Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Gilbert Linne, Ph.D.

Dr. Gil Linne is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). Prior to his appointment as DVC, Dr. Linne served as Executive Director of the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at HCT.

Dr. Linne began his career in higher education in 1985 as an instructor and has held various faculty and administrative positions such as Associate Professor, Department Chair of Psychology, Dean of Health and Human Services, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at numerous higher education institutions.

In addition, Dr. Linne has served as a peer reviewer and consultant for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, a Master’s of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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The Office of Academic Affairs (AA) undertakes the following duties:

  • Provide academic leadership, academic policy and planning guidance;
  • Coordination and evaluation of instructional programmes and processes;
  • Sets academic standards and assessment;
  • Provides learning resources in support of the implementation of the HCT’s academic programmes.

Programs and Curricula Department (PCD) is responsible for academic programs and curriculum development and processing, academic quality assurance, periodic program reviews, and learning outcomes assessment in accordance with HCT policies and procedures. In particular the Department oversees the creation of new academic programs, the modifications to established academic programs in total alignment of HCTV 2.0 new Curriculum Framework. Assessing the quality of academic programs at HCT therefore it is based on three well-defined internal process that cover:

(i) approval of new degree programs,

(ii) periodic review of degree programs; and

(iii) assessment of student learning outcomes.

While the ultimate goal of Programs & Curricula Department is to establish, monitor and support an effective, sustainable process of continuous program improvement that enhances student learning at HCT, the department works also to accomplish the following two objectives:

  • To stimulate the performance of academic programs and to encourage innovative approaches to address problems and issues relating to the realization of HCT2.0 new curriculum framework.
  • To identify important lessons learned and best-management practices in performance of HCT programs as a whole, and make recommendations for developing of future programs.

The HCT’s academic faculties are headed by Executive Deans who provide academic leadership to ensure that the highest quality of  teaching, learning, evaluation and assessment is maintained. The Executive Deans manage the academic resources in their respective Divisions to support all HCT campuses and the College directors, who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the individual colleges. The Executive Deans maintain and enhance the HCT’s learner-centred environment in the following Divisions:

  • Arabic & Emirati Studies
  • Business
  • Computer Information Science & Applied Communications
  • Education & General Studies
  • Engineering Technology & Science
  • Foundations
  • Health Sciences

The Teaching and Learning Department consists of four teams – Professional Development and Practice, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology and Library Technical Services. Together these teams provide support for HCT’s pursuit of academic excellence in the following areas:

  • Providing a comprehensive range of professional development opportunities that focus on the student learning experience;
  • Curriculum system management, including supporting training, design and development;
  • Co-creation of educational resources and the training of faculty in the effective use of a wide range of educational technologies; and
  • Managing and maintaining all Library systems to ensure that students and faculty have access to resources and training they need to support learning and teaching.

The Teaching and Learning Department also provides:

  • Extensive professional development for new Emirati faculty, including guiding and supporting the HCT HADEF Mentoring programme;
  • Advice and support for the scholarship of teaching and learning; and
  • Input and assistance by initiating and contributing to a wide variety of educational initiatives including the eTextbook management, the academic catalogue, and active support and advice for ensuring academic quality at HCT.

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