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Assistant Professor of Mass Communication – Multimedia Production
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Full-time Appointment in Humanities and Social Sciences
American University of Ras Al Khaimah
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication – 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 Assistant Professor, to begin in January 2020.

Required Qualifications:
Earned Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in the field of Mass Communication with concentration in Multimedia, Convergent Media, New Media or Digital Media, and a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the same field, with all degrees from an accredited institution or higher education.
Prior history of excellence in teaching at the university level for at least 3 years.
Scholarly publications and an ongoing research agenda.
Commitment to undergraduate education.
Communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with students and colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications:
Professional experience in the media industry – broadcast, online media, digital news production, or a record of work in media convergence. Ability to incorporate issues of gender, race/ethnicity, and/or comparative global perspectives into course materials.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will:
Make significant contributions to teaching and advising undergraduate students. The normal teaching load for full-time faculty at this rank is 12 credit hours per semester, along with a responsibility to provide service to the department and university.
Teach courses in communication transformation, digital resources and content, tools and technology in communication, new media and digital culture, communication analysis and criticism, media streaming, and digital media story telling. 
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.
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: http://www.aurak.ac.ae

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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