Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates - The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has this week announced Prof. Steven C. Wilhite as the university’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs and student success.
Prof. Wilhite, who joins the university in time for the 2017/18 academic year, brings a wealth of experience to the role. He served as provost at Widener University, Philadelphia, since 2011, as well as a period as interim president from 2015 to 2016. He also served a number of other leadership positions at Widener, such as associate provost for graduate studies, and dean of the School of Human Service Professions.
Originally from Tennessee, Prof. Wilhite earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University, Atlanta, U.S., where he graduated with highest honors. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford, England, earning a Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology.
With AURAK striving for SACSCOC institutional accreditation, Prof. Wilhite also has invaluable experience. He has been a member of accreditation site visit teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Prof. Wilhite authored the book, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior (1992) and edited the book, Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitian University: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives (2011). In total, he has more than thirty publications and has presented more than fifty scholarly papers.
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.
*Source: ME NewsWire
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