For Departments and Faculty

One of the most exciting aspects of the integration of Blazer Core Curriculum is working with departments, schools, and faculty to develop innovative and engaging courses for students. As Blazer Core is implemented, there are many opportunities for faculty to become involved.

In addition, the integration of Blazer Core curriculum will continue to follow the precedent set during its design stage by regularly soliciting faculty feedback and providing a transparent decision-making policy that follows the established procedures of shared faculty governance developed by UAB’s Faculty Senate.

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Blazer Core Curriculum Committee

The Blazer Core Curriculum Committee is made up of faculty from all of UAB’s Colleges and Schools that are chosen by college or school Deans. In addition, key administrative personnel who lead offices vital to the mission of the core curriculum also serve, as do community members, parents, and (during the academic year) student representatives. The Blazer Core Curriculum Committee’s charge and statement of principles is as follows:

The Blazer Core Curriculum Committee is made up of faculty from all UAB Colleges and Schools, as well as leaders of administrative offices who play a significant role in shaping the experiences of core students, and (during the academic year) student, parent, and community representatives. This committee and its working groups will meet monthly in an effort to further the curricular initiatives of the Blazer Core Curriculum, review and recommend policies for the Core, and review and approve new and existing courses for inclusion in the Core.

The Core Curriculum Committee will follow the principles of Shared Faculty Governance in its work, aligning its policy recommendations with existing policy and procedure outlined by UAB's Faculty Senate and pursuing transparency in its operations. The committee publicly affirms its commitment to educational access and diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and in the community beyond the curriculum.

Contributing Courses to the Core

At this time, the formal processes for course submission and approval are being reviewed and finalized by the Blazer Core Curriculum Committee. These processes will include a detailed guidebook for Departments and Faculty interested in submitting existing and new courses for inclusion.

As departments and faculty begin thinking about designing and submitting courses for Blazer Core, there are several key elements to consider.

  1. The goals and outcomes of the course and how they speak to the values, vision, and outcomes of the Blazer Core Curriculum.
  2. Course syllabi and representative assignments that illustrate how these goals or outcomes will be pursued by students in the course.
  3. A clear assessment plan for charting students’ progress towards the course’s goals or outcomes across multiple sections.

Additional, minimal guidelines for online and honors offerings of each course will also be in place.

Once approved, the guidelines outlined in the departmental and faculty guidebook will be used by the Blazer Core Curriculum Committee to evaluate courses submitted to the core.

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Request a Meeting

As Departments and Faculty develop ideas for courses, the Office of the Blazer Core Curriculum stands ready to assist them at any step during the process. If you would like to schedule a meeting at any stage during this process, please contact Dr. Christopher Minnix, Director of the Blazer Core Curriculum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..