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Priscilla Hancock Cooper

Board Co-Chair
Interim President and CEO
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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Alison Grizzle, EdD

Board Chair
Education Specialist
Alabama State Department of Education
Tine Hoffmeister

Tina Hoffmeister

Nominating Committee Chair
Executive Director
Alabama Germany Partnership
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Waymond Jackson

Vice President, Education and Workforce Development
Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)
Sally Mackin

Sally Mackin

Executive Director
Woodlawn Foundation

Fred McCallum

AT&T of Alabama

Martin Nalls, EdD

Outreach Committee Chair
Director of Support Services
Homewood City Schools
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Julie Paul

ESL Teacher
Glen Iris Elementary, Birmingham City Schools
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Jennifer Reed-Taunton

Development Committee Chair
Science Teacher
Albertsville High School

Ina-Mae Sher, EdD

Assistant Professor
Miles College
Interim Dean Lynn Kirkland

As the Interim Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education, I invite you to partner with our passionate and dedicated community of faculty, staff, and students. Together we will continue to develop premier professionals and advocates in the areas of education, health, and wellness to address disparities in our communities and globally. Our faculty model the change agents that we want our students to be, evidenced by the fact that our faculty and students are deeply embedded and invested in their communities.

The UAB School of Education is unique in our mission. Our varied programming supports students as they strive to become professionals, leaders, and advocates in their respective fields of study. Our research undergirds our work, promoting a level of excellence and equity seen across this dynamic campus. The diversity reflected in our faculty provides a sense of passion and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The UAB School of Education is centrally located in the state to serve communities in the areas of education and health and wellness. Birmingham is in the midst of a renaissance with city-centered housing and urban development, which is reflected in the UAB campus. UAB is known for its innovation and entrepreneurship and the School of Education is no exception. We offer over 70 programs in varied instructional delivery options. Based on economic development and needs of the landscape of our society, we continually create and adapt program offerings.

Building on the UAB message of “Knowledge that will change your world”, we believe that education, health, and wellness are literally the foundation of that statement. As our campus commemorates the 50th anniversary of the UAB campus and the School of Education during this academic year, we encourage you to connect with us as a student or alumni by visiting the campus and School of Education or following us on social media.

Go Blazers!

Lynn Kirkland
Interim Dean, UAB School of Education

The strategic plan set forth below has been developed based on input from School of Education (SOE) faculty, staff, administrators, and students.   Feedback also was solicited from our school district and agency partners.  

As you review this document, you will note that it begins with the SOE’s vision, mission, and core values.  Following this section, the SOE’s pillars of strength and cross-cutting themes are discussed.  The final section outlines the specific goals and objectives of the strategic plan that will be used to realize the promise of the identified pillars of strength.  

Progress toward the accomplishment of the goals of this plan will be assessed annually by the SOE Leadership Team.  An annual progress report will be developed and shared with SOE faculty, staff, and students.  Using input from a team of faculty and staff, the goals of the plan will be adjusted, as needed, based on the results of annual progress assessments.

 Goal I:  Facilitate a Positive, Balanced, and Productive Work Environment

We will differentiate faculty workload, and link it to the accountability system, in order to reflect individual strengths and school/university missions.

Rationale and Readiness:

Enhancing the work environment is important to productivity.  Differentiating faculty workload to address individual strengths and school/program goals is one means to this end.  This practice would allow us to more efficiently deploy our most precious resource—human capital. 

Goal II:  Innovate in Teaching

We will develop, implement, and validate innovative instructional models and strategies for the preparation of education, health, and wellness professionals to serve diverse communities.

Rationale and Readiness:

In order to remain relevant and competitive, the School of Education must innovate to address the current challenges of our society, and adapt to the expectations of the digital natives that are beginning to populate institutions of higher education.   It will be important for us to respond in new and creative ways to market needs in order to leverage our strengths and set us apart from others.  We need to not only embrace ways to serve students well in the local market, but also embrace ways that will expand our market reach, and establish our leadership on the national and international level.

Goal III:  Innovate in Research

We will conduct leading edge, innovative research and scholarly activities addressing today’s most vexing challenges in the areas of education, health, and wellness in order to create a better tomorrow for our community and for our world. 

Rationale and Readiness:

Universities serve a critical role in the creation and dissemination of knowledge.  No other institution in our society is as well-positioned to serve this function.  It is through discovery and the generation of knowledge that we progress as a society and remain strong as a nation.  The UAB School of Education takes this responsibility seriously by conducting innovative, cutting-edge, entrepreneurial research that addresses real-world problems.  We will build on our demonstrated strengths in areas such as literacy/language development, STEM education, the education of diverse populations, and health and wellness issues in creating knowledge that will change the world.

Goal IV:  Innovate in Service

We will work within UAB, the local community, the state, the nation, and beyond to advance the profession and to use our professional expertise to help provide unique perspectives and create innovative approaches in areas of critical need.

Rationale and Readiness:

As leaders in our fields and good citizens of our professions, the faculty and staff of the UAB School of Education have a responsibility to work with partners within UAB, the local community, and beyond in strengthening our profession and making our world a better place.   We will work with these partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to meeting our shared goals.


Goal V:  Establish Our Brand

We will establish a brand to showcase our uniqueness and impact.

Rationale and Readiness:

In order to enhance our competitiveness and distinguish ourselves from others, it is important for us to delineate and communicate our brand.  Our brand will be useful to us in our recruiting efforts, and in communicating with others about our contributions.  It will assist us in raising our profile within the university, as well as within the local, national, and international professional communities.