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Prof. Majid Al-Haj to Be New Dean of Research

Prof. Majid Al-Haj of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology has been elected the new Dean of Research. He presently heads the Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research at the University. He will assume office on October 1, 2005.
Al- Haj is a 1976 graduate of the University of Haifa, and earned his M.A. here, too. He did his doctorate in Sociology at the Hebrew University and returned to Haifa as a lecturer in 1985. He became a Full Professor in 2004.
He has published more than 40 scholarly articles and written or edited several books. Two of his books are Education, Empowerment, and Control: The Case of the Arabs in Israel (SUNY Press, 1995) and Immigration and Ethnic Formation in a Deeply Divided Society: The Case of the 1990s Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel (Brill Academic Publishers, 2004).
Prior to becoming head of the Center for Multiculturalism in 1993, he had been a member of the board of the Jewish-Arab Center for ten years. A member of the University’s Board of Governors from 1988 – 1991, he is now serving a second term as a member of the University Senate.
Al-Haj will become the first Arab dean at an Israeli university. But this is actually his second “first.” The sociologist was the first Arab member of Israel’s Council of Higher Education, which he served from 1995-2001). Among other academic-related activities, he was a member of the central committee of the Israel Sociological Society, chaired the Committee for Advancement of Higher Education among the Arab Population in Israel. He is one of the founders of the Maof Fund for the Absorption of Arab Lecturers in Institutions of Higher Learning in Israel and has been a member of the Fund's Steering and Acceptance Committee since 1995.
Al-Haj has been a Visiting Scholar / Professor at Carleton University in Canada and at Duke University and the University of North Carolina in the U.S.A. He was an International Fellow at the Center for Refugee Research at York University, and in both 1991 and 2003 he received "The Faculty Enrichment Award" from the Canadian Government.
The Research Dean-elect is married and has four children.


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