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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Northwestern University in Qatar invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Offering degree programs in communication and journalism with strong liberal arts connections, NU-Q is one of six schools from leading American universities that have established campuses in Education City, Doha as a result of collaborative agreements between the universities and the Qatar Foundation. The Associate Dean will support the Dean in carrying out the academic mission of the school.

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean will translate the strategic vision into an executable game plan with regard to all academic-related matters, and will provide strategic leadership, management and oversight of the academic program. S/he will directly supervise the individual program directors for Communication, Journalism and Liberal Arts, as well as related academic functions including admissions, student records, academic advising and writing center. The Associate Dean will assist the Dean in creating a unified academic community at NU-Q, and will foster coordination, collaboration and cooperation among these areas in effort to maintain and even grow school-wide unity. S/he will ensure that the academic mission is clearly understood and that its vision is fully articulated and attained. The Associate Dean will exercise intellectual and academic leadership in collaborative style with others at NU-Q and in Education City, as well as with relevant personnel on Northwestern University’s home campus in Evanston, Illinois.

NU-Q’s new facility, scheduled for completion in 2016, will be approximately 350,000 square feet and will include four video production studios, two 150-person lecture halls, a black box theater, a radio station, a multi-media newsroom, a research library and a conference center. With 200 students and 30 full-time faculty members, NU-Q’s low student-faculty ratio fosters a tightly knit community in which faculty know students by name. The 2013 and 2014 enrolling classes are the strongest and largest to date, reflecting the increasing selectivity of the university. In addition to its degree programs in communication and journalism, NU-Q offers both a certificate in Middle East studies and a minor in media and politics. The university has received strong support from the Qatar National Research Fund to carry out unprecedented projects that offer the first glimpses into trends and behaviors of local populations.

The successful candidate will be an innovative educator with substantial experience working with undergraduates in a distinguished academic setting and will have an established record of effective, strong and collaborative leadership. S/he will have requisite administrative, teaching and scholarly experience with an appreciation for and understanding of the fields of communication and journalism, and with commitment to the integration of the liberal arts into the program of the school. S/he will have demonstrated success in cultivating relationships with diverse constituencies and be an articulate, dynamic and effective communicator, facile writer and conceptual thinker. Experience attracting, motivating and managing talented faculty and staff is preferred. An advanced degree is required, preferably a Ph.D. Familiarity with the region is a plus but not required.

Highly competitive salary will be complemented by a foreign station allowance equal to 25% of base salary. Other benefits may include a relocation package, housing, reimbursement for dependent education costs of primary and secondary tuition and fees, and allowances for travel and local transportation. Professorial development and research funds may also be provided.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) a curriculum vitae and letter of interest to: Dr. Jett Pihakis.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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

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