The Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) recently welcomed Dr D Charles Whitney as associate dean for academic affairs.
Dr Whitney is a “distinguished educator with an extensive knowledge of communication, journalism and media,” according to a statement from NU-Q.
“The appointment of Dr Whitney is testimony to strengthening our academic programmes with curriculum renewal and development, our number one priority over the next academic year,” said Everette E Dennis, dean and CEO of NU-Q.
“Applying his extensive experience, he will continue and expand on the good work done already as he helps assist in transforming our vision for the school into a continued plan of action.”
The new associate dean comes to NU-Q from Northwestern’s home campus in Evanston, Illinois, where he was associate dean in the School of Communication. He has been making regular visits to Doha for five years, assisting with faculty development, curricular issues and other concerns linking the two campuses.
He also co-authored a study assessing NU-Q courses against those offered at the university’s campus in the US.
Reporting to Dennis, Dr Whitney will also work closely with NU-Q’s three academic programme directors, with responsibilities including the supervision of academic advising, admissions and student records. He will also be part of the executive group in the office of the dean, made up of COO Kathy Symank and associate dean Klaus Schoenbach.  
“I am excited to join NU-Q after five years at the Evanston campus. Part of my job there was to encourage Evanston faculty to come to Doha,” said Dr Whitney. “So, I’ve taken my own advice - to work with wonderful faculty and great students and towards a mission I believe in: quality higher education in a critically important part of the world.”
Dr Whitney’s experience with undergraduate and graduate students will help steer NU-Q, particularly with the school’s ambitions towards graduate programmes, the statement notes.