Instructor Directory


Jordan R. Bauer

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M/W 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.; and by appointment
Jordan R. Bauer studies the social, political, environmental, and urban/suburban history of modern America. She has taught courses on race, gender, and class, US history, and western civilization. She received an MA in history from UAB and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Houston with a minor in world history.

Michael A. Flannery
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Mike Flannery is Professor and Associate Director for Historical Collections at Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. He holds an MLS from the University of Kentucky and an MA in history from California State University at Dominguez Hills. The author of eight books and numerous peer reviewed articles, his career has focused on the history of medicine and science. He has served as an adjunct instructor for the history department since arriving at UAB from Cincinnati in 1999.

Samuel D. Davis
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Samuel D. "Yana" Davis received an MA in History from UAB in May 2012. He earned a BA in English from UAB in 1976 and was one of the first editors of Kaleidoscope in the early1970s. Following a career in public relations, journalism, and arts radio at various NPR member stations, he returned to Birmingham in 2008 determined to pursue his longtime dream of teaching at the college level. He now works as a part-time instructor in History for UAB and for Jefferson State Community College, and is working on an expanded version of his MA thesis for possible publication by University of Alabama Press.

Staci S. Glover
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Beth Hunter
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M/W 9:30-10 a.m.; and by appointment
Susan E. (Beth) Hunter is a Credentialed Course Instructor. A life-long Blazer, she received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Beth has serves as an adjunct professor in the undergraduate program since 2012.

Kaye C. Nail
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Office Hours: M/W 8:30-9:30 a.m.; and by appointment
Kaye Cochran Nail received her History BA and MA from UAB, graduating with academic distinction. Her research interests include Birmingham Jewish women, peace movements, conscientious objectors, Southern social reform, and the 1970s in America. As a credentialed course instructor, she teaches survey classes on US History, World History, and Western Civilization.

Linda H. Smith
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Office Hours: M/W/F 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; and by appointment
Linda H. Smith received her Masters degree in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995, and has been teaching in the history department since 1996. She teaches both American history and Western Civilization survey courses.

Karen R. Utz
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Office Hours: T/Th 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Karen Utz is the Curator and Historian of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham. She has served on various committees including the Southeastern Museum Conference, Society for the History of Technology, Alabama Museum Association, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation (Roads Scholar). Her publications include Work, Family, Faith: Women of the Twentieth Century South and Iron & Steel: A Guide to Birmingham Area Industrial Heritage Sites. Utz has served as an adjunct instructor since 1995.