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BLAZE participants are selected through a competitive application process. Each May, we invite Deans and Vice Presidents at UAB to nominate faculty and staff in their organization who they think would benefit from the BLAZE Leadership Academy. Nominees are then asked to submit a written application, and participants are selected for the program based on a review of applications. If you are interested in participating in BLAZE, please talk with your supervisor.

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 If you have questions about BLAZE, please contact:

Emily Wykle
Organizational Development Specialist
Human Resources
(205) 934-3955






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Compiled by Dean Harold Jones

John Eric Adair How to Grow Leaders The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development 9781933371115
William F. Baker;
Michael O'Malley
Leading With Kindness How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results 9780688014292
Kenneth H. Blanchard; Spencer Johnson The One Minute Manager   9780787955472
Lee G Bolman;
Terrence E Deal
Leading With Soul An Uncommon Journey of Spirit 9780787964276
Lee G Bolman;
Terrence E Deal
Reframing Organizations : Artistry, Choice, and Leadership 9780787987992
Lee G Bolman;
Terrence E Deal
Reframing Organizations : Artistry, Choice, and Leadership 9781422104613
Joseph L. Bower The Ceo Within Why Inside Outsiders Are the Key to Succession 9781591395638
Richard E Boyatzis;
Annie McKee
Resonant Leadership : Renewing Yourself and Connecting With Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion 9780787940690
George B Bradt;
Jayme A Check;
Jorge E Pedraza
The New Leader's 100-day Action Plan : How to Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Get Immediate Results 9781118063484
James C Collins;
James Charles Collins; Jerry I. Porras
Built to Last Successful Habits of Visionary Companies 9780060516406
James C Collins;
James Charles Collins
Good to Great Why Some Companies Make the Leap--And Others Don't 9780066620992
James C Collins;
Jim Collins
Good to Great and the Social Sectors Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer : a Monograph to Accompany "good to Great" : Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't : Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't 9780977326402
James C Collins;
James Charles Collins;
Jim Collins
How the Mighty Fall And Why Some Companies Never Give In 9780977326419
Jim Collins;
Morten T. Hansen
Great By Choice Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All 9780062120991
Stephen M. R Covey; Stephen R. Covey;
Rebecca R. Merrill
The Speed of Trust : The One Thing That Changes Everything 9781416549000
Stephen R. Covey Principle-Centered Leadership   9780671749101
Stephen R. Covey Principle-Centered Leadership   9780671792800
Barbara Czarniawska-Joerges Narrating the Organization : Dramas of Institutional Identity 9780226132297
Stephen Denning The Leader's Guide to Storytelling : The leader's guide to storytelling: mastering the art and discipline of business narrative 9780787976750
Roger Fisher;
Bruce Patton;
William Ury
Getting to Yes Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In 9780140157352
Jeffrey J. Fox How to Become a Great Boss The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees 9780786868230
Michael L George;
Bill Kastle;
Dave Rowlands
What Is Lean Six Sigma?   9780071426688
Malcolm Gladwell Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking 9780316010665
Malcolm Gladwell Outliers The Story of Success 9780316017923
Malcolm Gladwell The Tipping Point : The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference 9780316346627
Walter H Gmelch;
Val D. Miskin
Leadership Skills for Department Chairs   9780962704260
Marshall Goldsmith Succession Are You Ready? 9781422118238
Eric L Harvey;
David Cottrell;
Melissa Hazlewood; Alexander D Lucia;
Steve Ventura
The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus : How to Get Big Things Done in Your "workshop"-- All Year Long 9781885228550
Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life 9780399144462
Robert Kegan;
Lisa Laskow Lahey
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work Seven Languages for Transformation 9780787963781
John P. Kotter A Sense of Urgency   9781422179710
John P. Kotter Leading Change   9780875847474
John P. Kotter;
Holger Rathgeber
Our Iceberg Is Melting : Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions 9780312361983
James M. Kouzes;
Barry Z Posner
The Leadership Challenge   9780787984922
James M. Kouzes;
Barry Z Posner
The Leadership Challenge Workbook   9780787968212
Dennis M. Kratz;
Abby Robinson Kratz;
Art James Productions
Effective Listening Skills   9780786301225
Alfred Lansing Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage 9780786706211
Patrick Lencioni Death By Meeting : A Leadership Fable-- About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business 9780787968052
Patrick Lencioni Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators 9780787976378
Patrick Lencioni Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars : A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors 9780787976385
Patrick Lencioni The Advantage : Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business 9780470941522
Patrick Lencioni;
Patrick M. Lencioni
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team A Leadership Fable 9780787960759
Patrick Lencioni;
Patrick M. Lencioni
The Five Temptations of a Ceo A Leadership Fable 9780470267585
Patrick Lencioni The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive A Leadership Fable 9780787954031
Patrick Lencioni The Three Signs of a Miserable Job : A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees) 9780787995317
Linda L Martin;
David G Mutchler
Fail-Safe Leadership : Fail - Safe Leadership: Straight Talk About Correcting The Leadership Challenges In Your Organization 9780971573215
John C. Maxwell The 360-degree Leader Developing Your Influence From Anywhere in the Organization 9780785260929
A. Roger Merrill;
Rebecca A Merrill;
Rebecca R. Merrill
Connections Quadrant Ii Time Management 9780309220590
Margot Morrell;
Stephanie Capparell
Shackleton's Way : Leadership Lessons From the Great Antarctic Explorer 9780962236303
Mike Morrison The Other Side of the Card : Where Your Authentic Leadership Story Begins 9780142002360
Paul J Nahin An Imaginary Tale : The Story of [the Square Root of Minus One] 9780071479400
Jerold Panas Asking : A 59-minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift 9780691027951
Peter S Pande;
Roland R Cavanagh;
Robert P Neuman
The Six Sigma Way : How Ge, Motorola, and Other Top Companies Are Honing Their Performance 9781889102177
Jerry L. Patterson Coming Even Cleaner About Organizational Change   9780071358064
Jerry L. Patterson;
Paul Kelleher
Resilient School Leaders : Strategies for Turning Adversity Into Achievement 9780810847392

Russ Alan Prince;
Karen File;
Karen Maru File

The Seven Faces of Philanthropy A New Approach to Cultivating Major Donors 9781416602675
Tom Rath;
Donald O. Clifton
How Full Is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life 9780787960575
Tom Rath Strengths Finder 2.0   9781595620033
Jack Stack;
Bo Burlingham
A Stake in the Outcome Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business 9781595620156
Mark Stevens Extreme Management : What They Teach At Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program 9781581349436
James Arthur Finch Stoner Management   9780812240221
Quint Studer 101 Answers to Questions Leaders Ask   9780062509598
Quint Studer Hardwiring Excellence Purpose Worthwhile Work Making a Difference 9780970268020
Quint Studer Straight a Leadership : Alignment Action Accountability 9780309063630
David G. Thomson Blueprint to a Billion 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth 9780385505093
H. Holden Thorp;
Buck Goldstein
Engines of Innovation The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century 9780446678292
Allan Tucker Chairing the Academic Department Leadership Among Peers 9780135496671
Margaret J Wheatley Leadership and the New Science : Discovering Order in a Chaotic World 9780974998626

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Henna Budwani

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy
Deputy Director, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health

School of Public Health

Kevin Canada

Director Information Management


Tina Collins


Registrar's Office

Don Cosper

Director of Univ Architecture


Marylyn Crane

Senior Director-Advancement Info & Analytics

Office Of VP Development, Alumni & Ext Relations

Sherri Crowe

Director, Hospital HR

Hospital Human Resources

Champion Deivanayagam

Co-Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Shared X-Ray Core Facility

School of Optometry

Kay Emfinger

Program Director- P6 and Special Education

School of Ed

Eric Essix

Artist Coordinator

Office Of VP Development, Alumni & Ext Relations

Elizabeth Fisher

Instructional Design Manager

School of Business

Lauren Lake

Incoming Chair, Arts and Art History

College of Arts & Sciences

Brandi Lamon Pinkerton

Director, One Stop

Office of the Provost

Jodie Mote

Financial Officer III

Education Foundation

Susan Spezzini

Program Director for Secondary and ESL

School of Education

Uday Vaidya


School of Engineering






Lisa Baker

Chair Social Work


Phillip Bivens

Financial Officer III

Administration & Finance

Kris Boyle

Admin Supervisor

School of Business

Delores Carlito

Reference Librarian

Sterne Library

Chad Epps

Assoc Prof, Nurse Anesthesia Program

School of Health Professions

Alecia Gross

Assoc Prof

School of Optometry

Valerie Jackson

Captain UAB Police Department

Finance & Administration

Josephine Jackson Banks

Director Strategic Initiatives

Finance & Administration

Bryan Jones

Director of Ops

Alys Stephens Center

Tondra Loder-Jackson

Associate Professor

School of Education

Liz Lorbeer

Associate Director for Content

Lister Hill Library

Claudiu Lungu

Associate Professor

School of Public Health

Tracy Lyons

Director Trio Program

Provost Office

Teena McGuinness


School of Nursing

Ronan O’Beirne

IT Director


Susan Smith

Assistant Professor

Lister Hill Library

Allison Solomon

Director of Disabilities Support Services

Provost Office

Jennifer Thompson

Business Officer II

School of Health Professions

TD Todd

Manager CAS IT


Matt Windsor


UAB Magazine






Molly Bray Prof Public Health Epidemiology
David Cannon Director IACUC Inst. Animal Care
Josh Carter Director UAB Study Away College of Arts and Sciences
Leandra Celaya Instructor Health Services Admin Chair Office
Anita Clemon Dir. HR Compliance Adm. HR Records Administration
Shelia Cotten Professor, Sociology College of Arts and Sciences
Rachelle Hall Business Officer Pharmacology and Toxicology
Gregg Janowski Assoc. Prof.    Materials Science and Engineering
Peggy Kain Electronic Resources Librarian Sterne Library
Lynn Kirkland Chair, Curriculum and Instruction College of Arts and Sciences
Mary MacDougall Professor Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Darnell Mompoint-Williams Asst Prof Nursing (With phd) Nursing Adult/Acute Health
Laura Montgomery-Barefield Assoc Prof Psych - Child & Adolescent
Andrea Pound Coordinator Student Services Mgmt, Info Sys, Quant Mthd
Stephanie Reilly Assoc. Prof. Anatomic Pathology
Joseph Sullivan Asst. Prof. Radiology Chair Office
Tracee Synco Project Analyst For Vice Provost Office Of VP Student & Faculty Success
Kenneth Tilashalski Assoc. Director/Assoc. Dean Predoc General Dentistry
Diane Tucker Sci & Tech. Honors Prgm & Prof College of Arts and Sciences
Lee Vucovich Asst Prof

Lister Hill Library Of Health Sciences






Tiffany Adams Writer Office Of Assoc VP Development & Alumni
Doug Akins Associate Director Grants and Contracts Administration Office of Sponsored Programs
Anne Alexandrov Professor - Adult/Acute Health Division Nursing Adult/Acute Health
Shannon Bailey Associate Professor Public Health Environmental Health Services
Charles Calhoun Associate Professor/Assistant Dean Curriculum and Instruction
Janelle Chiasera Acting Chair Clinical & Diagnostic Science Chair Office
Duane (Scott) Cox Captain UAB Police Department
Amy Evans Director of Administration and Finance Office of the Provost
Robert U. (Bud) Fischer Prof/Chairman Natural Science and Math Biology
Pam Fordham Chairman Nursing Nursing Family/Child Health/Caregiver
Kim Fort Director, Transportation Parking and Transportation Services
Melissa Galvin Associate Professor Public Health Health Behavior
Jeff Graveline Business & Government Documents Librarian Mervyn Sterne Library
Pat Higginbottom Associate Director Lister Hill Library Of Health Sciences
Jim James Executive Director, Planning,
Design and Architect
Mindy Lalor Associate Dean School of Engineering Dean's Office
Leslie McClure Associate Professor Public Health Biostatistics
Nir Menachemi Associate Professor Health Care Organization & Policy
Kristi Menear Associate Professor of Education Human Studies
Steve Murray Director, Business and Auxiliary Bulk Mail
Betty Nelson Associate Professor/Chairman Leadership, Special Education & Foundations
Brad Newcomer Professor Nuclear Medicine Tech Program
Katrina Watson Major Gift Officer Office Of VP Development,
Alumni & External Relations