Dean FAS / Assistant/Associate Professor Public Administration

Universiteit van Aruba
In overleg
1e graads

Vacature omschrijving

Established in 2009, the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) is the youngest faculty of the University of Aruba. The FAS is a multidisciplinary faculty with currently six programs. For the FAS, and for the Organization, Governance, and Management (OGM) department, we are looking for a dynamic colleague in the function of:
Dean FAS/Assistant/Associate Professor Public Administration (1,0 fte.)
(Decaan/wetenschappelijk medewerker 1ste klas/wetenschappelijk hoofdmedewerker)
About the job
Do you recognize yourself as the connecting leader of, as well as a lecturer at, the Faculty of Arts and Science who distinguishes him/herself as proactive and open-minded and knows the added value of the multidisciplinary FAS to our society? If so, please apply.
We are committed to educating dynamic leaders for the island that are analytical, responsible, and ethical, and can address local emerging issues. Another important aim of our programs is to generate knowledge in a small island state context, that is of direct use for the university as well as local society. Our biggest pride is that we have a committed and skilled team of lecturers, that our programs are interwoven in the Aruban field, that we have a local and international academic perspective, active collaborations abroad, and finally, that we deliver successful graduates to the labor market.

Job description
As Dean, you combine three duties. First, within the FAS Faculty Council, you are responsible for the education, research, and operations of the faculty. Second, you are part of the Advisory Board with the other deans and the rector. You work closely together to develop and implement the UA’s strategy and vision. For the deanship, the dean has 0.5 fte, the other half of the position is for education within the OGM department and for conducting research.
Together with the vice deans and your fellow Faculty Council members, you lead the faculty and position the faculty confidently. You connect and commit to key areas of interest such as educational management, acknowledging and valuing, as well as recognizing (diverse) talents and the development of our (diverse) staff, in an interdisciplinary working environment. You encourage mutual engagement in an inspiring and socially safe climate within the faculty, both for staff and students. You are visible and invest in an open and good relationship with the faculty community, the support centers, other faculties, the advisory council, the local work field, and international academic communities. You aim and steer clear and supported decisions. Together with the faculty council, you set the strategic course of the faculty, not losing sight of a healthy workload for the staff, and the University of Aruba’s strategic direction.


Job Requirements
  • You have demonstrable managerial qualities, preferably in an academic environment;
  • You have a clear vision of education and research and are convinced of the importance of the Faculty of Arts and Science within the academic context and society and can convey this strongly;
  • Your working style is characterized by listening and connecting;
  • You are able to provide and receive constructive feedback to/from peers, and students as part of your strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • You have demonstrable experience in complex processes, sometimes involving difficult consequences and difficult decisions. You handle these decisions decisively and in a stress-resistant manner. Your transparency in decisions and clear communication are crucial in this;
  • You are ethical, accountable, process and result-oriented, and self-reflective;
  • As a team builder, you work with enthusiasm, and you are proactive;
  • You have proven experience in managing the ambitions of the faculty and staff. In this role, you guard the healthy work-life balance of the faculty members;
  • You have experience in teaching within an academic setting, and doing research;
  • You hold a PhD or a Master in public administration, political science, or related social sciences;
  • You have the ambition to contribute to the sustainable development of Aruba and other small island states through interactive contextual education and impactful research;
  • You show sensitivity to and awareness of cultural context, diversity, and inclusion;
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and are willing to learn Papiamento.
1e graads


We offer a dynamic working environment within a small university with around 800 students that is in full development. The small scale of our organization means that we offer a diversity of work and roles, from providing teaching and conducting research to holding administrative positions.
This position is for an appointment of 40 hours per week and for a salary in accordance with the remuneration scheme of the University of Aruba. The appointment is for a contract period of one (1) to three (3) years with the possibility of a contract extension based on a positive performance evaluation and unchanged organization conditions. Part of our secondary employment conditions includes 30 vacation days, 13 ATV days, a vacation allowance, a pension plan, additional health insurance, and opportunities for personal and professional development.

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Wetenschappelijk onderwijs
Regulier / Algemeen
700 Leerlingen

The University of Aruba (UA) is a modern university offering higher education, research, and social services to Aruba and the surrounding regions. Embedded in the Aruban society, the UA is a model in cultural diversity that represents the make-up of the Aruban culture itself, with students from the Caribbean, European, Latin, Asian, and American family backgrounds. The current four Faculties and the various University Centers strive to contribute to academic discussion, participate in the sustainable development of Aruba, and promote critical open-minded thinking. Providing these services is a critical part of UA’s mission to give back to the Aruban community.

Like the student population, the teaching staff at the UA is made up of a diverse body of dedicated scholars from Aruba and abroad. Working closely together, this team of local and international scholars fosters the academic growth of the almost 700 students attending the UA. Additionally, to promote both faculty and student development, the UA offers a number of critical administrative, facilities, and individual services which are provided by a friendly and supportive UA staff.

The UA traces its roots back to 1988 when the start of the Faculty of Law (FdR) marked the beginning of the UA’s academic growth. In 1993, the Faculty for Accounting, Finance, and Marketing (FEF) started which is now the largest faculty of the UA, followed by the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (FHTMS) in 2005. The UA’s most recent addition is the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) which began in 2009. In the coming years, the UA hopes to continue its expansion by offering cutting-edge degree programs to both local and international students.


J. Irausquinplein 4
1234 AA Oranjestad, Aruba
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