Director, Communication Program

Doha, Qatar (QA)
Jun 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Director of its highly-regarded undergraduate Communication Program. Established to address the needs of the region’s growing media industries, the program has been drawing praise from educators and media professionals alike. The next program Director will be able to capitalize on Northwestern’s world-class reputation in media education along with NU-Q’s new, 515,000-square-foot, leading-edge media education center.

NU-Q is Northwestern University’s first international campus and is located in Education City, Doha, which was established in partnership with Qatar Foundation in 2008. The Director will work with a creative and committed team of administrative and faculty colleagues to realize a unique program, built upon the proven curriculum at Northwestern’s home campus as well as the special talent and resources available at the Qatar campus.

The ideal candidate will be a senior or midcareer scholar with expertise in media economics, media industry studies, communication studies or related fields, along with substantial administrative experience. The Director of the Communication Program will lead a faculty of eleven and work closely with the Dean’s Office on issues of faculty recruitment and development. The Director will teach undergraduate courses on topics related to his or her area of expertise as well as oversee matters of curricular planning and improvement. An earned Ph.D. is preferred, and relevant professional or scholarly interest in the Middle East and North Africa will be especially welcome.

The successful candidate will appreciate a culturally diverse community of students, faculty and staff comprised of women and men from Qatar and around the world and join faculty colleagues whose teaching experience is drawn from many of the world’s top academic institutions. In addition, the Director will work in collaboration with sister institutions in Education City that include Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, Texas A&M and Virginia Commonwealth to expand the depth and reach of program offerings.

NU-Q faculty-in-residence receive generous support for research and faculty development as well a highly competitive salary and a package of benefits and overseas allowances. Rank for these non-tenured positions is based upon qualifications and experience.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a professional resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile available at, 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 submitted electronically via email to NU-Q’s consultants Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., and Robin Mamlet at The consultants can be reached through the desk of Leslie Donahue at 630-575-6178.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in Qatar.

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