|Address:||UAB Graduate School
Hill University Center 504F
1400 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1150
Current Position: Interim Dean, UAB Graduate School
I serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the UAB Graduate School. I was the Director of the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program from 2006 through 2012, to provide summer research and academic enrichment to students who want to enter graduate school. I also am the Director of the UAB PREP Scholars Program which serves post-baccalaureate students who need research experience in order to be competitive for entry in biomedical graduate programs (www.uab.edu/prep). These two programs help provide more opportunity to students interested in entering careers in research and higher education.
My research interests have focused on ethics education for graduate students. Using funds awarded by the Council of Graduate Schools and the National Science Foundation, I helped develop online ethics education modules on avoiding plagiarism and on whistle blowing(http://www.uab.edu/graduate/rcr/index.html); we use these modules in both undergraduate and graduate education. With new funding from the Council of Graduate Schools and the Office of Research Integrity at the Department of Health and Human Services, we are training teaching assistants to include ethics education in their undergraduate and graduate classes. I also organize periodic surveys of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and graduate faculty, to assess their perceptions of ethical conduct in research.
I have closed my laboratory, so I am not able to serve as a research mentor for graduate students. However, I still serve on student dissertation committees for graduate students in many biomedical programs, such as the MD/PhD program.
Jeffrey A. Engler (b. 1949) completed undergraduate studies in chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S. 1971) and graduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin (Ph.D. in 1977). His postdoctoral studies at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, New York led to a staff appointment there in 1980. Twice during his tenure there, the Leukemia Society of America awarded support for his work on adenoviruses. Dr. Engler joined the faculty at UAB in 1982, and he is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He was an Editor of Gene from 1986 through 2008. His research is supported by grants from the NIH, the Department of Education, and the Council of Graduate Schools.