Dr. Thalia V. Micklewhite Appointed Dean of Social and Educational Studies
12th August 2021
University of The Bahamas (UB) is pleased to announce the appointment of veteran educator Dr. Thalia V. Micklewhite as Dean of Social and Educational Studies effective 1st August 2021.
In this new role, Dr. Micklewhite is responsible for facilitating the delivery of academic programmes, including the development of new programmes, and the systematic review, assessment, and evaluation of existing ones; leading and encouraging efforts toward proposal/grant writing; and being actively engaged in fundraising in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Advancement. She will also provide leadership and management for the Faculty Board, and approve programmes, courses, and general proposals for submission to the AcademicSenate and other Boards as necessary. Managing the academic, operational and human resourcesof the Faculty of Social and Educational Studies; advancing the quality of undergraduate and graduate instruction, and supporting and sustaining faculty research activities are other critical matters under her portfolio.
Dr. Micklewhite earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University. She also earned a secondary teacher certification through the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Joint Board of Teacher Education; a Master of Arts in Education from the University of North Alabama; and later, a Ph.D. in Education (major – Curriculum & Instruction, Area Emphasis: Science Education & Learning Technologies) from New Mexico State University in 2013.
She has extensive experience in the field of education, starting as a secondary science teacher in the public school system. She has served as the Head of Science Departments in three high schools—two in New Providence and one on the island of Exuma. Her leadership positions at the former College of The Bahamas and now University of The Bahamas have included Head of the Secondary Department; Temporary Field Placement Officer; Professor in Residence at the T. G. Glover Professional Development and Research School; and most recently, her elected role as Chair of the School of Education (2016-2020).
Dr. Micklewhite has served on a number of university-wide committees/boards including Health & Safety; Graduation Awards; Baccalaureate Service; Library; Appointments; Promotion and Disciplinary Boards. Additionally, she has served in critical capacities and provided support to the Ministry of Education (MOE) in the areas of curriculum development as well as marking and vetting the national BGCSE Combined Science examinations, and served on a number of MOE committees including the annual Good Practice Award and evaluation of Principals and Administrators.
Dr. Micklewhite has presented at numerous conferences both locally and abroad, including the University of The Bahamas Education Research Conference; the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Conference in the United States; and the UWI, Barbados Education conferences where she continues her research and service in the field of science education.
She is also the co-founder of the Bahamas Association of Science Educators (BASE), a legal non-profit organization in The Bahamas whose mission is to provide a collaborative forum for the promotion of exemplary science education via education and research; offer collegiality and support for science educators; and recognize outstanding science educators in The Bahamas.
Her voluntary work includes serving as a lay minister and assistant director in the women’s ministries of her church assembly. She enjoys watching scientific-based programmes and world news, gardening, baking, sewing, and singing. She is married to Aulrick Micklewhite and the couple has two children: a son and a daughter.
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