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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education


New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks a visionary academic leader dedicated to inclusive excellence, global thinking, and outstanding learning outcomes as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). NYUAD’s vision is to be a world-class leader in global higher education, as a distinguished, diverse and united scholarly community defined by excellence in research, teaching, and learning, for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and the world. It is an integral part of NYU’s global network, marked by a uniquely international student population of 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students representing 115 different nationalities. Drawing on the strengths of the NYU global network, NYUAD offers an outstanding global liberal arts and sciences education to students from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and around the world, with a distinctive focus on intercultural understanding and leadership. NYUAD supports innovative research and graduate education programs that push forward the frontiers of knowledge and respond in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges. NYUAD is an integral part of NYU’s identity as a global network university for the 21st century and contributes in multiple ways to the development of a sustainable, knowledge-based economy in Abu Dhabi. An incredibly diverse and inclusive community, Abu Dhabi is both welcoming and family-friendly with the University’s campus sitting at the heart of the cultural district.

Reporting to the Provost of NYUAD and working closely with the deans of the four academic divisions (Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Social Science, Natural Science), the VPUE is responsible for overseeing the delivery of a world-class, transformational undergraduate experience rooted in the global liberal arts for all NYUAD students. The VPUE ensures the delivery of essential academic support services to every undergraduate student; provides campus-wide guidance and leadership for curricular innovations; advances inclusive excellence in student learning and achievement;; creates learning opportunities for students; provides students and faculty with resources that promote academic excellence and student success; and encourages and facilitates innovations in pedagogy. The VPUE is responsible for undergraduate academic policies; academic advising; curricular diversity and innovative pedagogical initiatives; academic writing; the Core Curriculum; interdisciplinary divisional and cross-school curricula, multi-school programs, and undergraduate research. The Office of the VPUE provides enrichment resources for students at all stages, leads initiatives that support and improve undergraduate teaching and learning, administers academic misconduct policies and procedures, and maintains a climate of academic integrity. The VPUE oversees a range of programs and initiatives, including the Writing Center, the Hillary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Academic Success Center, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and more than eight direct reports. The VPUE will work collaboratively with a wide variety of academic colleagues in the academic divisions and in other senior leadership roles within NYUAD to enhance the holistic undergraduate student educational experience.


The VPUE will possess an advanced degree and accomplished record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with an academic appointment at NYUAD as well as a track record of administrative success in a complex educational institution devoted to the liberal arts. The successful candidate will demonstrate: strategic leadership skills; commitment to principles of global education; the ability to uphold and model principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity; in-depth understanding of instructional technology, teaching, and support; familiarity with the many aspects of undergraduate student support; a results orientation and proven track record of using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and achieve measurable results; in addition to the ability to inspire and influence others; build trust, credibility, and consensus; model principles of integrity and ethical behaviour; collaborate with a wide variety of colleagues and stakeholders; resolve conflict; and provide culturally sensitive and empathetic leadership to a vibrant, highly diverse environment that is in the midst of enormous growth.

Application Instructions

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest (cover letter, cv, and five references) should be directed electronically to Application review will begin in the middle of February and continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact:

Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Managing Director
Christine Falcone, Senior Associate, The Diversified Search Group

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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

NYUAD is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University, including women, underrepresented minorities, and UAE nationals.

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