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Position title – Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Department/Unit/College – Academic Affairs) Office

Reporting to – Chancellor

Position Summary

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the university. As a senior member of the University’s Executive, reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the DVC (Academic Affairs) is responsible for strategic leadership in academic planning and quality, teaching and learning, and faculty and instructors across foundations, general education, baccalaureate, and National TA programs as well as Continuing Education. As an academic leader, the DVC (Academic Affairs) is responsible for developing a performance culture that promotes teaching excellence, program innovation and responsiveness to the opportunities of new learning technologies. As a member of the Vice Chancellor’s senior management team, the DVC (Academic Affairs) shares responsibility for strategic and operational planning, implementation and evaluation across the institution.

Other Positions Reporting to this one: Board Council

  • Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Dean of the University College
  • Director of Academic Personnel
  • Director of Program and Curriculum
  • Director of the Continuing Education
  • Center

  • Director of the Center for Excellence in

  • Teaching & Learning

  • Coordinator of the National T.A. Office

  • DVC (Academic Affairs) Office Staff

Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Advance the mission and strategic goals of the University in core academic areas, covering pre-university preparation programs, General Education and Baccalaureate Programs, the National Teaching Assistant Program, and Continuing Education;
  2. Ensure that academic policies effectively support the goals of the University and, as necessary, recommend changes in academic policy and programs to the Academic Council.
  3. Oversee curriculum development, working through the Deans to ensure that the University’s academic programs are current and effectively prepare graduates to meet the needs of the UAE government and of private employers;
  4. Lead the development of opportunities offered by emerging learning technologies that will lead to improvements in teaching and learning;
  5. Lead improvements in academic quality by ensuring that rigorous processes are in place for all academic activities and by developing faculty recruitment, mentoring, performance review, and promotion policies and procedures so as to
    continuously elevate the level of teaching and learning;
  6. Promote engagement with other universities and develop partnerships with local and international institutions that support the mission of the University and enrich the student experience;
  7. Work with the DVC (Student Affairs & Enrollment) to develop ‘living-learning’ programs and other activities that enrich the student experience and enhance undergraduate education;
  8. Prepare annual budget requests for the portfolio, in alignment with the University’s strategic plan, and manage resources in a way that most effectively advances the institution’s strategic academic goals;
  9. Make a high quality and influential contribution to the work of the Executive of the University, and to the wider interests of the University.
  10. Undertake any other duties that may be assigned by the Vice Chancellor. The DVC (Academic Affairs) is an ex officio member of the Senior Executive Cabinet, the Academic Council and the University Development Committee.
Qualities, Skills and Values
  • Strong strategic planning skills;
  • Highly developed communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Commitment to excellence in the student experience and the development of a student-centered University;
  • Strategic view of the development of learning and teaching quality, and of the development of human resources;
  • Capacity to develop and lead the implementation of the University’s responses to opportunities for development and improvement;
  • Leadership in academic planning and a focus on the development of programs that are both relevant for the country and also attractive to students.
Education, Qualifications and Experience


  • Doctorate from an internationally recognized, research-intensive university, and a track record of scholarly productivity;
  • Current or previous appointment at Professorial level;
  • At least three-years experience in senior university leadership;
  • Experience in effective management of a large staff complement and complex budgets;
  • Experience with leadership in strategic planning, budgeting & financial management, change management, academic collaborations, and collegial shared governance.


  • Experience with curriculum development and program review;
  • Knowledge of university rankings systems;
  • Experience with institutional and program accreditation standards and processes.

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