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UWI Appoints 7 New Professors

 

The University of the West Indies, Mona is pleased to announce the promotion of seven members of staff to the rank of Professor: Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the DBA Programme, Mona School of Business and Management, Dr. Lou Ann Barclay; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Jessica Byron-Reid; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science & Technology, Dr. Daniel Coore; Senior Lecturer in the Tropical Medicine Research Institute, Dr. Jennifer Knight- Madden; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology & Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Garth Lipps; Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities & Education, Dr. Halden Morris and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, Dr. Mona
Webber.

PROF. LOU ANNE BARCLAY

Lou Ann Barclay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (1984) and the Master of Science Degree Economics (1990) from The UWI, St. Augustine as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in International Business (1998) from Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

She joined the staff of The University of the West Indies, Mona in 2002 as a Lecturer and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2006. Prior to joining the staff, she was an Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Lou Anne Barclay has distinguished herself in the areas of teaching, research, publication and administration. As Academic Director of the DBA Programme, she has introduced several activities to enhance the efficiency and quality of the Programme. These include quarterly progress reporting essions for both students and supervisory committees, and the online delivery of the programme to two regionally-based students. Also, during her tenure at The UWI, Mona she has taught six courses; two of which were at the undergraduate level. She has supervised a doctoral thesis from the Institute of Caribbean Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Education, which was awarded high commendations by the external examiner. She has served as an examiner of MSc, MPhil, PhD and DBA theses, locally and internationally.

Professor Barclay also has an impressive record of research focusing on the areas of Economic Development, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Resource-based development, Competitive Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Her research explicitly focuses on Developing Countries, especially the Small Island States of the Caribbean and more recently, the South American members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Her most recent work examines the critical role of natural resource industries such as bauxite/ aluminium and the role of public policy in extracting the greatest benefits from FDI for the host country, especially as the global trading and FDI have become more liberal.

Lou Anne Barclay’s publications include three books, six book chapters, twelve journal articles, sixteen peer-reviewed conference/scientific papers and three technical reports. Her work has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals as diverse as Oxford Development Studies, European Journal of Development, Africa Development Review and Management International Review. Her work was awarded The Principal’s Research Award for the Most Outstanding Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences in 2006.This award, however, was not the first public recognition of her research abilities. Her work has been described as “setting new standards for research work on economics of developing nations” by the esteemed Professor Alan Rugman. She has also participated in conferences at the Harvard Business School, the United Nations Council for Trade and Development and other leading institutes.

The newly appointed professor has also contributed significantly to the life of the University, providing leadership and support by serving on a number of committees at the Faculty and Campus levels. She was a member of the Mona School of Business and Management, Internal Quality Review Committee for the UWI/ NCB Sponsored Research Project and is currently a member of its Assessment and Promotion Committee. She chaired the International Business Unit and the Research Income Generating Committees.

Professor Barclay has an outstanding record of public service. She has served as a member of the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Commerce Steering Committee for the Modernisation of the said ministry and was an executive member of the University Council of Jamaica. Professor Barclay is currently a member of the executive board of the Academy of International Business, Latin American Chapter and the Pan African Enterprise Research Council.

PROF. JESSICA BYRON-REID

Jessica Byron-Reid completed a BA in French and Spanish at The UWI, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, followed by a postgraduate Diploma in International Relations from The UWI, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad & Tobago. She went on to complete her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Political Science (International Relations) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Byron-Reid is a highly respected academic who has made a profound contribution to her field in the area of regionalism as well as on foreign policy and diplomacy of small developing states in the Caribbean. Her work is recognized across the English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, and further afield.

Dr. Byron-Reid’s scholarly profile is characterized by consistent, high calibre research and scholarly productivity; active service to her discipline and related scholarly and professional communities, and performance and promise relative to service to The University of the West Indies, to the Caribbean and to the international community.

Her scholarship covers several disciplinary categories: International Relations, Security Studies and Caribbean Area studies. She has a distinguished record of publication and research, with 53 current or forthcoming publications published in three different languages, which include 16 refereed journal articles, 13 book chapters, three book reviews and seven technical reports, among other publications. In recognition of her outstanding record, she was recipient of the Principal's Award for best research publication in 2008 and is recipient of the Principal’s Award for Most Outstanding Researcher in the UWI Mona Faculty of Social Sciences for 2015.

As an academic, Dr. Byron has redeveloped and taught several core courses and electives in the International Relations undergraduate degree programme as well as three courses in the Master’s degree programme in International Relations. She led the development of the Department’s offerings on Latin American comparative politics. In addition, Dr. Byron was very instrumental in the development and coordination of the jointly taught BSc/MSc programme in Politics and International Cooperation, delivered in partnership with the Universities of Bordeaux 1V and Antilles-Guyane (Martinique). Launched in 2007, this programme has recruited nine cohorts of approximately sixty students and has fostered scholarly exchanges among the staff of the three institutions. As a result, Dr. Byron was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre Nationale du Merite by the Government of France for her role in the development and coordination of this programme.

In her contribution to University life, Dr. Byron has played a leading administrative role in curriculum development, programme reviews, departmental and graduate research seminars as well as scholarly collaboration with international and regional partners. She has mentored and supervised more than 50 local, regional and international students and managed the administrative portfolio of the department in the capacities of Unit Coordinator for International Relations, Graduate Coordinator for the department as well as head of the Department of Government from 2010 – 2013 and UWI Coordinator for the MSc Programme in Politics and International Cooperation. She is currently seconded to SALISES Mona as a Senior Research Fellow and serves as Coordinator for the SALISES M.Phil/PhD programme.

Dr. Byron has enhanced the reputation of The UWI by serving on several national, regional and international boards/committees and has produced several technical reports that have been critical to the advancement of Caribbean regionalism as well as Caribbean and Latin American/ Caribbean and European relations. More specifically, Dr. Byron has served on consultancy teams that produced technical reports for the Caribbean Regional Negotiating machinery, the OECS Secretariat, ECLAC/CDCC, the UNDP, the International Centre for Trade and sustainable Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat and One World Action.

She has been invited to present at international projects and programmes such as the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, the SIDS Unit of the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs and the ACP/CARIFORUM.Dr. Byron has also served on the PSOJ Trade Committee and on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade JTAT Committee.

PROF. DANIEL COORE

Daniel Coore holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering, the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He joined the staff of The UWI, Mona in 1999 as Lecturer in the then Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. He served in several key positions in the department including being Head of Department.

Dr. Coore is an outstanding researcher with a focus on two main areas – Amorphous Computing and the UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator – and has had success leading a research group at UWI, as well as in his previous work at MIT. He is a pioneer in the field of amorphous computing, producing the first PhD thesis in that area and continuing that work at Mona. The results of this work are internationally recognized and highly influential having been cited over 600 times.

His work on the UWI cardiac surgery simulator is technically impressive and has had substantial impact on cardiac surgery training in the USA. That work also informed the licensing strategies that were used to provide opportunities for commercialization. Indeed, he participated on the negotiating team to license the patent rights of the UWI Cardiac Surgery Simulator to a startup company based in North Carolina, USA, marking the first instance of commercialisation of a patent by The UWI, Mona.

The cardiac surgery simulator is designed to train cardiac surgery residents in certain open-heart procedures, similar to the way in which flight simulators are used to train pilots. As a result of his groundbreaking work in this field, Dr. Coore was named recipient of the Principal’s Award for Innovation in 2012. He also received the Innovation awards in Science and Technology for the cardiac surgery simulator and the Morris Joseph Levin Memorial Award for best presentation of his Master's thesis work in the semi-annual MIT EECS Master Works Oral Presentations.

Daniel Coore has been an active member of his Department and the University, taking on a number of administrative roles and undertaking teaching activities. He lectures in both the undergraduate and graduate programmes in the Department of Computing and is an active member of the department’s curriculum sub-committee. He has also served on a number of campus- and university-level committees, including Council, and is a Fellow and Director at the Mona GeoInformatics Institute.

His public service includes participation on the UCJ Board of Studies for Computing (formerly IT), which is responsible for defining standards for tertiary level degree programmes in Computing related fields. He was appointed Chairman of that Board in 2015. Dr. Coore has also given invited talks at various conferences (e.g. Caribbean Growth Forum, (Association of Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA), ICT4D), and is an advocate for the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Dr. Coore has published regularly in peerreviewed conference proceedings and is the author of the book The Growing Point Language: A Developmental Approach to Generating Interconnect Topologies on an Amorphous Computer. He has also published book chapters, short monographs and journal articles. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Caribbean Academy of Science.

PROF. JENNIFER KNIGHT MADDEN

Jennifer Knight-Madden holds the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree with Honours in Community Health from The University of the West Indies, Mona, the Master of Science in Biometry from Duke University Medical College and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from King’s College, University of London. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics (1993) and Pediatric Pulmonology (1997) by the American Board in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Pediatrics, 1994).

Dr.Knight-Madden joined the staff of the Sickle Cell Unit, Jamaica (MRC, UK) in 1997 and the Tropical Medicine Research Institute in 1999 as Lecturer/Research Fellow and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007. She was appointed Director of the Sickle Cell Unit in 2013.

Jennifer Knight-Madden has developed a strong clinical and research specialty in sickle cell disease and particularly the effects of the disease on the lung. She is recognized internationally as sickle cell disease expert, particularly regarding the pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease, including Acute Chest Syndrome and wheezing/asthma.

As a researcher, she has a substantial body of original work, with some 42 articles in peer-reviewed journals including the British Medical Journal, Thorax, Chest and the Cochrane Database Systemic Reviews. These papers have been cited at least 700 times in the medical literature, a testament to the high quality of the journals in which they have appeared. She also has two chapters in highly regarded books. Professor Knight-Madden has also presented her research work at several academic regional and international conferences and was invited to speak at a plenary session at the 2012 American Thoracic Society Annual Research Meeting. One of her presentations was recognized by the Principal’s Award for the Best Publication in the Faculty of Medical Sciences in 2006.

As a teacher, Professor Knight-Madden has contributed to teaching and the clinical supervision of DM candidates and leads the pulmonology section of the paediatric curriculum. She has participated actively in the teaching of medical, nursing and physiotherapy students as part of their exposure to sickle cell disease.

Her professional and scholarly activity includes leadership roles in the Caribbean Association for Researchers in Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia and the Sick Kids Caribbean Initiative. She has also served as President of the Caribbean Allergy and Respiratory Association. Other professional activities have included membership in the Sickle Cell Technical Working Group (Jamaica), the Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3African Sickle Cell Ontology Working Group and the Advisory Council of the Shikuri Project (Kenya). Her service to the University community includes membership on the UWI/UHWI Ethics Committee since 2010 and the Training and Strategy Committees of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute.

She has served as the principal investigator on several grants and secured a large number of grants from local and international agencies.

PROF. GARTH LIPPS

Garth Lipps holds the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University (1984), the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Brunswick (1986) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, (1994) in Canada.

Dr. Lipps joined the staff of The UWI, Mona in 2003 as Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology & Social Work, with the ability to teach across the clinical and applied psychology programmes. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2010 and was awarded tenure in 2013. His strong training in statistics and psychometrics and experience as a statistician and programme evaluation specialist were very useful to the wider Department, particularly in its graduate Sociology and Human Resource Development programmes.

Garth Lipps has an impressive research and publications record, with substantial crossfaculty collaborations. His research agenda has focused primarily on depressive symptoms among children, adolescents and adults in the Caribbean, and adults with chronic diseases including HIV. This is an area of Caribbean life that had not been widely studied so that his findings have been useful for policy development. His research has focused on family, school and personal factors that contribute to the health and well-being of Caribbean populations.

In particular, Dr. Lipps has outlined valuable information on parenting styles across the region and the impact of authoritarian and neglectful parenting practices in Caribbean cultural communities. He has also examined the impact that high stakes competency examinations required for entry to high schools have on children’s, parents’ and teachers’ depressive symptoms and anxiety.

Dr. Lipps has demonstrated committed service to the Department and the University. He is a member of the University Senate, sits on the Academic Board and the Finance & General Purposes Committee, Mona as well as on the Campus Academic Quality Assurance Committee. He also serves as Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Since joining the staff of The UWI, Mona, Dr. Lipps has developed seven new courses, each focused on teaching students the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for careers in Applied Psychology, Programme Evaluation and Sociology, as well as serving to increase the research and professional abilities of students.

Dr. Lipps’ public service includes assistance to the Government of Jamaica with assessing programme implementation strategies and conducting needs assessments, as well as the provision of training in psychological assessment and career testing.

He further co-developed an innovative method of developing programme evaluation skills in Non-Governmental Organizations which leveraged faculty skills via student practica placements. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Psychology Bulletin, and a reviewer for a number of journals such as the British Journal of Educational Psychology , the Journal of Black Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, West Indian Medical Journal and the Educational Quarterly Review.

PROF. HALDEN MORRIS

holds a diploma in Technical Education from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, the Bachelor of Science (BSc), Hons, in Electrical Technology (1981), the Master of Science (MSc) in Technical Education (Electrical) (1982), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Occupational Education (1986) from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA.

Since joining the staff of the Institute of Education (now integrated into the School of Education) in 1992, Dr. Morris has made an outstanding scholarly contribution in his field of expertise, particularly in the area of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Workforce Development.

Building on his professional qualifications as an engineer and academic qualities as a researcher, Dr. Morris has produced a steady stream of research outputs that focus on TVET and workforce development in the Caribbean. His work has appeared in well-known journals in the field of technical and vocational education, providing information for a more practitioner-oriented audience and also with strong implications for policy makers and stakeholders involved in programme planning and implementation in the field.

His publications cover a wide spectrum including several peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters in six books, and he is the joint author for the peer-reviewed book, Fundamentals of Fault Current and Grounding in Electrical Systems.

He is also the editor of several journals and books including Issues in Career, Technical Vocational Education and Training: Lessons for the Caribbean. He has contributed to awareness of the need for greater attention to be given to TVET at all levels of the education system to meet current and future development needs.

Through the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE), Dr. Morris has provided a range of quality assurance and professional development services in TVET to teacher training institutions in Jamaica and the Western Caribbean region. Dr. Morris is also an international quality assurance practitioner. He serves as a PEV (Programme Evaluator) for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) in the USA since 2012.

As an academic, Professor Morris has made a very strong contribution to undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes. He developed and taught the first TVET course at masters level at the Mona Campus in 1995. More recently, Dr. Morris provided leadership in the development of the Master of Arts in Leadership in TVET and Workforce Development which is now offered at both Mona and St. Augustine Campuses.

Dr. Morris has also developed graduate courses for students who wish to pursue TVET research in the MPhil/PhD in Education programme at UWI. He has an impressive record of supervision of research at the graduate level. He has, to date, supervised six candidates to the completion of their PhD and more than 40 Masters in Education candidates to completion of their zresearch projects.

Dr. Morris has also provided wide-ranging service to the University. He has served as Head of the Institute of Education, Chair for the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) Examinations and Accreditation Committee; Chair of the Mona Energy Conservation Project and member of the Grounds, Buildings & Premises Committees, Appointments and Promotion and the Information and Communication Technology Committees. One of his more outstanding achievements is the organization and management of the first UWI/UNESCO Caribbean Conference in TVET and Human Capacity Development in 2012 which led to his assumption of several key roles in the Third UNESCOUNEVOC International Congress on TVET held in China in May 2012.

Dr. Morris’ public service includes membership of a number of boards of public institutions and organizations. In recognition of his outstanding service to education and TVET in particular, he has received a number of noteworthy awards, among them being the Jamaica Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education (2009), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – USA Professional Service award (2008) and the IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership award (2007).

PROF. MONA WEBBER

Mona Webber holds the Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology and Botany, the Master of Philosophy degree in Marine Zoology, as well as the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Marine Zooplankton, from The UWI, Mona.

She joined the staff of The UWI, Mona in 1990 as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2002. She served as Associate Dean, Student Matters for the Faculty of Science and Technology from 2007 to 2010 and Head of the Department of Life Sciences from 2010 to 2013.

Mona Webber has distinguished herself in the areas of teaching, research, publication and administration. She has contributed significantly to the development and delivery of a number of courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Professor Webber coordinates one of the largest courses in the Department, with over five hundred and fifty students, in addition to teaching two courses at level 3. She was also instrumental in the design of the undergraduate major in Marine Biology and the MSc in Aquatic Sciences: Marine, Estuarine and River Systems. She has supervised or co-supervised thirty five postgraduate students to completion including six MSc, twenty four MPhil and five PhD on a range of biological topics.

Professor Webber has an impressive record of research focusing on Marine Biology. She has developed an innovative model of using marine zooplankton as indicators of environmental health and quality of offshore and inshore areas as well as several Jamaican bays. This started with the exploration and identification of reliable indicators of environmental degradation in mangrove systems and has led to the restoration of mangrove forests and their valuable ecosystem functions. The impact of this research is recognized internationally by her peers.

Dr. Webber has edited one book, published over thirty-two peer reviewed journal articles and one refereed book chapter. She has authored and co-authored nineteen technical reports for the Government of Jamaica, various funding agencies and the Department of Life Sciences.

She has attracted research grants totalling over US$1,000,000 from external sources and over US$150,000 from University research grants.

The newly appointed professor has also contributed significantly to the life of the University, providing leadership and support by serving on a number of committees at the Faculty and Campus level. She has served as non-professorial representative to Academic Board, Mona for three consecutive years and non-professorial representative on the Mona Campus Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) which necessitated serving as Academic Board Representative on Campus Council.

Mona Webber has also managed the activities of the Port Royal Marine Laboratory since 1995.

Professor Webber has an outstanding record of public service locally and internationally. She has served as the Marine Biologist on the Scientific Authority to the Committee for the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), member of the National Ramsar Committee, member of the National Fisheries Policy Steering Committee and UWI representative on the National Protected Area Trust Fund Board.

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