American Univesity of Beirut

Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Search


    About the Search

    ​The American University of Beirut (AUB) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Established in 1866, FAS is the oldest and largest faculty at AUB. FAS houses twenty-eight academic departments, programs, and centers in four major areas of study: the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and the quantitative thought. It offers undergraduate programs leading to bachelor’s degrees as well as graduate education leading to master’s degrees in most fields. It also offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Arabic Language and Literature, Arab and Middle Eastern History, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Theoretical Physics. It has around 244 full-time and 145 part-time faculty and over 2,600 students from Lebanon and the region pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. FAS is considered the university’s principal gateway to higher studies and professional education. It embodies AUB’s core commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. Through its teaching and research, the faculty promotes free inquiry, critical thinking, academic integrity, civic engagement, and respect for diversity and equality. More information and details about the faculty are found at the following link​

    Reporting to the provost, the dean is the responsible academic and executive head of the faculty. In addition to managing academic and administrative functions of the faculty, the dean participates in university-wide shared governance processes and is a member of AUB’s leadership team. The dean will be an accomplished academic leader qualified for appointment to the rank of tenured full professor in an appropriate FAS department. Leading candidates will have a distinguished record of scholarship; a commitment to education, research, community outreach as well as the values and the vision of AUB; the capacity to advance the faculty’s academic mission and interests; demonstrated administrative experience including strategic planning, personnel management, budget development, and management in an academic setting; a record of recruiting and retaining high-quality faculty and students; and the capacity to engage with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as leaders in the political, social, and governmental sectors.​

    Search Committee

    ​​Philip Khoury

    ​Trustee, co-chair
    Zaher Dawy 
    ​Provost, co-chair

    ​Randa Haffar​

    David Bradley

    ​Marwan Muasher

    Yusuf Sidani 
    ​OSB Dean

    Howayda Al-Harithy
    ​Director, Palestine Land Studies Center; Professor, MSFEA

    Hani Hassan
    ​Director, Middle East Partnership Initiative; Instructor, FAS

    ​Maria Mansour
    ​Director, Office of Financial Planning

    ​Zeina Halabieh
    ​Director, Student Services and Space Management, FAS

    ​Raymond Brassier
    ​Professor, FAS

    ​Mike Osta 
    Associate Professor, FAS

    Fatima Abu Salem
    ​Associate Professor, FAS

    Brigitte Khoury 
    ​Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, FM

    Nada Melhem
    ​Associate Professor, FHS

    Ubah Ali
    ​Alumna, FAS

    ​Boushra Rahal​

    ​​Coordinator of the​ Search Process​




    December 2, 2021

    ​Position Description
    ​December 3, 2021

    ​Appointment of the Search Committee
    ​December 15, 2021

    ​Announcement of the Search by the President​ 
    December 15, 2021

    ​Placement of Advertisement​
    ​December 20, 2021

    SC Co-chairs Call for Nominations and Applications​
    March 14, 2022 

    ​Close Applications​


    ​​If you have questions or comments for the search committee or would like to nominate a candidate for this position, please contact Mrs. Boushra Rahal at​​

    ​To Nominate or Apply

    All nominations and/or applications should be sent electronically to The position is posted on the AUB HR website, link​.

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