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Two New Professors at the Cave Hill Campus

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 3, 2020

Two academics at the Cave Hill Campus are among five at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) who were recently promoted to the rank of professor.

Professor Dwayne Devonish-7-3-2020.jpgDr. Dwayne Devonish is now Professor of Management and Organisational Behaviour and Dr. Aaron Kamugisha is Professor of Caribbean and Africana Thought. The appointments took effect in May.

At the same time, The UWI announced the promotion of Dr. Christopher Charles of the Mona Campus as Professor of Political Social Psychology, Dr. Judith Gobin of the St. Augustine Campus as Professor of Marine Biology and Dr. Duraisamy Saravanakumar of the St. Augustine Campus as Professor of Plant Pathology.

The UWI said Professor Devonish impressed assessors with the breadth and depth of his scholarship. His scholarly output totals 31 journal articles, with seven of them being single authorships in international scholarly journals.

At age 36, Professor Devonish becomes the second youngest person to achieve professorship at The UWI, behind only current Justice Eddy Ventose who attained Professor of Law at the age of 35. He is now a HighCourtJudge in the Eastern Caribbean SupremeCourt. Prior to these accomplishments, UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles, who was promoted to the rank of Professor of Economic History at age 37 in 1993, had held the distinction for 20 years as the youngest to attain the highest academic rank of The UWI.

In acknowledgement of his personal feat, Professor Devonish said: “I am the second youngest person ever to achieve this rank at the university and currently operate as youngest functioning professor at the institution - an achievement of which I am strongly proud. I am deeply honoured and humbled by this promotion and recognition and will continue to commit to excellence in all my contributions beyond this juncture.”

Professor Devonish began his academic career in 2005 as Research Assistant in the Department of Management Studies and transitioned to Assistant Lecturer, Temporary Lecturer, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer.

He is currently Chief Coordinator of the MSc. International Management programme within the Department of Management Studies which he recently restructured into an MSc. International Business programme. He is also credited with the development of a comprehensive guide for assessing faculty members’ academic performance in the areas of teaching, research, public service and university service.

Professor Devonish holds both a Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a BSc in Psychology (First Class Honours) from The UWI as well as an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology (with Distinction) and a PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Professor Aaron Kamugisha-7-3-2020.jpgProfessor Kamugisha is regarded as one of the leading specialists on Caribbean and Africana thought at The UWI.

One of his external assessors reported: “He has carved out a distinctive position as a cross–disciplinary and creative thinker, whose writings are relevant in both the humanities and social sciences, including cultural studies, philosophy, literature and political theory.”

Professor Kamugisha joined The UWI as Temporary Lecturer in Political Science in 2006, following which, he served in the Cultural Studies Programme as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, prior to attaining his professorship. At The UWI, he has taught 17 different courses in the areas of Cultural Studies and Political Science, and supervised a number of students towards the award of their MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in a variety of disciplines.

His scholarly publications include one single-authored book, six edited collections, four special issues of academic journals, 15 journal articles and 13 book chapters. He has spoken by invitation at over 27 different universities around the world, including those in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Europe and North America.

He completed his BSc in Accounting in 1997 and MPhil in Political Science with high commendation in 2002 both at the Cave Hill Campus. In 2006, he earned his PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto and was the 2007-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African-American Studies at Northwestern University.

“I am honoured to be awarded a professorship by The UWI. It is the culmination of over 20 years of study and research,” he said.

“My approach has always been to recall the moment wider than myself that I am contributing to - which is, Caribbean freedom, black and third world liberation. This centres me in my work and gives me focus and determination.”

Professors Devonish and Kamugisha are among six newly appointed professors at Cave Hill who are rostered to deliver their inaugural professorial lecture in the coming academic year. The other four are Professor Donna-Maria Maynard, Professor Justin Robinson, Professor Philmore Alleyne and Professor Troy Lorde


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