Director for the Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, NYU Abu Dhabi

Director for the Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
New York University Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi seeks an innovative, globally oriented leader and educator to be the inaugural Director for the Hilary Ballon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Development at NYUAD, the Director will:

  • oversee the Center’s development and programming;
  • create programs to address the specific pedagogical needs of NYUAD’s internationally diverse students and faculty;
  • foster connections between faculty research, artistic production and the university’s teaching mission;
  • coordinate teaching and learning efforts with other units, including Academic Affairs; Global Education; NYUAD Writing Center, Writing Program, and Core Curriculum; NYUAD Library, Instructional Technology, and Digital Scholarship teams; and relevant areas of Student Life, including Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education;
  • collaborate with comparable programs at NYU’s other portal campuses in Shanghai and New York, and with similar centers in the UAE/Gulf region.

Major projects in the Center’s first few years may include the development of mentoring initiatives, instructional design and assessment protocols, faculty teaching portfolios for reviews, pedagogy workshops, and resource development for nascent graduate programs.

In addition, the Director may teach up to two courses a year in his or her discipline or in NYUAD’s Core Curriculum or Writing Program. This is an open rank, contract position with the possibility of renewal.
Required skills and qualifications

  • An earned PhD in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring faculty in teaching.
  • An interest in teaching and learning initiatives that directly address NYUAD’s diverse, multilingual, multinational population and its larger mission to be “one of the world’s great research universities, with an exceptional liberal arts and sciences college at its core,” and “recognized as the model for a new paradigm in higher education: the university as an engine of a more peaceful, cooperative, and productive world.”

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Experience managing a teaching and learning center (at director or assistant director level).
  • Experience with language acquisition scholarship and/or mentoring multilingual faculty and student populations.
  • Experience working with faculty across the disciplines (Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science, Engineering).
  • Experience with innovative methods of teaching that make use of new technologies and media.
  • Experience with learning analytics/protocols in curricular design, accreditation, and assessment.

Application Process
To ensure full consideration by the search committee, candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of 3-5 references to be contacted at a later stage in the search process, all in PDF format, to If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

About Hilary Ballon
NYUAD’s Teaching and Learning Center is named, by request of the faculty, for the university’s late Deputy Vice Chancellor. Ballon was a founding member of the team that began planning NYUAD in September 2007 and was involved in all aspects of the new university, with particular responsibility for the design of a new, globally oriented curriculum and the three-million square foot campus on Saadiyat Island that opened in 2014. Ballon’s scholarship focused on cities and the intersection of architecture, politics, and social life, with a recent focus on New York City. In 2012 she received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture for her publications and curatorial work. In addition to her administrative duties, Ballon taught courses on urbanism and architecture at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she was a University Professor.
New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi-site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses – New York, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi – complemented by 11 additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

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