Academic Appointments

The Office of Academic Appointments administers NYUAD’s policies governing academic appointments on behalf of the NYUAD Provost.

The Office assists with recruitment, onboarding and orientation, reappointments, promotions, leaves, and compensation in line with the respective appointment policies. It also seeks to support academic appointments in all aspects of their career. 

A team of academic appointment partners actively supports NYU Abu Dhabi academic divisions and units serving as a liaison to faculty, professional academic and research staff.

Susan Wei
Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and Planning

Susan Wei is the Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and Planning. Susan joined NYUAD in August of 2014 and has over a decade of experience in human resources in the UAE. Prior to joining NYUAD, Wei was head of HR at the University of Wollongong in Dubai for four years.

Susan's experience as an HR consultant involved working with various industries including, but not limited to, academic institutions, healthcare, security, pharmaceutical, and aviation, including multiple start-up organizations. She also has experience in working with institutions to support accreditation, in both programming and licensing. Since the beginning of her career, she has had a broad generalist experience in HR and latterly, has ten years of experience working with academic appointments.

Key People

Naomi Munro

Associate Director, Academic HR Affairs

Academic HR Partner, Division of Science and Global Education

Faculty and Academic Appointments

Luisa Vallory

Assistant Director, Academic HR

Academic HR Partner, Social Science Division

Leigh Watts

Assistant Director, Community Outreach

Academic HR Partner, Affiliated Faculty and January Term

Paola Baba

Academic HR Partner, Engineering Division, Library, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, Academic

Danielle Thebus

Academic HR Partner, Arts and Humanities Division

Felicity Harding

Administrative Coordinator

Faculty Recruitment

Simone Sadiq

Manager, Faculty Recruitment and Promotion and Tenure

Research Appointments

Jovita Fernando

Manager, Office of Research Appointments

Academic HR Partner, Research Institute