Zayed University job ad (United Arab Emirates)

Dean College of Communication and Media Sciences

The University
Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 1000 faculty and staff serving approximately 9500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Zayed University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, arts and culture, and family life, and to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy and society. Through a curriculum grounded in learning outcomes, the University expects its graduates to be proficient in both English and Arabic, and to possess the skills in communication, technology, information literacy, research, critical thinking, and global awareness that will make them leaders in the interconnected 21st-century world. English is the primary language of instruction. Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US. The United Arab Emirates is a progressive country known for its high standard of living and its safe, family-friendly, multi-national environment.

The College of Communication and Media Sciences
Communication and information are vital to the development of the United Arab Emirates. The College of Communication and Media Sciences is dedicated to excellence in professional education to serve the nation, the Gulf region and the global community. The College’s vision is to be nationally and regionally recognized as a premier provider of bilingual education, scholarship, and outreach in the discipline of communication and its professional fields of study.

The College’s mission is to graduate students who:
” Understand the role of mass communication in Islamic and global cultures;
” Master written, oral, and visual skills in English and Arabic;
” Use digital media technologies thoughtfully and appropriately;
” Value truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
” Think critically, are innovative, and engage in dialogue;
” Contribute to the body of knowledge in mass communication from the Gulf region;
” Assist in the future development of the UAE and the global community.

Today, the College has 30 full-time faculty representing 17 nationalities teaching in four specializations: Integrated Strategic Communications, Film and Video Communications, Converged Media, and Tourism and Cultural Communications. It offers its full curriculum on both campuses toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and Media Sciences. The College also offers a Master of Arts in Communications with a Specialization in Strategic Public Relations and a Master of Arts in Communications with a Specialization in Tourism and Cultural Communication.

The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with written, oral, and visual communication skills vital to the development of private and public institutions and enterprises in the UAE. It focuses on a broad education in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences, as well as in the professional crafts of written, oral, and visual communication. Students are well-prepared to put words, visuals, and sound together in ways that are meaningful, effective, aesthetically pleasing, and interesting.

All majors take introductory courses in Media Storytelling, Applied Digital Communication, and Public Speaking, as well as advanced courses in Research Methods, Media Law and Ethics, Media Criticism, and Leadership Communication.

The College is committed to diversity. Diversity means the ever-present interaction of different nationalities, races, genders, social classes, special needs, religions, views, perspectives, and beliefs. The College’s model for diversity and inclusiveness means nurturing the acceptance and respect for these differences among students, faculty, and staff in a safe and positive academic environment within the applicable laws, regulations and cultural norms of the UAE.

The Opportunity
The Dean of the College of Communication and Media Sciences will have a unique opportunity to lead one of the founding colleges at Zayed University, which will celebrate its 16th year in 2015-2016. The College has applied for accreditation with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). It completed its self-study and hosted an official site team visit in October 2014. One of 51 programs world-wide accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA), CCMS was the first academic unit at Zayed University to be accredited by an international agency. Graduates from the Integrated Strategic Communications specialization who meet the requirements of the accredited program are awarded the IAA Certificate of Completion. The College has active student chapters of the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The Responsibilities
Supported by his/her leadership team, the Dean will be expected to:
” Develop a dynamic long-term strategy for the College that advances the University’s mission and goals.
” Promote an understanding of the College’s and the University’s mission and goals via its faculty, students, staff, and curricula.
” Develop and sustain a curriculum aligned with ACEJMC standards and guidelines.
” Provide academic leadership to the College faculty.
” Engage in active, assertive faculty recruitment and retention.
” Continuously work to improve the quality of instruction in the College.
” Implement the College’s graduate programs and initiate new programs as appropriate.
” Advance the College’s research agenda and activity.
” Expand the College’s outreach and community engagement program.
” Establish and maintain close relationships with the UAE business community.
” Prepare the College strategic/operational plans and related budget proposals.
” Collaborate with Student Affairs to sustain a positive learning environment and address issues of mutual concern such as academic integrity.
” Assure a strong presence of the Dean and College leadership on both campuses.
” Establish academic alliances and partnerships with local schools, other institutions within the UAE, and leading international universities.
” Lead the College’s participation in the University’s fund raising activity.
” Develop and oversee the College’s budget.

The Requirements
” A minimum of three years of proven successful administrative leadership experience at the level of Dean, Associate Dean, or Assistant Dean in an ACEJMC-accredited university.
” Demonstrated success as a teacher and scholar with at least five years of successful full-time teaching in a recognized university or college.
” Experience in a learning outcomes-based, assessment-rich, educational institution.
” Evidence of leadership in the development of new programs that meet international standards and success in building teamwork and creating a shared vision.
” Ability to work with faculty from diverse cultures and nationalities and across disciplinary lines.
” Patience and tolerance for ambiguity and change, and a high energy level.
” International experience is preferred.

The Benefits
The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the United Arab Emirates. Housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and subsidized healthcare is provided to the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply
Please visit our web site and click on ‘Employment’ to be directed to the recruitment website. In addition to completing the online application form, attach a cover letter, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references.

Review Process
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. The start date for the new dean is August 2015.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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

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