Professor Joy Constance Kwesiga is the Vice Chancellor of Kabale University. She is a Professor of Gender Studies. She is an experienced academic, university administrator, social development analyst with special focus on gender and education. Joy Kwesiga’s expertise cuts across areas of academic, managerial, and advocacy work in Uganda and internationally.
Professor Kwesiga previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Head of Women & Gender Studies Department, Deputy Academic Registrar, and Founding Head of the Gender Mainstreaming Division – all at Makerere University, Uganda. She has supervised students both at Masters and Ph.D levels. She has served and continues to serve as a reviewer for several national and international journals. She continues to serve as External Examiner within the East African region.
She has widely researched into the Ugandan society, both at professional and consultancy levels – for different national and international organizations. In particular, her involvement in both academic and activist work has widened her scope and exposure into the different areas of development, both at the local, national, African and international levels. Her publications demonstrate special interest in issues of equity and inclusion.
Professor Kwesiga is a member of many academic associations and is active in the Uganda Women’s Movement. She has previously served on various Boards of National and International bodies such as the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Current service includes membership to the Board of Forum for African Women Educationalists.
Professor Kwesiga has won awards – all relating to promotion of girls’ education, empowerment of women and service to the community.
Under her leadership as Vice Chancellor, Kabale University was able to attain an Operational Licence and subsequently, a Charter, in its initial status as a Private University. The most recent achievement is the transformation of Kabale University from private to public status – thus becoming one of the Nine Public Universities in Uganda.