The American University of Kurdistan

Adjunct Faculty in General Education ((Humanities and Social Sciences)

Job Overview

College: College of Arts and Sciences
Salary: Remuneration based on the number of Courses delivered

Our Mission

Founded in 2014 as a non-profit institution of higher learning by Masrour Barzani, the American University of Kurdistan is dedicated to preparing future generations of leaders through curricular and co-curricular excellence in an American-style education focusing on transformative knowledge, innovative research, ethical community service, respect for inclusion and diversity, global connectedness, and life-long learning, all aiming to ensure economic, environmental, social and political advancement- regionally, nationally and globally.

Our Vision

The American University of Kurdistan will be recognized as a premier institution in the Middle East and beyond by cultivating academic excellence, fostering creativity, and engaging in highest caliber of applied research.


​Students at the College of Arts and Sciences receive broad training in the humanities, social and natural sciences. The College presently houses the three departments of International Studies, Design, and Computer Science and Information Technology. The College of Arts and Sciences promotes an interactive liberal arts model of education, which embraces intellectual and academic curiosity and develops students’ capabilities in critical thinking and academic discourse. It aims to create a knowledge-based advanced society that is well-geared for sustainable development for the benefit of all people. Its mission involves educating young leaders through our innovative curriculum that develops students’ ability to effectively reason and communicate and offers specialties that are essential for society and the world at large.​

Position Summary


The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) is seeking candidates for a Part-Time Adjunct Faculty position in the General Education Department within the College of Arts & Sciences. This role is a part-time engagement, offering remuneration based on the number of courses delivered, with no guarantee of a consistent course load, or ongoing employment on a semester-by-semester basis.


AUK is currently seeking accreditation through the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). It is located in Duhok, a city of 350,000 inhabitants in northern Iraq. Kurdistan is safe and stable and is a region of stunning scenery, including rugged desert mountains and forest areas.

This position reports directly to the Chair of General Education.

Key Responsibilities


We are seeking to appoint a motivated and suitably qualified academic/practitioner with expertise to teach academic writing, public speaking, and critical thinking skills.  The successful applicant will join a vibrant team and help shape the development of our educational and professional course provision in this exciting area.  Normal student class size is 25-30 students per section. The following are the main responsibilities:



  • Lecture undergraduate courses.
  • Facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction, and perform evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course’s standard course outline as a guide.
  • Create, post, and articulate course syllabi, course learning outcomes or objectives in order to ensure student understanding of course learning objectives and expectations.
  • Create course curricula, course handouts, lectures, workshops, presentations, and other course materials required to deliver course content in an understandable and interesting manner to ensure students are engaged with the course material in order to achieve the course learning outcomes.
  • Participate in program-level learning assessment. Participation includes helping articulate learning outcomes, choosing and administering measures, evaluating student performance, and suggesting changes to improve student learning.
  • Be responsible for delivering in a student-receptive manner the knowledge, skills, and experiences each student needs to successfully achieve course learning outcomes as outlined in the course syllabus.
  • Create course rubrics in order to assess each student’s performance related to the course’s learning objective and to identify areas for student improvement.
  • Be available to students via email or personal conferences. The method of contact and hours of availability should be clearly communicated to supervisors and to students through the course syllabus each semester.
  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with educational rights and privacy requirements and submit grades and records by established deadlines.
  • Serve on standing and ad hoc committees, advisory boards, hiring committees, faculty senate, or as a student organization advisor.
  • Take on caretaker administrative duties if required by the Provost and mentor and/or assist in orienting new faculty either formally or informally.
  • Attend local, regional, state, or national meetings where required or necessary for the discipline as well as departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings.
  • Perform other appropriate and reasonable required duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications & experience

  • An MA or higher in Social Sciences or Humanities from an established university.
  • Three to five years of teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach relevant courses.
  • Strong communication skills are required to transfer the knowledge to the student body.

Diversity Statement

​It is the policy of the American University of Kurdistan to provide an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. The University promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and makes recruiting decisions exclusively on the basis of qualifications, merit, and current work needs. This policy applies to all hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, remuneration, benefits, and training procedures within our Institution.​

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