The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has announced its six newest Professors, that include a legal scholar, political scientist, educational psychologist, natural products researcher, microbiologist and tourism specialist.
The six were promoted to the regional university’s highest academic rank with effect from October 2021, following rigorous evaluation of the quality and quantity of their research, publications and other professional activities by internal and external assessors.
The academics all received outstanding reviews in their respective areas of specialty; in addition to their academic distinctions, they emulate The UWI’s mission: “to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation for the positive transformation of the Caribbean and the wider world.”
• Professor Shazeeda Ali, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Mona Campus;
• Professor Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Cave Hill Campus;
• Professor Loraine Cook, Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the Mona Campus;
• Professor Ruby L. Lindo, Head of the Biochemistry Section the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Mona Campus;
• Professor Adesh Ramsubhag, Professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the St Augustine Campus; and
• Professor Andrew Spencer, Deputy Executive Director at the Mona School of Business and Management.
Professor Shazeeda Ali is an eminent legal scholar and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Mona Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from The UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica; a Master of Laws degree from the University of Cambridge, as well as a PhD from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London in the UK.
Her distinguished contribution to the study of money laundering was well-known before the Financial Action Task Force, the international body that sets standards for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financial Terrorism (AML/CFT), came to prominence.
She is also recognised regionally and internationally for her extensive knowledge and robust research on financial regulation, offshore financial centres, and legal profession ethics.
Professor Cynthia Barrow-Giles lectures in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The UWI Cave Hill Campus. Throughout her career at The UWI, she has served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty twice, and Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, a Master of Science (General), and a Master of Philosophy from the Consortium Graduate School at The UWI.
The proud alumna and academic has published widely on political parties, election campaigns, political party financing, and women’s political participation. Her publications include nine peer-reviewed journal articles; two authored books; one co-authored book; three co-edited books and fifteen book chapters. She has also written over seventy other academic publications.
In addition to her lecturing over the years, Professor Barrow-Giles developed four new undergraduate degree programmes in 2002 and four Master’s Degree programmes between 2004 and 2005. She has also supervised twelve MSc theses and four MPhil theses. Professor Loraine Cook is an Educational Psychologist who lectures in the Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The UWI Mona Campus.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Concordia in Montreal, Canada; a Diploma in Education in Social Studies & Geography; a Masters (with distinction) and a PhD degree in Educational Psychology (with high commendation), all from The UWI Mona Campus.
She has acted as Director of the School of Education at the Campus on a few occasions and held the position of Assistant Coordinator for the Graduate Studies Unit.
Professor Ruby L. Lindo is a Natural Products Researcher, and Head of the Biochemistry Section in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, who lectures at The UWI Mona Campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry, an MPhil degree in Organic Chemistry, and a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the Mona Campus.
Professor Lindo’s extensive research in Natural Products has gained regional and international recognition. She has made extensive and impressive contributions to research the use of Jamaican indigenous herbs as possible treatments for various illnesses including diabetes. Her research has earned her a United States patent for work accomplished at The UWI, while she is also named as an inventor on two other United States patents.
Professor Adesh Ramsubhag specialises and lectures in Microbiology at The UWI, St Augustine Campus. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a PhD in Microbiology, both from The UWI, St Augustine.
He was Head of the Department of Life Sciences from 2015-2018; Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology from 2012-2015; and Microbiologist/Deputy Lab Manager, Caribbean Industrial Research Institute, St Augustine Campus from 1998-2001.
He also gives of his time, serving on various university-wide and campus committees.
Professor Andrew Spencer began his academic career at the Department of Management Studies, now the Mona School of Business and Management at The UWI Mona Campus in 2008, where he now serves as the School’s Deputy Executive Director.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism Management and a Master of Science Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from The UWI Mona Campus and a PhD degree in Tourism Strategy from Bournemouth University, in the United Kingdom.
Professor Spencer has produced a volume of original work that fills a critical research gap in tourism and hospitality in the Caribbean and an underrepresented area in scholarly publications and international literature. He has published over fifty scholarly works, including three books for which he is the primary author.
Professor Spencer has reviewed a wide range of regional and international publications, including the Tourism Management Journal, and currently serves on the editorial board of Tourism Review (ranked B on the ABDC journal ranking) the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Tourism Resilience. (PR)