Chair of the Faculty Senate
Julio Rivera, D.B.A., is an associate professor in the UAB School of Business. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering as well as an MS in business computing science from Texas A&M University, an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University. He has published more than 15 articles and professional papers. During his time at UAB, Rivera has been intimately involved with the deployment and maintenance of student and faculty computing resources. Currently, he teaches primarily in the telecommunications and programming areas, and he periodically engages in consulting activities with area organizations.
An immigrant from Honduras, he has experience working outside the United States with United Fruit Co. subsidiaries, as well as CEMCOL a Honduran corporation. Dr. Rivera is married and has two children.
Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate
Michael Froelich, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. His clinical subspecialty and areas of interest are in obstetric anesthesia and pain medicine. Froelich earned his medical degree from the University of Vienna Austria in 1988. He served an internship in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at the University of Munich in 1990 and followed that with an anesthesiology residency at Emory in 1995 and a fellowship in obstetric anesthesiology in 1996. He would add a master of science in clinical instigation in 2004 from the University of Florida.
Froelich is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the European Academy of Anesthesiologists, the Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Society for Neuroscience.
Froelich has been a member of the UAB faculty since 2006.
Past-Chair of Faculty Senate
John Chatham is Professor and Director of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology in the Department of Pathology. He has been on the UAB faculty since 2000 and was the recipient of the Department of Medicine's Max Cooper Award for Research Excellence in 2008 Dr. Chatham and has served on the Faculty Senate since 2009. A native of Didmarton, Gloucestershire, England, Chatham received a B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry from the University of Southampton England in 1983 and a D.Phil. in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford in 1987. He accepted postdoctoral fellowships at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, California, and at the Department of Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After his postdoctoral training, he joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, first as an Instructor and then as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology.
He joined UAB in 2000 as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Disease; he was appointed to the Department of Medicine Research Development Group for 2006-2010 and served as vice-chair for 2009-2010. He was appointed Co-Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center in 2012. He has been a regular member of the NIH study section Myocardial Ischemia and Metabolism and has also participated in numerous NIH Special Emphasis review panels including NCCR Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). He is an active member of the American Physiology Society (APS) and in 2010 was appointed chair of the Science Policy Committee, which is focused on addressing science and public policy issues that affect APS members. He is also the APS representative to the FASEB Science Policy Committee.
Secretary of Faculty Senate
Pat Higginbottom, MLIS, AHIP is an associate professor and serves as associate director for public services at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. She received her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Alabama in 1993 and has been at LHL since then, serving in a variety of positions. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and participated in the UAB BLAZE Leadership program in 2010/11.
Higginbottom served on the UAB Faculty Senate when it was initially formed in 1995, again from 2006 until 2008, and she currently serves as secretary of the Senate. She has served on all of the standing committees at one time or another and was chair of the Governance and Operations Committee from 2006 until 2008.
Parliamentarian of Faculty Senate
Joe Van Matre, Ph.D.
Joe Van Matre, Ph.D., is a Full Professor in the UAB School of Business, and has over forty years of service to the university. He has taught a variety of statistics courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level over his career. He has also published in several journals including The American Statistician, Decision Sciences, Journal of Health Care Marketing, JAMA, Quality Management Journal and others. He was senior author of Statistics for Business and Economics. His non-academic work has brought consulting experiences with several organizations. Clients have included the U.S. Bureau of the Census, BE&K, Bradley, Arant, Rose and White, EEOC, Alabama Gas Corporation, Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation, Red Cross, Southern Research Institute, and O’Neal Steel. He is a member of the American Society for Quality, the American Statistical Association, and the Decision Sciences Institute.
Dr. Van Matre’s Ph.D. is in Business Administration with a major in Business Statistics. His postgraduate interests in the quality movement led to further studies at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement, the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Productivity Through Quality and Intermountain Health Care. Joe used these opportunities to learn from some of the nation’s leading quality gurus (e.g. George E. P. Box and Brent James), and co-authored an article on Deming for Business Horizons, an article on quality measurements and one on teamwork for Quality Management Journal, and an article on Total Quality Management (TQM) for the Journal of AHIMA. He has been awarded the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence and has three similar awards from the students in the Executive Masters in Health Administration.
Chair of Curriculum Committee
John C. Mayer, Ph.D., is professor and associate chair of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAB. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Florida. He spent two years as a post-doctoral student in mathematics at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. His research interests are in topology, dynamical systems, and mathematics education, and he has published over 30 papers in these areas, many co-authored with his students. He is an avid proponent of the liberal arts and sciences, and believes that students are entitled to an education that has breadth and depth, and in which they are challenged to think for themselves. He has taught from the lowest level courses in the mathematics department, including those for non-majors, up to graduate courses in his areas of expertise, and he has mentored students at all levels, from high school research through undergraduate research to Ph.D. research.
Mayer has been at UAB since 1984. He was born in Pennsylvania, eldest of his siblings, raised in New Jersey and Florida. He taught middle and high school for nine years before returning to graduate school. He was a member of the committee that drafted the constitution of the current UAB Faculty Senate and served on the initial Senate under that constitution. During the past seven years he has been principal investigator for the Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership, a partnership among nine area school systems, UAB, and Birmingham-Southern College, funded by the National Science Foundation, and targeted on improving instruction in middle school mathematics. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and is vice-president/president-elect of the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics. He is a recipient of the MAA George Polya Award for expository writing.
Chair of Research Committee
Elizabeth E. Brown is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology, Medicine and Microbiology. Dr. Brown received her PhD in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University. She subsequently completed two fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the first in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the second, in the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity (LGD), Section of Immunogenetics and Molecular Epidemiology. Dr. Brown joined the faculty at UAB in 2006 and served as an Adjunct Scientist at NCI from 2006 to 2010. Her primary research areas are immunogenetics and molecular epidemiology of select cancers and autoimmune disease.
At UAB, Dr. Brown cultivated research and teaching programs in molecular and genetic epidemiology. She serves as course master for Advanced Principles of Molecular Epidemiology and Doctoral Seminar in Epidemiology. Dr. Brown participates in numerous NIH study sections and Special Emphasis review panels. She is a founding member of the International Multiple Myeloma Consortium and currently serves as Chair of the Coordinating Committee, which is central to setting research priorities and fostering large-scale collaborations worldwide to facilitate improvements in our understanding of this disease.
Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee
Dr. Steele has served on the UAB Faculty Senate since June 2010 and was appointed to the UAB Faculty Senate Executive Committee in June 2011 as Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee. Dr. Steele’s functions in this role include conducting annual evaluations of Department Chairs, Deans, Library Directors, Provosts and President, serving on the Mervyn H. Sterne Grants Special Acquisitions Committee and as an ex-officio member of the UAB Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee. Dr. Steele also serves on UAB Faculty Senate Research Committee and participates annually in the Faculty Development Grant Program administered by the UAB Provost’s Office.
Chair of Finance Committee
Jeanne Hutchison is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. She holds a BS in mathematics and physics from Creighton University and an MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to teaching a variety of mathematics courses, she is currently the main advisor for mathematics majors. She has served off and on as a member of the UAB Faculty Senate since its inception and is repeating as the chair of the Finance Committee and as a faculty representative on the UAB Fringe Benefits Committee.
Chair of Governance & Operations Committee
Jeff Graveline is an associate librarian and Reference Librarian for Business at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctor and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. Jeff currently serves as the Chair of the Faculty Senate Governance and Operations Committee and was formerly the Faculty Senate Parliamentarian.
Jeff is a member of the UAB Copyright Working Group and the UAB Scholarly Communication Working Group. He is a regular presenter on copyright and intellectual property throughout the state of Alabama. He also writes a column about copyright for the journal College & Undergraduate Libraries and serves on that journal’s editorial board.
Jeff is active in the Special Libraries Association, one of the largest international organizations representing information professionals, and serves in numerous leadership positions within that organization. He completed the UAB BLAZE Leadership program in 2011. Prior to joining the UAB faculty, Jeff was an associate attorney with a large law firm in Birmingham and was also a federal law clerk for the Hon. Tamara O. Mitchell of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Chair of Faculty Policies & Procedures Committee (Ex-Officio)
Chad Epps, MD is an Associate Professor and Director of Simulation in the Departments of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and Anesthesiology. Dr. Epps received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Florida before moving to New York City to continue his training in Anesthesiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Epps completed a fellowship in Human Simulation at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Epps has faculty appointments in the School of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. His educational focus is in human simulation and the development of simulation curricula. He has served as a guest lecturer for multiple programs both internal and external to UAB and was the 2010 recipient of the School of Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Epps was elected to the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee in 2009 and has served as chair since 2011.
Joan Grant, DSN, RN, is a Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. She holds a BSN from the University of North Alabama and both her master’s and doctorate in nursing are from UAB. Currently, she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate program, primarily within the Adult/Acute Health, Chronic Care and Foundations tract in the School of Nursing. Dr. Grant’s previous and current funding efforts and publications relate to telehealth interventions that teach patients and family members to use systematic problem-solving skills to manage problems in the home and other settings. She has more than 75 publications and presents nationally and internationally on this and related topics. During her time at UAB, Grant has been involved as an officer of the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee and also serves as a Senator-at-Large on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Dr. Grant is married and has one child and one grandchild.
Rosalia Scripa is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the UAB School of Engineering and holds a secondary appointment as a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UAB. A first generation college student, Rosalia received a B.S. degree in Ceramic Science from Alfred University (1970), a M.S. degree in Ceramic Science from The Pennsylvania State University (1972), and a M.S. (1974) and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida (1976). Scripa joined the UAB School of Engineering faculty in 1976 as the first woman to teach engineering at UAB.
During her tenure at UAB, Scripa has held several administrative positions including: Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the School of Engineering; Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Faculty Affairs, and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs, all in the Office of the Provost. Most of her career at UAB, Scripa has been involved in NASA- sponsored Microgravity Research, and spent a year at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. serving as a Program Scientist in the Materials Science Division with responsibility of overseeing all Glovebox experiments for the 1995 Space Shuttle Flights.
She has received over 50 awards and honors including: the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center Certificate of Appreciation for her work as co-investigator on a Semiconductor Crystal Growth Experiment aboard a 1992 Space Shuttle Mission; the National Research Council Space Studies Board Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her extensive contributions to the area of Microgravity Research; the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers “Outstanding Engineering Faculty Member in the State of Alabama”; the Alumna Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Florida; the Golden Key Award for Excellence in Teaching; and the World Congress of Arts, Sciences and Communications Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of Lifetime Contributions to Science and Education. Scripa was the First recipient of the “Distinguished Engineering Educator Award” awarded by the National Society of Women Engineers. She is especially proud of having received the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching at UAB.
Scripa has authored, co-authored and published over 85 technical publications at the national and international level. She has served on several professional/technical Boards and Committees including the National Research Council Space Studies Board Microgravity Committee and the Board of the American Association of Crystal Growth.
Scripa has served as a Senator from the School of Engineering on the UAB Faculty Senate several terms and as a School of Engineering Representative on the UAB Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC). In 2006, Scripa was presented with a Resolution from the UAB Faculty Senate for “her service, her hard work, her dedication, and her many contributions to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and to the UAB Faculty Senate.”