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Dean, College of Education
UAE University

Date Posted Jun. 13, 2022
Title Dean, College of Education
University UAE University
Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Department College of Education
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Education - General

United Arab Emirates University invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Education (CEDU).

United Arab Emirates University is the principal university of the UAE. It was the first federal university   founded in 1976 and is approaching its 50th anniversary. UAEU remains the only fully comprehensive university in the UAE. It is situated in the historic city of Al Ain, which is about 100km inland of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAEU is in the process of transitioning into a research-intensive institution to be fit for its second half-century. It enrolls approximately 13,000 students, with a growing international student body. As UAE’s flagship university, it offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through its nine colleges.

The CEDU of the United Arab Emirates University is the first and highest-ranked College of Education in the United Arab Emirates. It was founded in 1977 as one of the first four Colleges of the University. CEDU has a pre-eminent reputation in the Middle East and the wider Arab World. CEDU offers undergraduate degrees to prepare teachers in the fields of early childhood education, special education, and physical education. The graduate level provision at the College is extensive, including: a Masters of Education (MEd) program with  concentrations in: Early Childhood Education; Special Education; Educational Leadership; and Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics, Science, Arabic, English and Social Studies); a Masters of Educational Innovation offered in cooperation with  Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance; and an Accelerated Masters in Special Education (4+1). Recently the College has established an innovative Dual Master of Education with the Education University of Hong Kong In addition, Doctoral level programs are offered in: Language and Literacy Education; Mathematics Education; Science Education; Leadership and Policy Studies in Education; and Special Education.

Partnerships with high profile organizations are very important to the College.  One notable collaboration is the establishment of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Research Center for Motherhood and Childhood, hosted at the CEDU and established in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood. In collaboration with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, CEDU successfully developed  the first Adaptive Behavior Scale for People of Determination. This is the first scale in the world that combines the direct examination of a child by the specialist and the caregiver’s assessment of certain aspects of their growth in addition to the teachers’ ratings. The CEDU holds international accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The College currently has 39 faculty organized into three departments, 450 enrolled students with students graduating this year.

Faculty research interests encompass four major specializations including curriculum and instruction, special education, educational leadership and foundations of education, and physical education. CEDU faculty are involved in international joint research, and successfully being awarded  two collaborative research grants with Oxford University and University College London. The CEDU publishes the International Journal for Research in Education (IJRE) in Arabic and English, which serves educational researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and administrators in the United Arab Emirates, the Arab region and beyond. 

This position of Dean, CEDU provides an outstanding opportunity to lead one of the oldest Colleges in the University and one of the most prominent education colleges in the Middle East. We are seeking an ambitious and highly qualified individual who would be able to make a mark in this dynamic region and take the College into its second half-century. We are looking for an academic administrator with a futuristic vision to make a positive impact on the College, the University, and the UAE. The anticipated start date is 1st January 2023, or as soon as is practicable.


The Dean of the College of Education CEDU) reports to the Provost and has overall responsibility for academic leadership and administration of the CEDU.

Dean of CEDU manages administrative functions of the College; develops College strategic initiatives and participates in university long-term planning and policy setting; provides senior-level administrative leadership in areas of curriculum development, faculty academic affairs, students’ life, institutional assessment and improvement, human resource, faculty evaluation, promotion, career development; manages and facilitates the growth of research and development programs; develops and manages the College budget and finances; coordinates with facilities planning and management; cultivates partnerships with industry, foundations, and government organizations; leads College fundraising and cultivates relationships with donors.


The position carries a tax-free salary commensurate with experience, as well as housing, health insurance, annual air tickets, educational allowance (if applicable), and end of service compensation.


The ideal candidate will be a collaborative leader with a clear vision for the future of Education and professions in the UAE and beyond. He/she should have a strong track record in research and a demonstrable commitment to research and teaching excellence. He/she should be committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across all areas of university and college business, with sensitivity to cultural differences, and have a proven record of success as an academic administrator. The minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • PhD degree in Education or a related area. Preference will be given to candidates with education from pre-eminent institutions.
  • Full Professor with a minimum of 15 years of responsible education-related experience including 5 years of academic leadership in higher education.
  • Strong track record of research, publications, and citations.
  • Strong track record in teaching reflecting academic excellence.
  • Ability to build collaborations and partnerships with other top universities globally.

Application Process

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Candidates should apply through the University website (


Posting number        3362


Applications should include:

  • a cover letter of no more than 3 pages outlining why the applicant meets the selection criteria for the position
  • a full updated academic CV
  • a list of 3-5 referees with academic affiliations and contact information

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.

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