In his new role as Dean, Professor Linn will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the Faculty to promote the University’s vision of excellence across learning and teaching, research and knowledge exchange, as well as to enhance its reputation and performance.
Professor Linn joins from the University of Sheffield, where he was Professor of the History of Linguistics from 2003. He has extensive experience as an academic leader, having served as Head of the Department of English Language and Linguistics at Sheffield between 2004 and 2007, and Director of Research and Innovation in the Arts and Humanities for five years. His research spans a range of fields, such as linguistics, Norwegian language and history, with projects including an investigation of the changing role and status of English across Europe, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, says: "Andrew is joining the Faculty at a pivotal time as we look to strengthen our social sciences and humanities offering and research capabilities. His wealth of expertise in the field will bring refreshing new ideas and approaches that will contribute towards our aims to expand the research opportunities for the University, and provide a dynamic and vibrant learning environment for our students as part of our vison for 2020."
Professor Linn says: "The extensive academic and research heritage of the University provides an optimal environment to develop new initiatives in both research and teaching. I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on the strengths of our Faculty and contribute new ideas to achieve the University’s strategic goals."
The University of Westminster’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, in subject areas including languages, history, criminology, law, politics and international relations. Its diverse portfolio of academic activity, combining theoretical and academic rigour with practical application, seeks to inspire the next generation of global citizens across disciplinary boundaries. The Faculty’s research centres are internationally renowned for their impact and critical contributions to key debates of the 21st century.