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Associate Dean for Research

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), Northwestern University’s only international campus, seeks an Associate Dean of Research to join and help lead this exciting educational experiment in Education City of Doha, Qatar. This is a tremendous opportunity to participate in leading a high-quality endeavor, serving as part of a one-of-a-kind media school that is a world-class entity.

As a result of creative collaborations between the universities within Qatar Foundation, Northwestern University is one of six leading American universities that have established campuses in Education City, Doha. Each of those American universities brings to Qatar educational programs for which those institutions are especially renowned. Northwestern accepted the invitation to leverage its excellence in journalism and communication and establish this school as the university’s first independent degree program overseas and created a unified media-centric school with degree programs in journalism and communication as well as collaborative work in Liberal Arts.

NU-Q has launched an ambitious institutional research program with major projects especially relevant to Middle East media, and other topics of global interest as well. Projects are organized to create new knowledge especially relevant to the School’s mission. Reporting to the Dean and CEO of NU-Q, the new Associate Dean will provide leadership in developing a strategic plan for research with the objective of increasing both faculty and student research opportunities and developing partnerships across the departments and disciplines, supporting global and digital research related to media in all its forms. To that end, the new Associate Dean will lead NU-Q’s program of institutional research of school-wide projects involving collaboration of faculty and staff and occasional outside researchers aimed at developing a research profile for NU-Q; support and assist individual faculty on research matters, including mentoring and strategic advice; steward the research office including grants administration both for NU-Q projects and others involving NU-Evanston projects, including regular relationships with the Qatar National Research Fund and other local sources; and coordinate NU-Q collaborations with the World Internet Project and local partnerships as needed.

This is a high impact position for an institutionally ambitious and creative professional. Qualifications for the position include commitment to the mission of NU-Q and to the quality of its programs and their representation; a doctorate in a media field or the social sciences along with an interest in and commitment to research in media and related fields; demonstrated leadership and administrative ability; a documented record of funded research and significant successful experience in facilitating research, developing partnerships, and addressing critical issues for the research community; and cross-cultural experience and a willingness to work within the cultural traditions of the Middle East.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications is under way and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a professional resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the NU-Q’s consultants Robin Mamlet and Ann Yates at email address

Northwestern University in Qatar values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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