The Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) provides leadership for the Senate. The Senate Executive Committee is composed of:

  • Four officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair and Associate Chair)
  • Six Standing Committee Chairs (Curriculum, Research, Faculty Development, Finance, Governance & Operations, Policies & Procedures)
  • Two Senators-at-Large
  • Chair of the Undergraduate Committee (ex-officio)
  • Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee (ex-officio)
  • Senate Parliamentarian (ex-officio)

The Senate Executive Committee can make representation in its own name about any matter within the scope of the Senate's responsibilities and functions when, in the committee’s judgment, circumstances require action before it is possible to convene a meeting of the Senate.  In such instances, the committee will be guided by its best judgment regarding the intention of the Senate.

The Senate Executive Committee serves in an advisory role to Senate standing committees.  Senate standing committees should make reports to the Chair of the Senate at least two days prior to the next meeting of the Senate Executive Committee.

The FSEC also meets once a month with the UAB President and Provost to discuss the needs and responsibilities of the faculty and to provide advice to the President and Provost.

Chair of Faculty Senate
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ria hearldKristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration. Her educational background includes a Masters of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UAB, Ria worked for Medical Advantage Group in East Lansing, Michigan, where she served as a consultant and manager for a 200-member independent physician association and a 140-member physician-hospital organization. Her primary research has focused on health care of vulnerable populations, global health, maternal and child health, health disparities, and mental health outcomes. Ria's research has benefited from sociological and economic perspectives gained through training in an interdisciplinary program, and from six years of experience working in the private sector as a consultant to physicians associated with hospital systems.

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mike sloaneSenator, CAS (2015-2019)
Faculty Senate Liaison for College of Arts and Sciences (2015-present)
Chair, Faculty Development Committee (2015-2017)
Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee (2015-present)
Liaison, Committee on Academic Advising (2015-present)

Mike Sloane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (CAS) and since 2004 has served as Director of the University Honors Program, UAB’s flagship honors program founded in 1983. Born and raised in Ireland, he received a BA and MA in Psychology from University College Dublin; a Kleine Deutsche Sprachdiplom from the Goethe Institut (Ireland) and Ludwig- Maximillians Universitat in Munich, Germany; and a Diploma in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin. Mike completed his doctoral work at the Cresap Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University, where he played club rugby in the Big Ten conference. He joined the UAB Dept. of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in September 1982 at the ripe age of 25. He directed the departmental Honors Program for over 12 years, served as Director of Undergraduate Studies, and was the first Vice Chair of the department. In the mid 1980s he launched the Psychology Club, facilitated the development of UAB's chapter of Psi Chi, and organized the annual Southeastern Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, which ran for 21 years. He was also instrumental in instigating and funding the department's annual John W.P. Ost Undergraduate Research Competition, now in its 30th year. Mike directed the cognitive science minor and the doctoral program in cognitive science. He was awarded ‘Outstanding Teacher in the UAB Honors Program’ in 2000 and was awarded the President’s Teaching Award in 2007 as well as being UAB’s nominee for the ‘Professor of the Year’ to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

A leader in honors education at the nation al level, Mike has served as President of the Southern Regional Honors Council, hosted an SRHC annual conference here in Birmingham in 2008, and was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the professional organization for all honors programs and colleges with over 900 member institutions. Mike has served on the NCHC’s Conference Planning Committee for many years and has chaired the student posters competition since 2011. The NCHC established the Sloane Prize in Undergraduate Research (S.P.U.R.) given to student winners in each of ten categories. Mike has co-chaired the NCHC’s Research Committee with Dr. Marca Wolfensberger (University of Utrecht) and is active in NCHC’s Beginning in Honors training institutes for new honors directors and deans.

Mike was elected as CAS senator in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and has served as the CAS Liaison throughout this tenure. He was instrumental in launching the CAS Faculty Senate Caucus and served as its chair in the first year of its existence. He was the inaugural Chair of the newly-formed Faculty Development Committee and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2015. He has served as a liaison for the Committee on Academic Advising since 2015. In 2016, Mike received the “Outstanding New Faculty Senate Member.”

Past-Chair of Faculty Senate
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Jamey WorrellJames L “Jamey” Worrell, Ph.D., CPA, CISA, CIA is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Collat School of Business. He holds a BS (Accounting), M.Acc. (Accounting Information Systems) and Ph.D. (Business Administration: Management Information Systems) from Florida State University and has been on faculty at UAB since 2008. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, focusing primarily on accounting information systems, internal auditing, information technology auditing, and information technology governance. His current research interests include ES/ERP post-implementation alignment, information technology governance, and the intersection of auditing and information systems. In the Collat School of Business, he has served as the Director of Undergraduate Accounting Program, Accounting AACSB Accreditation Coordinator and recently completed two terms as Chair of the CSOB Faculty Affairs Committee. In the professional community, he has served on the Board of the Birmingham Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) since 2009 and finished his second term as Chapter President in 2016. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he worked as a Senior Auditor for the Florida Department of Transportation, IT Internal Audit Manager for a Fortune 1000 financial services firm and was a Senior Consultant for “Big 4” public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Operational Systems Risk Management group. He was elected to the Faculty Senate in 2014 and served on a variety of university and Faculty Senate committees and university-wide task forces since 2014.

Associate Chair of Faculty Senate
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claudio busettiniClaudio Busettini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Optometry. Dr. Busettini holds a Dr. in Engineering degree (electronic engineering), a Ph.D. degree (bioengineering) and a 2-year specialization in clinical engineering, all from the University of Trieste, Italy. His teaching at the professional and graduate levels and his research are focused on eye movements in humans and non-human primates. After 6 years in the laboratory of Dr. Fred Miles at the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, he joined the School of Optometry at UAB in 1997 as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Mays. He gradually moved through the ranks to the current position of tenured Associate Professor. His main research focus in monkeys is on how eye movements are programmed in complex 3-D environments and the mechanism that maintain binocular alignment, which failure causes strabismus. In humans, the use of eye movements as diagnostic tools for various neurological conditions, including concussion and cerebral palsy.

Dr. Busettini served on the UAB Faculty Senate from 2002 to 2004 and then again from 2014. He has been a member of the Faculty Policies and Procedures since 2014, currently serve as vice-chair. He is also serving as Associate Chair of the Senate. As University-wide committees, Dr. Busettini focus is on safety and he is a member of the University Safety Committee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee and the Chemical Safety and Environmental Management Committee.

Parliamentarian of Faculty Senate
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Mike WyssJ. Michael Wyss, Ph.D., is Professor Cell Biology, Medicine, Neurobiology, and Psychology and Director, Center for Community Outreach Development (CORD). He received a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976. During his postdoctoral studies at Washington University School of Medicine, he applied cell biological methods to elucidate the role of the limbic cortex in behavior and autonomic control and has continued to expand this research at Birmingham (1979-present). Other studies are testing the mechanisms by which a decrease in norepinephrine release in the anterior hypothalamic nucleus leads to of salt-sensitive hypertension.

As Director of CORD, he leads many of UAB's K-12 research and outreach programs to area K-12 students. He is Chair of the UAB Conflict of Interest Review Board. Dr. Wyss has served as Chair of the UAB Faculty Senate in 2017-2018 and has served on the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee since 2011.

Chair of Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC)
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Dan GivanDr. Daniel Givan is a Professor of Restorative Sciences at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and serves as Associate Chair for the Department, Division Head of Prosthodontics, and as the Director of Digital Dentistry and Clinical Laboratory Services. He is actively involved in clinical prosthodontics and has lectured nationally and internationally with an emphasis in occlusion, implantology, and digital dentistry. Dr. Givan received his dental degree from the University of Mississippi in 1992 and afterward completed a general practice residency and a specialty residency in Prosthodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and has earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on dental materials. He is actively involved in both clinical research and applications of technology to dentistry. Dr. Givan maintains an active faculty practice limited to prosthodontics and is a member of numerous professional organizations including International Association for Dental Research, the American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Osseointegration, and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Givan has served multiple terms on the Faculty Senate numerous time and has actively served on the FPPC since 2013.

Chair of Curriculum Committee
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keshia elderKeshia S. Elder, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O. is an Associate Professor in the School of Optometry where she serves as the Director of Externships. She received her Doctorate of Optometry and her Master of Science in Vision Science degrees from the UAB School of Optometry in 1998. She precepts students in the Contact Lens Clinic and the Primary Care Clinic and serves as the course director for Clinical Management. Her research interests include the effect of various contact lens materials and corneal surgeries on dry eye syndrome and health disparities related to primary eye care. Dr. Elder is a member of the Lectures and Workshops Committee for the American Academy of Optometry, an Associate Editor for Optometric Education, the Applicant Pool Development Task Force Liaison to the ASCO Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee and the Chair-Elect for the ASCO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SIG. Dr. Elder was elected to the Senate in 2018 and currently serves as the Chair for the Curriculum Committee.

Chair of Research Committee
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Tapan MehtaDr. Mehta's faculty bio sketch can be viewed here. Dr. Mehta started his intermittent Senate service in 2015. He served as a Faculty Senate Representative on committees such as a IT Faculty Consulting Group with Dr. Curt Carver, IT Strategic Advisory Committee and Process Improvement Task Force, and Research Council University Wide committee. He is currently serve as a Chair of the Research Committee.

Chair of Finance Committee
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a zajacAllan Zajac, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Microbiology. He completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology and virology at the University of Warwick, England (B.Sc with honors, 1991). In 1991, he moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he conducted doctoral studies on anti-viral cellular immunity. After completion of his graduate work in 1996, he continued to pursue his interest in viral immunology as a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Allan joined the Department of Microbiology as an assistant professor in 1999. His current major research interests are defining how the immune response protects against pathogens and understanding why these responses fail to contain chronic infections. Allan was elected to the Faculty Senate in 2016 and currently serves as chair of the finance committee.

Chair of Faculty Development Committee
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loretta taylor leeLoretta Taylor Lee, Ph.D., CRNP, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science (nursing) from the University of Alabama and both Master of Science and Ph.D. in nursing from UAB. Additionally, Dr. Lee is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). She teaches both graduate and doctorate courses, focusing primarily on the FNP track and Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Her current research interests include self-management for chronic diseases, specifically diabetes, and obesity for underrepresented populations. Dr. Lee says, “In my clinical practice, I have witnessed firsthand the limited access to healthcare for some individuals from underrepresented and vulnerable populations. These experiences inform my desire to use research and evidence-based practice to improve the health outcomes for all populations.”

Dr. Lee started her Senate service in 2018 and received the Outstanding New Senator Award for 2018-2019. She served as a Senator on the Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Senate Election Committee, Title IX Director Search Committee and the Faculty Senate Liaison for the Commission on the Status of Women. Currently, she serves as the Chair for the Faculty Development Committee.

Chair of Governance and Operations Committee 
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phillip musaDr. Musa has served on the faculty senate in one capacity or other for most of his years at UAB. He is a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and serves as Chair of the Senate Governance and Operations (G&O) standing committee and liaison to Collat School of Business. The G&O committee reviews the Senate Bylaws, Constitution, and Appendices. It also works with the Associate Chair of the Senate to conduct Senate elections. The G&O chair is responsible for forwarding to the FSEC reports from certain University-wide committee senate representative. G&O also reports on liaisons’ communications to the units they represent, as well as providing attendance reports on senate and executive committee meetings. Professor Musa’s other roles include serving as Senate Representative on the Advisory Council to UAB’s Center for Teaching and Learning and on the Maximization of Utilization of Space Team (MUST). He is also on the UAB Athletics Advisory Committee.

Dr. Philip Musa is a Professor of Management and Information Systems in the Collat School of Business. He has secondary appointments to the School of Engineering (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department), School of Medicine (Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging) and UAB’s Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. His educational and research backgrounds include Information Systems, Operations Management, Epidemiology/Public Health, and Electrical Engineering. He has published dozens of research papers in academic journals and conference proceedings that span the disciplines mentioned above. He has and continues to serve on several editorial boards.

A licensed professional engineer, Dr. Musa’s industry experience is in integrated circuit chips/semiconductor processing (ion implantation) and testing. His teaching experiences cut across Business, Healthcare, and Electrical Engineering. He has chaired and/or served on several Ph.D. dissertation committees. Dr. Musa’s other professional services include that of “Opponent” for a Doctoral Dissertation defence at the Stockholm University/Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and as External Examiner of a Doctoral thesis at the University of the West Indies. He is on the Fulbright Specialist roster and serves on UAB’s Fulbright scholar committee, and has served as a board member of UAB’s National Alumni Society.

Professor Musa is a member of several professional organizations such as the Association for Information Systems, American Public Health Association, Delta Omega (Public Health Honor Society), Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Project Management Institute.

Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee
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Karolina Mukhtar. Dr. Karolina Mukhtar is a broadly trained molecular plant biologist with over fifteen years of experience studying various aspects of plant-microbe interactions using genetic and biochemical approaches. After obtaining her Biology degree she worked as a teaching assistant for Cell Biology and then became an IMPRS doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute. Her dissertation described the quantitative basis of plant resistance to two deadly phytopathogens. She graduated summa cum laude and was nominated for the Otto Hahn Medal, the highest academic honor for young scientists awarded by the Max-Planck Society.

Subsequently, Karolina conducted post-doc research in the laboratory of Dr. Xinnian Dong (a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator) at Duke University, where she studied the molecular basis of plant immunity to a bacterial phytopathogen Pseudomonas syringae. Her work was focused on transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of plant immunity as well as pathogen-triggered manipulation of plant hormone signaling. This work uncovered the existence of a previously unknown transcriptional growth-to-defense molecular switch in plants; the research resulted in a number of publications in high impact journals including Science, Current Biology, the EMBO Journal, and Genes and Development.

Karolina joined UAB in 2010 as Assistant Professor, and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2016. She serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Biology. Research in Karolina’s lab at UAB focuses on the interface between the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and several of its most devastating pathogens, including fungi and bacteria. At the center of her research program is the Unfolded Protein Response. Karolina is also highly committed to teaching at K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. She had served as the Associate Director of Biology Graduate Program. In 2013, she was named one of the 11 inaugural UAB Faculty Fellows in Service Learning. In addition, she pursues a very active educational outreach program directed to K-12 teachers and students funded through her NSF-CAREER award and in the framework of the UAB-CORD and ASIM/AMSTI programs. Karolina is also implementing sustainability in her classroom curricula through her participation in the UAB Red Mountain Project.

Karolina puts a special emphasis on the development and implementation of instructional strategies for teaching students with various learning disabilities. In Spring 2015, Karolina was named the Outstanding Faculty Mentor by the Office of Disability Support Services.

Karolina was elected to UAB Senate in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. She has also been serving as CAS Caucus Chair since 2016. She joined the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in February 2018.

Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
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""Douglas “Doug” Moellering, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Health Professions, and Department of Nutrition Sciences. He also serves as the Director of the Bioanalytical Redox Biology (BARB) Core, serving multiple investigators in measuring functional mitochondrial physiology, bioenergetics, enzyme activity, markers of oxidative stress, and/or reactive oxygen species formation. Doug’s collaborative research interests support accumulating evidence that many chronic diseases involve mitochondrial dysfunction, retrograde redox mitochondrial signaling and free radical-mediated tissue injury. His UAB Faculty Profile can be viewed here.

He has served as the School of Health Professions liaison to the Undergraduate Curriculum committee (UCC) 2015-17, UCC secretary 2016-17, UCC Vice-Chair 2017-2019, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Chair of the Faculty Development Grant Program
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karen cropseyDr. Cropsey is a clinical psychologist and the Conatser Turner Endowed Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at UAB. She completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin in Psychology. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Indiana State University. She completed two fellowships in Addiction and Forensics and is a certified forensic evaluator. Her research interests include developing treatment interventions for patients with substance use disorders, with a particular focus on smoking cessation and opioid treatment interventions. She has been continuously funded by the NIH for the past 15 years and is the Principal Investigator on three NIH-funded grants. She has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and she is an Associate Editor for Drug and Alcohol Dependence. She regularly serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Cropsey started her Faculty Senate service in 2016. She has served as Chair of the Faculty Development Grant Program Committee since Fall 2017. She is also currently serving as Senator-at-Large on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

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Emma O'Hagan headshotEmma O’Hagan, MLIS, is an Instructor and Librarian in the Anesthesiology Library (part of Lister Hill Library Of Health Sciences/UAB Libraries) and plays an integral part in supporting the clinical research of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She has served the Faculty Senate, representing the faculty of the UAB Libraries, since 2018, and as Faculty Senate Liaison for 2018-2019. She has served as the Secretary of the Faculty Senate Governance & Operations Committee since 2018. Ms. O’Hagan serves as the Faculty Senate’s Representative on the Library Advisory Committee to the Dean, since 2018. Her faculty profile can be viewed here.

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kelly hillKelly Hill, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She teaches Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Hill is the graduate program director for Elementary and Early Childhood Education in the SOE. She is currently the director of the Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center and is the primary investigator on a National Professional Development grant through the Office of English Language Acquisition which focuses on preparing early childhood teachers to work effectively with dual language learners and their families. Her research focuses on teacher education, family engagement, and language and literacy development for young emergent bilingual learners. Dr. Hill was elected to the faculty senate in 2019. She serves on the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee, the Election Committee, and as Senator-at-large.