NYU Abu Dhabi is committed to the principles of shared governance (NYU Faculty Handbook, May 13, p. 12) and has established a variety of representative bodies and institutional procedures for their implementation.

The NYUAD Faculty Council is a deliberative body that discusses all matters relating to policy and curriculum that are of interest or concern to the faculty. It meets three times a semester and its decisions and recommendations are recorded and forwarded to the University leadership.

Attendance and participation at the Faculty Council is open to all members of faculty (T/TT, contract, Affiliates, Visiting), and to administration (President, VC, Deputy VC, Provost, Vice Provost, Deans, Associate Deans, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs), Library representatives (two), post-doc representatives (two), and student representatives (Chair of Student Council plus an additional representative, present for unreserved business only).

The Provost of NYUAD and the Chair of the Faculty Council Steering Committee (FCSC) jointly chair the Faculty Council. The FCSC is an advisory committee that provides a bridge between the senior academic administration and the Faculty Council.

Current members are:

  • Ken Nielsen, Arts & Humanities (Chair)
  • Jeffrey Timmons, Social Science
  • Yi Fang, Engineering
  • Federico Camia, Science
  • Taneli Kukkonen, At-large Member

The steering committee normally meets weekly; twice a month the body is joined by the Provost and/or Vice Chancellor. Other members of the academic leadership attend by invitation.

The NYUAD Faculty Forum is a faculty-only venue to allow the faculty to collectively explore ideas and concerns in a less formal setting than the Faculty Council. It meets four times each semester.

For further information about faculty governance at NYUAD, please contact the steering committee at nyuad.fcsc@nyu.edu.