STT = St. Thomas Campus,
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
STX = Albert A. Sheen Campus,
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
STJ = St. John Academic Center,
St. John, US Virgin Islands
Camille A. McKayle, Ph.D. has been Interim Provost at the University of the Virgin Islands since July, 2012. She had previously served as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.
Dr. McKayle has a deep commitment to quality education. She has served as principal investigator and project director for various grant projects at the university that aimed to strengthen the quality of the preparation in science and mathematics for students at UVI, as well as students in K-12 Virgin Islands schools. The overall goal of those efforts was increasing the number of students that became and remained interested in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and ultimately choose to enter into the STEM workforce. She currently serves as principal investigator on the University’s HBCU-Undergraduate Programs (HBCU-UP) grant project, and STEM Teach VI, a Noyce Capacity Building Project, a Partnership for International Research and Education project partnered with the University of South Florida, an Alliance for Graduate Education to the Professoriate partnership with University of Florida, all funded by the National Science Foundation.
From 2005 - 2008, Dr. McKayle was on loan to the National Science Foundation, where she was the Program Officer for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program, a $30 million program in the Division of Human Resource Development, in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources. Other involvement at the national level include previous service on the Board of Directors for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Chair for the MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics, and member on the Human Resources Advisory Council for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley. She is also a mentor for young mathematics faculty through Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) funded by the MAA and Exxon. She was a Project NExT fellow in 1993.
Camille was born in Jamaica, and had her primary schooling through part of high school there. After finishing high school in New York, Dr. McKayle received her B.S. in Mathematics from Bates College, and M.S. and Ph.D., also in Mathematics, from Lehigh University. She has been at the University of Virgin Islands since 1996, where she is currently Interim Provost and Professor of Mathematics. Her current research is in the area of mathematical applications in Biology, though she is also interested in research in the area of STEM education.
Dr. McKayle is deeply committed to increasing interest in and appreciation of mathematics and the sciences, and hopes to encourage more students to excel in those fields. Though she had always had an interest in mathematics, she had not seriously considered it as a major until her sophomore year in college. It was much later in her career that she recognized the rarity of her professional choice for African American women, when she attended a talk given on the state of the mathematics profession. The presenter noted that in 1993 there was only one Ph.D. awarded to an African American female. Based on the data presented, that would have been Dr. McKayle. This has not changed much as, over the years 2001 – 2010, the total number of African American women receiving Ph.D.s in mathematics is 74, with the highest number (16) being awarded in 2009, and the lowest (1) awarded in 2004.
Her love of mathematics, and her commitment to the community, has led to Dr. McKayle’s involvement in a variety of outreach activities aimed at increasing interest in science and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 12. Over the years, these activities include GEMS (Girls Exploring Math Stuff) for 6th grade girls, MathLab for students in third through seventh grade, Science Awareness Saturday Academies and Summer Science Enrichments Academies. Through these activities, she tries to relay her love and enjoyment of mathematics to elementary, middle, and high school students. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Virgin Islands Montessori School and International Academy, and is a key contributor to the development of the middle and high school program.