The Ethics for Authors web site was created in the Fall of 2011 by then graduate student, Jennifer L. Greer, who invited a team of scholars to collaborate with her in the teaching and research of ethical authorship practices in research and academic writing. Original faculty members included UAB’s Dr. Julia S. Austin (retired) and the late Dr. Tracey Baker, both of whom provided invaluable support. Current team members include:
Jennifer L. Greer (Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham) is the Educational Services Liaison/Lead Instructor for Academic/Professional Writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Graduate School. Dr. Greer holds a BA in Journalism, an MA in Education (with a specialty in English as a Second Language), and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, with dissertation research on ethical decision making in leadership and academic writing. Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Greer worked as a print journalist for 20 years, winning numerous press association awards. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, where she was a co-recipient of the John F. Kennedy Award for Volunteers in Inter-America. Dr. Greer is frequently invited to present on “ethics for authors.”
Lisa Schwiebert is Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology and also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at UAB. She has published over 100 manuscripts, abstracts, reviews and book chapters in the areas of asthma, cystic fibrosis, and immunology and has mentored graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and clinical fellows. In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Schwiebert and her staff facilitate and enhance postdoctoral recruitment, oversight, and career development for trainees university-wide. In 2015, Dr. Schwiebert received the UAB Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman UAB Faculty Member Award. Under her leadership, UAB has ranked in the top 10 academic institutions of the ‘Best Places to Work for Postdocs’ since 2010 according to the Postdocs Rankings published by The Scientist; in 2013, the final year of the survey, UAB ranked first among all universities nationwide.
Jeffrey A. Engler (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin) is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics as well as Associate Dean of the Graduate School for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). An award-winning virologist, Dr. Engler currently serves as an administrator for graduate programming, recruiting top students and facilitating successful mentorship and scholarship. A former editor at the journal Gene, where he served for more than 20 years, he is also a specialist in academic editing, review, and publishing, and has served on more than 100 dissertation committees. Among other grants that he manages, he serves as a principle investigator for UAB’s Project for Scholarly Integrity (PSI) for the Council of Graduate Schools.
Katie Crenshaw (JD, University of Louisville) is the Coordinator for UAB’s University Compliance Program. She holds a juris doctorate and a master of science in education and social policy. In her role at UAB, Katie promotes ethical decision-making and organizational behaviors consistent with the UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct for employees and others providing service to UAB, including research integrity and responsible authorship. She designs informational materials and presents to internal audiences about new institutional policies and procedures that support ethics and compliance. Katie’s early career was spent managing community and continuing education programs and collaborating in outcomes research projects. Her published works appear in various web-based medical education courses and peer-reviewed journals, like Academic Medicine and others.
Jeff Graveline is an Associate Professor in the UAB Libraries. He regularly presents copyright workshops for university faculty, administrators, and students around the state and country. He has written several articles about copyright and higher education that appeared in the journal College and Undergraduate Libraries and serves on the UAB Copyright Working Group and the UAB Libraries Scholarly Communications Working Group. Jeff also educates K-12 teachers, administrators, and media specialists about copyright issues by presenting statewide copyright workshops for the Alabama State Department of Education and by leading professional development workshops for local school districts. He is Assistant to the Dean for Scholarly Communication and Copyright Compliance and Acting Chair of the Sterne Library Reference Department. He holds a JD and MLIS from The University of Alabama and a BA from Virginia Tech.
Lee Vucovich is the Chair of the Reference Services at Lister Hill Library and serves as Liaison to Graduate Biomedical Sciences, the Joint Health Science Departments and the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She has been a medical librarian since 2003 when she joined UAB Lister Hill Library. . Prior to that, she was a public librarian in Indiana. Her research interests involve understanding and evaluating services, resources and technologies to connect researchers to the information they need. Lee has a MS in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and a MLS from Indiana University
Jaclyn Wells is an Assistant Professor of English at UAB and Director of the University Writing Center (UWC). She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where she studied Rhetoric and Composition and developed content for the world-renowned Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). In the English Department, Jaclyn teaches first-year composition, professional writing, and tutor development courses. In the UWC, Jaclyn leads a staff of around 20 tutors, who help students from across the curriculum with all types of writing. She has also developed workshops and materials on avoiding plagiarism and incorporating sources. Jaclyn’s book manuscript, Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement (co-authored with Allen Brizee), is forthcoming in summer 2016.
Nancy Wingo, Ph.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Acute, Chronic, and Continuing Care at the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She has taught for over 20 years in various fields, including Nursing Education, English, and Business Communications. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in distance education. Her research interests include educational innovation (including simulation, gaming, and problem-based learning), distance education, and faculty peer review. Dr. Wingo publishes and presents her research nationally, most recently speaking to the American Educational Research Association, the Online Learning Consortium, and Quality Matters. Locally, she serves on the advisory council for UAB eLearning and chairs the UAB Enabling Technologies Committee and the Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council.
Special thanks to Lee M. Smith, Anna C. Lloyd, Thomas J. Harris, Lori Naramore and Kellie Carter at UAB for making this web site possible.