Professor Betty MCDONALD, C.M. (Gold), FHEA, Ph.D., MPhil, MEd. (Dist.), Pg. Dip Ed. (Dist.), PBL Dip., mIAEA, mAERA, mEDUCAUSE, Fulbright Fellow, Haggai Institute Fellow, Commonwealth Fellow, Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership, Association of Commonwealth Universities, UNESCO/TTUTA, American Psychological Association and Endeavour Executive Awardee has over five decades of academic experience. She has taught at all levels of the education system: early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary.
As a Visiting Professor, she has travelled to countries like Australia, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Tortola, UK, USA, Zambia to mention a few. She has presented her research findings at national, regional and international workshops and conferences where she has served as Keynote Speaker, Special Speaker and Session Chair.
She has supervised international exchange students and undergraduate capstone projects, locally and internationally. Professor McDonald has to her record over 222 edited publications and presentations, including over 45 academic books. She has developed and delivered several online courses and collaborated with many universities for grant funding, research and co-authoring journal articles.
Her research interests include assessment, teaching and learning, problem-based learning, service learning, professional development, mathematics education, applied statistics, project management, technical and vocational education, blended and online learning.
Her commitment to community enhancement manifests itself in volunteerism locally and internationally, board membership, percussionist, editor, teacher, mentor, counsellor and other leading roles where she serves with much enthusiasm. In recognition for her long and meritorious service to national development in the sphere of Education, Professor McDonald was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal of Merit by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
A recipient of many sports medals like the national marathon (42K), 10 K, 8 K, 5 K, Professor McDonald pursues numerous personal interests including ornithology, golf, scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, music (piano, guitar, flute, violin, recorder, French Horn, pan, percussion), astronomy, dancing, netball (represented Trinity Hall at UWI), table tennis, lawn tennis, squash, badminton, aerobics, athletics, weight training, kick boxing, taebo, taekwando, tai chi, yoga, pilates, mountain climbing, rock climbing, hiking and bridge.
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