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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
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If you are looking for a career where you can make a difference, you have come to the right place. At the UAB School of Education, our faculty and staff are fueled by their dedication to excellence in research and to programs that give students the training and knowledge to enhance P-12 education, health, and wellness in Alabama and around the world.

We are teaching students how to implement innovative methods of instruction and showing them new ideas for raising the levels of achievement within underserved urban and rural school districts. And, we are preparing students to become effective leaders with the skills to produce cutting edge research and implement novel ideas that address real-world problems like health disparities, obesity, mental health issues, and illiteracy.

If you are a prospective student, I am excited to tell you about the many degree and certificate programs that our Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers. We have programs in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education, as well as reading education, special education, English as a Second Language, teacher leadership, teacher technology, and school psychometry.

The Department of Human Studies has degree programs in community health and human services, kinesiology, educational leadership, and counselor education. The department also includes faculty with expertise in  educational psychology and research, as well as in educational foundations, which looks at how culture, history, politics, and policy impacts learning and the quality of schools.

For your convenience, we provide a range of online courses and degree programs for busy students like you. You can find more information on this website.

I am proud that so many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers. Many of our alumni work daily with P-12 education and education policy; in fact, several members of our alumni have been recognized as some of Alabama’s top teachers. We also have graduates who are school and mental health counselors, health and wellness professionals, and scientists who are making new discoveries in fields like exercise physiology.

If you are a current student, this website has a Student Services page with helpful resources like the programs of study checklists. From this site, you can also keep up with academic calendars, stay informed about upcoming deadlines, find a scholarship or internship, and access the information you will need to plan your graduation.

Being the Dean of the UAB School of Education is a tremendous honor and a privilege for me. When I consider the enthusiasm of our students, the scholarship and innovation of our faculty and staff, and the knowledge and leadership that our alumni bring to P-12 education, healthcare, and research every day, I know they are changing the world.

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Deborah L. Voltz
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.