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2013-2014 Faculty Fellows in Service Learning


2014-2015 Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship

The Office of Academic Engagement and Global Citizenship is excited to announce the 2014-2015 class of UAB Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship. Representing five schools plus the College of Arts and Sciences, this is an academically diverse group of innovative UAB educators:

Bryan Breland, Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions
Henna Budhwani, Assistant Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy / Sparkman Center for Global Health, School of Public Health
Cecilia Cheon, Instructor, Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry
Jessica Dallow, Associate Professor, Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
Cassandra Ellis, Assistant Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
Laurel Hitchcock, Assistant Professor, Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences
Christina Barger Hurst, Assistant Professor and Interim Program Director, Genetic Counseling Program, School of Health Professions
Pamela Sterne King, Assistant Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences
Tondra Loder-Jackson, Associate Professor, Human Studies, School of Education
Erika Hille Rinker, Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
Anne Zinski, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

The Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship program is a one-year fellowship structured around a series of workshops exploring theories, implementation strategies, assessment, and the integration of service learning across disciplines. Each Fellow will develop a new course or redesign an existing service-learning course using information learned through the collaborative workshops and one-on-one support. Upon completion of the program, each fellow will receive a service learning enhancement grant of $1,500 to support course development.  

“These eleven Faculty Fellows will be vital in expanding the philosophy and process of community-engaged scholarship into our UAB campus and academic environment and will serve as models and mentors for other faculty members,” says Suzanne Austin, Vice Provost of Student and Faculty Success.

Modeled from a similar and highly successful program at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, this development opportunity for UAB faculty members is a collaborative effort. It is led by Stephen Black, Director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Teri Henley, Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, both at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and Libba Vaughan, Coordinator of Academic Engagement at UAB.    

The program’s goal is to produce more high-quality service learning course opportunities for students and increase the number of meaningful partnerships with community organizations. Given that most service learning projects involve teamwork, this program will also support and enhance UAB’s new QEP theme of working in a team environment.

For more details, please visit uab.edu/servicelearning or contact Libba Vaughan at 996-7080 or libbav@uab.edu.



 2013-2014 UAB Faculty Fellows in Service Learning

  • Douglas Barrett, Assistant Professor, Art & Art History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katie Buys, Nursing Instructor, Community Health Outcomes & Systems, School of Nursing
  • Dale Dickinson, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Martha Earwood, Assistant Professor, Justice Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Gohlke, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Nichole Lariscy, Assistant Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Heather Lee, Instructor, Sparkman Center for Global Health, School of Public Health
  • Lisa McCormick, Assistant Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health
  • Karolina Mukhtar, Assistant Professor, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Barbara Wech, Associate Professor, Management, Information Systems & Quantitative Methodology, School of Business
  • Jaclyn Wells, Assistant Professor & University Writing Center Director, English, College of Arts and Sciences




2014 Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning - Dr. Lynda Wilson
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 addresseed 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.

Past Winners of the Provost's Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning

2013 -  English Assistant Professor Cassandra Ellis