The CTL is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Teaching Innovation and Development Grants.
The UAB Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Teaching Innovation and Development Grants. For the past three years, the UAB CTL has provided grants up to $5,000 for UAB faculty researchers to develop projects focused on teaching innovation and effectiveness. This year, nine projects were funded in support of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) theme, “Learning in a Team Environment.” A brief description of each of the projects follows. For more information about these projects or about the Teaching Innovation and Development Grants, contact Scott Phillips, PhD, Interim Director of the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning at

“Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience in Zebrafish Genome Engineering Improves Student Motivation and Learning Outcomes in Molecular Genetics”
Students will participate in hands-on research activities along with using molecular models to deepen understanding of core concepts in molecular life sciences.
  • Anil Kumar Challa, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine

“Saving Introductory Accounting: Incorporating Team based learning with a Flipped Class Approach”
Students in Introductory Accounting courses will participate in a flipped classroom environment combined with team problem solving. Student engagement and progress will be compared to similar courses using traditional instructional methods.
  • Jennifer Edmonds and Christopher Edmonds, Department of Accounting & Finance, Collat School of Business

“The Digital Public History Project”
Students in Media Production and Public History courses will create media pieces that effectively enhance the visitor experience and understanding of the historical content at significant Birmingham cultural and historical sites. Interactive media pieces will include 360° Virtual Reality films that can be viewed on visitor’s mobile devices.
  • Michele Forman and Pam King, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

“Form Meets Function”
Students will work in teams to design and build original bicycle racks. The racks will be located in the Birmingham area and displayed as public works of art
  • Stacey Holloway, Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

“Do Skype Conversation Partners in Another Country Help Students Learn a Foreign Language? An Experiment in a Virtual Team Environment”
Students will participate in innovative “Teletandem” leaning activities in which they are paired with students in another country who are native speaker of the language they are learning.
  • John Thomas Maddox and Ling Ma, Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Sciences

“Digital and Sculptural Fabrication Build Tools for Ideation Prototyping and Community Outreach”
Students will build learning communities then work in the communities to sketch, design and make 3D models and prototypes of designs. Students will use the computer lab, laser cutter, 3D printers, and CNC routers to move from ideas to products.
  • Elisabeth Pellathy, Department of Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences

“Kaizen: An Innovative Team Learning Experience for Nursing Students”
Nursing students will play a mobile game designed by researchers in the UAB School of Medicine. The game encourages users to solve nursing problems and encourages participation through competition. Impact of the game-play on learning and attitude will be evaluated through interviews and focus groups.
  • Cathy Roche and Nancy Wingo, School of Nursing

“High Repetition Team-based Simulation to Improve Resident Pediatric Resuscitation Skills”
Students will participate in Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice (RCDP) simulation – a team-based approach – to learn Pediatric Advanced Life support skills. Success of students engaged in the RCDP method will be compared with those receiving traditional simulation instruction.
  • Chrystal Rutledge, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

“Using Three-Dimensional Technology to Plan and Evaluate Multidisciplinary Dental Treatment”
Dental students will use 3D modeling technology to create virtual treatment roadmaps for patient care. Students will work with dentists with other specialties to learn how to better decide between treatment and referral.
  • Nada Souccar, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry

Faculty News

  • Submit art now for Alabama high school Statewide Student Juried Art Show
    Submit art now for Alabama high school Statewide Student Juried Art Show
    UAB Department of Art and Art History Chair Lauren Lake, MFA, is the juror for this year’s show. The deadline for entry is Feb. 28.

    alabama art 2Young artists in Alabama take heed: The deadline for entries to the 2016 Statewide Student Juried Art Show is midnight Sunday, Feb. 28.

    This year the show will be juried by Lauren Lake, MFA, chair of the University of Alabama at BirminghamCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History.

    The department, in partnership with the Shelby County Arts Council and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, will present the show. The exhibition will offer merit awards, and Phillip Forstall of Forstall Art Center will also give gift certificate awards.

    The exhibition provides a great opportunity for student work to be seen by college and university faculty during the Shelby County Arts Council College Preview Day on Sunday, April 10. The preview day will take place at the Shelby County Arts Council, 104 Mildred St., Columbiana.

    The show is open to all Alabama high school students in grades 10-12 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Categories for submission are painting (oil, acrylic and watercolor), drawing, photography, 3-D design and mixed media.

    Submissions should be sent to along with the completed PDF entry form. For each work, artists may submit up to two digital images (a general view and a detailed view). JPG images must be attached to the application

    email. Digital images should be sent as JPGs, 72dpi, should measure 1,000 pixels on the longest side and must be saved at “high” quality.There is no cost to enter. More information on the 2016 Statewide Student Juried Art Show is available online at and on the Department of Art and Art History’s website at Full entry instructions are included on the entry form.

    Lake received her MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.A. degree in art education at the University of Florida. She was the recipient of the 2007 Southeastern College Art Conference Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2008 University of Florida College of Fine Arts International Educator Award and the 2009 College of Fine Arts Teaching Award.

    For questions, contact Jared Ragland, DAAH visual media and outreach coordinator, at

  • New book by UAB professor examines the role of African-American educators during the Birmingham civil rights movement
    New book by UAB professor examines the role of African-American educators during the Birmingham civil rights movement
    After more than 10 years of archival research and interviews with 45 African-American educators, Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D., reveals their experiences and contributions to the movement.

    tondra loder jackson2Birmingham is rich with stories about the civil rights movement and the prominent leaders, local activists and even children who fought for social change, but little is known about the role educators played during that time.

    A new book by University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Tondra Loder-Jackson, Ph.D., examines the role that African-American educators played in the Birmingham civil rights movement from the late 19th century to the present day.

    “This is the first book of its kind that is devoted primarily to the multigenerational perspectives of African-American educators in the South and how they perceived their roles and contributions to the civil rights movement,” said Loder-Jackson. “I wasn’t born in Birmingham, but I grew up here. My early experiences of attending Birmingham schools during the period of desegregation are part of what shaped my interest in this topic.”

    Schoolhouse Activists: African American Educators and the Long Birmingham Civil Rights Movement” revisits the longstanding debate about whether educators were friends or foes of the civil rights movement. The book is the culmination of more than 10 years of archival research and interviews. Loder-Jackson has found that African-American educators in Birmingham were involved in both the front lines of the movement and behind the scenes in ways that are not easily noticeable to most scholars and the general public.

    “Educators spent time teaching students about social justice issues and the perils of Jim Crow,” said Loder-Jackson. “Many of them supported students when they learned of their interest in participating in the movement. An example of this is not reporting students to school administrators when they chose to skip class to participate in the Children’s Crusade. They faced opposition while fighting for benefits such as sick leave. Some even lost their jobs fighting for equal pay.”

    loder jackson book streamThe book is divided into two parts. Part I chronicles the history of Birmingham education in relation to African-American educators between the late 19th century and the mid-20th-century classical phase of the movement, which began in 1954 with the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In Part II, Loder-Jackson shares the memories and experiences of 45 African-American educators who came of age before, during and after the classical movement. She hopes the book will serve as a resource for current educators, community activists and students grappling with contemporary struggles for educational justice.

    “I’m not sure if some of our teachers today are aware of the impact they can have to change schools and society,” Loder-Jackson said. “We live in a time now where many teachers feel they are being dictated to by external entities like federal and state governments. I think it’s important for K-12 educators in particular to know that they have a history of activism and advocacy, and in the past they have been empowered to effect change in schools.”

    Loder-Jackson is an associate professor in the UAB School of Education Department of Human Studies. She will conduct her first campus book talk on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 4-6 p.m., at the UAB Hill Student Center, 1400 University Blvd., Room 203. The book talk is sponsored by the UAB Center for Urban Education and the African American Faculty Association

    To learn more about “Schoolhouse Activists: African American Educators and the Long Birmingham Civil Rights Movement,” click here. The first chapter of the book is available to read online.

  • Collat School of Business dean to be honored at A.G. Gaston Conference
    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 2016Eric 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

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