UOWD8318 - Assistant/Associate Professor- Screen Media

Business Unit: Academic
Job Family: Faculty
Department: Humanities, Social Sciences and Health
Contract Type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Dubai
About UOWD:

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the UAE's oldest and most prestigious universities. Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia - currently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world – UOW in Dubai represents a pioneering Australian initiative in the Gulf region.

The School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Health (SHSSH) at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) invites applications for a full time position in Media and Communication at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor (Rank is dependent on experience and qualifications).

About the Program:

The Bachelor of Communications & Media (BCM) is a relatively new and dynamic program with four specializations:

1.) Digital & Social Media; 2.) Visual Communication Design; 3.) Screen Media Production; 4.) Marketing Communications & Advertising.

The BCM program focus is practice-based team work, and preparing students for careers in the media industry. The postgraduate program—Master of Media & Communication (MMC), has recently undergone significant restructuring in terms of content and focus in order to address the needs of students and professionals facing an ever-changing industry and innovative emerging media practices. Both programs are fully accredited by the Ministry of Education in U.A.E. and in Australia. We have a good relationship with the home campus and are now finding opportunities to collaborate globally with Australia and two other campuses. In addition, we have recently moved to a brand-new campus in September 2020 with the latest technology and classroom design for student centered learning. This position is a key hire and the candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and ongoing growth of both BCM and MMC programs.

Requirements and Qualifications:

The successful candidate will join the university in early to mid-January 2022, and will demonstrate strong evidence of exceptional work within screen media, digital media and media studies; have a minimum of five years of university level teaching and three years of professional experience – including content creation and curation (some possibilities could be made on a variation of teaching and professional experience). Candidates should be equally fluent in media and design discourse, studio practice, and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. 

Areas of Expertise- Candidates should have extensive experience in at least one of the following areas:

  •  Screen based storytelling, creative writing, transmedia design; user experience design and practice;
  • Screen media production, short film making, micro narratives;
  • Film and cinema studies, film theory, macro narratives


  • must be committed to engage in teaching and research in the field of screen media, digital media and emerging technologies and the Media and Communication discipline
  • must be familiar with process-based media making, speculative media design practice, and be willing/able to adapt these approaches to teaching and learning
  • must actively contribute to curriculum/course design – including collaborating with the global network of UOW campuses
  • should be comfortable teaching in a studio/lab setting, utilizing emerging technologies and tools, emphasizing creative practice, design, and experimental techniques/processes
  • must be comfortable both working in teams/collaborative teaching environments, as well as managing/teaching courses independently

Required Qualifications

  •  Terminal degree (MFA/PhD) in Screen Media, Digital Media, Media Arts, Media & Communication, or related field
  •  Five Years of Teaching Experience at Bachelor Level and above
  • A portfolio of work demonstrating experience in screen media production, transmedia storytelling digital content creation, production, curation, and aggregation, or other creative work
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with digital media software, programs and applications, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Unity, Maya, Unreal, among others

Background Check Required

Compensation & Benefits:

The successful candidate will enjoy interaction with a professional dynamic team of highly respected educators from 35 different countries and exposure to students from over 120 nationalities.

The University offers an expatriate package which is an attractive tax free salary. The expatriate package includes six weeks of paid leave per year, private medical insurance for employee and eligible dependents, life and disability insurance and education allowance for dependents. The University is located in Knowledge Park, Dubai and has excellent teaching, learning and research facilities as well as a Library that meets international standards.

To Apply:

Applicants please provide the following. Applications that are not complete will not be reviewed.

1. Cover Letter – include a description of Research, Training and Teaching experiences

2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume- include a recent list of relevant courses taught

3. Names and contact information of at least three references from previous employers, supervisors, or professional clients. Please do not send contact details of friends or co-workers.

4. Designer Statement and Portfolio –one link to your online portfolio specifically curated for the search committee – this can/should include samples/examples of student work and student projects undertaken as part of courses taught

5. Philosophy of Teaching Statement

Please Note: Successful Applicants will be asked to prepare a teaching demo.

Interested applicants must apply before the closing date by visiting our employment website at http://employment.uowdubai.ac.ae. A review of applications will begin after the closing date and will continue until the position(s) are filled.

Closing Date: 11th December 2021 or until the position is filled.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume / CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Link to portfolio and designer statement
4. Philosophy of Teaching Statement
5. Names and contact information of at least three professional references