UWI’s Dr Richard Robertson and Dr Paul Brown Promoted to Professors

Regional Headquarters, Jamaica. 03 July 2017 –– The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the promotion of two senior lecturers to the rank of professor, with effect from May 31, 2017. These newly appointed professors are:

  • Dr Richard Robertson, Director, The UWI Seismic Research Centre, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dr Paul Brown, Senior Lecturer, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Biochemistry Section, Mona, Jamaica

Promotion to Professor—the highest academic rank at the institution—is only made after a rigorous assessment process. It involves consultation with the Dean of the applicants and the Faculty Assessment Committees as well as endorsements from external assessors who review the candidates’ original works.

The careful scrutiny and subsequent promotion of these individuals, signifies The UWI’s continued advancement of knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, intellectual leadership and outreach. This process is crucial to maintaining The University’s established tradition of excellence and contribution to the development of region.

About The Newly Appointed Professors

Dr Richard Robertson
Dr Richard Robertson is Director of the Seismic Research Centre (SRC), at The UWI St Augustine Campus, a post he has held since 2008 with the exception of two years as Senior Research Fellow from 2011-2013. Prior to his appointment as Director, Dr Robertson also served as Head of the Unit from 2004-2008. Since 1993 he has conducted numerous lectures for government officials, special interest groups, schools, civil society, media and the general public regionally and internationally. He currently supervises four postgraduate students and two post-doctoral researchers.

Geology/Volcanology is Dr Robertson’s general area of academic specialisation. His published works include one book which he co-authored, five book chapters and several journal manuscripts, research papers and over 100 other publications. Among his recent awards and accomplishments are, the 2014 Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence in the field of Science & Technology; he also led the SRC’s application for The UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Departmental Award for Excellence which was awarded to the Centre in 2013.

Outside his academic endeavours, Dr Robertson has served on numerous national and international committees and undertook consultancies across the region and is a member of Geological Societies in Trinidad and Tobago, North America and Europe.

Dr Paul D. Brown
Dr Paul D. Brown lectures Microbiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Faculties of Science and Technology and Medical Sciences at The UWI, Mona Campus. He has supervised several postgraduate students, and currently has three PhD students and one MPhil student under his guidance. His areas of specialisation include basic sciences and molecular microbiology, in particular, leptospirosis and antimicrobial resistance. His published works include authorship of numerous chapters in books and encyclopaedia, peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports, conference and scientific papers and abstracts. He has earned over 319, 500 USD in research grants from 2001 to 2015 and in 2012, was twice the recipient of The UWI Mona Campus Principal’s Research Award for Best Research Publication (Article) in the Faculty of Medical Sciences for 2012 and 2015.

In addition to his many academic accomplishments, Dr Brown provides considerable public service and is a member of several regional and international health societies and committees. In particular, he is the Country Ambassador to Jamaica for the American Society for Microbiology and Vice-Chair of the Council on Microbial Sciences, and a Council member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. While serving as ad hoc reviewer for international journals, he also acts as Associate Editor and Review Editor for Frontiers, an international open-access academic publisher in the Medicine, Microbiology and Public Health and the Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy journals.