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Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

PRESIDENT

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.

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Prof. Stephen Wilhite

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.

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Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

PRESIDENT

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.

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Prof. Stephen Wilhite

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.

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Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

PRESIDENT

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 LeadershipJournal of University Teaching & Learning PracticeJournal 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. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

PRESIDENT

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 LeadershipJournal of University Teaching & Learning PracticeJournal 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.