American University of Sharjah
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Master of Urban Planning Program

Visiting or Regular Faculty Position | Assistant or Associate Professor | Program Academic Coordinator

The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for a visiting or regular faculty appointment—at the assistant or associate level—to the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program. This position provides an opportunity to teach and conduct research in a unique urban context and to make a difference in the practice of urban planning. Program graduates occupy professional and governmental leadership positions across the region. As a result of AUS’s recent push to enhance research, there is now significant support for research activities. The position comes with a competitive salary and an exceptional benefits package inclusive of free housing and utilities, generous retirement contribution, funding for annual return airfare, school tuition for dependents and health insurance.

Applicants will have demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship and service or the potential for such excellence. Applicants must possess expertise—developed through academic work and/or professional practice—in some combination of geospatial analysis, geodesign, computer applications in planning, urban plan-making and research methods in planning.

The successful candidate will teach a combination of required core courses and elective offerings at the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as the program’s capstone workshop. The successful candidate—if appointed as regular faculty and possessing relevant prior experience—may also provide program leadership, involving administrative tasks such as curriculum development, teaching assignments and student recruitment. Preference will be given to applicants with academic experience in the North American model of higher education.

A PhD in urban planning or a related field is required.

The successful candidate is expected to assume duties in August 2023.

Interested applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application that describes your fit with this position description and provides the names and contact information of three referees; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) a digital portfolio of scholarly/professional/teaching activities. All these documents are to be submitted as one PDF file.

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Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CAAD offers five undergraduate programs leading to degrees in architecture, interior design, visual communication, multimedia design and design management, along with the Master of Urban Planning degree. The undergraduate curriculum is based on the North American model with liberal arts and sciences integrated with a professional education. All courses are taught in English. Website:  

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 has been accredited in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 USA) since June 2004. The Bachelor of Architecture program at AUS is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is the first program to receive this designation outside North America.

AUS is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the United Arab Emirates, neighboring countries in the region and around the world. In addition to CAAD, the university comprises the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and School of Business Administration. Website: