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Georgetown-Qatar at QF appoints a new interim dean

Georgetown-Qatar at QF appoints a 
new interim dean

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), a QF partner, has appointed Dr. Clyde Wilcox, Professor of Government and a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987, as interim dean beginning October 16, 2021.
Dr. Wilcox brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of higher education in international settings to his new position. In addition to teaching, he has spent time researching and publishing, and he has lectured in over 25 countries. He has also given talks to international visitor delegations and provided diplomatic training for the United States State Department as well as diplomats from other countries.
Dr. Wilcox received his B.A. from West Virginia University, as well as his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He will take over for Dean Ahmad Dallal, who has accepted the presidency of American University in Cairo. “Dean Dallal has done an excellent job in setting a course for the campus,” he said. “As interim dean, my job is to continue that course, while responding to changing circumstances.”
He also praised the GU-Q community’s resilience, saying that he looks forward to working with faculty and staff during the transition period to continue the university’s commitment to providing a world-class education.
Dr. Wilcox holds a joint appointment in the Government Department at Georgetown’s Washington, DC campus as well as at GU-Q. His research and teaching interests include religion and politics, gender politics, interest groups, public opinion and electoral behavior, campaign finance, and science fiction and politics. Dean Wilcox, a passionate scholar, has authored, coauthored, edited, or co-edited more than 30 books and hundreds of articles and book chapters on these topics, and he integrates his research into the classroom.
“In my teaching, I try to go beyond facts to engage students in understanding both questions and the evidence we need to provide answers. Although much of my writing is for a professional audience, a good deal is also aimed at the average citizen, and at students. My research therefore provides me with useful examples of how scholars pose and answer questions, and the limits to our confidence in those answers.” His most recent research article uses the U.S. as a case study to analyze how federal systems cope with pandemics.
Dr. Wilcox began teaching in Qatar in 2014. He said he was drawn to Georgetown’s Qatar campus by the unique diversity of Education City. “I had been teaching at the DC campus for 27 years, teaching the same courses. It would have been easy to continue doing this until retirement, but I wanted to teach a more diverse set of students and to learn about the region.” It is his passion for embracing change and meeting the needs of a diverse faculty and student population that led him to the role of interim dean.