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The Ethics for Authors web site was created in the Fall of 2011 by a team of scholars who collaborate in researching ethical authorship and teaching best practices in academic writing. Led by Jennifer L. Greer, PhD., members of the team work in different capacities at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). They include:

Jennifer L. Greer (Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham) is the 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.”

Julia S. Austin (Ph.D., University of Alabama) is Director of Educational Services for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Graduate School. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, an M.A.—TESOL, and an M.A. in English. Dr. Austin founded and currently directs the Graduate School’s Professional Development Program, which offers more than 25 for-credit elective courses in critical skills for researchers, including grant writing, training for teaching assistants, and scientific ethics. She publishes and presents nationally on teacher and professional development as well as scholarly integrity; she is also a principal investigator on several U.S. Department of Education grants.  

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.

Additionally, the team worked with the late Tracey Baker (Ph.D., Purdue University), former Associate Professor of English for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). A respected and accomplished teacher and author, Dr. Baker specialized in Rhetoric and Composition, with particular emphasis on developmental writing and pedagogy, including academic integrity. She co-authored Writing and Synthesis: A Multicultural Approach (HarperCollins, 1993), and her articles appeared in Journal of Business and Technical Communication, The Writing Center Journal, The Writing Lab Newsletter, Journal of Advanced Composition, Journal of Basic Writing, and TETYC. Dr. Baker passed away in 2013 and is sorely missed.

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.