I worked at American University in Dubai full-time (More than a year)
It hires faculty who would not be allowed to teach in anything resembling a university, then they complain they don't get career progression. None of the academics would be given the title of Assistant Prof in a proper university, and some are even called associate profs, and they still complain. The vice chancellor calls himself a professor, which is laughable as he really is clueless. Academics who work in Dubai are like the other executives, those who can't make it in major business/academic centers. That is why they are treated as a third-tier academics, which is fair enough. If you can teach in a proper university in the West or Asia, you don't move to Dubai, so stop complaining. You are teachers, not academics, so do expect to teach most of the time. The entire UAE has yet to publish in a proper journal, including NYUAD, so don't consider yourself as academics, and expect to be treated as one. AUD pays much more than most, if not all, deserve, and its tax free. It is true, it pays less than some of the others, but with the housing included its not too bad. One thing I agree with, is that it should not be called AUD, but Lebanese University of Dubai, but that's neither here nor there. Its a university created to help those students who can't get into proper universities in the West to get a degree, which in my mind is admirable.
The salary is lower than some peers, but then again why kill yourself. Your students are all here to have a good time. You should do the same. No one applied to AUD to study, so give them what they pay for, and just learn to relax.
Advice to Management
Increase salaries, and don't force faculty to use your housing.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at American University in Dubai (Dubai (United Arab Emirates)) in April 2010.
The hiring and interview process is fair and fast at AUD. There is a phone interview first, and then web-conference one. There are routine questions with some technical question.
You can ask for 5% extra.
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