Faculty Senate officers serve one-year terms as provided in the bylaws. The chair succeeds the previous past-chair at the end of his or her term, and the chair-elect succeeds the chair. The secretary may serve a maximum of three successive one-year terms.
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 had 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 (June 2012 - May 2013)
Michael Froelich, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Anasthesiology. 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 a 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 (June 2012 - May 2013)
John Chatham is a professor of medicine in the UAB Division of Cardiovascular Disease. On faculty since 2000, Chatham was the recipient of the Department of Medcine's Max Cooper Award for Resaerch Excellence in 2008 and has served on fthe Faculty Senate since 2009. A native of Didmarton, Gloucestershire, England, Chatham received a B.Sc. (Hons) degree 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.
At UAB, he was appointed to the Department of Medicine Research Development Group for 2006-2010 and served as vice-chair for 2009-2010. 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 and in 2010 was appointed chair of the Public Affairs Committee, which is focused on addressing science and public policy issues that affect APS members. He is currently on the editorial boards for the journals SHOCK and the American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology, and from 2007-2010 was associate editor for Life Sciences.
Secretary (June 2012 - May 2013)
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.