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Professor in Arab Music, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Open Rank

New York University Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 24, 2023

NYU Abu Dhabi is pioneering a new model of higher education for a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research and to advancing cooperation and progress on humanity?s shared challenges. Drawing on the strengths of the NYU global network, it offers an outstanding 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. It 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.


The Division of Arts and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for a tenure/tenure-track Professor position in the music program.

We seek a dynamic scholar-practitioner specializing in Arab music (broadly construed), who will enhance the current offerings in the music program. Successful candidates should have international research and performance profiles demonstrated by a consistent track record of peer-reviewed publications, recordings and performances. We are especially interested in candidates who engage with the music of the Arabian Gulf, and who combine research and artistic practice. Candidates should have substantial college teaching experience in a liberal arts context, be able to contribute to the diversity of intellectual life at NYU Abu Dhabi, and possess excellent communication skills. Candidates should be prepared to teach seminar courses at all levels, and to supervise research. The ability to teach music ensembles, and group and private instruction in Arab musical instruments at both undergraduate and graduate levels would be an advantage. We particularly welcome applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Music program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music and minors in Arab Music Studies and Sound and Music Computing, all delivered in a liberal arts university setting. There are also plans to offer a graduate program in music. Arab music is an important area of the program under development, and individual instruction and ensemble experiences are available to all students at NYUAD. Music majors are able to pursue capstone experiences in all areas of music, including performance, musicology, composition and technology, singly or in combination. Successful candidates will be affiliated with the Music and Sound Cultures Research Group (, a group dedicated to research in music and sound cultures from the Arab world and surrounding regions through computational and humanistic methods.

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; the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in the next decade as we develop new graduate programs.

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.

Ph.D. or equivalent degree (D.M.A. or other) in Performance/Musicology or a related field is preferred, and candidates must have demonstrated an ability to develop a high profile in research and performance. Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. (One or two statements at the candidate’s discretion)
  • Statement of Research/Artistic Interests
  • Name and email address of three references (Each referee will be contacted to submit their reference letter only if the candidate is shortlisted for further consideration.)
The applications will be reviewed 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.

NYUAD is committed to equality and is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates who will enrich and contribute to our university's cultural and ethnic diversity.

If you have any questions, please e-mail .

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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