Program Director

Dr. Brack Hale is director of the master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.E.M. degree in Water Resources from Duke University, and a bachelor's degree in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University. Before, he was full professor of Biology and Environmental Science and division chair of the Division of Environment, Math, Psychology, and Health at Franklin University Switzerland.

Dr. Hale has extensive experience in academic administration, curriculum development, teaching and quality assessment as well as leadership and management. He has been engaged in various collaborations with UW 2010, has brought student groups to the Westfjords and spent a semester on sabbatical at the University Centre in 2017. Dr. Hale starts his position on 1 January 2023 but until then, the administrative director and the CRD program director welcome enquiries on Hale's behalf.

The Program Director in Coastal and Marine Management has the following roles:

  • Professional oversight over the master’s program, administration and co-ordination of the curriculum
  • Contactbetweenthe Master's program committee, University Centre staff, teachersandstudentsinCoastal and Marine Management
  • Recommend new teachers, instructors, and thesis advisors to the master’s committee
  • Facilitate cooperation, foster a network around the program and be of an assistance to teachers if needed
  • Answer or correctly forward all questions relating to professional aspects of the master’s program
  • Keep track of students’ academic progress, both in courses and when working on their theses
  • Take responsibility for thesis assessments, including presentations (lectures) and defences