University of Sharjah job ad (UAE)

Dean – College of Communication
University of Sharjah , United Arab Emirates

The University of Sharjah is considered a leading institution of higher education in the Arab Gulf region and Middle East. It offers a number of academic programs in a vast array of specializations, including the arts, humanities and social sciences, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, health sciences, engineering, applied sciences, business management, communication, law, Sharia and Islamic studies, and fine arts and design. Endowed with a beautiful campus and world-class facilities, it attaches the highest importance to providing top education and a distinct university experience to its students.

As a part of the University’s vision, it offers comprehensive academic and research programs at the diploma, bachelor, master, and PhD levels, which attract distinguished students from across the UAE, the Arab Gulf countries, and a number of other countries.

A perennial desert environment surrounds the University of Sharjah, located in Sharjah University City. Students, faculty and administrative staff engage in a wide range of year-round recreational, cultural and social activities both in the Emirate of Sharjah and throughout the Emirates since the University is located close to major cities and the beautiful coastlines of Sharjah, Dubai and Ajman.

The College of Communication, established at the University of Sharjah in 2002, now has an enrolment of approximately (1400) students, (1050) on the main campus in Sharjah and (350) at its branch locations in Khorfakkan and Kalba. The College is comprised of two academic departments:  The Department of Mass Communication and Department of Public Relations. The Mass Communication Department includes three accredited programs (Journalism, Electronic Media, and Graphic Design and Multimedia) in addition to its Communication Program in English. The Public Relations Department offers one accredited academic program in Public Relations. The College also offers a master degree program in communication.

The College of Communication is distinguished for its high quality programs and outstanding faculty. The College witnessed important developments in its technical infrastructure through the establishment of computer and multimedia laboratories in addition to press publication laboratories and radio and television studios.

Benefits Provided to Deans at the University of Sharjah

The University of Sharjah provides a competitive tax-free salary and benefits:
• A dean’s salary at the University of Sharjah ranges between (AED 45,000 – 60,000).
• Benefits include:
• Business class air tickets for the dean, his/her spouse, and up to three children under the age of 18 who will reside with him/her in Sharjah and round-trip annual vacation air tickets.
• Housing accommodations on campus, including water and electricity.
• Group health insurance for the dean, his/her spouse, and family members covered in accordance with the regulations in effect at the University.
• Shipping allowance for personal items in the amount of at most AED4,000 at the beginning of the appointment and a similar amount at the end of services.
• Furniture allowance in the amount of (AED30,000).
• Children’s educational allowance in the amount of at most (AED25,000) for one child and at most (AED75,000) for all children.
• University education for children (two at most at the same time) enrolled at the University of Sharjah.
• End-of-service gratuity in the amount of one month’s salary for each year completed.

The University of Sharjah is currently seeking to appoint a candidate for the position of Dean of the College of Communication, who will provide leadership at a critical stage of the College’s expansion of its research and academic programs. The new dean is expected to join the College at the beginning of the academic year 2016/2017.

Disciplines: Graphic Design, Communication and Media

Candidates interested in the position are encouraged to apply early by sending their application as soon as possible. Please use the Apply through website button to submit an application.

Zayed University job ad (United Arab Emirates)

ZAYED UNIVERSITY
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 http://www.zu.ac.ae 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.

Social travel-Peeta Planet

Two brothers from the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, are exploring the globe in a new social TV show, Peeta Planet. Their unscripted travels are spurred by online conversations and their twitter followers, and then broadcast on Dubai One. The first show started in April 2013, and they go somewhere new every week; at this writing, they have been to Singapore, Istanbul, Dublin, Seoul, and Tokyo. They are reinventing both travel and television for the social media generation, and in the process demonstrating a new way to begin intercultural dialogues.

Originally, they made schwarma, then that turned into a restaurant named Wild Peeta – with input from many on social media who made suggestions about everything from menu choices to decor. When they needed a vacation, they asked their social media followers for ideas. That went so well, they ended up with a television show of further travels. They connect with fans through Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Everything they do in each episode, from where they travel to the food they eat and the people they meet, is based on suggestions from their followers. They’re calling their new idea “social travel.” Not only do they get to meet people they’ve only corresponded with, but they also then help their connections meet one another, as when they introduced an app developer in Turkey to a programmer in Ireland. They help break down stereotypes with every trip they take.

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