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Professor Paula Morgan appointed University Director of The UWI IGDS

For Release Upon Receipt - August 30, 2021



The UWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica W.I. Monday, August 30, 2021—The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paula Morgan as the new University Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS). Professor Morgan’s appointment took effect on August 1, 2021, succeeding Professor Opal Palmer Adisa, who held the post since 2017. 

Professor Morgan is a long serving member of The UWI in several capacities including teaching, curriculum development, programme coordination, public service, research and university administration. She first joined The UWI in 1981 as a part-time Teaching Assistant. In 1990 she became an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Liberal Arts at the St Augustine Campus.  Professor Morgan also served as a Curriculum Development Specialist at the Distance Education Centre between 1997 and 1998 and the Deputy Dean for Distance and Outreach between 1999 and 2000. 

During the period 1999 to 2007, she was a Coordinator and Lecturer in Literatures in English and a Coordinator of the Cultural Studies Graduate Programme between 2007 and 2011. In 2012, she went on to become a Coordinator in Literatures in English until 2015, and thereafter headed the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the St Augustine Campus from 2016 to 2017.  In 2016, she was also promoted to Professor of West Indian Literature and Culture. Prior to her appointment as University Director, IGDS, she served as the Head of Department of Literary Cultural and Communication Studies, since 2020. 

Professor Morgan has an impressive publication output including single and jointly authored books and edited book and journal collections, journal articles, book chapters, and instructional texts. Her publications span three decades and range from the areas of pedagogical approaches to Caribbean literature and culture, societal trauma and gender violence, and representations of disability in Caribbean discourse. In addition to her publications, Professor Morgan has several professional and community affiliations and has served the public in numerous capacities. These include Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Selection of Scholarships Committee, Secretary for the Network for Outreach and Disabilities Sensitization and Education (NODES), and Member of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action. Professor Morgan is also the recipient of several awards for teaching, publication and graduate mentorship. 

The UWI community extends congratulations to Professor Paula Morgan on her appointment as the University Director of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies and good wishes for a successful tenure.                                                                                                           


About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

Ranked among the top universities in the world, by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education, The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists. In 2020, it earned ‘Triple 1st’ rankings—topping the Caribbean; and in the top in the tables for Latin America and the Caribbean, and global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the top universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)