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Teaching Awards

Step into the spotlight and celebrate excellence in teaching at the UWI/ Guardian Group Teaching Awards ceremony. Join us to honor outstanding educators who inspire and empower.


One of the CETL’s groundbreaking initiatives has been the establishment of a strategic alliance with the Guardian Group to honour teaching excellence at the St. Augustine Campus. The UWI/Guardian Group Premium Teaching Award is a collaborative effort that commenced in 2000 and it is celebrated every other year.

Alternating with the Premium Teaching Awards is the Premium Open Lecture Series on learning and teaching in higher education. At these lectures, the Centre seeks to have as the feature speakers internationally renowned educators.


The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine is committed to providing a dynamic, highly student-centred learning environment in which student learning is pursued as a primary goal of the academy, and excellence in teaching is recognised and rewarded.

Within this environment, the Campus seeks to prepare graduates that are independent learners; problem-solvers; logical, enquiring, creative thinkers; team workers; and with well-developed skills for self-directed, life-long learning.  In pursuing this commitment to educational excellence, the St. Augustine Campus is keen to recognise, celebrate and reward members of its faculty who provide exemplary models of what it takes to create the kind of learning environment outlined above, and an institution with a global reputation for quality teaching and learning.


UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2021

Navigating the Realm of the e-Classroom: Creating Effective Culture for Innovation and Change

Thursday 30th September, 2021 at 5:00pm (ECT)

Dr. Nancy Gleason – Director, Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Practice, Political Science, New York University Abu Dhabi



Nancy W. Gleason, PhD is the Director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning and an Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. Her research focuses on the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s impact on higher education, and the future of work. She considers societal impacts of education, employment disruption, continuous reskilling, and the role of industry in supporting upskilling of adults. She is the editor of Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Springer, 2018). She is the co-editor, Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave March 2020). Dr. Gleason holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. MSc from London School of Economics, and a BA from George Washington University.



Lecture Description

Covid-19 is a key disruptor that is changing how we live, learn, and teach. Educational technology and the deployment of key emerging technological capabilities, such as augmented reality, AI, and advanced learning management systems are changing how educators can engage youth and support their drive for innovation. Creating an inclusive and innovative learning culture is essential to success. Drawing on an interdisciplinary approach, NYUAD Associate Professor of Practice, Nancy W. Gleason will share insights on the importance of active learning strategies and the willingness to learn for thriving in the 4IR professional world.

UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2019

Making a Difference in Education: A Broader and Bolder Approach

Tackling Mental Health Issues in Education

Prof. Wendel Abel, Professor Mental Health Policy and Head, Department of Community Health & Psychiatry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The UWI, Mona, Jamaica


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Professor Abel completed his medical training at The University of the West Indies (UWI) and Johns Hopkins University in the United States. He has a Bachelor of Medicine, a Bachelor of Surgery, a Doctorate in Psychiatry and a Master’s in Public Health. He is Professor, Mental Health Policy Advisor and Head of the Department of Community Health & Psychiatry, The UWI, Mona.  He is also the Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the University Hospital of the West Indies.  His work in Academic Psychiatry involves the training of Medical Doctors, Psychiatrists and other professionals in behavioural disciplines. 

He has written more than 83 journal articles, several technical reports and book chapters which focus on a range of mental health issues. Professor Abel has been a policy advisor and advocate for mental health in Jamaica and the Caribbean for many years. He has played a critical role in shaping public policy for persons living with all disabilities including mental disabilities. He has worked with agencies such as the Organisation of American States (OAS), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the European Union (EU) and CARICOM and this has facilitated several policy and programme initiatives such as the integration of mental health into education and primary health care, the reintegration of deportees, drug and violence prevention and treatment, and marijuana policy reform.

Globally, the education sector is faced with both challenges and opportunities. Especially in higher education institutions where current social, economic and political climates intersect, students and educators alike are feeling the impact of increasing stress. The mental health of staff and students has been described as being at a ‘crisis point’ due to evidence of higher suicide rates among students, higher rates of depression and stress-related illnesses. As educators and administrators involved in education, we need to understand what can be done to cope with mental health issues to make a difference in education. What bold approaches can we adopt? Find the answers as you watch the video coverage of this year’s event below.


Special thanks to our corporate sponsor, Guardian Group, for another successful event. 

Click here to view the photo album.


Date: Friday 27th September

Venue: Daaga Auditorium

UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2017

Ignite the Brain: Is Flipping the Answer?



Dr. Lodge McCammon is an international education consultant who provides professional services, including keynote speeches, workshops, curriculum development, and a variety of training programs. He works with school districts, universities, nonprofits and businesses (e.g. Palm Beach Schools, Rutgers University, Discovery Education, Microsoft, SAS) and has given his unique keynote speeches at events like the Midwest Education Technology Conference, Boyertown Area School District Tech Fest and University of Maine System Faculty Institute.

His career began in 2003 at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he taught Civics and AP Economics. He received a Ph.D. from NC State University in 2008 and continued his work by developing innovative classroom strategies (e.g., paper slide videos, music-based teaching) and sharing them with students, teachers, and schools around the world.

Dr. Lodge’s expertise lies in [1] improving teacher quality by emphasizing the importance of transparency, efficiency, reflective practice, and relationships, and [2] helping teachers create healthy learning environments that are highly collaborative, differentiated and engaging. In addition to working with schools, he develops resources to help business leaders use these same instructional methods to promote efficient and effective communication in the workplace.

Dr.Lodge is also a musician who composes and performs educational songs, along with supporting materials, about curriculum for K-12 classrooms. Popular subject areas include algebra, chemistry, and U.S history. His songs and related materials can be found at .


Date: Friday 29th September

Venue: Daaga Auditorium

UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2015

Student Engagement: Back to Basics and Beyond the Tech Hype



Elizabeth F. Barkley, Ph.D. is Professor of Music History at Foothill College, Los Altos, California. With over three decades as an innovative and reflective teacher, she has received numerous honors and awards, including being named California’s Higher Education Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, formally recognized by the California state legislature for her contributions to undergraduate education, selected as “Innovator of the Year” in conjunction with the National League for Innovation, presented with the Hayward Award for Educational Excellence, and honored by the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Additionally, her Musics of Multicultural America course was selected as “Best Online Course” by the California Virtual Campus. She was also named one of two Carnegie Scholars in the discipline of music by the Carnegie Foundation in conjunction with the Pew Charitable Trusts.

A popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter, her interests include engaging students through active and collaborative learning; transforming face to face and online curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners, especially those from new and emerging generations; the scholarship of teaching and learning; and connecting learning goals with assessment. Barkley holds a B.A. and M.A. from University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2016), Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with Claire H. Major and K. Patricia Cross, Wiley/Jossey-Bass, Second Edition, 2014), Student Engagement Techniques (Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2010), Crossroads: The Roots of America’s Popular Music (Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2007), and three interactive digital textbooks for Kendall Hunt in conjunction with Great River Learning: Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures (2013), World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusions (2012), and co-author with Robert Hartwell of Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (Kendall Hunt, 2015).


Date: Friday 25th September

Venue: Daaga Auditorium

UWI/Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture 2013

Teaching: Joys and Challenges of the Greatest Profession


Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Fellowship Programs in the Department of Family Medicine, and also the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has started or reconfigured three centres for faculty support at three different institutions: Southern Oregon State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Southern Oregon State University he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor.  Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs four National Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft.  He also serves on several editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning.  Dr. Zakrajsek received his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University and has published and presented widely on the topic of teaching, academic leadership, and student learning.  His most recent publication is a book co-authored with Terry Doyle: The New Science of Learning (2013).



Date: Friday 29th November 2013

Venue: Daaga Auditorium

UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2011

Reflective Practice: Maximum Impact: Using Feedback to Drive Assessment


 Dr. Weimer 

Dr. Maryellen Weimer is a Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning at Penn State, where she won the Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching.  She has served as Associate Director of the National Center on Postsecondary   Teaching, Learning and  Assessment.

She regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences.  Dr. Weimer has been editing the Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on postsecondary teaching, since 1987. She has also published numerous articles in refereed journals,   book chapters and book reviews.  She also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

She has edited or authored eight books including Teaching on Solid Ground (1995), co-edited with Robert Menges, Learner Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (2002), Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning (2006), and   most recently Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth.

To view the event photo album, please click here.

Date: Friday 30th September
Venue: Daaga Auditorium

UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2009

Reflective Practice: The Core of Quality Teaching


Dr. Stephen Brookfield

Dr. Brookield’s lecture was based on this paper (PDF).

Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield, Distinguished Professor, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN.  Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings.  He has written fourteen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, four of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996 and 2005).  He also won the 1986 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education. His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish and Chinese. 

In 1991, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University System of New Hampshire for his contributions to understanding adult learning.  In 2001, he received the Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) for “extraordinary contributions to the general field of continuing education on a national and international level.”  In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for “significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning.” 
He currently serves on the editorial boards of educational journals in Britain, Canada and Australia, as well as in the United States. During 2002, he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University.  In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from Concordia University (St. Paul).  After 10 years as a Professor of Higher and Adult Education at Columbia University in New York, he now holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota where he recently won the university’s Diversity Leadership Teaching & Research Award and also the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher/Scholar. In 2008 he also received the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for his outstanding contributions to adult and experiential learning. In 2009 he was inducted into the international Adult Education Hall of Fame.

More on Dr. Brookfield can be found at

Date: Friday 2nd October
Venue: Daaga Auditorium
UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2007

Scholarly Approaches to Teaching



Professor Dan Pratt

The podcasts and vidcasts of Professor Pratt’s lecture can be found at Guardian Life of the Caribbean Limited’s website

Dan Pratt is Professor of Adult & Higher Education in the Department of Educational Studies and the Acting Director of Clinical Educator Fellowships in Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Over the past twenty years he has been conducting research on the teaching of adults in different contexts and cultures. He has been a visiting professor at universities within North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and his research and publications are used in universities around the world.

In 1992 he received the highest award for teaching given by the University of British Columbia – the Killam Teaching Prize. In 1999 his book, Five Perspectives on Teaching in Adult and Higher Education, won the Cyril O. Houle Award for most outstanding literature in adult education and higher education.

He is co-author (with John Collins) of the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPi), a freely available on-line instrument that has helped more than 60,000 educators from over one hundred countries explore their views of teaching and learning.

More on Dan Pratt and his work can be found at


Date: Friday 28th September
Venue: Learning Resource Centre, UWI
UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2005

Quality Teaching for the 21st Century

Dr. Keith Trigwell

Keith Trigwell is Reader in Higher Education and the Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for the Advancement of university Learning at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Kellogg College. He directs the Institute’s learning and teaching research programme which includes investigations into students’ learning experience at Oxford. Previously Director of an academic development unit in Sydney, his research is in qualitative differences in university learning and teaching. In 1999 he and Michael Prosser published Understanding Learning and Teaching: The experience in higher education, a book based on their joint research. His current research includes looking at the relations between qualitative variation in teaching and research, and how teaching outcomes are related to teaching approaches.

Date: Friday 30th September
Venue: UWI Learning Resource Centre
UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2003

Learning is About Making Connections


Prof. K. Patricia Cross

K. Patricia Cross is Professor of Higher Education, Emerita at the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Cross has had a distinguished career as a university administrator (Assistant Dean of Women, University of Illinois and Dean of Students at Cornell University), researcher (Distinguished Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service and Research Educator at The Center for Research and Development in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley), and teacher (Professor and Chair of the Department of Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Professor of Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley).

The author of ten books and more than 200 articles and chapters, Prof. Cross has been recognized for her scholarship by election to the National Academy of Education, receipt of the E.F. Lindquist Award from the American Educational Research Association, the Sidney Suslow Award from the Association for Institutional Research, and the Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

She was voted one of the “44 most influential leaders” in higher education in a Change Magazine poll in 1975, and when the poll was repeated in 1998, she was again selected as a national leader. Elected Chair of the Board of the American Association of Higher Education twice (1975 and 1989), she has received many awards for her leadership in education, among them the Leadership award from the American Association of Community and Junior colleges, the Outstanding Service Award from the Coalition of Adult Education Organizations, the award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of instruction from the National Council of Instructional Administrators, and the 2000 Leadership award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education. She has been awarded 15 honorary degrees and is listed in Who’s Who in America.

She is currently a Trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Berkeley Public Library, a member of the Board of Directors of Elderhostel, the National Selection Committee for the Hesburgh Award, Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Senior Fellow at the League for Innovation in the Community College.

She has lectured on American higher education widely in the United States and abroad in England, France, Denmark, Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Holland. Her interests are primarily in changing college student populations, adult learning, and the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education.

Prof. Cross received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Illinois State University and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology from the University of Illinois.

Date: 3rd December 2003
Venue: Learning Resource Centre, UWI

UWI / Guardian Group Premium Open Lecture Series 2001

Dr. Charles E. Glassick

Charles E. Glassick, Senior Associate Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, previously served the Foundation as Interim President, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and earlier as Senior Fellow. Dr. Glassick has received numerous honours and awards throughout his career, including several honorary doctorates as well as election to Phi Beta Kappa and various academic honorary societies. He is an active member of a number of professional organizations and has served on a variety of boards, commissions, and task forces throughout his career. He has published extensively. He served Converse College as its Interim President from January to June 1999 and is now Interim President of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Date: 28th September
Venue: Learning Resource Centre, UWI