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Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
Posted 408 days ago

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Job Summary: The Mass Communication Program at the American University of Ras al Khaimah seeks a full-time faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting August 2020. We welcome candidates whose teaching ensures student success, whose research employs quantitative, qualitative, rhetorical, or mixed methods, and whose service is undertaken to promote their citizenship in the School and University. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:  A balance between research/scholarship, instruction, and service will be required for continued professional advancement. The teaching load is eight courses per year (a 4/4 load) at the undergraduate level. Candidates are expected to have experience in promoting active learning by students through the use of high-impact educational practices.  The program currently offers a B.A. degree. Candidates must be prepared to teach classes required by the major curriculum (degree plan) as well as electives including methods and content courses appropriate to their teaching and research interests. Ideal candidates will have experience with, and interest in, teaching classes designated as Writing-Intensive.  Service expectations include participating in school and university committees and contributing to the discipline through involvement with professional associations.

The successful candidate will have had experience in developing undergraduate degree programs which have obtained ACEJMC accreditation. As part of preparing for accreditation of the Mass Communication Program, it is anticipated that the program will be reconfigured as part of a Department of Communication and Media Studies and will offer specialization options in communication studies, journalism and mass communication, and public relations. We seek candidates with expertise and research interests in intercultural communication; public relations campaigns; social media and social movements; multimedia production; digital media and communications, among others.

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. in communication studies or closely related field, relevant teaching experience with evidence of use of high-impact educational practices, and a coherent research agenda with a record of indexed scholarly publications. 

Preferred Qualifications:  History of working effectively with globally diverse student populations, and demonstrated experience with ACEJMC accreditation.

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:

How to Apply:  A completed application will include: (i) Cover letter (no more than 3 pages); (ii) Curriculum Vitae; (iii) Evidence of teaching effectiveness (iv) Link to a most recently published scholarly article or creative enterprise; (v) Names, email address, and institutional phone number of 3 references (letters will be requested later); and, (vi) Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable until the finalization of the hiring process).

Submit application materials online.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Dr. Maxime Merheb to inquire about the position at

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