabilities and experiences:

  • Demonstrated commitment to institution building and global education;
  • Experience as an academic leader with achievements in academic program development, curriculum innovation, and strategic planning;
  • Experience in recruiting, mentoring and promoting exceptional faculty from diverse professional and disciplinary backgrounds and experiences;
  • A record of cultivating a collaborative intellectual ecosystem by encouraging mentorship and support among all faculty and staff at various career levels;
  • Demonstrated capacity for administrative leadership and decision-making including development and supervision of staff, budget and financial planning, and operational oversight;
  • A record of encouraging and facilitating innovation and collaboration across disciplines;
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills and the ability to listen to diverse voices; and to create an environment that engenders respect, openness and thoughtful discourse;
  • Ability to help shape new research and teaching initiatives and strategies within the Division of Arts & Humanities, within NYUAD, and within the NYU global network;
  • Ability to provide an environment in which complex configurations of faculty can flourish through meaningful discourse and support for creative/artistic work, research, scholarship, and teaching;
  • Ability to effectively articulate the vision of NYUAD and the Division of Arts & Humanities to a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders; and
  • Ability to effectively deal with ambiguity and complexity while providing steady leadership toward achieving goals.

NYU Abu Dhabi has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Amy Sugin and Josyanne Roche here.

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.

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