Prof. Pierre Gomez is a Professor of Comparative Literature and the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) for Academic matters at the University of The Gambia.
A seasoned Gambian academic, Prof. Gomez is highly acclaimed for his depth of knowledge coupled with his passion and commitment towards the advancement of the University into a modern center of excellence in teaching, learning and research.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic, Prof. Gomez was the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for ten (10) years. He has received the “Best Dean of the Year Award” on three consecutive occasions for his tireless efforts in mentoring and offering career guidance to students and young academics across the University and beyond.
When the Covid-19 pandemic stroke, he was chosen to serve as Chairman of the Task Force that was charged with the responsibility of overseeing the delivery of online lectures; the first of its kind in the annals of the University.
Professor Pierre Gomez obtained his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and French at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar in 1998. From there, he proceeded to the University of Besançon (France) for his Advanced Diploma in Education (Distinction) and then University of Limoges (France) for his Master of Arts (Distinction), Master of Philosophy (Distinction) and PhD (Distinction) in Comparative Literature (1999 – 2005). He did part of his doctoral research at Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone) and SOAS (University of London, UK).
He has served on several occasions as visiting lecturer to different universities such as Limoges (France), Linnaeus (Sweden), St Mary’s College of Maryland (USA) and Gaston Berger of St Louis (Senegal). He did a study tour in some Scandinavian universities: Finland (Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of Turku, Finland University, Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center), Norway (Institute for Public Health, NORHED -The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development) and Sweden (Malmö University, Lund University, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Stockholm University, SIDA – Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Uppsala University, The Nordic Africa Institute).
In 2018, he received training in Higher Education Management at Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, China and later proceeded to Limoges University (France) for a fellowship in the same area.
Professor Gomez is a prolific writer. He has written several peer reviewed books and articles in international academic journals. These include Nation et nationalisme dans la littérature gambienne (Harmattan Publishers, Paris, September 2013, 214 pages, ISBN : 978-2-336-30440-3, http://www.editions-harmattan.fr), The Long Road to Democracy in The Gambia (Fulladu Publishers, The Gambia, 2016, 83p), A Geocritical Representation of Banjul (Bathurst) and The Emergence of Sierra Leonean Literature.
He has been invited to several international conferences, among which are, Le génocide des Tutsi au Rwanda en 1994, Consultative Forum on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: The Role of Research and Academic Institutions in Harnessing the Potential of Agendas 2030 and 2063, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, The Use of National Languages in Gambian Literature: When The Monkey Talks and Dabbali Gi, 39th Annual Conference of the African Literature Association (South Carolina – USA).