Dr. Kinshuk, who goes by single name, has been named the dean of University of North Texas College of Information in the US. He received his doctoral degree from De Montfort University in England, a master of science in mechanical computer aided engineering from Strathclyde University in Scotland and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Rajasthan in India.
Prior to joining UNT, Kinshuk was the associate dean of the faculty of science of technology at Alberta, Canada-based Athabasca University, where he had been since 2010.
In that role, he helped start new graduate programmes, gained external research funding, developed strategies for student recruitment and promoted senior students and alumni to serve as mentors for new students. Prior to this, he served as director in the School of Computing and Information Systems.
Kinshuk also served as Industrial Research Chair in Adaptivity and Personalisation in Informatics for the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada. “Dr Kinshuk brings with him great leadership and research experience,” Finley Graves, provost and vice president for academic affairs at UNT, said in a statement. “We look forward to Dr Kinshuk working with our faculty to articulate a clear vision for the future of the College of Information.”
Kinshuk will start his new position from August 15. “I’m really looking forward to joining such a progressive university and my esteemed new colleagues,” Kinshuk, who also served as the president and chief executive officer of Smart Informatics Ltd., said in a statement. “I know the College of Information has high expectations and I hope to meet them and raise those even more. I am keen to contribute to the college’s success and help make the University of North Texas even more prestigious.”
Kinshuk’s career also includes a variety of other academic positions. At Massey University in New Zealand, Kinshuk was the director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Research Center, as well as an associate professor, and before that, a senior lecturer.
He also was a research fellow for the German National Research Centre for Information Technology in St. Augustin, Germany. Earlier in his career he was an instructor at the Academy of Computer Education in India, as well as a part-time lecturer at the Government Polytechnic College in India.