Dr. Veronica Simon has been an educator for the past 40 years. She currently serves as Deputy Director (Ag.) for the UWI Open Campus Sites (OCCS) from 2019, with reponsibility for (i) student matters throughout the Campus Sites and (ii) HR matters in the UWI-14. Her substantive position is that of Head of the Open Campus Saint Lucia Site, a position which she held from 2007. Her duties as Head of Site include serving as The UWI's in-country representative, public service, outreach and Continuing and professional Education programming.
Dr. Simon is a graduate of The UWI (BA, Dip Ed., M.Phil) and Sheffield University (PhD). Her professional experience includes the teaching of English Language and Literature at the Secondary (Trinidad & Tobago) and tertiary levels and the training of teachers in the Methodology of Language Arts (Saint Lucia and the OECS). She served the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Saint Lucia for 18 years as a lecturer and also headed the Department of Continuing Education at that institution prior to joining The UWI. She has tutored distance education students in English for Academic Purposes and was a Course Developer and Course Coordinator in the Open Campus' Masters in Continuing Education programme.
Having specialized in development and implementation of Language and Literature curriculum, she spent several years as a consultant to several regional organizations; including the Caribbean Examinations Council (Syllabus Developer & Chief Examiner for CAPE Communication Studies, Writer of Distance Education Modules for private candidates); the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (Harmonized Curriculum development, Curriculum Piloting, Textbook review); CARICOM/OAS/CIDA (Project on Achievement Norms (Pilot Testing and Training Workshops for regional Education Ministry officials) and the UWI/TLIU/EDF Programme ( Secondary Teacher Certification Project). She has also served as consultant to the US Peace Corps (Saint Lucia) in Communication, Language and Cultural Training for Peace Corps volunteers through Model School programmes.
As a curriculum specialist, Dr. Simon has designed learning materials for all age groups from primary to tertiary. She has co-published two editions of a CXC textbook entitled "Curriculum Studies for CAPE Examinations" (Macmillan), Stepping Stones Anthologies and Workbooks (Pearson) and edited two Treasure House Anthologies (Macmillan) aimed at improving reading skills in young readers. Her unpublished research/conference papers focus on Curriculum Harmonization, Curriculum Implementation and Universal Secondary Education Systems.
Dr. Simon has served on several UWI Committees, including Open Campus Council, Academic Quality Assurance Council, Academic Board, University Senate, Vice Chancellor's Zika and COVID-19 Task Forces. Over the years, she has provided community service to her native country of Saint Lucia in several capacities, including immediate past Chair of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) National Steering Committee; Member of the Saint Lucia Medical Schools Monitoring and Accreditation Committee; Member of the Nobel Laureate Committee; Chair of the Saint Lucia Teachers' Credit Union Education & Training Committee; Secretary of the National Heroes Commission, Member of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council; Member of the Saint Lucia National Trust and Advisor to the Early Childhood Education Unit of the Ministry of Education. She also currently sits on the USAID/OECS Regional Advisory Group for the OECS Early Learners Programme. Dr. Simon Professor was appointed to the UWI COVID-19 Task Force in February 2020.