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 Secretary)
  • Six Standing Committee Chairs (Curriculum, Research, Faculty Affairs, 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)
  • Faculty Ombudsperson (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 five 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.

Please see the links in the left sidebar to access information relating to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

Chair of Faculty Senate
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Mike WyssJ. Michael Wyss, PhD, 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 and has served on the FPPC since 2011.

Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate and Chair of Finance Committee
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Jamey WorrellJames L “Jamey” Worrell, PhD, 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 task forces.

Past-Chair of Faculty Senate
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John MayerJohn C. Mayer, PhD, joined the mathematics faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984 and is currently professor and associate chair of mathematics. He is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College (BS-1967-ΦΒΚ) and the University of Florida (PhD-1982), and completed post-doctoral studies in topology at the University of Saskatchewan (1982-84). His research interests are in topology and discrete dynamical systems. His most cited research article is “A Topological Characterization of R-trees” but his favorite research article is “An explosion point for the set of endpoints of the Julia set of λ exp(z).” He is a winner of the George Polya Award (1989) of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) for an outstanding expository paper, the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1997), and the MAA Southeastern Section Distinguished Service award (2014). He has six graduated PhD students in mathematics, and also works closely with members of the faculty of education at UAB. He is principal investigator (PI) of the Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership, which has received National Science Foundation funding, and in which UAB, Birmingham-Southern College, and nine school districts in the Birmingham area have been partners. He is currently Co-Director of UABTeach, a new program started in Fall 2014 for the education of future high school teachers of science, mathematics, and engineering.

Dr. Mayer was on the committee that drafted the current constitution of the UAB Faculty in 1994-95, and has served on the Faculty Senate from time to time, most recently as a CAS Senator, chair of the Curriculum Committee, and chair of the Academic Programs Review Committee, 2012-2014, as Chair-Elect and member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee in 2015-2016, and as Chair of the Faculty for 2016-2017.

Secretary 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 Masters of Philosophy degree from 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.

Parliamentarian of Faculty Senate
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higginbottom bakerPat Higginbottom, MLIS, AHIP is an associate professor and serves as associate director for public services at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. She received her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Alabama in 1993 and has been at LHL since then, serving in a variety of positions. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and participated in the UAB BLAZE Leadership program in 2010/11.

Higginbottom served on the UAB Faculty Senate when it was initially formed in 1995, again from 2006 until 2008, and served as Secretary of the Senate from 2012-2014. She has served on all of the standing committees at one time or another and was chair of the Governance and Operations Committee from 2006 until 2008.

Chair of Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee (FPPC)
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Chair of Curriculum Committee
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Lee MoradiLee Moradi, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Engineering (SoE), Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also the Director of Engineering & Innovative Technology Development (EITD) at UAB SoE. He received a B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and has accumulated 40 years of experience in engineering design of complex structures and aerospace hardware. Through the EITD organization, Dr. Moradi manages multi-million dollar projects for NASA in support of their cold stowage requirements on the International Space Station. He is responsible for the administrative and technical management of a multi-discipline Division of 40 engineers and technicians. Dr. Moradi has extensive industry experience in the commercial, nuclear, DoD, and space industries.

Within academia, Dr. Moradi collaborates with various PI’s at UAB, nationally, and with NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). His collaborations extend to Southern Research (SR) and DoE with regards to the on real-time sensor development to detect toxic metals in discharge water from coal power plants, UAB Hospital and School of Medicine for development of novel medical devices, the UAB Lakeshore Foundation for development of rehabilitations devices, Aldridge Gardens for development of enhanced methods of food sources, and other UAB schools and departments for various device development. Dr. Moradi serves on the thesis and dissertation committees of several UAB students spanning across SoE Departments as well as other schools at UAB, i.e. School of Optometry.

In the area of Shared Governance and the UAB Core Values, Dr. Moradi currently serves as a Faculty Senator and the Liaison for SoE and serves as the Chair of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee. He also serves on the Culture of Safety Taskforce which is preparing a uniform policy across the UAB campus for laboratory safety requirements and reports directly to the VP of Research. Previously, Dr. Moradi has also served on the Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee and the Career Ladder Committee . In these capacities, Dr. Moradi’s reach is campus wide and promotes UAB’s vision.

Chair of Research Committee
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Tapan Mehta...

Chair of Faculty Development Committee
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Mike Sloane...


Chair of Governance and Operations Committee 
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Yabing ChenYabing Chen, PhD is Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pathology as well as Principal Investigator at the Birmingham VA Medical Research Division.  Since joined the faculty of Department of Pathology at UAB in June 2004, Dr. Chen's research focusing on molecular mechanism of pathogenesis of cardiovascular and cancer has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Veteran's Affair Research Department.  She serves as an editorial board member for two top cardiovascular journals, Circulation Research, and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, as well as the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the American Heart AHA and vice-chair of the ATVB Committee on Scientific Sessions Program of the AHA. Dr. Chen has served on several review panels for the NIH and AHA as an Ad Hoc reviewer in the past few years, and she is currently a regular member of the NIH Vascular Cell and Molecular Biology study section. Dr. Chen was elected as a faculty senator for the JHS in 2014,  she is currently the chair of the Governance and Operations Committee.

Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee
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David ChaplinDavid D. Chaplin, MD, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Medicine. He is a graduate of Harvard College (AB, 1973) and Washington University in St. Louis (MD and PhD, 1980). Following medical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital (U of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, 1980-1982) and postdoctoral training in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School (1982-1984), he joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Genetics, and as Associate Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. There, he became Director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Medicine in 1994. In 2001, he joined the faculty of UAB as the Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair of Microbiology, a position he held until 2012. He is now Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the School of Medicine, and Director of the Training Academy in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Chaplin’s research has focused on the ways in which cytokines of the lymphotoxin/tumor necrosis factor family govern the organogenesis and maintenance of secondary lymphoid tissues. He also has studied the ways in which innate and adaptive immune effector pathways work together to cause the inflammatory reactions that underlie human asthma.

Dr. Chaplin has served on the Faculty Senate Research Committee since 2013 (chairing the cmte in 2014-2015) and serves as chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee since its inception in March 2016.

Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
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Cheryl Robinson

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helZdenek Hel is a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Department of Microbiology at UAB and a senior researcher at the Center for AIDS Research, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and several other research centers. His research interests include HIV-1 immunology, transmission, pathogenesis, vaccine design, cancer immunology, and immune therapy. Immunology is his passion, with a deep interest and current work regarding the pathogenesis of HIV-1 infection and mechanisms of HIV-1 transmission. Dr. Hel obtained a M.Sc. degree (honors) at Charles University, Prague, a Ph.D. degree in experimental medicine (honors) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He joined the UAB faculty in 2003 to take advantage of the UAB Center for AIDS Research and to develop relationships with scientists who were interested in developing translational research. Dr. Hel has a long-standing interest in understanding the pathogenic and immunological mechanisms of HIV-1 infection and in the search for strategies that may help treat or prevent HIV-1/AIDS. Nationally, he serves as ad hoc member on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study Sections and on the Research Evaluation and Decision Panel of the AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR). Internationally, Dr. Hel serves on the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Committee of the International AIDS Society, as an evaluator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Scholarship, as a consultant for World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as an ad hoc member of grant evaluation committees of the Ministry of Education of Czech Republic, Czech Science Foundation, and South African Medical Research Council. Dr. Hel has participated in the organization of multiple clinical trials.

Dr. Hel has served on the Faculty Senate as an Alternate-Senator in the 2010-2012 term, as a Senator in the 2012-2014 term, and is currently serving as an Alternate-Senator in the 2016-2018 term. Dr. Hel is serving as a Senator-at-Large on the Faculty Senate Executive committee for 2016-2017.

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