Hello, my name is Paul Balwant. I am a researcher and lecturer at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. I have a passion for scientific research and evidence-based management. This site showcases my research and educational philosophy. I am interested in conducting research on leadership, engagement, absenteeism, and counterproductive work behaviours. You are welcome to have a look at my work. You can also click here to read my CV.
Dr. Balwant is one of, if not the best lecturer I have had during my undergraduate years. Never have I met a lecturer so intent on being progressive and dynamic in his teaching, nor have I met someone who is as determined as Dr. Balwant to ensure that his students receive the best academic resources and education that can be provided. His willingness to help and be accommodating are qualities that are so rare to find in lecturers. He is humble, creative, fun and dedicated, things which I and my peers have admired about him. In fact, I hold him with high regard, as I see him as a one-of-a-kind lecturer. Dr. Balwant does not teach at you, but he encourages you to think and learn, read and understand, do and discover. There is no ‘dumb’ student to him, just a potential leader that could he could aid in development. I am grateful to have been taught by Dr. Balwant, as his courses were an experience I would not soon forget.
Dr. Balwant is undeniably the most influential lecturer I have had the pleasure of being taught by. His creative teaching methods are most effective in translating the most complex ideas into comprehensive curriculums. Paul, as he is commonly referred to, can easily be described as an inspiring and sensational mentor that goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that his students achieve their optimum potential. His engaging and compelling presentation skills have taught students, such as myself, by example the most effective way to communicate and deliver a presentation. An important aspect of Paul’s character is that he is both humble and approachable. It creates a comfortable environment for me to ask questions or participate in the frequent and enlightening class discussions that I enjoy in his classes. In education, a few crucial elements in assisting students to achieve their maximum potential is to be able to inspire and relate to them. Paul is, uncontestably, the ideal embodiment of such a lecturer that I aspire to become as an academic professional one day.
Dr Balwant is an exceptional mentor, providing opportunities for my personal and professional growth. As an academic mentor, being a co-supervisor on my advisory committee during my PhD course of study, he was always willing to facilitate meetings, provide constructive feedback, and offer motivational support throughout the process. For instance, he has been instrumental in ensuring that I have been consistently engaged in academic research, provided opportunities to present at seminars, and working towards publishing our work. As a workplace mentor and subject matter expert in the areas of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, Dr Balwant continues to provide advice on innovative teaching methods, and student engagement initiatives. An immense amount of credit goes to Dr Balwant for helping me succeed in my academic pursuits.