HUSS Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
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About The American University in Cairo:

Founded in 1919, The American University in Cairo (AUC) is the region's leading English-language University and the center of the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. With a community of students and faculty members representing more than 60 countries, AUC is a crossroads for the world's cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures. AUC offers 36 undergraduate, 44 master's and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. The University boasts the largest English-language library collection in Egypt, 13 cross-disciplinary research centers, and a rich array of co-curricular organizations and activities for students. The University's modern, 260-acre New Cairo campus is a purpose-built, world-class facility for advanced research, innovative teaching and civic engagement.

Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, AUC is an independent, not-for-profit, equal-opportunity institution. More information about the university can be found at

Job Description:

The American University in Cairo invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS) is made up of nine departments: Applied Linguistics; Arab and Islamic Civilizations; Arts; English and Comparative Literature; History; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology.  The School offers 35 degrees and diplomas at the undergraduate and graduate level, and boasts a world-class faculty who produce groundbreaking research and provide the finest liberal arts education in the region. Among the school's strengths are its state-of-the-art facilities for study and creative work in theatre, music and the visual arts, the only counseling psychology training clinic in the region, and two internationally recognized periodicals: Cairo Papers in Social Sciences and Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics. HUSS upholds and shares AUC's commitment to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression.

We are searching for a dean with vision, imagination, and energy, possessing strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate should be knowledgeable about and interested in developments in the arts, humanities and social sciences around the world. As the school's chief academic and administrative officer, the dean should be a practiced and collaborative manager, working closely with other senior administrative officers to enhance programs both within the school and across the university. Responsibilities include coordinating, evaluating and improving curricula and programs; recruiting new faculty; promoting excellence in instruction and research; determining resource priorities and preparing the school's budget; and representing the school and its faculty to other divisions of the university and to the broader public. Strengths in support of the school's fundraising efforts will be considered an asset.


The successful candidate must have a doctoral degree in a discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences (or comparable terminal degree in the Arts), at least eight years of relevant administrative experience, and a record of recognized scholarly research and teaching accomplishments sufficient to merit appointment as a full professor in one of the school's departments. Candidates must be enthusiastic about the prospect of living and working in Egypt. Salary and benefits are competitive, based on qualifications and professional experience.

Additional Information:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system: a) an updated C.V.; b) a letter of interest; c) names and contact information for at least three references familiar with your professional background; d) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF). 

Your letter of interest should address your ability to lead a multi-disciplinary school and create a collaborative and inclusive environment.


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