Virtual Seminar Schedule Blog BannerIn partnership with Alabama ADVANCE, the UAB Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host virtual seminars to discuss the advancement of women in academic STEM. The topics for the series will cover the recruitment and retention of women and minorities, tenure in STEM fields, the balance of work and family, and many others. 

The virtual seminar series will be held monthly and will feature various speakers from UAB and surrounding ADVANCE institutions. Registration is open and required for all sessions. All attendees must register using the Zoom Webinar registration. 



November 2021

November 2021

The Underrepresentation of Women, Especially Women of Color, in Academic Leadership and Decision-making Positions

November 18, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Cynthia Warrick, Ph.D., R.Ph.
President at Stillman College

Dr. Cynthia Warrick serves as president of Stillman College. A pharmacist and health services researcher, Dr. Warrick has 20 years of Higher Education experience as Faculty and Administrator. Recent Executive Leadership positions include: Interim President of Grambling State University and South Carolina State University. Dr. Warrick began her academic career on the faculty of Howard University, followed by appointments at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Texas Southern University, Florida A&M University, and at Elizabeth City State University. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Warrick received the BS in Pharmacy from Howard University; MS in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and the PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University.

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February 2022

Culture and Climate of Academic Departments and STEM Organizations

February 15, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Kecia M. Thomas Ph.D.,
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Thomas currently serves as the Dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the leadership team at UAB, Dr. Thomas was the Senior Associate Dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia where she began her career in 1993 as a Professor of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and African-American Studies. Dr. Thomas is an expert in the psychology of workplace diversity. Her scholarship and institutional engagements focus on the issues of strategic diversity recruitment, supporting diversity in STEM workplaces, and understanding the career experiences of high potential women of color. She is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as the first I/O diversity textbook Diversity Dynamics in the Workplace (Thomson Wadsworth).

Annice Yarber-Allen, Ph.D.,
Dean, College of Letter and Sciences at Columbus State University

Dr. Yarber-Allen serves as the dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at Columbus State University in Georgia. She has been serving as the interim dean of the College since June 2019. Dr. Yarber-Allen joined the faculty at the university in 2018 as a professor and chair of the department of criminal justice and sociology. Earlier, she chaired the department of sociology, anthropology, and geography at the Montgomery, Alabama, campus of Auburn University. Dr. Yarber-Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also earned a master of social work degree at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

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March 2022

The Relevance of HBCUs in STEM Education

March 9, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Marcia Owens J.D., Ph.D.,
Director, Center for Faculty ADVANCEment at FAMU Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Policy at Florida A & M University

Biochemical researcher, environmental lawyer, ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Dr. Marcia Allen Owens has had a lifetime of being first and only, an intersectional minority among minorities. The first Black woman to earn tenure in the Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Environment, she still hears from students that she is the first Black woman to teach them in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) class (K-20). An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Owens earned degrees from Jackson State University and Emory University (J.D., Ph.D., M.Div.).

Ansley Abraham, Ph.D.,
Director, SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program at Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Ansley Abraham joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 1985 as a research associate and became the founding director of the State Doctoral Scholars Program in 1993. Under Ansley’s direction, the Doctoral Scholars Program has developed into a nationally recognized program for producing minority Ph.D.s who seek faculty careers. The program hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring — the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the nation. Ansley’s previous work at SREB covered perception of campus climate by minority- and majority-group students on historically black and predominantly white campuses and studies on statewide assessments and placement, college-level standards and the need for developmental education. He earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in sociology and psychology from Florida State University. He also worked as a program specialist in the Florida Department of Education and as a management analyst in the Florida governor’s office.

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