Visiting Professor of Interactive Media, open position at NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ABU DHABI


The description

the Interactive Media Program at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is seeking to nominate up to three candidates for a multi-year or similar visiting professorship. These positions are multi-year, potentially renewable, non-tenure-track appointments. Visiting professors with existing academic appointments must be able to obtain a leave of absence and a letter of no objection from their home institution.

The Interactive Media program is a bachelor of arts major at NYUAD that combines art, interaction design, communications, computer science, and engineering. The program is housed in the arts and humanities division of the university and has a wide reach throughout the university. The mission of the program is to foster the creative use of emerging technologies for communication and expression as well as to leverage the creative process as a means of engaging in both theoretical and critical discourse.

NYUAD values ​​diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; these principles are central to the university’s commitment to excellence. Accordingly, we particularly welcome applications from female scholars as well as members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Our teachers are the engines that support our inclusive environment; NYUAD students come from more than 115 countries, with no one nationality exceeding more than 15% of the total student population. Likewise, our faculty are highly diverse and community-minded: our modern campus is home to more than 320 faculty representing more than 45 different nationalities, all of whom bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research endeavors. The research is carried out by more than 400 highly qualified researchers, who also come from all over the world.

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate curriculum in the arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai form the university backbone of NYU’s Global Network, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers on six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty across their pursuit of academic and scholarly pursuits. This global university represents a transformative change in higher education, in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined from an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual center at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation and sharing, through its academic, research and creative activities.

Created in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has over the past decade brought together a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, of artists, inventors and others who have contributed to the growth of the capital of the United Arab Emirates as a global center of knowledge and culture while establishing a new model of higher education for the complex world of today.

NYUAD is driven by inspiring and diverse faculty, students, and staff working together in an exciting and dynamic city. As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract exceptional faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that attract exceptional students and providing an environment intellectually rich.

The students are selected from among the best in the world. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to creating a campus environment rooted in mutual respect, understanding, and caring. NYUAD’s undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive number of scholarships, graduate school appointments, and many other global accolades. Higher education is a growth area for the university and the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to increase over the next decade.

NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE). For more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values ​​are fundamental to our mission, please visit and-equity.html

Work for NYUAD

At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than your workplace, it’s your home. In order for faculty to thrive, we provide a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. It starts with a generous relocation allowance to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by a competitive salary, accommodation and transportation allowance; school assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services, and more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic career, supporting ambitious, world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for alternating families is a priority.

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We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are comfortable in one or more of the following areas: creative coding, physical computing, VR/AR/XR, 3D modeling/animation, game design/development, web development, interaction design, user experience design, storytelling (through sound, video, animation, and other media), bioartistic practices, media studies
  • Engage in creative practice that has an essential component, actively explore new tools and modes of expression, and be able to inspire students to do the same
  • Possess an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural, social, political and ethical implications of working with new communication technologies and emerging media
  • Have teaching experience, preferably at undergraduate or graduate level

Good interpersonal skills to collaborate with colleagues and actively interact with students in a multicultural educational setting is highly desirable. A connection or experience with the region is a plus.

We are looking for imaginative, knowledgeable and generous colleagues to help students learn to use emerging media and communication technologies to enrich, enhance and enhance people’s lives. We particularly value candidates whose practice addresses the theoretical, historical, and social aspects of technology and who are able to lead critical discussions on these topics with our students and our community. We actively seek candidates who are committed to equity-oriented teaching practices and who recognize and embrace the values ​​of inclusiveness and diversity, both in the classroom and in the field.


We believe that the creative use of new technologies should be inclusive and aim to create a more equitable society. Having a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and with different abilities working together to make creative use of new technologies is not only important but central to our mission. As such, we expect all faculty to work towards the goal of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and accessibility within our program.

Professors teach 4 courses during the academic year (during the fall and spring semesters). Engaging with students beyond class time in the program’s lab space through project assistance, personal direction, and community activities is essential. Faculty members are expected to facilitate activities, events, conversations, labs, and visitors that enrich the community. They are also expected to be active participants in the wider sphere of departmental and academic service.

Application instructions

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • teaching statement
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Two lesson plans for applicable courses you have taught in the past (that you may want to teach again)
  • Work samples that best represent the areas of expertise outlined in the cover letter. Samples may include recordings, videos, published materials, interactive projects, etc. Please provide a URL with brief documentation for each creative submission.
  • Contact details of three references

Review of applications will begin in early spring 2022 on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people.

Nationals of the United Arab Emirates are encouraged to apply. #nyuadfacultycareers

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