Academic HR Affairs

The Office of Academic HR Affairs is committed to fostering faculty development at NYUAD. The Office seeks to assist faculty in all aspects of their career and serves as the HR partner for all academic divisions and units to provide a full range of human resource advisory and support, including but not limited to; recruitment, appointments, onboarding and orientation, reappointments, promotions, leaves, and compensation.

Academic Affairs also administers policies related to faculty appointments.

Susan Wei

Director, Academic HR Affairs

Susan Wei is the Director of Academic HR Affairs, which is responsible for supporting all academic divisions/units in providing a full range of human resource advisory and support, including but not limited to; recruitment, appointments, onboarding, contract renewals and status changes, leaves, offboarding.  

Susan joined NYUAD in August of 2014 and has over 13 years’ 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 eight 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