Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim
Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim is a UAE national and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University, USA, in 1981 with magna cum laude.
Prof. Al Alkim joined the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in January 1982 as a teaching assistant before acquiring his Ph.D. He joined the University of Exeter, UK, for his graduate studies where he finished his Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations in 1986. He became a faculty member in September 1986. During his years at UAEU, Prof. Al Alkim taught international relations courses as well as some general requirements offered by the Political Science Department. He served the university through his membership in the different academic committees, becoming a head of department and engaged in the process of development.
Prof. Al Alkim spent part of his academic life visiting other academic institutions, including UCLA in the spring of 1991 on the Fulbright program, the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London from 1992 to 1993, and the University of Reading from 2009 to 2011. He enjoys academic and social membership of a number of the local, regional and international associations and societies. He is also a member of the Institute for International Research.
Prof. Al Alkim has an extensive list of publications in both Arabic and English. His books include: The Foreign Policy of the United Arab Emirates (1989), The GCC States in an Unstable World: The Foreign Policy Dilemma of the Small States (1994), and The Dynamic of the Arab States Foreign Policy-Making in the Twenty-First Century (2011). He has more than 26 articles published in internationally abstracted or refereed journals.
Prof. Al Alkim had previously served in a number of official positions before being appointed as the president of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. These positions include chair of the RAK Research and Follow-Up Authority, the director-general of RAK Economic Development Department, chairman of the Department of Political Science, UAEU, and an advisor to the Ras Al Khaimah government.
Prof. Stephen Wilhite
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND STUDENT SUCCESS / PROVOST / PROFESSOR – PSYCHOLOGY
Professor Stephen C. Wilhite currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and student success / provost at the American University of Ras Al Khamiah.
Prior to assuming this position, he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Widener University in the United States from 2011 to 2017, and during that time also served as the interim president of the university. As provost at Widener, Prof. Wilhite co-led the university’s strategic planning process and the successful application for re-accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Before becoming provost at Widener, Prof. Wilhite served the institution as associate provost for graduate studies and dean of the School of Human Service Professions. In those roles, he led the development of numerous new graduate programs that contributed significantly both to the university’s enrollment and to its reputation for academic excellence. Prof. Wilhite helped lead the development of Widener’s undergraduate honors program and served as the first director of that program.
Prof. Wilhite earned his bachelor of science degree with highest honors in psychology from Emory University and his D.Phil. in human experimental psychology from the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. Prof. Wilhite also completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute for Mental Health at the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois. As a professor of psychology at Millikin University and at Widener University, he taught courses in human learning, memory, and motivation, developmental psychology, the psychology of hypnosis, and research methodology.
Prof. Wilhite’s current research interests include applied cognitive psychology and educational psychology, especially in relation to civic and community engagement, emotional competence, higher education leadership, and faculty development. He co-authored the book, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior (1992) and co-edited the book, Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitan University: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives (2011). He has also written numerous research articles that have appeared in journals such as Educational Management Administration and Leadership, Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, and the Journal of Educational Psychology.
Prof. Wilhite’s service to the higher education community has included membership on accreditation site visit teams for the Middles States Commission on Higher Education and membership on the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education and the Commission on Learning, Instruction, and Technologies of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.
Prof. Claudette H. Williams
VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY ASSURANCE, INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND ACCREDITATION
Professor Claudette H. Williams currently serves as vice president for quality assurance, institutional effectiveness and accreditation at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah.
Immediately before assuming this position, she served as vice president at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the southern regional higher education accrediting agency in the United States. Among her duties and responsibilities with the commission was preparing applicant institutions to obtain membership in the organization after their application for membership had been accepted by the commission.
Prof. Williams has also held other positions in the academy to include, but not limited to college president, faculty member, department chair, director of service learning, director of distance education, director of institutional planning, research and effectiveness, and executive vice president.
Prof. Williams received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from the University of the West Indies and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University. She also attended Harvard University Graduate School of Education Institute for Educational Management as a Bush Hewlett scholar.
Throughout her career, Prof. Williams has been an advocate for educational reform and accountability, and for students with learning disabilities. She embraces the concept of servant leadership and has made service the hallmark of her life. She deems it a privilege to be able to help make a difference in the lives of other people as they strive to fulfill their potential.
Prof. Williams has received numerous accolades and awards. However, her most cherished awards are the Outstanding Service and Dedication to the College Community Award presented by the Bennett College Student Government Association; the Outstanding Contribution and Commitment to Service Learning Award and Pioneer Faculty Award from Clark Atlanta University, Outstanding Graduate Award from the University of the West Indies School of Education, the BBEO Community Service Award, the Black Trailblazers Award from Onyx Magazine and the 2009 Woman of the Year Award from the Bob Hayes Committee.
Mr. Abdulla Abdullatif Al Shahin
VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRS
Mr. Al Shahin was appointed vice president of the Office of Administrative Affairs in March 2014. He received his Master of Public Administration in Developing Management of Governmental Institutions from Cairo University in 2005 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Public Administration from Al Ain University in 1983.
Mr. Al Shahin served the banking industry in his early years. From 1990 to 1994 he was assistant manager of the central bank of United Arab Emirates for the Banking Supervision Department. He has also been part of the Dubai Islamic Bank in Ras Al Khaimah as branch manager from 1994 to 1997.
From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Al Shahin took on international roles and responsibilities to support the UAE government as medical attaché for the UAE embassy in Washington D.C., USA (1997-2000) and the UAE embassy in Cairo, Egypt (2000-07). He has also served the Ministry of Health of Ras Al Khaimah as medical district director from 2007-10.
Mr. Abdulla Al Shahin is an active advocate of good governance and administration having served various sectors.