Sam Brown 500X729Dr. Sam BrownEstablished in 2009, The Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award recognizes a UAB faculty or staff member who embodies Dr. Brown’s vision, character, and bridge-building talents which are vital to the University’s growth and success and who, like Dr. Brown, demonstrates a deep and abiding commitment to collaborating across campus that enhances the research and teaching activities of the University.

Dr. Sam Brown was uniquely talented in facilitating partnerships and nurturing positive relationships among faculty and staff across campus that were vital to the future of UAB. At the time, UAB was in its infancy, deeming Dr. Brown’s approach and attitude particularly impactful. He assisted center directors in planning, organizing, and implementing interdisciplinary research and training centers. He successfully assisted in developing grant applications for external funding. He also served on numerous center advisory and management committees. Dr. Brown’s influence in interdisciplinary research extended to the national level—he was the first non-clinician to be elected President of the American Association for Cancer Education; chaired the executive committee for the Health Sciences Consortium for Instructional Materials, served on the National Arthritis Advisory Board; and served on the advisory committee for the National Fund for Medical Education. He also was a member of the NIH Study Group that reviewed applications for Multipurpose Arthritis Centers.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UAB encourages those making awards, and those naming selection committees for awards to keep in mind the diversity, equity, and inclusion values and goals of both the UAB strategic plan Forging the Future and of the Strategic Diversity Plan.  We strive to make sure everybody counts, every day, and that we actively seek varied perspectives in our decision-making, including when recognizing our faculty with awards.

Past Recipients

2021
Dr. Timothy R. Nagy
2021
Department of Nutrition Sciences
2020
Dr. Jeffery T. Walker
2020
Department of Social Work
2019
Dr. Barbara A. Gower
2019
Department of Nutrition Sciences
2018
Dr. Scott Phillips
2018
UAB Center for Teaching and Learning
2017
Dr. Patricia A. Patrician
2017
UAB School of Nursing
2016
Dr. Yogesh K. Vohra
2016
UAB Department of Physics
2015
Dr. Lisa Schwiebert
2015
UAB Center for Teaching and Learning
2014
Dr. Jack Lemons
2014
UAB School of Dentistry
2013
Dr. Jennifer Kilgo
2013
UAB School of Education
2013
Dr. Cynthia Ryan
2013
UAB Department of English
2012
Dr. Diane Tucker
2012
UAB Department of Psychology
2012
Dr. Lou Bridges
2012
UAB HSF - Rheumatology

 

Grow the Endowment

Please help us grow the Sam Brown Bridge Builder award fund to further foster interdisciplinary research and relationships.

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Nominations

Nominations will be accepted for the 2022 Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award on March 1, 2022 and must be submitted by April 29, 2022. Nominees should have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to facilitating collaboration and partnership across campus in ways that enhance the research and/or teaching activities of the University. All full time UAB faculty and staff are eligible for this Award.

The primary nominator should submit a letter describing the nominee’s sustained unselfish leadership in fostering the growth and/or development of interdisciplinary collaboration between two or more schools in ways that embodies the vision, character, and bridge-building talents vital to the future of UAB. The letter should describe the impact of the efforts on specific programs or collaborations. As described in the instructions two or more letters supporting the nomination and emphasizing the nominee’s contributions are required. At least one of those letters must come from outside the nominee’s primary school of appointment.

The recipient of the Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award will be recognized at the annual Faculty Awards Convocation and will receive a $2,500 cash award.

Nomination Process

Submit required documents for nomination in electronic format via email to Samil Baker (Director of Communications - Provost) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 29, 2022.

To nominate an UAB faculty or staff member the Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award, please provide the following required information:

  1. Cover Sheet with:
    • Nominee's Name
    • UAB Position
    • Campus Address and Email
  2. At least three letters of support – Please Note: The letters of support are critical to the selection process
    • One (1) of the letters of support should be from the primary nominator
    • Two (2) or more equally thoughtful and carefully crafted supporting letters from across the campus
  3. The nominee's CV or resume is also required and should be emailed with the packet

For questions related to the Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award, contact Office of the Provost at (205) 934-0622 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..