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American University of Sharjah - Provost

Sharjah, UAE,

Job Description

American University of Sharjah seeks nominations for, and expressions of interest in, the position of provost and chief academic officer.

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) opened in 1997. It has achieved remarkable enrollment growth and academic distinction during its short history. AUS now has approximately 6,000 students representing more than 90 nationalities, 376 full-time faculty, and 500 full-time staff. AUS is a non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education formed on the American model with all instruction in English. The university has proven to be an ideal setting for the promotion of cross-cultural understanding. For more information about the American University of Sharjah, please visit

The University’s Chancellor, Dr. Björn Kjerfve, seeks a provost who will play a key role in continuing the university’s trajectory toward excellence in education, research, and scholarship and expand its reputation as the university of choice in the region for students and faculty from across the globe. As the Chief Academic Officer of the University reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Provost provides vision, leadership, and operational direction for the Deans and Directors of the academic support services. In so doing, the Provost ensures that the University’s curriculum and programs of research and service continuously strive to improve in quality and content, consistent with the overall mission and strategic goals of the institution.

The Provost directs the operations of the Academic Affairs division and oversees the following organizational units and their sub-units: Office of the Provost; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Architecture, Art and Design; School of Business Administration; College of Engineering; the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Instruction; the Office of Student Affairs; the Library; the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships; the International Exchange Office; the Office of Enrollment Management; the Registrar’s Office, the Manager of Accreditation, and the Office of Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies.

The Provost must possess a terminal degree in one of the disciplines represented at the University and have a demonstrated record of successful higher education teaching, mentoring, research and scholarship; proven academic leadership success; and ability to build trust, operate transparently, and negotiate confidently in a multi-cultural environment.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent, in confidence, electronically via e-mail to the university’s consultants, Lucy A. Leske and Jane E. Courson, at

American University of Sharjah is an equal opportunity employer. We adhere to a policy of making employment decisions without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. We assure you that your opportunity for employment with us depends solely upon your qualifications.

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