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Senior Academic Management Appointments-Dec 2019, UTech, Jamaica January 30, 2020

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University Of Technology, Jamaica


In my capacity as University Registrar/Secretary to Council, I am pleased to announce the following appointments made by the University Appointments and Promotions Committee (UAPC) at its meeting held on November 26, 2019  and December 2, 2019 respectively, and noted by the Council at its meeting held on December 9, 2019.



Dr. Garfield Young

Dr. Garfield Young, Associate Professor, has been reappointed Dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment for a second term effective October 1, 2019 to September 29, 2023.  Dr. Young’s relationship with the Faculty spans over two decades. He has held many positions of responsibility over the years, including Faculty Examination Coordinator, Practicum Coordinator, and Chairperson for the Faculty Quality Assurance Committee.  In 2004 he was the recipient of the President’s Award for Instructional Excellence. Since 2011 he has served as Programme Director for the Division of Land Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences in the School of Building and Land Management.


Dr. Young was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nottingham and is the holder of a Master of Engineering Science degree from the University of New South Wales.  He has presented at international conferences and published in professional journals.






Dr. Kamilah Hylton

Dr. Hylton, Associate Professor, has been reappointed Dean of the Faculty of Science & Sport for a second term effective October 1, 2019 to September 29, 2023.   Dr. Hylton previously served as the Head of the School of Natural and Applied Science.  She has served as chair of a number of committees (including the Research Conference Committees), Divisional Head of the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences as well as the Centre for Science-Based Research, Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies.


Dr. Hylton’s  PhD in Environmental Science involved research on the analysis of trace pollutants such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides and metals in water using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and spectrophotometry for detection. She previously worked as an intern in the Research and Development department at Ethicon Inc., where she did exploratory work on drug release from sutures such as PDS II®, Monocryl ®and Vicryl®.


Dr Hylton has presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.  Her research skills include high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS).  She was a   Fulbright-OAS Ecology Awardee in 2003-2005, and served as an Executive Member of the NJIT’s Sigma Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda.


Dean, College of Business and Management


Dr. Andrea Sutherland


Dr. Andrea Sutherland, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Business and Management has been appointed Dean of the College of Business and Management with effect from January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2023.


Dr. Andrea Sutherland received her Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and Master of Business Administration (Marketing) and Master of Nursing Administration from the Barry University in Florida. Prior to joining the University she was a lecturer at the Manchester Business School Worldwide MBA and the Jamaica Stock Exchange E-Campus Post Graduate Programme. She is also an E-Tutor with the University of the West Indies (Open Campus).


Her research interests include emerging economies after the financial crisis and Risk Management in emerging economies. She is presently a reviewer of Annual Conference Submissions Financial Management Association International.  She is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, Financial Management Association International, Professional Risk Managers International Association, (PRMIA) and North American Case Research Association (NACRA). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the UHWI Private Wing.


The University community congratulates Dr Sutherland on her appointment and extends to her its full support.





Professor Shermaine Barrett

Professor Shermaine A. Barrett has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies for one term effective January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023. She holds a PhD in Work and Human Resource Education (Major: Adult Education) from the University of Minnesota, USA and a Masters in Adult Education from the Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada.


Over her seventeen years at the University of Technology, Jamaica Professor Barrett has taught a number of modules at both the graduate and undergraduate levels including but not limited to Curriculum Planning and Development, Foundation of Education, Educational Administration, Adult Education, Corporate Training and Development, Contemporary Education, and Qualitative Research. She has written over 10 modules for face-to-face and online delivery. She was one of 3 persons who developed the Masters in Educational Leadership and Management which paved the way for the PhD in the same area.


As an invited speaker both locally and internationally and special guest on several radio interviews and webinars, she has shared her in-depth knowledge and expert opinion on the topic of adults as learners.  She has also been invited to participate in several international fora in various regions of the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Professor Barrett is currently the President of the Jamaican Council for Adult Education (JACAE), and Vice President – Caribbean, for the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).  She is the named Jamaica representative for the World Maker Education Alliance (WMEA) based in China; UTech, Jamaica Representative on the Technical Committee of the HEART Trust NTA; Member, University Council of Jamaica Generic Academic Standards Committee and has served as Chair, Industry Lead Group for NVQ Level 5 & 6 in TVET Training Instructional Design and Development.






Dr. Andrew Lamm

The University Appointments and Promotions Committee has approved the reappointment of Dr Andrew Lamm Associate Professor, as Vice Dean in the Faculty of Science and Sport for a period of three (3) years effective January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.


Dr Lamm is currently the Head of the Centre for Science Based Research, Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies; an Associate Professor in Faculty of Science and Sport; and also the Project Manager for the Natural Projects Research Laboratory (NPRL).


Dr Lamm research includes various publications; the President’s Research Imitative Award; and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Scientist Award.  His entrepreneurial endeavours include the conceptualization, creation and management of the NPRL which was funded by the award of local and international grants. Dr Lamm serves the University Community through his participation in a number of Committees and is involved in the development of the “UTech Graduate Dissertation Manual” by the School of Graduate studies, Research and Entrepreneurship (SGSRE).


Dr Lamm is a member of the Caribbean Research & Innovation Management Association (CabRIMA), Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN), American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP).



VICE DEAN, Joint Colleges of Medicine , Oral Health and Veterinary Sciences


Deon A. Bennett


Dr. Deon Bennett Associate Professor has been appointed as Vice Dean, Joint College of Medicine, Oral Health and Veterinary Sciences. The appointment is a for a period of three (3) years effective January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2022.


Dr Deon Bennett’s joined the University in 2003 and is a Medical Doctor with 10 years’ experience in patient care that holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida and MBBS from and MPhil in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies.


Dr Deon Barrett is an Associate Professor at the graduate and undergraduate level contributing in and spearheading a number of curriculum and research related projects within the Faculty of Science and Sport. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research at local and international conferences. She is also actively involved in graduate and undergraduate research.


She was appointed as an examiner by graduate studies at UTech, Jamaica and has served in several leadership and administrative capacities on and off Campus. These include: programme Director for Integrated Health Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Sport, sessional Medical Doctor at the University’s Medical Centre and Andrews Memorial Hospital since 2012, on College boards and University and Faculty committees within UTech and at the Caribbean School of Medical Science, Jamaica (CSMSJ). She also serves as a PRO Officer in her community.


Dr Bennett has professional membership with the Medical Association of Jamaica  and the Society  for Scientific Advancement. She has volunteered her service as a medical doctor at several major events for several institutions over the last ten years.





Dr. Sean Thorpe


Dr. Sean Thorpe, Associate Professor, has been reappointed as Head of School, School of Computing & Information Technology, Faculty of Engineering & Computing for a second term effective January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2022.

Dr. Thorpe has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Jamaica and a MSc. in Information Security from the University of Westminster, London.  He is an Associate Professor and has been employed to the University since 2003.

A Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2009, he was the 2014 recipient of the university’s President’s Research Initiative Award. He has served as Director of Graduate Studies in the School and has served on a number of committees, presented papers at numerous conferences and workshops, and has participated on public panel discussions. He is a member of the Technology and Applications Development and Research Unit in the Faculty. He has ten years industry experience in Systems Analysis and is presently one of the lead investigators for a research grant to the University valued at $300, 000 Canadian Dollars.

He is the current President of the Jamaica Computer Society and had multiple publications   (Conference papers, Peer reviewed Journals) in his areas of specialization.

He is keen on voluntarism and is a member of associations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).




Ms. Sophia McIntosh

Ms Sophia McIntosh has been reappointed as Western Campus Coordinator effective January 01, 2020 to December 31, 2022.

Ms McIntosh holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies. She Joined the University in 2012 and is presently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at the Edinburg Napier University. She is the current Campus Coordinator for the Western Campus.

With over 18 years of experience in Education Leadership, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Banking and Finance, Sophia McIntosh is an expert in business process management.  She has held key positions in Education, including Programme Director, School of Business Administration, UTech, Ja. and Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee at the Montego Bay Community College. During her tenure as Programme Director at UTech, Jamaica Western Campus, she has increased enrolment for the school during the period 2015-2016, stabilized the academic staffing for the programme and implemented and streamlined quality assurance systems.

She also worked at COK Sodality Cooperative Credit Union as Regional Marketing Officer where she utilized her marketing expertise in relationship–building and represented the company in different fora at the highest level. Her special skills include Strategy Development and Implementation, Marketing and Promotion as well as Financial Analysis. She is affiliated with the Western Knights Toastmasters Club, Kiwanis Club of Providence and the St. Paul’s United Church.

The University community congratulates the abovementioned persons on their appointments in the respective Faculties and extends to them its full support.


Mrs. Mercedes Deane
University Registrar /Secretary to Council & Academic Board
December 24, 2019

– Info sourced from 2 posts on the UTech, Jamaica Broadcaster

Alumni Relations Office
University of Technology, Jamaica


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