The Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 class of UAB Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship. This academically diverse group of innovative UAB educators represents six schools plus the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Kristin Johnston Chapleau, Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Health Professions
  • Suzy Davies, Health Behavior, School of Public Health
  • Caroline N. Harada, Medicine/Medical Education, School of Medicine
  • Ragib Hasan, Computer and Information Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jenna LaChenaye, Department of Human Studies, School of Education
  • Meena Nabavi, Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health
  • Eddie Nabors, Accounting and Finance, Collat School of Business
  • Lourdes Sánchez-López, Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Abidin Yildirim, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering

The Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship program is a one-year fellowship structured around a series of interactive 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.  

The program’s ultimate goal is to produce more high-quality service learning courses at UAB and to strengthen and support relationships with community organizations. The benefit of service-learning to students is well-documented in academic literature. “Students who take service-learning courses tend to be more engaged in their school and community, and they tend to stay in school and graduate,” says Libba Vaughan, Director of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research. The number of service learning-designated courses increased 50% and enrollment grew 72% in 2015-2016 over the previous year.

Adapted 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, Director of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research at UAB.    

For more details, contact Libba Vaughan at 996-7080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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