Professor of Literature and Creative Writing - Tenure Track, Open Rank

  • New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 05, 2024
Full time English/ESL/Writing/Linguistics Languages & Literature

Job Description


The Literature and Creative Writing Program at New York University Abu Dhabi seeks multiple appointments for a tenure-track professor (open-rank, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor). Knowledge of works of literature from different global regions (Middle East, South Asia, Africa, Asia) and translation or multilingual approaches to writing is preferred. The candidate should be comfortable teaching and writing in two or more genres (e.g., fiction and poetry) and have experience teaching literary studies globally. The candidates will contribute to a unique master of fine arts in translation and creative writing. The hired professors must also be rooted in writing practice, have publishing experience, and demonstrate a passion for teaching.

We are eager to welcome a colleague whose experiences, training, and practices will contribute to our efforts in developing the richly diverse landscape of artists and artistic production. We seek an established educator and a scholar experienced in developing innovative curriculum with a strong pedagogical focus on bridging theory and practice and interested in forging interdisciplinary connections at NYUAD and globally.

The teaching load for the year is typically three courses (typically 2 in Fall, 1 in Spring) plus capstone thesis advising. Teaching duties may also include courses in the NYUAD Core Curriculum, with several creative writing-oriented course offerings.

About NYU Abu Dhabi
Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has assembled over the past decade a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, artists, inventors, and others who have contributed to the growth of the UAE’s capital as a global hub of knowledge and culture while establishing a new model of higher education for today’s complex world.

NYUAD is animated by inspiring, 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 outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students and providing an intellectually rich environment.

NYUAD students are drawn from among the world’s best. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to building a campus environment anchored in mutual respect, understanding, and care. The NYUAD undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school appointments, and many other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the university and the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in 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 create fundamental to our mission, visit here.

Working for NYUAD
A world-class institution deserves world-class benefits. At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work, it’s your home. In order for faculty to thrive, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. This starts with a generous relocation allowance to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by a competitive salary, housing, and transportation allowance; educational assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services, plus more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic career trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority.

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Preferred and Required Qualifications

A terminal degree is desirable (Master of Fine Arts or PhD) evidence of teaching excellence and prior work with a global student population. The NYUAD academic calendar typically starts the last week of August and ends in the last week of May. Candidates must be willing to relocate to the UAE in time for the beginning of the semester.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:

  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Up to Five (5) Representative Publications
  • Teaching Statement
  • Syllabi
  • List of Courses Taught
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Writing Sample Across Genres (not to exceed 25 pages)
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references. (Only referees of shortlisted candidates will be contacted.)

The search committee will begin the review of applications at the end of Spring 2024. We anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the academic year 2024-2025, subject to final budget approval.

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