Academic Senate

Pursuant to Article 7 of the University of the Bahamas Act, 2016, the academic authority of the University of The Bahamas is vested in the Academic Senate which plays an integral role in the shared governance of the institution. The Senate is responsible for maintaining academic standards and for the regulation and superintendence of the education of UB students. By virtue of the Act, any Ordinance dealing with an academic matter for which the Senate is responsible shall not be made, amended or repealed except after consultation with the Senate.

Senate Authority

The Senate is charged with exercising direct control over academic matters of central importance to the University: determining academic policy, setting conditions for admission and the granting of degrees, authorising and supervising courses and curricula.

  • regulate and ensure the quality of all teaching programmes, courses of study and the conditions under which persons may qualify for degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and awards;
  • recommend to the Board of Trustees the institution of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and awards;
  • regulate and ensure the quality of the admission of persons and categories of persons for the purpose of pursuing programmes or courses of study and regulate and control their continuance;
  • accept courses of study from any other institution or body which possesses the means of affording the proper instruction for such courses as equivalent to such UB programmes or courses of study as the Senate may determine;
  • recommend the awarding of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and other awards to persons who have pursued a course of study approved by the Senate and who have qualified for such granting in terms of requirements prescribed by the Senate;
  • recommend academic distinctions including honourary degrees;
  • determine what formalities and requirements shall attach to the conferment of degrees, diplomas, certificates and other distinctions and awards;
  • regulate the use of academic dress in the University;
  • recommend to the Board of Trustees the institution or acceptance of awards such as fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, studentships, prizes and other aids to study and research;
  • approve recommendations for the operation and development of the University libraries;
  • periodically review the academic organisation and development of the University, with special reference to the effectiveness of the work of the University in relation to its mission, including that of providing at appropriate levels education and training responsive to the well-being and needs of the communities within the Bahamian archipelago;
  • periodically review the duties of all faculty while being cognisant of the role of specialised groups including unions and bargaining units;
  • recommend to the Board of Trustees appropriate provision for the personal development and well-being of the students;
  • regulate the discipline of UB students in accordance with Ordinances to be made by the Board;
  • propose to the Board of Trustees new Statutes or Ordinances concerning academic matters;
  • express an opinion on any matter pertinent to the University and the affairs of the University and make recommendations as a result thereof;
  • exercise all such powers, duties and functions as are or may be conferred on it by the University of the Bahamas Act, 2016, Charter and Statutes, including the power to make enabling policies in the exercise of the powers, duties and functions hereinbefore expressly set out and of all other powers, duties and functions of the Senate;
  • establish its own governing bye-laws in accordance with the provisions of the Act;
  • establish such standing committees of the Senate, chaired by a member of the Senate, with representation from staff, students, faculty and administration; and
  • delegate to any standing committee consisting of members of the Senate, such powers, duties or functions assigned to it under the

Comprising officers elected from staff, faculty, students and administration, the 30-member Senate includes:

  • the President of the University, ex officio;
  • two persons elected by each school of the University;
  • two persons elected by Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning;
  • two persons elected by the Culinary or Hospitality Management Unit or any successor institution or academic unit;
  • two persons elected by each campus outside of New Providence;
  • four persons elected from the faculty (two of whom shall be adjunct or part-time);
  • one person elected from counsellors and librarians;
  • eight UB officers carrying out administrative duties who shall be appointed by the President;
  • four members of staff elected from the body of full-time staff; and
  • four students elected from the body of students.

Members of the Academic Senate

Dr. Faith Butler, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Education, Chair
Dr. Walteria Tucker-Rolle, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Communication & Creative Arts, Vice-Chair
Mr. William Fielding, Staff Representative, Director, Institutional Strengthening, Secretary
Dr. A. Marie Sairsingh, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, English Studies, Assistant Secretary
Dr. Edward Bethel, Staff Representative, Director, UB Open Learning, CELEARN, Parliamentarian
Dr. Antoinette Pinder-Darling, Faculty at Large, Librarian II, Parliamentarian
Dr. Douglas Barkey, Dean, Liberal & Fine Arts
Dr. Susannah Gal, Dean, Pure & Applied Sciences
Dr. Andrew Moxey, Dean of Faculty, UB-North
Mrs. Remelda Moxey, Dean, Business & Hospitality Tourism Studies
Dr. Vikneswaran Nair, Dean, Graduate Studies & Research
Dr. Thalia Micklewhite, Dean, Social & Educational Studies
Dr. Maria Oriakhi, Vice-President, Academic Affairs
Dr. Berthamae Walker, UB Librarian
Dr. Nicolette Bethel, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
Dr. Terry Campbell, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Nursing & Allied Health Professions
Mrs. Jacklyn Chisholm-Lightbourne, Faculty at Large, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Environmental & Life Sciences
Dr. Paul Jones, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Communication & Creative Arts
Dr. Christine Kozikowski, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, English Studies
Dr. Ruth Gardiner, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Business & Hospitality Management
Dr. Ingrid Gibson-Mobley, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Nursing & Allied Health Professions
Ms. Sabrina Glinton-Eizenga, Adjunct Faculty Representative, Communication & Creative Arts
Dr. Dion Hepburn, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Environmental & Life Sciences
Dr. Tanya Lloyd-Hepburn, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Physics & Technology
Mr. Devain Maycock, Faculty Representative, Instructor, Culinary Arts & Tourism Studies
Mrs. Christina Moseley-Rolle, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Culinary Arts & Tourism Studies
Dr. Andre Neely, Faculty Representative, Associate Professor, Education
Dr. Yvette Pintard-Newry, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Ms. Bernadette Robins, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Business & Hospitality Management
Ms. Gladys Sawyer, Faculty Representative UB North, Counselor II
Mr. Deon Stewart, Adjunct Faculty Representative, Chemistry, Environmental & Life Sciences
Mrs. Joyanne Thompson, Faculty Representative, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Environmental & Life Sciences
Dr. Lorraine Bastian-Jones, Staff Representative, Director, Personal & Professional Development, CELEARN
Ms. Charliese Bevans, Staff Representative, Assistant Director, Human Resources
Ms. Mosetta Ferguson, Staff Representative, Administrative Assistant III, Student Affairs
Ms. Monique Huyler, Staff Representative, Administrative Assistant III, Business & Hospitality Tourism Studies
Ms. Leterah Munnings, UB North Staff Representative, Assistant Director, CELEARN
Ms. Gyllian Cooper, Student Representative
Ms. Sonovia Murray, Student Representative
Mr. Timothy Newbold, Student Representative
Ms. Kendira Seymour, Student Representative
Vacant, Faculty Representative, Mathematics, Physics & Technology
Vacant, Counsellor/Librarian Faculty Representative

List correct as of: 9 September 2021