facultyUAB Career & Professional Development exists to engage students in the career development process of exploring career options, gaining experience in a chosen field, preparing for the job search, and succeeding in their career goals. We provide career management for all students from undergraduates to graduates to postdoctoral trainees to alumnae.

The mutual goal of both Career & Professional Development and the UAB faculty is student success. By working together, we can ensure the students receive "the best possible preparation for productive and meaningful careers and lives that benefit society."

Each of us across UAB is needed to help educate students on the realities of the work world, from the time they arrive at UAB. Let’s work to help students integrate experiences and develop career stories into a compelling reason they are the best candidate for the position being sought. Please assist us by informing students of the important activities offered by UAB Career Services and by encouraging their participation in our programs.

So, how do we collaborate to ensure students gain these skills and understand how to articulate them to potential employers / graduate schools?

Please feel free to use us as a resource, and let us know how we can be of service to you. Contact Melissa Whatley, UAB Career and Professional Development's Interim Director, at 205.934.4324 or mwhatley@uab.edu

UAB News

  • Collat School of Business dean to be honored at A.G. Gaston Conference
    Jack recognized for innovation in business and education in memory of Birmingham’s A.G. Gaston.

    Eric Jack, Ph.D., dean of UAB’s Collat School of Business, will receive an award during a conference honoring the memory of a revered Birmingham businessman and civil rights activist.

    Each year, the A.G. Gaston Conference recognizes members of the community who embody characteristics of the late Gaston.

    During the 2016 A.G. Gaston Conference, organizers will present awards to Jack and to Perry Ward, Ph.D., president of Lawson State Community College. In honoring two educators, this year’s conference celebrates the memory of Gaston and his passionate support of education and the role it plays in allowing people to advance in business and society.

    Dean Jack will be recognized for his innovative approach to including members from different industries, such as the medical community, into UAB’s business programs.

    Students from the Collat School of Business will also play a role in the conference through the unveiling of their study focused on making Birmingham attractive to millennial entrepreneurs. 

    The awards will be presented during the A.G. Gaston Legacy Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.aggastonconference.com.

  • UAB Psychology professor given early career award
    Faculty member honored for significant contributions to the field.

    Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the Routh Early Career Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology.

    This national award recognizes an early career member of the society who has made significant contributions to the field of pediatric psychology in research, clinical training and service.

    Stavrinos, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Psychology, studies distracted driving, with particular attention to at-risk populations.

    She serves as the director of the Translational Research for Injury Prevention, or TRIP, laboratory. The focus of the lab’s research is the prevention and control of unintentional injuries that result from motor vehicle crashes.

    The TRIP lab offers students at various levels of training, from high school to postdoctoral, and from various disciplines the opportunity to conduct high-quality behavioral research. Since its establishment in 2009, nearly 100 students have been trained under Stavrinos’ mentorship.

    The award will be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s annual conference in April.

  • Gibbons Hallman to lead state Emergency Nurses Association
    A four-time graduate of UAB School of Nursing, Melanie Gibbons Hallman will serve a two-year term as president of the Emergency Nurses Association.

    After serving as president-elect of the Alabama State Council of the Emergency Nurses Association for two years, UAB School of Nursing instructor Melanie Gibbons Hallman, DNP, recently began serving a two-year term as the organization’s president.

    Hallman, who has provided pre-hospital and emergency services for more than 35 years, has been an active leader within the Emergency Nurses Association since 1988, serving in multiple leadership positions at the state and local levels and as a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

    She has served as a delegate from Alabama to the National ENA General Assembly for 12 years and was selected to make a podium presentation to the Scientific Assembly at the 2014 ENA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, where she spoke on the topic of positive versus adverse effects of herbal supplements in health care.

    Hallman also currently serves as an appointed member of the City of Birmingham Mayor’s EMS Advisory Committee and was recently selected as an item writer for the newly developed Trauma Certified Registered Nurse examination offered by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

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