Assistant/Associate Professor, International Relations

American University of Kurdistan
  • Location
    Duhok, Iraq
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 09

Position description

AUK invites applicants for a full-time faculty position in International Relations at the Department of International Relations the College of International Studies. AUK is a newly established public, not-for-profit, special status institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal, professional, and scientific knowledge and preparing the next generation of leaders for the community. AUK envisions becoming the leading academic institution in the autonomous 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.

This position reports directly to the Dean of the College of International Studies.

AUK invites applications for this faculty position starting the beginning of fall 2020 in September. 

Key Responsibilities:
We are seeking to appoint a motivated and suitably qualified academic/practitioner with expertise in the field of Public Policy. The successful applicant will join a vibrant team and help shape the development of our educational and professional course provision in this exciting area. The following are the main responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Develop course curriculum, course handouts, lectures, labs, and presentations.
  • Participate in program-level learning assessment.
  • Implement the AUK provisions and regulations on Quality Assurance (QA) and Institutional Academic Effectiveness (IAE) for enhancing student's learning outcomes.
  • Work with other faculty and administrators in developing program curriculum, standards, and policies, including reviewing and participating in the textbook selection process where appropriate.
  • Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in clinical, internship, observation, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.
  • Be available to students via email, phone, or personal conferences.
  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations and submit grades and records by established deadlines.
  • Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times. Post and keep on-campus hours to facilitate interaction with students, other faculty, staff, administrators, and the public.
  • Keep a flexible weekly schedule that best facilitates student learning and access. Help students achieve their educational goals through formal and/or informal advising.
  • Serve on standing and ad hoc committees, advisory boards, hiring committees, faculty senate, or as a student organization advisor.
  • Attend local, regional, state, or national meetings where required or necessary for the discipline.
  • Mentor and/or assist in orienting new faculty either formally or informally and serve as a liaison for Early College Experience faculty.
  • Attend commencement or other ceremonies appropriate to the faculty member's discipline or program.
  • Attend departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings and participate in faculty business meetings and forums.
  • Perform other academically related duties as assigned by the instructor's supervisor.
  • Participate in the faculty evaluation process.
  • Take part in research activities.
  • Receive training or stay current in technological or pedagogical advances that promote student learning.
  • Participate in college professional development activities.


  • A Ph.D. Degree in International Relations from a reputable university.
  • At least 2 – 5 years’ experience in an academic, practitioner, and/or consultancy setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in one or more of the following areas: Project Management, International RelationsAnalysis, Political Economy of Development, Negotiation and Mediation Models, Conflict, and Sustainability in Disputed Areas.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, International RelationsSoftware such as Policy Maker or Decision Support Software, and/or Executive Information System (EIS).
  • Demonstrate a record of (or potential for) publication in scholarly journals within the discipline
  • Strong communication skills required to transfer the knowledge to the student body.

Application instructions

The Recruitment Committee will review applications on a rolling basis and will continue accepting applications until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, applications should be received as soon as possible and include:

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Names and contact details of three references

References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant. Applications and nominations should be sent electronically with the subject “Assistant/Associate Professor of International Relations” to Human Resources ([email protected]).

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