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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.


Priscilla Hancock Cooper

Priscilla Hancock Cooper
Board Co-Chair
Interim President and CEO
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Alison Grizzle

Alison Grizzle, EdD
Board Chair
Education Specialist
Alabama State Department of Education

Tina Hoffmeister

Tina Hoffmeister
Nominating Committee Chair
Executive Director
Alabama Germany Partnership

Waymond Jackson

Waymond Jackson
Vice President, Education and Workforce Development
Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)

Sally Mackin

Sally Mackin
Executive Director
Woodlawn Foundation

 Fred McCallum

Fred McCallum
AT&T of Alabama

Martin Nalls

Martin Nalls, EdD
Outreach Committee Chair
Director of Support Services
Homewood City Schools

Julie Paul

Julie Paul
ESL Teacher
Glen Iris Elementary, Birmingham City Schools

Jennifer Reed-Taunton

Jennifer Reed-Taunton
Development Committee Chair
Science Teacher
Albertsville High School

Ina-Mae Sher

Ina-Mae Sher, EdD
Assistant Professor
Miles College


Mission Statement

Developing and sharing knowledge to support education, health, and wellness professionals

Vision Statement

To enhance our national reputation by addressing global challenges in education, health, and wellness on a local level


We believe in:

Celebrating and honoring diversity.

  • We will recruit, welcome, and support faculty, staff, and students from all races, ethnicities, cultural and language backgrounds, gender expressions, identities, and underrepresented populations.
  • We will strive to present multiple perspectives of knowledge and content.

Promoting student-centered learning.

  • We will employ interactive and engaging instructional practices.
  • We will encourage input, interaction, and collaboration between students and instructors and among students and student-led organizations.
  • We will design instruction to address multiple learning styles.

Partnering with our communities.

  • We will actively engage with, and participate in, a wide variety of campus, local, regional, national, and international professional communities.
  • We will strengthen existing, and forge new, mutually beneficial and innovative partnerships with schools, foundations, service organizations, and public agencies in Birmingham and beyond.
  • We will engage and work with one another in the UAB School of Education to establish and nurture a professional culture of care, inquiry, and collaboration.

Committing to excellence in practice.

  • We will be outstanding role models, delivering high quality instruction through the use of equitable and innovative practices.
  • We will engage in high quality, ethical, scholarly activities and seek to disseminate research findings and new knowledge.
  • We will be respectful and responsive to one another and to all constituent groups.

Faculty Positions


Staff Positions

  • There are currently no open staff positions in the UAB School of Education.


UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.