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Scott Phillips

Scott L. Phillips, Ph.D.

Executive Director, CTL and Quality Improvement
Associate Professor of Music Technology
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Scott has led the CTL since 2015. Under his direction, the Center has seen unprecedented growth and hundreds of faculty members and teachers representing all of UAB’s schools and the College of Arts and Sciences have participated in thousands of hours of teacher development workshops. The CTL’s Teaching Certification program was featured in the October 2018 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Scott also serves as UAB’s Quality Enhancement Plan Director and oversees several student-facing university-wide offices including the Office of the Blazer Core Curriculum, the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, the Office of National and International Fellowships and Scholarships, and the University Writing Center. He also serves as Head University Commencement Marshal, organizing and directing the movement of students, faculty, and UAB leadership at the university’s annual Spring, Summer, and Fall commencement ceremonies.

Scott has over 25 years of teaching experience and has taught at UAB since 2008. He holds a tenured appointment as Associate Professor of Music Technology. In addition to an outstanding record of university teaching, Phillips has extensive experience in music and video production. He is also an active scholar whose interests include the use of technology in teaching and curriculum development. He frequently makes presentations and leads panels at top education, music, and technology conferences. His book, Beyond Sound: The College and Career Guide in Music Technology is published by Oxford University Press. Phillips is Past-President of the National Association for Technology in Music Instruction, and former Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee of the College Music Society.


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Brian C. Moon, MM

Associate Director
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Brian is the Associate Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning and a co-presenter for the Teaching Effectiveness workshop series. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999 with a concentration in music technology, and soon after graduation, began teaching as an adjunct instructor with UAB's Department of Music. In 2008, he earned his Masters in Music Composition from Birmingham-Southern College, incorporating technology, educational pedagogy, and course development within his studies.

Brian’s teaching experience has touched all ages. He has worked in the K-12 environment, as well as in the university. He has taught music and music technology classes for Birmingham-Southern College and UAB’s Department of Music.  In addition to his passion for creative and innovative teaching, Brian is an active composer with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and a musician, playing in several local rock bands.


Melissa Hawkins

Melissa W. Hawkins, Ed.S.

International Teaching and Learning Specialist
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Melissa has over two decades of experience in the fields of English language teaching and international education including university teaching in Belgium, Japan, and the United States. She also teaches in the UAB School of Education’s MA-TESOL program as an adjunct instructor. She has an Educational Specialist degree in ESL from UAB and a Master's degree in TESOL from the University of Alabama. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Studies of Diverse Populations at UAB with an emphasis in Pedagogical Studies and TESOL. Her research interests include language learning strategies, language learner identities, and the impact of university internationalization on teaching practices. Whether she is working with instructors, teachers-in-training, or students, she enjoys the privilege of getting to know people from all over the globe, helping to facilitate best practices in teaching and learning, and observing intercultural communication in action.


Krista Long

Krista Long

Administrative Associate
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Krista is the Administrative Associate for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Prior to working at UAB, Krista worked for five years at one of Birmingham's premier executive clubs where she coordinated memberships, organized events, and developed relationships with some of Birmingham's highest ranking business and educational professionals.


Tino Unlap

Tino Unlap, Ph.D., CRA

CTL Teaching Foundations Workshop Director
Professor and Biotechnology Program Director
School of Health Professions, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
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Dr. Unlap joined the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2014 in a part-time role to create and lead the Teaching Foundations series of workshops. A highly regarded educator, and Recipient of the UAB President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Unlap maintains a faculty appointment in the UAB School of Health Professions.

Dr. Unlap received his PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Kansas State University followed by postdoctoral training at the UAB Cancer Center. From 2000-2007 he was a faculty member in the Division of Nephrology but left for a faculty appointment at the Tulane School of Medicine. Dr. Unlap returned to UAB in the spring of 2008 to help start the Biotech Program where he now serves as a faculty member and Director.


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