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Al Akhawayn University invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The University seeks
an individual who can best lead, coach, and engage the faculty and students in its academic and service missions.

The School of
Humanities and Social Sciences started in 1995 at the time the University opened and has a number of achievements to its

Students: Current enrolment is 362 students.

Faculty: Of a total of 59 faculty
members, 33 are international (43 full-time and 16 part-time).


  • A Dean’s Assistant
  • A Program
  • A Project Officer
  • A Building Agent

Alumni: As of today, 801 students have graduated from
the School and have gone on to a wide range of positions in academic fields as well as in private and public sectors.
Research: The
school hosts the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), which is the main research arm of the school. SSRI is articulated around research
units in Gender, Politics and International Relations, and Development. Several faculty members are also active in research outside of

University Mission
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is an independent, public, not-for-profit,
coeducational university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented,
English-language, liberal-arts curriculum based on the American style. The University enhances Morocco and engages the world through
leading-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education, upholds the highest academic and ethical
standards, and promotes equity and social responsibility.

University Core Philosophy
Deeply rooted in Moroccan
and North-African history and civilization, the University actively promotes the values of global understanding and cooperation, and
advances international higher education through its people, programs, partnerships, and civic engagement and with a continuous commitment to

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mission
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers
innovative degree programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The programs offered include Communication Studies, Human Resource
Development and International Studies, at the undergraduate level, and Master’s programs in International Studies and Diplomacy, in North
African & Middle Eastern Studies, in Religious and Islamic Studies, and in Human Resource Development. Minors are offered in the three
undergraduate degree programs as well as minors in Arabic, Gender Studies, American Studies, African Studies and Psychology. The School also
offers a number of special programs, including a highly successful intensive summer program in Arabic and North African Studies, now in its
17th year.
A key part of the mission of the School is to serve the entire University by providing all AUI students with exposure to
critical thinking and all the skills and training that are the essence of a Liberal Arts education. This is done through courses that
constitute most of the University General Education Curriculum.


Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Functional Description
The Dean of the School of Humanities
and Social Sciences is the principal academic and administrative officer of the School. S/he is responsible for the curricula, instructional
and research activities and service projects of the School. In addition, s/he is responsible for planning and budgeting, personnel actions,
and policies and procedures to guide the work of the School in conformity with University mission and

Required qualifications for the Dean position include an earned Ph.D., or equivalent
terminal degree, in Humanities and Social Sciences. Candidates must also demonstrate important teaching, research, and creative activity in
their discipline appropriate for an appointment as Full or Associate Professor as well as academic administrative experience at a school or
department level.

Desirable qualifications include:

  • Evidence of effective planning and
  • A collegial and transparent leadership;
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to communicate
    effectively with students, staff, and faculty in English and Arabic and/or French;
  • A commitment to academic excellence in areas such
    as faculty scholarship, graduate and undergraduate research opportunities, creative activities and extended programs.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The major duties and responsibilities of the Dean, as the principal
academic officer of the School, are:

  • Work with the Vice President for Academic Affairs to implement University strategic
    plan and continue to improve quality in the School;
  • Provide leadership and vision to the School, work with faculty and staff to
    create a supportive environment conducive to scholarship, intellectual vitality, and learning;
  • Work with the faculty of the School
    to devise, implement, maintain, and evaluate undergraduate and graduate curricula appropriate to the mission of the School and vision of the
  • Ensure high quality teaching in the School;
  • Work with faculty to recruit and recommend for appointment the
    faculty members required to fulfill the mission of the School;
  • Launch and develop academic, business, and organization
  • Lead international school program accreditation or validation;
  • Encourage and support the research and creative
    activities of the School faculty;
  • Work with the research entities of the University to ensure the integration of research activities
    and graduate education;
  • Represent the faculty in their relationships with the University administration and other schools and
  • Work with the faculty and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to recommend policies and procedures for admission of
    graduate students;
  • Prepare and recommend the annual budget of the School;
  • Allocate building and facility space to the
    particular functions of the School;
  • Prepare semester and annual reports of all the activities of the School.

Reporting Line
The Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences reports to the Vice President for Academic

Span of Control

Reporting to the Dean of the School are:

  • Academic
  • Faculty
  • Assistant to the Dean
  • Program Manager


Screening will begin December 26, 2017 and will continue until selection is made. Short-listed candidates will be
invited for interview with the Committee.
Once the selection is made, negotiations will be engaged with the successful candidate
regarding a suitable starting date.

Applicants should provide the following:

1. A curriculum vitae;
2. A
detailed letter presenting the candidate’s qualifications;
3. A general development project for the School;
4. Two letters of

Applications to be sent to:

Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Search Committee
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
P.O. Box 104, Ifrane 53000, Morocco
Tel: +212-535 862 024; Fax: +212-535 567

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