SACS-COC reaffirmation committee visit was a great one for UAB

This was an opportunity to showcase our campus, programs and people, and to receive invaluable feedback and thoughtful guidance to bolster our efforts for continual improvement.


Search committees set for three university positions

The committees will assess candidates for the open positions of: Dean of the Graduate School, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.


Input requested in search for new VP of Equity and Diversity

As Dr. Louis Dale retires, all UAB faculty, staff and students are invited to provide their thoughts on the position and the hiring process for a new VP of Equity and Diversity.


Announcing Dr. Shannon Blanton as 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.


Provost Linda Lucas highlights some of UAB's most recent successes

We continue to recruit the best and brightest students to UAB, enhance our campus facilities, provide academic support services to enrich the student experience, and advance faculty excellence across campus.


UAB names John Meador as dean of libraries

“We are thrilled that John is joining UAB,” said Provost Linda Lucas. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in library science, exemplary administrative leadership and a strong to commitment to community outreach.”


Honors College dean search narrows to two candidates

The Honors College Dean Search Committee has reviewed a large number of applications and has selected two final candidates from a strong pool.


Be on the lookout for QEP Survey

Faculty members will receive a request from their respective dean to complete a survey about practices and attitudes related to “teaching with teams.”


Announcing Search for Dean of the UAB Honors College

After a thorough review in close consultation with the UAB Honors College Oversight Committee, UAB will create the position of dean of the Honors College to oversee all aspects of Honors College management and development.


UAB announces Kelly K. Nichols as School of Optometry dean

Kelly K. Nichols, O.D., MPH, Ph.D., FAAO, one of the world’s leading vision scientists in the area of dry eye disease, has been named dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.


UAB celebrates 50 years of Distinguished Faculty Lecture

The Academic Health Center will present its highest honor—the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award—to Dr. John F. Kearney at a special 50-year celebration banquet.


Global Fest celebrates worldwide art and culture

Visit the Alys Stephens Center November 6-8 at noon each day for an hour full of FREE cultural experiences from around the globe.


Fall 2013 semester brings record enrollment

Enrollment at UAB is at a record high for the fifth consecutive year, up to 18,568 students for the Fall 2013 semester.


Dean search under way for School of Optometry

During a series of open forums with School of Optometry faculty, staff, and students, Provost Linda Lucas pledged a speedy search to find the best candidate to be the next dean.


Martha Warren Bidez named director of eLearning and Professional Studies; UAB Online launches

The Office of eLearning and Professional Studies will give traditional students and non-traditional, niche populations access to diverse opportunities via technology in the digital age.


Five faculty members receive 2013 Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence

These awards acknowledge extraordinary commitment to engaging UAB’s undergraduate students in research, scholarship, creative activities, service learning, and study away experiences.


Robert Palazzo named dean of College of Arts & Sciences

“In the College of Arts and Sciences, I have found a community of wise and trusted scholars built on transparency, communication and trust,” Palazzo said.


UAB seeking Director of e-Learning and Professional Education

The Office of the Provost will establish an Office of e-Learning and Professional Education to centralize online programs at UAB. Full job description within.


UAB selects J. Iwan Alexander as School of Engineering dean

J. Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., will become the dean of the UAB School of Engineering effective Aug. 1, 2013, according to UAB Provost Linda Lucas.


Anupam Agarwal chosen as interim dean, senior VP of UAB School of Medicine

Anupam Agarwal, M.D., a noted physician, scientist and academic leader, has been named interim senior vice president of Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at UAB.


Ray L. Watts, M.D., named seventh president of UAB

Ray L. Watts, M.D., UAB's seventh president, has demonstrated visionary leadership in education, research and clinical care throughout his career.


Volker Hall, Lister Hill Library, Peters Building Plazas now designated as smoke-free zones

As part of our efforts to promote a smoke-free campus and healthier lifestyle, we are designating several areas near Volker Hall, Lister Hill Library, and the Peters Building (School of Optometry) as smoke-free areas effective January 2, 2012.


Robert E. Palazzo will be interim dean of College of Arts and Sciences

Robert E. Palazzo, Ph.D., will become interim dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, effective October 1. Palazzo comes to UAB while taking a leave from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he has been a professor of biology since 2002 and served as provost from 2007 to 2011. Click here to read the press release.

Faculty BlazerNET gets a face lift

BlazerNET — the faculty portal for things like your class rosters, early alerts, and final grade entry — looks a little different thanks to faculty feedback on how to make it easier to navigate.


Eric Jack named interim dean of School of Business

Eric Jack, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods and associate dean of the UAB School of Business since 2008, has been named the school’s interim dean. Jack’s appointment is effective Oct. 1, 2012.  Click here to read the news release.

Linda Lucas named UAB provost following national search

Linda Lucas, Ph.D., who has served as UAB’s interim provost since May 2011, has been named to the permanent post after a national search.

Click here to read the news release.

Michael Reddy named new dean of School of Dentistry

Michael S. Reddy, D.M.D., D.M.Sc., an internationally respected specialist in periodontics, has been named dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. His appointment is effective March 15, 2012. Reddy has served as interim dean of the school since June 2011.


UAB launches mobile app

The new free UAB Mobile app puts access to the campus directory, UAB news, Blazer sports info, Blackboard, campus assistance and more at your fingertips. Read about it at or watch this video. Download it now at iTunes. Coming soon to Android users.

Student Success Alert System

UAB has improved its Student Success Alert System for the spring 2012 semester so that faculty can notify and help at-risk students in their courses. The new system is available for all courses and is accessible through the Faculty tab on BlazerNET. Training sessions are available. For more information visit .

New look on BlazerNET

The section of BlazerNET used for viewing student academic information — from grades to class registration and schedules — has been updated to be easier to read, while still containing the same information.


New CRM for enhanced advising

UAB academic advisors now have a Client Relationship Manager (CRM) system designed to provide one easily accessible interface for student information. The new CRM - accessible through BlazerNET - allows advisors to track students’ progress more effectively and identify at-risk students who need assistance. Advisors will no longer have to consult multiple sources and spreadsheets for information, allowing them more time for one-on-one interactions with students.


UAB's undergraduate catalog goes online

On November 10, 2011, Interim Provost Linda Lucas announced that UAB's 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog is now online. The new catalog site features details about majors, courses, programs, faculty, and other listings in a user-friendly format that provides quick links to important information.


Virtual Toolbox for Faculty

The Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success has designed a virtual toolbox to serve as a quick, on-line, reference guide to the information most pertinent to faculty members and instructors.


New Standard Schedule for Spring 2012

In spring 2012, UAB will upgrade its scheduling software and implement a standard course schedule in order to provide students and faculty greater access to “smart” classrooms and help students and advisers better manage curriculum planning.


Plans for renovation and expansion of Hill University Center announced

Harlan Sands, Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement, outlined general plans for the renovation and expansion of Hill University Center at a meeting of Office of the Provost staff on April 22, 2011. Sands noted that these plans will provide a "showcase building" that will feature enhanced student spaces, upgraded dining and meeting areas, and a new visitors center.  All rooms will be full-service, multipurpose spaces with enhanced technology.


Farley is new Director of Academic and Student Services Operations

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn E. Farley as Director of Academic and Student Services Operations, effective June 1. In this new position, Farley will direct strategic planning and logistics for campus-wide student support services and oversee operations of the Hill University Student Center, Campus Recreation Center, Campus Dining, and Residence Life. She will also play a key role in leading the renovation and expansion of Hill University Center.


New provost speaker series to focus on innovations in higher education

The Office of the Provost is beginning a new speaker series, "Entrepreneurial Innovations in Higher Education," that will feature noted leaders who have successfully created and/or managed breakthrough efforts. The second speaker in the series will be Dr. Ken Udas, CEO of UMass Online, who will present on April 15, 2011.


Fort, Smith Appointed to Director Positions

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberley H. Fort as Director of Finance and Budget, effective March 14, and Lee M. Smith as Director of Customer Service/Quality Improvement, effective February 1. The appointments are part of a recent reorganization of the administrative structure of the Office of the Provost to enhance service effectiveness and promote student and faculty success.


Change in When to Pay Tuition

UAB is changing when student account payments are due; for more details, visit


Structure for Office of Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement Announced

Harlan Sands, newly-appointed Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement, announced on October 28 at the Student Affairs General Assembly that the new organizational structure for that office will provide enhanced student support for UAB's academic mission.