Arts Professor of Film and New Media Program, Open Rank, Arts and Humanities, NYU Abu Dhabi

Arts Professor of Film and New Media Program, Open Rank
Arts and Humanities
NYU Abu Dhabi

The Film and New Media Program at NYU Abu Dhabi is currently inviting applications for a full-time non-tenure track open-rank Arts Professor multi-year appointment in Film, New/Digital Media, and Digital and Interactive Media Studies.

We are looking for a scholar who works in the field of film and media history with a focus on documentary, experimental, interactive, and narrative modes, popular genres, digital technologies and platforms, genres and movements within and across diverse film cultures. Scholarship theorizing and historicizing film and media practices emerging from multiple regions through multiple disciplinary perspectives would add to our program’s strategy of anchoring our students in comparative histories, theories, and practices of film and media.

Applicants with training in disciplines such as film/media studies, cultural studies, visual anthropology, philosophy, history, and legal studies with an interest in popular cultures, studies of nation forms, feminist and gender studies, and post-colonial studies would be a welcome addition to our program. We are equally interested in practitioners who are able to integrate studies and practice into the courses they offer to our students. 

Applicants with experience in studying new digital platforms, interactive media practices, and mainstream media industries are encouraged to apply as well. We are interested in emerging work in areas such as digital storytelling, data stories, game studies, hacker culture, and research on social media.  

The Film and New Media Program at NYUAD hopes to emerge as a unique location to foster exchange between film and digital media cultures of the MENA and Indian Ocean regions. Our students take both practice and studies courses and finish their degree with a Capstone project that reflects the cultural and historical context of their interests and studies. The Film and New Media program brings together the energy and charge of a multicultural education setting with students and faculty from across the globe in our classrooms and in our mentoring of students. 

About NYU Abu Dhabi
Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, over the last decade, NYUAD has assembled 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 and 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 provide an intellectually rich environment.

NYUAD students come from more than 126 countries, with no single nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Likewise, our over 320 faculty members represent more than 45 nationalities and bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity (IDBE), which is fundamental to the University’s commitment to excellence. Visit our website for more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values are fundamental to our mission.

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 admissions, and other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the University, and is expected to expand in the next decade as graduate programs are added.

Working for NYUAD
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. This starts with a generous relocation allowance; educational assistance for your dependents; access to health and wellness services; and more. NYUAD is committed to faculty success throughout the academic trajectory, providing support for ambitious and world-class research projects and innovative, interactive teaching approaches. Support for dual-career families is a priority. Visit our website for more information on benefits for you and your dependents.

Candidates for this position should hold an MFA and/or Ph.D. as well as significant undergraduate or graduate teaching experience.

Application Instructions
Interested applicants should submit the following items to:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Writing samples
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. student feedback)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Two syllabi for film, new digital media, or interactive media studies courses.

Selected candidate/s will teach in the Film and New Media Program and in the Core Curriculum, courses designed for students across the university that address a significant global challenge from multidisciplinary perspectives. Selected candidates will also be required to advise and mentor students and participate fully in University and program service.

We will review applications on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. We will anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi in the academic year 2023-2024 or 2024-2025, subject to final budget approval.

For questions about this position, please email

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. NYUAD is an equal-opportunity employer.  We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals. Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University’s mission.


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