For Release Upon Receipt - August 16, 2012
The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Yvette Jackson as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies with effect from August 1, 2012, succeeding Professor Ronald Young, who has retired.
A Jamaican, Professor Jackson joined the academic staff at the UWI Mona Campus as Assistant Lecturer in 1983, the year she completed the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Chemistry and has risen through the lecturer ranks until her appointment as Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 2004. She was Deputy Dean for Student Matters in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences and since 2007 has served with distinction as Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research, Mona Campus.
Professor Jackson has a distinguished record of original work. She has established a very fruitful collaborative research programme with the University of Alabama, from which a number of good quality publications have resulted. She has over 45 publications which have appeared in some of the best scholastic chemistry journals. Professor Jackson has also established an international presence not just through her publications but also through participation in some 46 symposia and conferences both locally and on the international scene, on many occasions as invited speaker.
She has supervised numerous postgraduate students, in addition to appraising many PhD and MPhil theses and is a member of the editorial board of referees of five highly-rated international academic journals on Chemistry. Her very active University service includes, in addition to the stint as Deputy Dean in charge of Student Matters, membership on various Campus and University Boards and Committees. Particularly noteworthy was her developing and coordinating the mentorship programme First Year Experience, for commuting students at Mona. Despite her busy schedule, Professor Jackson has found time for public service, inter alia, giving scientific advice to various local and international bodies, including J.Wray & Nephew Ltd and the Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Programme at Barry University in Florida. She has also served as Director of Music at her church, St Stephen’s United, and currently sits on the Board of Governors of her former high school, Hampton School. Professor Jackson is married and has two daughters.
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