Vice Rector’s Office
Prof. Mally Shechory-Bitton, Vice-Rector
Prof. Mally Shechory-Bitton has been serving as the Vice-Rector of Ariel University since 2013.
After completing her B.A. in Criminology at Bar-Ilan University in 1984, Prof. Shechory-Bitton worked as an investigator for the Israel Police for seven years. In 1995, she returned to Bar-Ilan to resume her studies in Criminology, where she completed a Master’s degree and a doctoral degree (with honors) in 2002. She spent three years specializing in family therapy at Tel Aviv University. In 2007, she did a postdoctoral fellowship in criminal mediation at the University of Tübingen in Germany.
Prof. Shechory-Bitton taught for over a decade at Bar Ilan University, and has been teaching at Ariel University since 1997. She is a full professor in the Department of Criminology, also serving as head of the department. Her fields of expertise and research include sex offenses, violence, victimization (victimology) and forensics. She also serves as the Commissioner for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Ariel University.
The Vice-Rector of Ariel University oversees:
The Vice-Rector is in direct contact with the faculties and schools, promoting new study programs, within the institution – liaising with the Council of Higher Education (CHE), guiding the departments in formulating programs, sending material, if necessary, for external linguistic editing, transferring to the CHE for further evaluation, follow-up and more.
International Academic Collaborations:
The Office of the Vice-Rector oversees the university’s internationalization efforts, and manages academic connections with universities in Israel and abroad.
Researchers from Ariel University maintain academic research relationships with peers from institutions around the world. In some cases, these connections are anchored by formal collaborative agreements Memorandum of Understanding- (MOU), outlining areas of research and bearing the signatures of the rector/provost/ senior academic authority at the institutions. The researchers are appointed as liaison officers whose role is to maintain and promote the partnership.
This field is managed by the Inter-University Relations Coordinator, Dr. Hanna Artsi.
Recruiting Senior Faculty:
As part of its strategy for development and advancement to become a leading international university in basic, applied and clinical research, Ariel University dedicates significant resources to the improvement of research and teaching. Accordingly, research and teaching-related goals of quality have been set. These include: developing innovative research areas; expanding collaborative relationships with leading universities in Israel and around the world; featuring quality research; and continually advancing and improving quality and innovation in teaching.
Ariel University readily recruits excellent faculty members to integrate into the university, benefit from it, and contribute to the achievement of these goals. Applicants who have completed their Doctoral studies and have proven teaching and research ability (by publishing in peer-reviewed journals) may be recruited as faculty. Priority is given to researchers who have completed postdoctoral studies abroad.
Office of the Vice-Rector coordinates applications from candidates in all fields of study offered at the university. Acceptance of candidates who have passed the screening process requires the signed approval of the Vice-Rector, (a signature on a structured form), which is submitted to the Office after the approval of the Department Head / Dean / Head of School.
Quality assessment is under the jurisdiction of the Vice-Rector’s Office. The subject is managed by Prof. Nitza Davidovich, Head of Quality Assessment and Teaching.
Most of the activity involving quality assessment deals with quality assessment of the various fields of study, at the request of the CHE. The process begins with the receipt of a letter from the CHE requesting submission of a self-assessment report to an international committee. The report includes a variety of topics, both academic and administrative (teaching quality, the scope of research activities, infrastructure and more). The evaluation process includes the full participation of all those involved in the department/school in the assessed field. The process spans over approximately two years, during which an international committee visits the university and meets with all relevant parties (department heads, deans, faculty members and students). An evaluation report with the recommendations of the committee is submitted to the CHE. The Vice-Rector’s Office oversees the process.
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