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Instructor of Mass Communication – Digital Media and Multimedia Production
Posted 338 days ago

Full-time Appointment in Humanities and Social Sciences

American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Instructor of Mass Communication – Digital Media and Multimedia Production

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), invites applications for a full-time position in Mass Communication – Multimedia Production, at the rank of instructor, to begin in Fall 2019.

Required Qualifications:

Earned Master’s degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education in the field of Mass Communication with a specialization in Multimedia, Digital/New Media or Emerging Technologies in Media.

Professional experience in Multimedia, Media Convergence, Digital Photography, Video shooting and editing, Layout and design.

Ability to create design ideas using computer-based design packages such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash Player and 3D Flash Animator, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid audio production software.

Scholarly publications with teaching experience for at least 2 years.

Commitment to undergraduate education.

Communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with students and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications: Professional experience in multimedia, digital news production, and/or a record of work in media convergence.

The successful candidate will:

Make significant contributions to teaching and advising undergraduate students. The normal teaching load for full-time instructors is fifteen credit hours per semester, along with a responsibility to provide service to the department and university.

Teach introductory media courses, video shooting and editing, photography and design courses, as well as courses such as Reading Image and Film, Digital Media, Photography, New Media and Digital Culture. 

Combine practical and theoretical specialties in Multimedia Production, Convergent Media, and Digital Media Studies, including the interaction between the old and new media systems and platforms.

Support faculty and students within the Mass Communication Program by maintaining the media laboratories and workshops.

Possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively.

Share department responsibilities related to administrative and supervisory tasks and functions.

Description of AURAK: 

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) is a public non-profit, independent, coeducation institution of higher education which delivers an integrated American-style, undergraduate and graduate education with a strong focus on the local indigenous culture.  All programs are accredited by the Ministry of Education of the UAE. In addition, AURAK has recently achieved accreditation with the U.S. regional accreditation association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The American model of higher education ensures not only the acquisition of knowledge and skills in specific academic fields, but also a general education curriculum that exposes students to new ideas and ways of thinking critically about local and global issues. The multicultural student body at AURAK offers candidates the opportunity to teach and conduct research in one of the most diverse countries in the world. AURAK is located in Ras Al Khaimah, one of the Northern Emirates and a rapidly growing region.  The beauty of Ras Al Khaimah is reflected in its traditions and diverse landscapes — its white sandy beaches, the majestic Hajjar Mountains, the expansive desert and its sands dunes, and the many historical sites.  For more information about the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), please visit:

About the Program Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication:

The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications prepares students to understand how information in the 21st century is collected, transmitted and perceived. It cultivates in students the skills and knowledge required to take on a position of responsibility in private and public enterprises. It is designed to train communication professionals to analyze and present information in a highly complex world being sensitive to the cultural milieu in which information is being communicated. Taught entirely in English, the B.A. in Mass Communication requires the completion of 120 credit hours that encompass courses in general education and required and elective courses in Mass Communication. After completion of the core mandatory courses, students have the opportunity to focus on a specific concentration of courses in either Digital Media or Public Relations. Students must also complete a practicum/internship to fulfill the requirements of the program.

Application Submission: Application materials must be submitted online. 

Incomplete applications will not be acknowledged. Complete applications, with all items combined into a single PDF, include the following items:  

Cover letter

Statement of teaching philosophy 

Detailed curriculum vitae (résumé)

Copies of all transcripts – official transcripts will be required upon hiring

Three references (Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses)

List of courses taught

Copies of teaching evaluations

Application Deadline:  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Appointment Information:  Full-time, four-year contract with the possibility of renewal.  Competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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