The Provost’s Awards for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, and Education Abroad honor University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to engaging UAB’s undergraduate students in research, creative activities, service learning, and education abroad experiences.
The awards are based on outstanding accomplishments in teaching and mentoring as demonstrated by any or all of the following:
- Actively and effectively guide students’ research, creative, and service projects, and personal development
- Establish clear expectations and maintain high standards for academic performance
- Inspire and assist undergraduates in developing their own scholarly profiles and in disseminating the results of their work as appropriate (e.g., meetings, conferences, committees, performances, publications, UAB Expo)
- Actively prepare students for success in applications to graduate and professional schools or professional careers
Each selected faculty member honored receives a cash award and a plaque that recognizes his or her achievement at the UAB Expo Awards Ceremony on April 15, 2016.
All UAB faculty members are eligible.
Deadline and Procedure for Nomination
Nominations dates for the 2016-2017 year is undetermined. Any UAB student, faculty, staff, or community member may make a nomination by completing and submitting a short paragraph describing why the nominee is deserving of the award.
The Offices of Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, and Education Abroad will review nominations and make recommendations to the Senior Vice Provost for each of three categories: Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, and Education Abroad.
- 2016 Winner
- 2015 Winner
- 2014 Winner
The Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning was presented to Dale Dickinson, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Dickinson has been incredibly successful in creating and implementing transformational learning experiences for his students and serves as a dedicated mentor to his students, colleagues, and community partners. One of his student nominators wrote that Dr. Dickinson “impacted my life as an international student who first found it hard to approach professors. When I shared my dream to make my country's health sector world-class, he inspired me to dream big and to believe that there are no limitations.” Another student said that “his assignments enable his students to think beyond memorizing factual information and how to apply the knowledge and facts to real life situations. His classes have challenged me to think by pushing the boundaries, question the unknown, and form my own opinions.”
The 2015 award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning goes to Assistant Professor Martha Earwood in the Department of Justice Sciences. Professor Earwood exposed students to the theory and practice of supervising criminal offenders in the community outside of prison walls. Through partnerships with the Shelby Country Veterans Court and the nonprofit group Aid to Inmate Mothers, students engaged in grassroots efforts to reintegrate and connect incarcerated offenders into the community. Numerous studies have demonstrated the value of maintaining parental bonds despite incarceration, and Martha’s students helped incarcerated women at Tutwiler Prison record video messages for their children, which helped them maintain relationships with their children. Through Professor Earwood’s innovative teaching, her students were able to see how their work in community corrections had a real and positive benefit, before they even graduated from college.
Dr. Lynda Wilson, Professor of Nursing, received the 2014 Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning. She was recognized by students in Interprofessional Global Health Service Learning, an innovative new course, for her guidance, creativity and innovation in collaborating with students and community partners on projects that impact student learning and provide real community benefit.
Dr. Wilson engaged students with community organizations to assess and develop plans that addressed community-identified problems. Besides helping create the course, Dr. Wilson mentored a group of students who collaborated with the community group One Roof to create a Vulnerability Index. This Index was vital to help the organization evaluate local homeless individuals for housing and other urgent resources.