UOWD9316 - Assistant/Associate Professor: Internet Studies

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

Established in 1951 and ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide*, Australia’s University of Wollongong is a global brand with international campuses in Dubai, Hong Kong and Malaysia. 

University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD) offers over 40 internationally recognised bachelor and master degrees spanning 10 in-demand industry sectors. All of our degree courses are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and licensed by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), as well as being recognised by leading professional organisations such as AACSB, ACCA, ACS, CIM, CIPD, CPA, Engineers Australia, PMI, and others. 

The first internationally accredited Australian university in the UAE, we are the education gateway of choice for over 3,500 students, representing 100+ nationalities. Our global community of 152,000 alumni are pursuing career goals with respected blue-chip companies and industry giants such as 3M, ADCB, Adidas, Amazon, Deloitte, Emirates, FedEx, GE, IBM, Microsoft and Pepsico. Additionally, research reveals that 83%** of fresh graduates are employed within six months of graduation. 

Life at UOWD is rooted in the continued pursuit of excellence through teaching, research and industry engagement, with the student experience at its heart. Our 200,000-square-foot campus at Dubai Knowledge Park features access to cutting-edge technologies and a mix of traditional and innovative learning spaces, all housed in a vibrant modern setting that promises to deliver an enriched learning experience for our students. 

*QS World University Rankings 2023

**Data from the Graduate Destination Survey 2017 to 2020

About the programme:

UOWD has two media programmes;
Undergraduate – Bachelor of Communication and Media (BCM)
Postgraduate – Master of Media and Communication (MMC).

The BCM programme is relatively new and dynamic with four specializations:
1) Digital & Social Media
2) Visual Communication Design
3) Screen Media Production
4) Marketing, Communication & Advertising.
First and foremost, the BCM programme is a process based, media making and media design programme. The focus is on pairing theory and critical thought with practice-based team work, while at the same time preparing students for careers in media and the creative industries. 

The MMC programme 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. These programmes follow the approach of the teacher as a facilitator, rather than the teacher as a lecturer. Courses are designed and taught as a collaborative experience between facilitator and student. This process-based, facilitator approach to teaching and learning is expected from all faculty members.

Both programmes 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 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 programmes.

Requirements & Responsibilites:

The School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Health and the Media department is currently seeking a qualified and motivated Assistant/Associate Professor in Internet Studies to join us in September 2023. The successful candidate will primarily teach Internet Studies related courses at the undergraduate level, but will also be expected to teach core media subjects as needed. The position also offers opportunities to teach in our Masters degree programme.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience teaching a range of media subjects, including, but not limited to, courses in Digital Media, Social Media and Media Studies. Many media subjects at UOWD make use of Social Media in the teaching & learning process, as well as the assessment process, so candidates are expected to have experience using these teaching tools. Candidates should also have experience with content creation, curation and aggregation. Proficiency with digital design software and applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud, AI applications, and others, is essential.

Candidates are expected to have an approach to teaching that is student-centered, with a focus on designing subjects that are project-based and an approach to projects and media making that is process-focused instead of outcome-focused.

Core responsibilities

  • Design and Teach subjects in the realm of Internet studies and/or Media studies to Undergraduate students and Postgraduate students as assigned by the Director – Media Programs
  • Advise and mentor students
  • Contribute to the development and growth of the programs at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate level
  • Contribute to department related media projects, such as videos, podcast or other productions
  • Participate in departmental and university service, including committee work and community outreach
Qualifications & Experience:
  • PhD or MFA in Digital Media, Media Studies, or a related field
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience teaching Internet/Media studies subjects at the Bachelors level or above
  • Experience with content creation, curation, and aggregation
  • Proficiency with digital design software and applications, including Adobe Creative Cloud, AI applications, and others
  • Experience teaching in a studio/lab setting, utilizing emerging technologies and tools, emphasizing creative practice, design, and experimental techniques/processes


Applicants please provide the following. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  1. Cover Letter – include a description of Research, Training and Teaching experiences
  2. CV – clearly demonstrating teaching experience, including specific experience teaching Internet Studies related subjects
  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. Student Work Samples – Provide a link to a selection of student projects from courses you’ve taught. Projects can be in any format and related to any course, but these projects should, in some way, demonstrate your experience teaching process based, project centered courses.
  5. Philosophy of Teaching Statement

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

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 Village, Dubai and has excellent teaching, learning and research facilities as well as a Library that meets international standards.


Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume / CV
2. CV
3. Philosophy of Teaching Statement
4. Cover letter