Linda Frost, PhDLinda Frost is an Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Honors Program at UAB. She is the author of Never One Nation: Freaks, Savages, and Whiteness in U.S. Popular Culture, 1850-1877 (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) as well as articles on various aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and culture, and feminism and women’s studies. President of the Research Society for American Periodicals, she is also the founding editor-in-chief of Alabama’s only all-women’s literary magazine, PMS poemmemoirstory; poems and essays from PMS have been reprinted in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, and New Stories from the South. A poet herself, Linda teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature and culture, creative writing, and women’s studies. She was the recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Outstanding Woman Faculty Member Award for 2004 and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the School of Arts and Humanities for 2005. She is married to writer and editor Russell Helms and has two daughters, Lucy and Cora.
Tondra L. Loder, PhDTondra L. Loder is an assistant professor in the Foundations Program in the UAB School of Education. Dr. Loder’s research examines the influence of social change and public policy on the lives of educators from the theoretical and methodological perspectives of the life course and life history. She has a special interest in the contrasting life and work experiences of urban educators born pre- and post-Civil Rights and women’s movements. Dr. Loder has teaching experience in the areas of social foundations, urban education, and the influences of culture, race, ethnicity, social class, and gender on American education.
Daphne B. PowellDaphne B. Powell is the Major Gifts Officer for Donor Stewardship and Honors Program Fundraising for the University Development Office. She began her career at UAB in 1993 as a member of the support staff in the UAB Financial Affairs Office. In 1994, she joined the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs in the University System Office in Tuscaloosa as a support specialist to the Finance Committee of The Board of Trustees. In 1998, her position was reclassified to a financial investments/budget analyst. She joined the UAB Development Office in 1999 as its first stewardship expert. Mrs. Powell is a member of the Alabama Planned Giving Council where she serves on the LEAVE A LEGACY® Alabama Committee, an effort designed to increase public awareness about planned gifts. She is also a charter member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals. During her career at UAB, Mrs. Powell has been mentored by many outstanding women who have helped her realize her career goals and who continually support her career growth. In turn, she has been a role model and mentor to many women who are striving to start their careers at UAB or in the Birmingham business community. She received her associate degree in business administration from Shelton State Community College and her bachelor of science in business management from UAB.