Dr Heather Cateau

Dr. Heather Cateau is a Senior Lecturer in Caribbean History at The University of The West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus and the current Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education. She has held the positions of Head of the  History Department,  Deputy Dean (Student Matters) and Residence Manager of  Milner Hall.  Her research focus has led to a revisionary approach to plantation and enslavement systems in the Caribbean.  Her latest publications include "Beyond Tradition" co-edited with Rita Pemberton and the "Caribbean in the Atlantic World" co-authored with John Campbell. She has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Iowa and the University of Cambridge.


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Dr. Geraldine Skeete, Deputy Dean, Student Affairs

Dr. Geraldine Sheete

Dr Geraldine Elizabeth Skeete is Deputy Dean for Student Matters (Undergraduate) and a Literatures in English lecturer in the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Education. She has also lectured, coordinated and tutored in the English Language Foundation and literary linguistics programmes. Dr Skeete has taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.  She obtained a Teacher’s Diploma from Valsayn Teachers’ College, and subsequently a BA (First Class Honours) and PhD (with High Commendation) in Literatures in English, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (with Distinction) from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. From 2006-2008 she was Coordinator of the campus’s Evening University.  Dr Skeete is the recipient of a Dean’s Award for Postgraduate Research, UWI Postgraduate Scholarship, Most Outstanding PhD Thesis Award (2006/2007) and UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award (2012). She has published in the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, Short Fiction in Theory & Practice, the Caribbean Scholar, and The Year's Work in English Studies, among others.  She is co-editor of the book The Child and the Caribbean Imagination and the online Tout Moun: Caribbean Journal of Cultural Studies. Her areas of interest are Caribbean literature, literary linguistics, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 Dr. Rawatee Maharaj - Sharma, Deputy Dean, Programme and Planning

Dr. Rawatee Maharaj- Sharma

Dr. Rawatee Maharaj-Sharma is a Senior Lecturer in Science (Physics) Education in the School of Education, The UWI, St. Augustine. She is currently the Deputy Dean, Planning and Programming, Faculty of Humanities and Education. Dr. Maharaj-Sharma received her BSc. (1st Class Hons.) in Physics with a minor in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She holds an M.Sc. in Physics and Astronomy and a PhD in Physics and Earth and Space Science from York University, Canada. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Universal Teaching and Learning from York University. Dr. Maharaj-Sharma coordinates the Bachelor of Education programme at the School of Education. She has published locally, regionally and internationally and is the recipient of research awards, fellowships and scholarships. Her teaching and research interests include novel approaches in science teaching, students’ conceptions/misconceptions in science and students’ voices in the science classroom. She has been affiliated with the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) for the past 8 years and is a member of several international science education organizations.


Mr. Jessel Murray, Deputy Dean, Distance and Outreach

Mr Jessel MurrayMr. Jessel Murray has earned a B.M. and M.M. both at Temple University. Prior to being employed at The UWI, he has served as a Lecturer in Music at Smith College (1989-93), Director of Choruses at Amherst Regional High School, Massachusetts (1993-2000). Since 2007, he has dedicated himself to the Trinidad and Tobago National Steel Symphony Orchestra as its Artistic Director/Conductor and continues to do so today. Mr. Murray takes an interest in a vast range of research areas which include Choral Music, Orchestral Music (Steel and Conventional Orchestra), Musical Theatre, Advanced Piano Literature, Piano Accompaniment and Vocal Music. Two performances under his conductorship which he regards as significant include Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the UWI Arts Chorale, UWI Steel, UWI Percussion and the University of Delaware Percussion (2013) and the complete performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the National Steel Symphony Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago and Sean Sutherland, piano (2011). World Premiere performances of Ben Wahlund’s Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra, “Only When Eternity Nears”, Liam Teague, steelpan (2010) and Gary Gibson’s “Caprice” for Conventional Orchestra with the addition of Steelpan Consort (2009) both  snagged prizes at the 2008 Meth

 Dr. Jerome De Lisle, Deputy Dean, Graduate Studies and Research 

Dr. Jerome De LisleIn 1994 Dr. Jerome De Lisle was the first candidate to be awarded his doctorate at the School of Education (then the Faculty of Education). His thesis was a multivariate mixed methods study of the work environment of secondary school teachers in Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr De Lisle has worked continuously with the Division of Educational Research and Evaluation (DERE) in the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education since 2003 on the methodology and reporting of national learning assessments.  He is responsible for installing the current system of performance standards for National Tests and for the 2010 CAP evaluation. He has also worked with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) as a feature speaker in conferences and is a regular evaluator in registration and accreditation processes.

He is a member of several learned societies, including the American Educational Association (AERA), the National Council Measurement in Education (NCME), the International Association for Computerized testing (IACAT), the International Congress of School Effectiveness and School Improvement (ICSEI), the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIA), and the American Evaluation Association (AEA)

His current research interests are in high stakes testing, formative assessment, standard setting and whole system change. At present he teaches EDME6121, Evaluation of Educational Institutions and EDME6006, Assessment and Evaluation and administers one of the two groups in EDRS 6203: Graduate Research Seminars .  He will be teaching two new courses in the M.Ed Leadership on action research and school and system improvement.



Dr. Jennifer Yamin-Ali, Director, School of Education

Dr. Jennifer Yamin-Ali

Dr. Jennifer Yamin-Ai is the Director of the School of Education, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. She holds a PhD in the Sociology of Education and teaches courses in the Foundations of Education and Qualitative Research. Earlier, she was a secondary school teacher for 17 years and taught Geography and Social Studies. She is the author of CAPE Caribbean Studies - An interdiscipinary approach. Her research interests include, creating better textbooks, nurturing learning communities, gender and education, equity in the education system and biographical methods as qualitative research.



Dr. Beverly-Anne Carter, Director, Centre for Language Learning

Dr. Beverly - Anne CarterDr. Beverly-Anne Carter has been part of The UWI, St. Augustine family since 1992 and has served as  a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in French Language and Director of the Centre for Language Learning. She has obtained an Associate Degree in Arts (Modern French Literature) (1977), a B.A. in Modern French Literature (1978), a BA in the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language and an M.A. (Honours) in Modern French Literature all from Univerisité de Besançon, France and a Ph.D (Linguistics) from The University of the West Indies. Her research areas include language in higher education, technlogy-enhanced learning environments, and foreign language programme development (focusing on English and Chinese as foreign languages). Dr Carter is the author of “Teacher/Student Responsibility in Foregn Language Learning” (2006) and the co-author of book chapters entitled “Trinidadian patients and their Cuban doctors: More than meets the eye and ear” and “This is not English. Setswana speakers at a Caribbean Medical School” in The Patient: Global Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Researching Content and Language Integration in Higher Education respectfully.


Mr. Louis Mc WIlliams, Head of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts

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 Dr. Sherry-Ann Singh, Head of the Department of History

Dr. Beverly - Anne CarterDr. Sherry-Ann Singh is a lecturer of Indian History and Indian Diaspora Studies in the Department of History, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Singh obtained her Ph.D. in 2005 (with High Commendation) in History. She specializes in the social, religious, and cultural transformation among Indians in Trinidad and in the Caribbean; in Hinduism and the Ramayana tradition in the Indian Diaspora; and on the Indian indenture system. She has held fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore, India and at the University of Warwick, U.K. She has earned the Young Caribbean Scholar of the Year Award from the George Bell Institute of Queen’s College, Birmingham (UK), 2004. In addition many published articles, her monograph The Ramayana Tradition and Socio-Religious Change in Trinidad, 1917-1990 was published in 2012 by Ian Randle Publishers. She is currently Head of the Department of History and Coordinator of the M.A. programme in History.




Dr. Maarit Forde, Head of the Department of Literary, Cultural and Comunication Studies

Dr. Maarit Forde is an anthropologist specializing in religion, migration, and political culture. Most of her ethnographic research projects and publications have focused on marginalized rDr. Maarit Fordeeligions in the Caribbean. She has investigated the dynamics of ritual invention and structure in the Spiritual Baptist religion in Tobago; transnational mobility and exchange among Spiritual Baptists in the Anglophone Caribbean, New York and Toronto; the government and policing of Obeah in the colonial Caribbean; and death, mortuary rituals and afterlives in the Caribbean. She is currently collaborating on a project on religion and climate change in the Caribbean. Her main research focus at the moment is an ethnography of civic engagement, subjectivity, and inequality in urban Trinidad. Dr. Forde teaches in the postgraduate Cultural Studies programme in the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies and supervises sixteen MA, MPhil and PhD students.



 Dr. Jo-Anne S. Ferreira, Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

Dr.Jo-Anne S. Ferreira, Head of the Department of MLLDr. Jo-Anne S. Ferreira is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, The UWI, St. Augustine where she received her BA in Language and Literature, and PhD in Linguistics. She also holds the DELF French language certificate (Grenoble III), SIL certificates in Linguistics (France and UK), a postgraduate diploma in Brazilian Indigenous Languages and Linguistics (ELIB, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), and the IPA Certificate in English Phonetics (via UCL). Dr Ferreira is a member of SIL International (Americas Area), and is currently Treasurer of the Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL). Her research and teaching interests include (socio)phonetics, contact linguistics, the history of Portuguese language and culture in the Caribbean, South American French Creole varieties, and Bible Translation.  


Rev. Dr. Arnold Francis, Dean of Studies,Theology

Rev. Dr. Arnold Francis is the Principal/Dean of Studies of the Seminary of St. John Vianney & the Uganda Martyrs Theological Institute.   He was ordained a Priest on August 16th, 1981.  He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies (1994) from the Catholic University of America, an S.T.L. (Biblical Theology) (1981) from Pontificia Universitas Urbaniana Rome, (Summa Cum Laude) and a Bachelors of Arts (Theology) (1979) from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.  He was awarded the Certificate of Accomplishment for Good Leaders, Good shepherds from the Catholic Leadership Institute May 2011.  His pastoral duties spans the period 1982 to present and include Spiritual Director of the Brothers of the Transfigured Christ, Association of Catholic Teachers in Trinidad & Tobago, Parish Priest for Antigua, Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.  For the period 1999 – 2003 he was the President of the Association of the Diocesan Clergy of Archdiocese of Castries.  His many accomplishments include publications, articles and DVDs on a wide cross section of topics about Human Community, the Bible, the Secularization process & the Christian Family, Demon Possession in the Bible et al

Robert Yao Ramesar, Coordinator, Film Programme

Robert Yao Ramesar is the Coordinator of the Film Programme here at the Faculty of Humanities and Education. One of the most accomplished and prolific directors of his generation, the Ghana- born Caribbean filmmaker was honoured as the Caribbean’s first Laureate in Arts and Letters, at the inaugural ANSCAFE Awards in 2006. That year his award-winning SISTA GOD became the first Trinidad and Tobago feature film in official selection at a major festival, when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

He has directed over 140 films, screening throughout Africa; Asia; North, South and Central America; Europe and the Caribbean, taking regional cinema to the world under the rubric of an original aesthetic deemed “Caribbeing

Ramesar's collaborations include Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, directing Walcott’s “The Saddhu of Couva” and “The Coral”, as well as producing documentaries on Nelson Mandela and Kwame Toure (Stokley Carmichael), as well as others during their visits to Trinidad.

2009 saw the publication of Phenomenology’s Material Presence, a book on Ramesar’s works by Dr. Gabrielle Hezekiah.



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