Profile of the Director:
The Open Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dr. Denise Gaspard-Richards as Director of Academic Programming and Delivery.
Dr. Denise Gaspard-Richards
Dr. Denise Gaspard-Richards is an educator with over twenty years’ experience, having worked in capacities that span teaching in the face to face mode at the Montserrat Technical College and the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus and later online when she served the former UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) as a Course Developer and Course Coordinator. Dr. Gaspard-Richards has also served at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) in the capacity of Head-Institutional Research and Strategic Planning.
After successfully completing a BSc in Social Sciences (1988) and a MSc in Sociology/Demography (1995), Dr. Gaspard-Richards pursued a Doctorate in Social Policy in 2008 at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. During those years, she served in other teaching capacities on a part-time basis, until eventually joining the former UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC) in February 2008 as a full-time member of staff in the role of Programme Coordinator.
Since the formation of the Open Campus, Dr Gaspard-Richards has served as part of a team that led the design, development and delivery of online and distance education undergraduate programmes and courses. In 2011 she was appointed as the Head of the Course Development Department in the Academic Programming and Delivery Division (APAD), where she managed staff and, spearheaded course design and development. She is a lifelong learner who has also successfully completed professional certification in online and distance education and leadership in online learning.
In addition to the knowledge and experience she has gained from her roles over time, she has presented at international conferences on topics that seamlessly blend her experience in higher education with her knowledge and passion for Sociology and the social impact on academic development. Dr. Gaspard-Richards is a strong advocate for education for all and empowering individuals to positively enhance their lives. She is passionate about further advances in the development and delivery of higher education products and services to meet the needs of the stakeholders served by the Open Campus.