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Over 475 faculty, postdocs and graduate students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say access to resources through the university’s membership with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) has improved their work habits and work-life balance, according to the latest survey conducted by the NCFDD.

UAB faculty, postdocs and graduate students participated in several NCFDD programs in 2020 including the Core Curriculum web series based on empirical research, guest expert webinars, a 14-day writing challenge and the Faculty Success Program, designed to help tenure-track and tenured faculty improve research productivity through coaching and peer support. Over 95-percent of Faculty Success Program participants report better work-life balance and 100-percent report improved writing productivity.

“Our goal for the university’s NCFDD membership has always been to see faculty members, postdocs and graduate students elevate their work and research by tapping into the unlimited resources available to them,” says Paulette Patterson Dilworth, Ph.D., UAB’s vice president for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “We hope to see more instructors at all levels actively engage and participate.”

UAB is an institutional member of the organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty at all levels at over 450 colleges and universities. These resources, developed by the NCFDD or in conjunction with faculty and administrative partners, have the mission to support the career progression and transitions of faculty.

“We are pleased so many faculty members are utilizing the NCFDD resources and that tools are effective in helping participants find a healthy balance between their on-campus productivity and their prioritization of personal wellbeing,” said Pam Benoit, Ph.D., UAB’s senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. “This initial feedback from NCFDD participants is encouraging and we look forward to even more faculty participating in the future.”

To view the 2020 Engagement Report and get involved, visit

Inclusive Language Course

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will launch a new Inclusive Language course. The course, created and facilitated by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI), is designed to help students, faculty and staff become more inclusive in their communication, including presentations, lectures, research and more.

The Inclusive Language course is the latest addition to the Diversity Education curriculum. The 90-minute, instructor-led course is an interactive discussion that provides context on the benefits of inclusive language, the strategic approaches to the use of inclusive language, and interactive activities on how to use inclusive language in all forms of communication. The Cultural Awareness Building Blocks, Unconscious Bias, SafeZone, and Bystander Intervention courses are prerequisites.

“Being mindful and intentional in our written and oral communication is the foundation of bridging gaps between culture and identity and fostering respectful and civil relationships,” said Michelle Allen, Ed.D., diversity education director. “Using language that demonstrates cultural humility and inclusive excellence is accessible for us all and instrumental in the realization of our Shared Value: Diversity and Inclusiveness.”

Launched in tandem with UAB’s new Inclusive Language Guide, both the course and guide were developed to be educational tools and resources for ensuring that all of the diverse identities within the UAB Enterprise are respected and valued in all forms of communication. The intention is to assist faculty, staff, and student understand the impact of language that affirms rather than stigmatize underrepresented, marginalized, and subordinate identities. 

The course launches September 1. Register here. If you have any questions about the course or the guide, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View and download the guide here.

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Eight individuals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have been awarded the Faculty Success Grant by the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The grant is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and covers the cost of the Summer 2021 Faculty Success Program.

The 12-week program is for faculty of all ranks who are looking for the perfect combination of empirically tested methods to improve research productivity through intense accountability, coaching, and peer support and to propel their work-life balance and personal growth to a whole new level. 

The participants are:

Grace Jepkemboi, Professor, School of Education

Manoj Mahapatra, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering

Ejvis Lamani, Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Tamika Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Kimberly Martin, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Jennifer Hamrick, Assistant Professor, Collat School of Business

Michael Pimentel, Assistant Professor, Collat School of Business

Mariliese Thomas, Assistant Professor, UAB Libraries


The Faculty Success Program will take place May 16-August 7, 2021.

UAB is an Institutional Member of the NCFDD. The organization is a nationally recognized community of over 450 colleges and universities that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty at all levels. For more information about, visit

CSW Sees You Awards ProgramFaculty, staff, students and administrators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham were honored during a virtual ceremony for their commitment to excellence in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“CSW Sees You,”, held Wednesday, April 21, was sponsored by the UAB Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Commission on the Status of Women.

More than 60 individuals, units and departments were recognized during the ceremony. Katie Crenshaw, J.D., UAB’s Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, received the 2021 "Susan D. Marchase Outstanding Woman Administrator."

Sarah Nafziger, M.D., vice president for Clinical Support Services for UAB Medicine and director of Employee Health, received the inaugural “Commission on the Status of Women President’s Leadership Award."

Eight recipients of the “2020 Outstanding Women Awards” were also acknowledged during “CSW Sees You.” They are:


Outstanding Woman UAB Undergraduate Student

Ayla McCay

Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student

Carrie Leland

Outstanding Woman UAB Graduate Student

Callie Perkins

Outstanding Woman UAB Postdoc

Samia O'Bryan, Ph.D. - School of Medicine

Outstanding Woman in the Community

Shelia Benson

Nevertheless, She Persisted Award

Stacie M. Propst, Ph.D.

The Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman Faculty Member

Amy Weinmann, Ph.D. - School of Medicine

The Susan D. Marchase Outstanding Woman Administrator

Dianne K. Gilmer - School of Engineering


The UAB Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to promoting gender inclusion and equity by supporting and improving options and opportunities for women at every stage of their education and career. CSW members support work-life balance initiatives, training and development of emerging leaders, and community outreach to improve the academic climate and work environment at UAB.

These efforts build on UAB’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and are evidenced by the educational achievements of female students, the innovative teaching, scholarship and research by female faculty, and the professional advancement of female staff and administrators.

The year 2020 brought with it so many unimaginable challenges and unfathomable circumstances along with a comparable number of opportunities for members of the UAB community. Recognizing the year that we experienced was far from “normal,” CSW wants to honor and acknowledge all individuals and/or departments that went above and beyond to persevere in their efforts over the last 12 months.

View the acknowledgments below:


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The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host “An Evening with Alice Walker” in honor of Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 18, at 5:00 p.m.

Walker is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include many collections of short stories, children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Walker made history as the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature as well as the National Book Award in 1983 for her novel, "The Color Purple." The award-winning novel served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film and was adapted into a New York City Broadway Theatre stage play in 2005. 

This event is co-sponsored by UAB’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs, Institute for Human Rights, Commission on the Status of Women, African American Studies Program, UAB Graduate School, and the University of Alabama's Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the University of Alabama in Huntsville's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Samford University's Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives.

The virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register at