A multiple year honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, she is a Fellow of the Organization of American States and of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. Dr. Keane-Dawes earned a Ph.D. (Intercultural Communication) and a Master’s degree in Communication Arts from Howard University.
She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies in Arts and General Studies. She taught at Kentucky State University and received the state’s highest honorary title “Order of Kentucky Colonel” from the Governor for her contribution to education and the Governor’s Scholar’s Program. Later, she served as professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Norfolk State University where she had administrative and policy responsibilities for sixteen Master’s and two doctoral degree programs. While at Norfolk State University, she pioneered the development of the University’s Graduate
School, supported the introduction of three new Master’s programs in Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Criminal Justice, and received presidential commendation for outstanding work done in Graduate Studies.
Dr. Keane-Dawes later served as professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Elizabeth City State University in the University of North Carolina System. Under her leadership, the school received initial accreditation of its music and social work programs.
An international journalist, she is the author of hundreds of indigenous literary essays and other work published by the Daily Gleaner in Jamaica, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, Dr. Keane-Dawes has been honored for her work both in Jamaica and the United States. She received several prestigious communication awards from the Press Association of Jamaica, Hampton Roads Black Media Association in Virginia, as well as a commendation from the United States Information Service/Voice of America. She was honored by the Anacostia Division of the Smithsonian Institution in its Black Mosaic
presentation of outstanding immigrants.
In addition to her news and magazine articles, Dr. Keane-Dawes is the author of three books: Responses of Jamaican and American Deaf Groups to Stigma: A Critical Interpretive Approach, University Press of America (peer-reviewed); Embodying the Post Colonial Life (co-authored with Hall and Rodriguez) Prometheus Press (peer-reviewed), and Narratives from the Yard: Expressions of Indigenous Knowledge IUniverse Press.