Honors College Dean Search

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Shannon Blanton, Ph.D., has been named the inaugural dean of the UAB Honors College. Dr. Blanton comes to UAB from the University of Memphis, where she was professor of Political Science and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs, responsible to the Provost for leadership and oversight of undergraduate programs. Blanton has 19 years of experience as university faculty, department chair, and vice provost.



The Honors College Dean Search Committee reviewed a large number of applications and selected a strong pool of candidates for interviews.

Finalist Interviews:

Shannon Lindsey Blanton, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Blanton’s presentation on the Future of Honors Colleges was held on May 1, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. in Heritage Hall, Room 102.
Daniel J. Ennis, Ph.D.
Dean, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Professor of English
Dr. Ennis’ presentation on the Future of Honors Colleges was held on May 2, 2014 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall, Room 102.



Honors College Dean Search Committee

Chair – Robert Palazzo, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Hal Abroms
Community Leader

Ameen Barghi
Undergraduate Student in Neuroscience. Honors College Student

Henna Budhwani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Public Health and Deputy Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health

Donald Burke, Ph.D.
Instructor in the School of Engineering, Honors College Alumnus

Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Science

Catherine Danielou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Ashley Floyd
Interim Associate Director and Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships, Honors College

Rebecca Gordon
Associate Vice President for Development

James McClintock, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor of UAB Polar and Marine Biology, Department of Biology

Kathryn Morgan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Justice Sciences and Director, African American Studies

Cynthia Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English

Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Molly Wasko, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Management, Information Systems, & Quantitative Methods

Ad Hoc Members

Dr. Suzanne Austin, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student & Faculty Success

Dr. Linda Lucas, Ph.D.
Provost