Faculty Governance

NYU Abu Dhabi is committed to the principles of joint shared governance (NYU Faculty Handbook, December 12, 2012) and has established a variety of representative bodies and institutional procedures for their implementation. NYUAD faculty members also serve on university-wide committee in New York.

Faculty Council Steering Committee

The Faculty Council Steering Committee (FCSC) is an advisory committee that provides a bridge between the senior academic administration and the Faculty Council. The steering committee normally meets weekly; bi-monthly the body is joined by the Provost and/or Vice Chancellor. Other members of the academic leadership attend by invitation.

The FCSC is made up of five members. Each of the four divisions at NYUAD will elect its own representative to the committee. Additionally, the Faculty Council elects an at-large representative irrespective of discipline. The committee appoints one of its members to serve as Chair.


  • Eric Hamilton, Chair (Social Science)
  • Matthew Silverstein, Vice Chair (Arts & Humanities)
  • Piergiorgio Percipalle, Member (Science)
  • Mohammad Qasaimeh, Member (Engineering)
  • Christina Pöpper, Member (At-Large)

Contact: nyuad.fcsc@nyu.edu

Faculty Council

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), the Administration (VC, Provost, Vice Provosts, Deans, Associate Deans, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs), Library representatives (two), Post-Doc representatives (two), Student representatives (Chair of Student Council plus an additional representative, present for unreserved business only) and Graduate representatives (two).

The Provost of NYUAD and the Chair of the Faculty Council Steering Committee (FCSC) jointly chair the Faculty Council.

Faculty Forum

The NYUAD Faculty Forum is a faculty-only venue to allow faculty to collectively explore ideas and concerns in a less formal setting than the Faculty Council. It meets four times each semester. Although the faculty can pass resolutions at the Faculty Forum to express its opinions and concerns, the Faculty Forum has no executive functions.

Attendance and participation at the Faculty Forum is open to all members of Faculty (Tenure and Tenure-Track, Contract, Affiliates, Visiting), Postdocs, and Academic Librarians.

Faculty Fora Agenda are set by the Faculty Council Steering Committee in consultation with all faculty.  Agenda items are solicited by way of an email to all faculty, and direct engagement between FCSC members and the faculty body which they represent. The first 45 minutes of the meeting are dedicated to the discussion of topics received in advance and noted in the agenda, with the second half reserved for an "open floor" session where faculty may raise ad-hoc matters for discussion.