Bill Wechsler, Ph.D.
Academic Dean, Dean of International Programs, and Professor
Dr. Bill Wechsler serves as Academic Dean and Dean of International Programs at International Horizons College where he teaches History and International Relations. Prior to moving to the Gulf, Bill served as Vice President for Academic Development at the American University in Kosovo (A.U.K.) where he also taught International Relations, Law, and Public Policy. Bill is Founder and Director of the Balkan Institute. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, a JD from Georgetown University, and a PhD in International Relations from McGill University.
Dr. Wechsler previously taught at McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal, Canada; at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada; and at the University of Vermont in the United States. He has also taught in International MBA Programs for the Barney School of Business in Paris, France, and at the Montreux School of Business in Switzerland. Bill has lectured at several universities across Europe and North America including Sciences Po in France, the University of Turin in Italy, the University of Utrecht in Holland, and Yale University in the United States. He has presented papers at numerous conferences, worked with many NGO’s, IGO’s, and public-private partnerships, and has designed, implemented, and participated in a number of innovative international academic programs.
Katherine Green, Ph.D.
Dean of Counseling and Student Services
Dr. Katherine (Kate) Green has been working in education for over 25 years with experiences ranging from preschool to doctoral levels. Her work has focused on Research Methods, Child and Infant Development, Early Childhood Education, and Learning Theories and Philosophy. Dr. Green has recently been highly focused on developing distance programs and best practices in online learning. She assisted in the creation of a large teacher certification master’s degree and a master’s in Early Childhood Education. She has an associate’s degree in Journalism, bachelor’s degree in Psychology, master’s degree in Education and a PhD in Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee. She also participated in post-doctoral work at Harvard University, looking at parenting practices in the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Green enjoys assisting students with research and has mentored many doctoral students and undergraduates including presenting and publishing work with them. Her own research interests stem around best practices in online learning, international/global learning for the 21st century, cross-cultural parenting practices, and various aspects of human development. She has also worked as a consultant and writer for Disney Publishing as well as assisted in the development of English Language schools in Asia. Additionally, Dr. Green has consulted and written curriculum for Scholastic and is the co-leader of the Attachment Parenting International Research Group which disseminates current research to media and the general public. She says her greatest achievements are her five amazing children, who teach her new aspects of life every day.
Mohan Lal Agarwal, Ph.D.
Professor of Business & Director of Executive Education and Middle East Case Research Center
Dr. Mohan Agarwal is a Professor of Business, Director of Executive Programs, and Head of the Middle East Case Research Center at International Horizons College, Dubai. He is a US Fulbright Fellow to Boston, European Foundation for Management Development Fellow to Paris and British Council Fellow twice to Glasgow and Leicester UK. He is also Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, (FCIM) London.
During his career, Dr. Mohan was a Professor & Chair of department of Marketing, E-com, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the American University in the Emirates, Dubai, IMT Dubai and Adjunct Faculty at the SP Jain Business School, Dubai and Singapore. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Queensland, Bond University in Australia; California Polytechnic State University, Bentley College Boston and University of Delaware USA. His other teaching assignment include University of Manitoba, Canada, American University in Mexico, Essec Business School Paris and University of Southern Denmark to name a few. In India, Dr. Mohan has been Escotel Chair Professor of Marketing at IIM Lucknow, Professor at XLRI Jamshedpur and Founder Director of Jaypee Business School, India.
Dr.Mohan is an award winning teacher and case researcher in logistics, e-commerce, services marketing and customer relationship management. He has published about eighty articles, research papers and cases in international journals, conferences and forums.
Dr.Mohan is an active corporate trainer with such clients as Bosch India China & Japan, Emirates NBD Bank, Landmark UAE; Hatton National Bank in Sri Lanka, Tata group, Birla group, Reliance group and eighty other client organizations in India, USA, China, Canada, Singapore, India and UAE. The World Education Forum recognized him as the Best Professor of Marketing in Asia.
Hans Mattingly, Ph.D.
Hans Mattingly is an Assistant Professor of English at International Horizons College. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, where he wrote a dissertation on 19th century British literature. His teaching experience includes courses in composition, in English language literature as well as in Russian and Slavic literature and culture.
Dr. Mattingly has also served as a writing center tutor and as an instructor for the writing module of a Freshman Engineering course. Dr. Mattingly has written an essay published in Thomas Carlyle Resartus: Reappraising Carlyle’s Contribution to the Philosophy of History, Political Theory and Cultural Criticism (2010), published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. He has also contributed annotations to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies. Furthermore, he has written on contemporary popular music for online music journals. His interests include writing, literature, and cultural history.
Theresa Massoud, PH.D.
Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science
Dr. Theresa Massoud comes to IHC from Los Angeles, California. She received her BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she researched, designed and synthesized nicotinamide analogs as a potential solution for epilepsy. She pursued her post-graduate career at the University of California Riverside, where she obtained her MS and PhD in Chemistry with an emphasis in organic, bioorganic, and medicinal chemistry. Her research focused on the synthesis of insulin mimics as a possible treatment for diabetes, as well as the development of small molecules as a potential therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Massoud’s most recent research includes synthesis of self-assembled metal-ligand clusters (molecular cages) that act as biomolecular catalysts.
She has received numerous awards for her research, including the Eli Lilly Grant from the American Chemical Society. She has also been recognized for her humanitarian efforts in Southern California and internationally. In 2010 she received the Marguleas/Weiman Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Dr. Massoud joins IHC’s dynamic faculty as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Biology, and the Environmental Sciences after holding teaching positions at top American schools such as UCLA, SMC, and Cal State. She believes that knowledge has no limits and looks forward to continuing her work in shaping today’s young minds into tomorrow’s future scientists.
Marvin McClendon, PH.D.
Mathematics and Physics
Marvin McClendon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, and as a boy he spent seven years in the state of Gujarat in western India, where his father was a medical missionary. Since then he has lived in many of the United States and has journeyed extensively on all seven continents. Dr. McClendon has a B.A. in Mathematics from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics, both from Princeton University. As a graduate student at Princeton and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he did research in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the U.S., and most recently was a Professor of Mathematics at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to mathematics and physics, he is deeply interested in languages, reading, traveling, and learning about nature and human cultures in different parts of the world. Dr. McClendon joined the faculty of International Horizons College in January 2015.
Vinton Christie, Jr., MA, CPA
Vinton Christie, CPA serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business at IHC. Vinton completed his Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics in the LSA School at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and earned a Master’s in Accounting from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He maintains a U.S. CPA license from the State of Ohio. He has several years of experience at Big 4 Accounting Firms including Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers in both the United States and the United Arab Emirates. As an Accountant, Vinton specialized in Media, Manufacturing, and the Oil & Gas industries. His work has included Financial Reporting and Auditing. In addition to lecturing at IHC, Vinton also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the American University of Dubai. Vinton’s areas of academic interest include Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Corporate Finance.
Suha Itani, M.A.
Arabic, English, and French
Ms. Itani is from Beirut, Lebanon and has joined the International Horizons College’s dynamic faculty for the Spring 2015 semester as anAssistant Professor of Arabic, English, and French. She holds a B.A. in Literature in English from Excelsior College in New York and has an M.A. in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Travel Literature from the Lebanese American University. She was a Fulbright Teaching Scholar of Arabic at Florida State University and was nominated for the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007 there. Ms. Itani is an expert in language teaching and has 12 years of experience in teaching English, French, and Arabic. She has taught at several American universities in the United States, Lebanon, and Kuwait. She takes great interest in trying to erase the misconceptions that students have about the English or the Arab speaking world. Her greatest passion is in making a difference in students’ life by engaging them with active learning of language and especially culture.