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Nazarbayev University - School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Nazarbayev University (NU) is seeking to appoint a Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH). The candidate will have the opportunity to build on a strong international reputation for research, teaching and impact.

Established in 2010, Nazarbayev University is the flagship research-intensive academic institution for Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region. Kazakhstan is linked to Asia and Europe and has a mission to develop a knowledge economy, based on strong and robust institutions, including Nazarbayev University.

NU is an autonomous English language university with a mandate for world class research. International faculty from 60 countries and international students from 30 countries create a strong and ambitious scholarly community, willing to take leadership roles.

The University offers doctoral, masters and bachelor’s programs to over 6,100 students in Sciences and Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering and Digital Sciences, Medicine, Mining and Geosciences and Public Policy.

The University hosts the most advanced scientific research laboratories in the region, with over 70 laboratories and a data centre.

Over its first ten years of operation, the University built a range of close strategic partnerships with top-ranked international universities including: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cambridge University, University of Pittsburgh, Duke University (Fuqua School of Business), National University of Singapore (Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy), University of Pennsylvania (Graduate School of Education), Colorado School of Mines and University College London.

Graduates from Nazarbayev University are routinely accepted to masters and doctoral programs, on full scholarships, to leading international universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, University of Cambridge (Faculty of Education), University of Chicago, University of Arizona, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, Humboldt and London School of Economics.

President Shigeo Katsu, formerly World Bank Regional Manager for Central Asia and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida, formerly Provost of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are leading the University into its second decade, with a renewed focus on building an international reputation for research.

The incoming Dean will have the opportunity to accelerate recent growth in research, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, research integrated teaching, student research and working with local and regional universities. 

The School of Sciences and Humanities (SSH) was founded in 2019 following a reorganization of the School for Humanities and Social Sciences and the natural sciences that previously were part of the School of Science and Technology. This prepares the School for program and institutional accreditation and aligns with the core undergraduate curriculum. 

The School provides majors to undergraduate students in two degree types and ten majors: 

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in: Anthropology; Economics; History; Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures; Political Science and International Relations; and Sociology. 
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in: Biological Science; Chemistry; Mathematics; and Physics.
  • SSH offers two types of Masters degrees across seven areas:
    • Master of Arts (MA) in: Economics; Eurasian Studies; and Political Science and International Relations.
    • Master of Science (MSc) in: Biological Sciences and Technologies; Chemistry; Applied Mathematics; and Physics.
  • The School offers PhD degrees in four areas: Life Science; Eurasian Studies; Mathematics; Physics. 

The School provides a broad education emphasizing problem-solving and transferable skills and offers courses required for all undergraduate students. 

Faculty are research-active and their research as an orientation to knowledge features prominently in all School activities.  

In addition to degree-granting programs, the School hosts the NU Writing Center, which serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff across NU. The School also hosts a unique Department of Kazakh Language and Turkic Studies.  

The current SSH student body is comprised of around 2000 undergraduates and 150 graduate students. Of the undergraduates, 400 are in their fourth year, 450 in their third, 550 in the second year and 570  in the first year. 

Currently, SSH has 197 faculty members. From the Postdoctoral scholar rank and above, all faculty possess a Ph.D. Approximately 24% (10% Full Professor and 14% Associate Professor) of the faculty holds a rank of Associate Professor or higher. 

The School is sensitive to gender balance in the faculty and considers it important to create opportunities for female faculty in senior and leadership positions. The overall proportion of faculty by gender is 44% female to 56% male. 

There is also considerable diversity among faculty members, who come from thirty-two different countries.  

Benefits

The successful candidate will have a multi-year renewable contract, no mandatory retirement age, a competitive compensation and benefits package, including accommodation, health care (including for dependents) and two flights home per year for the candidate and dependents. School age children are eligible for subsidised school fees. The campus has a Montessori school for younger children, and several English language international schools are available in the city. International candidates have a ten percent flat taxation rate. 

For a further information, please contact Beibit Askaruly, General Manager of SSH: beibit.askaruly@nu.edu.kz

This position will be open until filled. 

Location: Nur-Sultan - Kazakhstan
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 27th May 2022
Expires: 26th July 2022
   
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