NYU Abu Dhabi: Visiting Professor of East Asian Art History, Open Rank

The Division of Arts and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for an open-rank visiting faculty position in East Asian Art History in the Art and Art History Program. Candidates must have expertise in East Asian art and be able to place it in dialogue with global perspectives. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability to teach broadly across diverse traditions and periods of East Asian art.

The Program seeks scholars who can demonstrate a commitment to innovative research that is open to cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in art history, and appropriate competence in at least one East Asian language. They will have an established international publication record and corresponding teaching experience.

This is a visiting faculty appointment for one academic year of 9 months of instruction. The position will largely focus on teaching in the BA in Art and Art History curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with other programs in the Arts & Humanities Division and with other divisions at NYUAD.

About Art & Art History at NYUAD
Art & Art History at NYUAD is currently undertaking an exciting expansion that seeks to develop a truly global art historical curriculum, and at the same time to consolidate its commitment to bringing art history, art theory, arts practice and design together in one program. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to this dynamic development.

NYUAD Art & Art History faculty are especially active in fostering collaborations with local and regional artists and art institutions, including the NYUAD Art Gallery, and academic organizations and museums. Two of its faculty have founded Al Mawrid, the first Centre for the Study of Arab Art, which also houses Akkasah, a major archive of vernacular and documentary photography from the region.

NYUAD is part of the NYU Global Network which extends across three portal campuses and 11 ‘away sites’ across the globe. Within this network, NYUAD is unique in its commitment to a truly global curriculum that reflects its exceptionally international student body. As a program, Art & Art History sees itself as making a distinctive contribution to NYUAD’s research and teaching mission.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university’s commitment to excellence. Our faculty are the engines that sustain our inclusive environment; NYUAD students come from more than 115 countries, with no single one nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Our modern campus is home to over 320 faculty who represent more than 45 different nationalities, all of whom bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. Research is advanced by over 400 highly qualified research staff, who are likewise drawn from all over the world.

About NYU Abu Dhabi
Established in partnership between NYU and the emirate of 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, please 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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This position requires a Ph.D. in Art History.

Application Instructions

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

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Research Statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • List of Courses Taught
  • Relevant Syllabi
  • Names and emails of three references who will be contacted by Interfolio to submit their letter confidentially through the system.

The search committee will begin the review of applications on February 15. We anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the academic year 2024-2025.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
NYUAD is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our university. We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals.

Our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging and Equity
Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University’s mission. Visit our website for more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values are fundamental to our mission.

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