The Academic Council

Prof. Shimon Gepstein Chairman
President, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

Prof. Abraham Shitzer – Dean, School of Engineering

Prof. Sibylle Heilbrunn – Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Mr. Gadi Mendelson – Department of Energy, Gas & Oil Engineering

Prof. Avner Halevi – Head, Department of Quality & Reliability Engineering

Prof. Hillel Nossek – Head, Department of Media Studies

Dr. Yotam Peled – Head, Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Dr. Yaakov Ashkenazi – Head, Department of Land of Israel Studies

Dr. Meiran Boniel-Nissim – Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Alon Gelbman – Head, Department of Tourism & Hotel Management

Dr. Dorit Alt – Head, Department of Education & Community

Prof. Ram Shpiner – Head, Department of Water Industries Engineering

Dr. Amir Tomer – Head, Department of Software Engineering

Prof. Zeev Drory – Head, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies

Dr. Yariv Itzkovich – Head, Department of HR Management

Pro, Amos Rolider – Dean of Students

Mr. Gil Nissim – Student Union representative

Prof. Hezi Israeli – Department of Tourism & Hotel Management

Prof. Amikam Nemorovsky – Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics

Prof. Haim Aviram – Department of Multidisciplinary Studies

Prof. Haim Ben-David – Depratment of Land of Israel Studies

Prof. Nirit Reichel – Department of Education & Community

Dr. Dan Aharoni – Representative of senior lecturers

Dr. Riki Galia – Representative of lecturers

Dr. Moran Shnapper-Cohen – Representative of junior lecturers

Prof. Muhamad Akasha – Physics Department

Prof. Moshe Goffen – External professor


Mr. Miki Lev – Director-General

Dr. Osnat Suued – Academic Secretary

Dr. Niva Dolev – Student Ombudsman

Ms. Smadi Melamed – Library manager

Ms. Billie Ganor – Academic Secretariat

Ms. Bat-El Chai – Administrative Secretary – School of Engineering

Ms. Mia Ram – Administrative Secretary – School of Social Sciences & Humanities

Council Authority and Duties

The council discusses and makes decisions on all academic matters, including:

  • Recommendations to the president regarding any amendment or addition to the academic regulations.
  • Recommendations to the president and, through him, to the general assembly and the management committee, regarding areas of teaching and research.
  • Recommendations to the president regarding new study programs and periodic changes in valid programs, including closing existing programs.
  • Determining study regulations.
  • Setting rules and student acceptance conditions.
  • Appointing the appointments committee, teaching committee, student disciplinary committee and other committees, including permanent and ad hoc committees, and delegating authority to them. These committees will routinely report to the academic council about their activities.
  • Setting study protocols, including protocols for holding elections.
  • Defining student rights and obligations.
  • Determining disciplinary regulations for student behavior and staff behavior.
  • Establishing regulations and supervising the awarding of certificates and degrees.
  • Setting rules and overseeing appointment and promotion of academic staff.
  • Supervising and advancing teaching quality.
  • Determining regulations and rules for advancing research at the college.
  • Setting academic policy in all areas of the college’s operations, ensuring the existence of appropriate academic standards in all fields, and supervising their implementation.
  • Approving the president’s recommendations regarding the awarding of honorary degrees by the college. The president may appoint an honorary degree committee with five members, which will act on the council’s behalf in this area.
  • Setting operational guidelines for the library and the computerized communications system, in order to ensure they appropriately meet the college’s teaching and research needs.

With regard to all academic matters relating to the Bar Ilan Division, the college will act in accordance with Bar Ilan University requirements.

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