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Head of the Department of English
American University of Sharjah

  • Dec. 21, 2017
  • Head of the Department of English
  • English Department
  • American University of Sharjah
    United Arab Emirates
  • Jan. 22, 2018
  • Fall 2018
  • Department Head/Head/Chair
  • English
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The College of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeks a candidate with a Ph.D. in Literature or Linguistics to serve as Department Head. The College is seeking a leader to guide the Department in its program areas of the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The Department of English ( also offers courses in composition and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

Required Qualifications: The following are minimum qualifications and should be addressed in the application letter:

  • Ph.D. in Literature or Linguistics or highly related discipline
  • A record of successful academic administrative leadership including personnel management
  • Rank of Full Professor
  • A record of highly effective teaching
  • A distinguished record of relevant scholarship
  • Experience in program accreditation and curriculum development
  • Experience in faculty evaluation and mentoring

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the above, the College will give preference to candidates with:

  • Academic administrative experience at the level of Program Director, Department Chair or equivalent
  • Experience in supporting graduate programs
  • Experience in the North American style of higher education
  • Awareness of the cultural, linguistic and historical contexts of the region
  • Commitment to interdisciplinarity

Responsibilities: In addition to the normal leadership and management responsibilities of a Department Head, expectations include teaching, research and scholarly activity, service at the college and university level, maintaining a strong campus presence, supporting student recruitment and retention efforts, and serving as an advisor/resource for majors and other students.
Setting: AUS is located in the Emirate of Sharjah, adjacent to Dubai, UAE. The university was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. AUS is an independent, not-for-profit coeducational university, serving more than 5,600 students from 95 nationalities. AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Affairs Division in the United Arab Emirates. AUS is accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Application: Applicants should apply online at
Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of application (addressing qualifications), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Additional information can be found at or by contacting the search committee chair (

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  • James Gannon
    English Department
    American University of Sharjah
    United Arab Emirates


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