The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, will pay tribute to Dr Victor Chang on Tuesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on the occasion of his retirement from the UWI, Jamaica’s Gleaner reports. Dr Chang retires as senior lecturer after having taught in the department for 32 years.
A much-loved and highly respected teacher, Dr Chang was known in the department and throughout the university for his kindness and devotion to students, and for the efficiency and competence he brought to the many and varied administrative roles which he performed at the university.
A rare academic who was always willing to undertake administrative duties in addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr Chang served in a number of administrative posts, including head, department of literatures in English, 1991-1997 and deputy dean, 1995-2002. He also served on countless committees during his tenure, and at various periods sat on high-level bodies within the university, such as the university council, campus council, senate, academic board, and finance and general purposes committee.
Dr Chang has made an important contribution to the body of scholarly work on West Indian literature, having published a number of essays, articles and book chapters on the subject. He was a major force behind the continued publication of the highly regarded Journal of West Indian Literature, the primary outlet for academics writing on Caribbean literature.
The Department of Literatures in English invites friends, former and current students and colleagues to join them in paying tribute to Dr Chang and recognising his unstinting service to the UWI and his contribution to the study of West Indian literature.
For the original announcement go to http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20101017/arts/arts4.html