The American University of Kurdistan

Full-Time Faculty in General Education

Job Overview

Job Title:                     Full-Time Faculty in General Education (Composition and Public Speaking)

College:                       College of Arts and Sciences

Institution:                 The American University of Kurdistan

Location:                    Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Job Type:                    Full-Time

Posting Date:             28/02/2023

Closing Date:              Open until filled

Salary:                        Competitive and Commensurate with experience




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.


Position Summary:

AUK invites applicants for a full-time faculty position in the General Education Department in the College of Arts & Science. AUK is a not-for-profit, special status institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal arts, professional, and scientific knowledge and preparing the next generation of leaders for the community. AUK envisions becoming the leading academic institution in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and beyond through implementing pedagogical approaches that impact critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and the lifelong learning skills required for success in contemporary society and workplaces.

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

AUK invites applications for this faculty position starting August 20, 2022.


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.  Successful applicants will normally be expected to teach at least four sections per semester, three contact hours per section (12 hours). Normal student class size is 20-30 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.


Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • A PhD or MA in English Language/Literature or Communication from an established university.
  • Five years of teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach relevant courses.
  • Strong communication skills required to transfer the knowledge to the student body.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Doctorate in nursing (PhD, DNP, DNS), or current enrollment in doctoral study.
  • Clinical nursing experience and/or certification in one or more of the following areas: adult health/medical-surgical nursing, gerontological nursing, mental health/psychiatric nursing, obstetric/gynecological nursing, pediatric nursing, community health/public health nursing, and critical care nursing.
  • Relevant teaching experience in undergraduate/graduate nursing programs.
  • Knowledge and expertise with the policies and procedures of international accreditation organizations related to nursing.



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.

Application Process:

The search committee will immediately begin reviewing applications and continue until an appointment is made for interviews. Applications must be emailed to [email protected] with the position’s name in the “subject” field. To ensure full consideration, applications must include a letter of interest, analysis of qualifications, curriculum vitae that includes e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. If you encounter any issues with the Application process, please email the previously listed email address.

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