Executive Committee Members

Chair of Faculty Senate 
Chad Epps, M.D.
Chad Epps photoChad Epps, MD is an Associate Professor and Director of Simulation in the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. 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' 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. He was the 2010 recipient of the School of Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award and a 2013 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Epps was elected to the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee in 2009 and served as chair from 2011-2013.

Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate

Alecia Gross, Ph.D.

Alecia GrossAlecia K. Gross, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Vision Sciences, Neurobiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics and Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology. Upon completion of her PhD in Biochemistry from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, Dr. Gross completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Gross has been at UAB since 2006, teaches Ocular Biochemistry to Optometry students and signal transduction & phototransduction to medical, graduate and science & technology honor undergraduate students.Her laboratory focuses on protein trafficking in the retina and understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of inherited rod-cone dystrophies, through which she has received support from the NIH/NEI and many private foundations. She is co-Director of the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology graduate theme in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences and has recently completed the 2012-2013 UAB BLAZE Leadership program.

Dr. Gross has served on the UAB Faculty Senate and on the Senate Research Committee since 2011.

Past-Chair of Faculty Senate
Michael Froelich, M.D.

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.


Secretary of Faculty Senate
Pam Paustian, Ph.D.

Pam Paustian is Associate Professor and Director of the Health Care Management department.

Parliamentarian of Faculty Senate
Pat Higginbottom, MLIS, AHIP

fs_patriciaPat 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.

Chair of Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC)
Mike Wyss,

wyss pic 1eJ. Michael Wyss, PhD, is Professor Cell Biology, Medicine, Neurobiology and Psychology and Director, Center for Community Outreach Development (CORD). He received a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976. During his postdoctoral studies at Washington University School of Medicine he applied cell biological methods to elucidate the role of the limbic cortex in behavior and autonomic control, and has continued to expand this research at Birmingham (1979-present). Other studies are testing the mechanisms by which a decrease in norepinephrine release in the anterior hypothalamic nucleus leads to of salt-sensitive hypertension.

As Director of CORD, he leads many of UAB's K-12 research and outreach programs to area K-12 students. He is Chair of the UAB Conflict of Interest Review Board. Dr. Wyss has served as Chair of the UAB Faculty Senate and has served on the FPPC since 2011.

Chair of Curriculum Committee
Cheryl Robinson, DSN

Cheryl RobinsonCheryl Robinson Associate Professor in the Acute, Chronic, and Continuing Care Department and Specialty Track Coordinator for the
Acute & Continuing Care Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program.


Chair of Research Committee
David Chaplin, MD, Ph.D.

D.ChaplinDavid Chaplin is a Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the Department of Microbiology.

Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee
David Schneider, Ph.D.

Schneider DavidDavid A. Schneider, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. David was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. He obtained his B.S. in microbiology and genetics from the University of Georgia in 1998. As an undergraduate he studied molecular biology of bacteriophage. As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin (1998 - 2003), he moved up the tree of life to study the effect of small molecule regulators on transcription in bacteria. For his postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine (2003 - 2007), he inched further up the tree of life to study the molecular mechanisms by which RNA polymerase I is regulated in eukaryotic cells. His work continues to focus on ribosome biosynthesis in eukaryotic cells. David joined the faculty at UAB as an assistant professor in July 2007.

Beyond his research interests, David is keenly focused on graduate education and mentoring. Since moving to UAB he has been an active participant in doctoral training and has served as the director of the Biochemistry, Structural and Stem Cell Biology theme in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences doctoral training program since 2013.

David was elected to the faculty senate as an alternate in Fall 2014 and accepted the role as chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee at that time.

Chair of Finance Committee
Jeanne Hutchison, Ph.D.

fs_hutchisonJeanne 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 and Operations Committee 
Imelda Vetter, MLS

Imelda VetterImelda Vetter is the Reference Librarian for Education at Mervyn H. Sterne Library. She holds a B.A. in music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Ms. Vetter has been at UAB since 2007. In her current position as a reference librarian, she serves the School of Education by providing instruction and guidance to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, on finding, evaluating, and using print and electronic resources. She is also responsible for building the library’s print and electronic collection in support of the academic programs and research endeavors in the School of Education.

Ms. Vetter served on the UAB Faculty Policy and Procedures Committee from 2010-2013, serving as vice chair 2012-2013. She has been a member of the UAB Faculty Senate since 2013, and is currently serving as chair of the Governance and Operations Committee.

Claudio Busettini, Ph.D.

busettiniClaudio Busettini, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Vision Sciences of the UAB School of Optometry. His expertise is in neurophysiology of the oculomotor systems in both humans and non-human primates. He is also co-director of the new UAB VORlab facility, an advanced human vestibular, oculomotor and postural laboratory with main focus the search for biomarkers of mild traumatic brain injury. He obtained his Dr. Eng. degree in electronic engineering in 1986, followed by his PhD in biomedical engineering in 1992 and a specialization/internship in Clinical Engineering in 1994, all in Trieste, Italy. After 6 years at the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI, NIH, he joined UAB in 1997 as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Mays.

Busettini is member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiological Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.  Busettini was elected alternate senator in 2009-2010, where he was also member of the Curriculum and Research Cmte. Elected senator in 2014 and then senator-at-large, he is member of the Faculty Policies and Procedure Cmte, the Faculty Senate Executive Cmte, and the Institutional Biosafety Cmte.


Sylvia Britt, DSN

Sylvia Britt is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing Family/Child Health/Caregiver department.