Northwestern U Qatar: Associate Dean (Qatar)


Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Northwestern University Qatar, Doha, Qatar. Deadline: 15 August 2021.

Northwestern University in Qatar is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and faculty-oriented leader and distinguished scholar for the newly created full-time position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. Northwestern Qatar is one of three campuses of Northwestern University (Chicago, Doha, Evanston) and one of several institutions in the Qatar Foundation’s Education City in Doha, Qatar. The university offers undergraduate programs in Communication, Journalism and Strategic Communication, and Liberal Arts, in addition to graduate and executive education.

This is a senior faculty position. Candidates must have a distinguished record of scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that makes them eligible for appointment to a senior faculty position in Communication, Journalism, or Liberal Arts. Research program should be global, transnational, or comparative and should include the Arab World, Africa, Asia, or Latin America. Candidates are encouraged to continue pursuing their research program.

Northwestern U: Dean (Qatar)

“JobDean (Chief Executive Officer), Northwestern University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar. Deadline: November 1, 2019.

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) seeks a strong leader with accomplishments in journalism or communications to serve as its next dean. NU-Q offers a world-class program in media education with degree programs in journalism and in communication built on a strong foundation of liberal arts. 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. Each of the American universities brings to Qatar educational programs for which those institutions are especially renowned. The agreement reflects Northwestern University’s commitment to global engagement and to supporting Qatar’s embrace of quality higher education, human development and growing media and communication capacities. Building on the strong foundation established when the school was launched in 2008, NU-Q now seeks a new dean to advance its institutional trajectory, achieve its academic mission and play an important role in the continued development and transformation of Qatar.

The dean must first and foremost embrace the mission of NU-Q, “to give students an education unique in the world and worthy of a great university.” The dean should also bring substantial experience and distinguished intellectual accomplishments in at least one of the two program areas; appreciation of liberal arts-based university education; strong leadership and management experience including a collaborative style and commitment to shared governance; and personal qualities including diplomacy, intercultural sensitivity and an entrepreneurial spirit. Some background in the cultures of the Middle East and the Muslim world are preferred. The new dean must meet the standards for tenure in one of Northwestern’s schools. Terminal degree preferred, though not required.

Northwestern University in Qatar job ad

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.

Northwestern U in Qatar job ad: Global Media Studies

Global Media Studies/Technology Policy

Northwestern University’s first international campus, Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment in Global Media Studies/Technology Policy to join the school’s Program in Communication.

Candidates will hold appropriate advanced degrees and will be prepared to teach undergraduate students in the field noted above.

NU-Q’s programs in Journalism, Communication and Liberal Arts aim to prepare students for careers in media industries and other fields and are committed to the advancement of the understanding and practice of freedom of expression. The university aspires to build a legacy of education and discovery in a dynamic area of the world in which excellence in cultural development, science, technology, health care and the information economy are fundamental goals of the host nation, Qatar. Many faculty find this to be a geographic area rich in research opportunities and NU-Q has partnerships with Al Jazeera and the Doha Film Institute.

We seek individuals engaged in visionary lines of teaching, research and creative activity who will appreciate a culturally diverse community of students, faculty and staff comprised of women and men drawn from Qatar, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and elsewhere. The successful candidate will join colleagues whose teaching experience includes Northwestern, Stanford, Cambridge, Columbia, Minnesota and other highly ranked schools. Located in Education City in Doha, Qatar, NU-Q collaborates with sister institutions that include Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, Texas A&M, and Virginia Commonwealth.

The ideal candidate will be able to examine media industries globally and in the Arab world from the perspective of communication policy and institutions. Candidates demonstrate interest in the economic, historical, legal, social, and cultural forces shaping the direction and organization of media implementation, use, and regulation, especially in the Middle East. Other areas of expertise might include, but are not limited to: global media history; media economics and industry study, communication technology and society; big data; social media; media, gender, and culture in the Arab world. Earned Ph.D. preferred.

NU-Q faculty-in-residence receive a highly competitive salary and benefits including overseas allowances and travel as well as funds for research and faculty development. Candidates should be available to begin August 1, 2015. Rank for these non-tenured positions is based upon qualifications and experience. All NU-Q faculty are employees of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Applications received by December 15, 2014 will receive the highest priority. The search will continue and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a letter of application, a CV, a sample of research, writing or creative work, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of three references.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in Qatar.

Northwestern U Qatar job ad

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.


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