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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