Dean's Message

dean robert palazzo

As we complete another semester, I am proud of the community we have built in the College of Arts and Sciences. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students—and thanks to your support— we have been able to meet and exceed many of the goals we had set for ourselves when we began our comprehensive strategic planning process in 2013. Here are some of our many accomplishments in just a few short years:

 

Faculty and Leadership

  • 87 new faculty hired since 2013
  • 12 new department chairs hired since 2013
  • New Director of UAB Bands
  • Fully staffed professional advising team

Undergraduate and Graduate Education


Faculty and Student Achievements

  • Rhodes, Truman, Fulbright, Goldwater, Clinton Global Initiative and Critical Language scholarships won by students in recent years
  • Numerous national organizations and agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many more, have awarded arts and sciences faculty with significant funding in recent years

Scholarship Support

  • More than $240,000 provided to 190 students in 2016; close to $1 million awarded since 2013
  • 10 new endowments established to fund scholarships, lectureships and support funds since 2013
  • Additional opportunities for giving

Research

  • 62.4% increase in grant submissions since 2013; 16% increase in research expenditures since 2013
  • One of nine participating universities in National Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFDRC) in Cybersecurity; $5 billion over 25 years
  • NIH Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging established in 2015; $2.5 million over five years

Community Engagement

  • UAB Institute for Human Rights established in 2014; director Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter recruited in 2016
  • Hosted numerous lectures, performances, exhibitions and events presented for the public via the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Music, Theatre, and Art and Art History, as well as other departmental programming
  • Speakers included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, conductor Dr. Leon Botstein, primatologist Dr. Franz de Waal, former U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford, former Kosovo Ambassador Ahmet Shala, and many more
  • Summer camps and honor bands and choirs host thousands of middle- and high-school students on campus each year
  • Center for Community Outreach and Development trains and supports thousands of Alabama K-12 teachers

Infrastructure

  • Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts
    • Completed construction in 2013
    • Developed staff and budget
    • Launched nationally recognized exhibition programs

  • New Arts & Sciences Academic Building
    • Groundbreaking in Fall 2017
    • Open to students and faculty Fall 2019
    • New home to seven departments: Anthropology, Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Mathematics, Philosophy and Social Work

 

As a result of your support since the establishment of this College in 2010, we have elevated our expectations for what can be achieved at UAB. We have recruited some of the very best faculty and students in the U.S. and abroad, and their accomplishments are a testament to their abilities and to what UAB has to offer.

In addition, our vast alumni community has increasingly become a vital part of our efforts, making us one of the best colleges in the country. Your pride and enthusiasm has helped spread the word about what is happening here, and we are grateful to you.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB.

Go Blazers!

Robert E. Palazzo
Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

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