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)
  • Seven Standing Committee Chairs (Curriculum; Research; Faculty Development; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Finance; Governance & Operations; Policies & Procedures)
  • Two Senators-at-Large
  • Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum 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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Tapan MehtaMessage from the Chair: I offer my sincere gratitude to all our health care heroes – our clinical colleagues, who have and are helping us be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAB faculty, staff and students have stepped up to this challenge and I am confident that we at UAB will navigate these and other challenges successfully. Voice of the faculty through shared governance has been and will continue to remain one of the most important aspects in our ability to succeed and overcome every challenge.

Shared governance to me has been about developing partnership between the faculty, administration, staff and students to fulfill the mission of the university. Collaboration and open communication are key to implement an effective shared governance model. Through strong collaboration with other constituents of the university, we can work constructively to foster the institutional culture that reflects UAB’s exceptional commitment to research, teaching, service, and patient care. UAB has achieved significant success and completed its 50th year recently with the top young university award. As we grow and transition into a new phase, it will be critical to reform processes, infrastructure, policies and regulations to keep us nimble. Faculty engagement to identify areas in teaching, research, service, patient care, building an enterprising culture, and advocate for working environment that improve our productivity would be critical.

UAB has been my second home since I moved to Birmingham as a graduate student to join the UAB School of Engineering in 2002. I completed my Ph.D. while working as a staff within the School of Public Health and then transitioned to a faculty position in 2013 at the School of Health Professions. This has given me a unique perspective of UAB’s growth over time, understanding the barriers, needs, and the growth opportunities across campus.

I have served as part of the Faculty Senate since 2015. I have served as a Faculty/Senate Representative on university-wide committees such as the IT Faculty Consulting Group with Dr. Curt Carver, IT Strategic Advisory Committee and Process Improvement Task Force, UAB Research Advisory Council, and Budget (RCM) Allocation Committee. I served as the Faculty Senate Research Committee Chair during Fall 2017-Spring 2020. During this time, I had the privilege to work with amazing colleagues from the Research Committee, Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the broader UAB community to advocate in improving the ease of conducting research by improving research infrastructure and promoting research development activities. The initiatives we have led are steadily progressing. I have found sustained and collaborative engagement with the university administration and colleagues, and helping them prioritize the needs of our faculty productive. I have reached out to faculty outside of the Senate to draw upon their expertise and seek their engagement to increase the effectiveness of shared governance.

I am honored to serve as the Chair of the Faculty Senate. I consider it a privilege to serve the UAB community through this role and to contribute to UAB’s growth and success.

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Chair-Elect
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Joe MarchJoe March is a Professor in the department of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences.

In the general chemistry laboratories at UAB, Dr. March has received funding to integrate new technologies and guided inquiry experiments into the laboratory course. In 2005, he acted as the principal investigator on the NSF-funded POGILinPrep grant that adapted the Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry approach to the preparatory chemistry course. This grant resulted in the publication of Introductory Chemistry: A Guided Inquiry approach by Cengage Publishing. Dr. March has also led summer courses for pre- and in-service K-12 teachers that have involve preparing active learning exercises for the laboratory and field testing them under supervision in our summer ChemBridge Program for 9th grade students. Dr. March is currently serving as an Associate Director in the Science and Technology Honors Program.

Dr. March served UAB as Chair of the Faculty Senate in 2006-2007. He served as Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences and as Chair of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, in 2020-2021.

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Past-Chair of Faculty Senate
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Mike SloaneSenator, CAS (2015-2019)
Faculty Senate Liaison for College of Arts and Sciences (2015-2019)
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 B.A. and M.A. 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 national 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.”

Mike served as Chair-Elect in 2019-2020 and served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate during September 2020-August 2021. Mike will serve on the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Executive Committee, this year, as Past-Chair.


Associate Chair of Faculty Senate
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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, as Chair of the Election Committee, and as the Associate Chair of the Faculty Senate. Dr. Hill also serves as the Faculty/Senate Representative on select university-wide committee(s).


Parliamentarian of Faculty Senate
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Ph.D.

Mike WyssJ. Michael Wyss, Ph.D., is a Professor in the department of Cell Biology, Medicine, Neurobiology, and Psychology and the Director of the 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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Ana Oliveira Dr. Ana Oliveira is an Assistant Professor in the department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences. Dr. Oliveira has served on the Faculty Senate, as a Senate member for the School of Health Professions, since Fall 2018. Dr. Oliveira has served on the Curriculum Committee since Fall 2018 and served as committee Vice Chair during 2020-2021.

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Chair of Research Committee
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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. Dr. Cropsey led the Faculty Development Grant Program during Fall 2017-Summer 2020. She has served as the Faculty/Senate representative on multiple university-wide committees. She has served as Chair of the Research Committee since Fall 2020.


Chair of Finance Committee
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Ph.D.

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 B.S. (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.


Chair of Faculty Development Committee
Mike Bertram, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Mike BertramMike Bertram, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the Associate Director for Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center and a Professor in the UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology.

Mike has served as a Senate member, representing faculty in Joint Health Sciences from 2016-present. Mike has served as Faculty/Senate representative on multiple university-wide committees. Mike served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate Finance Committee and on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee during 2020-2021. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Faculty Senate Faculty Development Committee.

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Chair of the Faculty Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (FS-DEIC)
Nabiha Yusuf, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Nabiha YusufI have served as a Senator for the School of Medicine since 2019. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology since 2017, and have been at UAB since 2001. I have a M.S. in Microbiology, a Ph.D. in Immunology, and an M.S.P.H. in Epidemiology. I am involved with research, various teaching and mentorship programs at UAB School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Health. I have been at UAB long enough to understand the issues faced by the faculty here, and the opportunities that are provided by the university. Previously, I have served as a member of the Faculty Policy and Procedures Committee (2019-2020) and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Development Committee (2020-2021). After working in these committees, I gained a deeper understanding of various administrative aspects and resources that are available to the faculty. I also serve as a faculty liaison for Dermatology for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. I believe that issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion should be clearly addressed in our workplace. This has given me a unique perspective on these sensitive issues. By working with our administration, we can provide a conducive teaching, service, and research environment for our faculty to grow and succeed in their careers.

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Chair of Governance and Operations Committee
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Emma O’HaganEmma O’Hagan, MLIS, is an Associate Professor 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.

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Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee
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Daniel Smith Daniel Smith, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in the Department of Nutrition Sciences within the School of Health Professions. Daniel has served as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee of the SHP since 2015 and as Chair of the SHP’s Academic Affairs Committee Graduate Subcommittee from 2017-2019. Within the SHP Daniel has additionally served on the Faculty Affairs Committee, Student Affairs Committee and Honors and Award Committee, and as a SHP representative for the university’s Research Administrators Network Group. Daniel served as the School of Health Professions representative member on the Faculty Senate’s Graduate Curriculum Committee from 2017-2020, including Vice-Chair of the GCC during the 2019-2020 academic year. Daniel has enjoyed getting to know and work with the diverse academic units across campus, and as the current Chair of the GCC looks forward to continue the tradition of promoting academic and educational excellence within the university’s graduate programs.

Daniel’s research background is in biochemistry and genetics, with postdoctoral training focusing on metabolism, physiology and body composition. His research has focused on the contribution and interaction of nutrition, genetics and environmental factors in the modulation of metabolism, aging-related disease and the basic biology of cellular and organismal aging/longevity. His research studies include organisms ranging from yeast to humans. This work investigates nutrient and pharmaceutical interventions to identify genetic and metabolic pathways that mediate aging-related diseases (e.g. cancer, neurodegeneration) and successful aging. He is an active collaborator with investigators across the UAB campus and serves in leadership in service cores focusing on energetics and body composition of animal models offered through the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.

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Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
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Ria HearldKristine Ria Hearld, Ph.D., is an associate 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.

Dr. Hearld has served on the Faculty Senate since 2014. She has served as Senator representing the School of Health Professions, as Associate Chair of the Faculty Senate and as the Faculty/Senate Representative on a multitude of university-wide committees and taskforces. Dr. Hearld served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate during September 2019-August 2020.


Senator-at-Large
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Peggy Biga headshotDr. Peggy Biga is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at UAB. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Physiology at the University of Idaho. Subsequently, Peggy conducted post-doctoral research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Peggy is a broadly trained comparative biologist and her work focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating body size and muscle growth in organisms and the role of nutrition and epigenetics in growth maintenance.

In 2019, Peggy was awarded a 2-year Science and Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where she worked at the United States Department of Agriculture (Office of the Chief Scientist) in Washington, D.C. Her work was focused on STEM education, nutrition and health policy, scientific integrity, data management policy, and diversity and equity policy.

Outside of the biology-related research Peggy conducts, she is also focused on elevating science policy education and undergraduate curriculum reform at UAB. She is currently a UAB Signature Core Curriculum Faculty Fellow (2021-2023), serves on the CAS Curriculum and Education Policies Committee, and is the co-director of a new graduate certificate program in Science Policy (approved by Board of Trustees 9-15-2021, awaiting Alabama Commission of Higher Education approval).

Peggy was elected to the UAB Faculty Senate in 2021, serves on the Senate Research Committee and as a Senator-at-Large on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.


Senator-at-Large
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Wei LiWei Li is an associate professor working in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program, Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) in the School of Health Professions (SHP). Before joining University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2017, he served as the faculty senator at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) for two years.

Dr. Li received his medical degree in 1997 from Xinxiang Medical University in China. He earned his master degree in Neurophysiology in the year of 2000 from Capital Medical University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology in 2006 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Dr. Li has been serving as a senator in the Faculty Development Committee since September 2020. He has also been serving the role of Senator-at-Large for the Faculty Senator Executive Committee since September of 2020.

As a medical educator, Dr. Li has been teaching students at both undergraduate and graduate student levels. He is interested in doing pedagogical research and is the UAB 2020 interprofessional leadership fellow. He enjoys teaching and has received a gold certificate in 2019 from Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). He is currently teaching medical courses at both graduate and undergraduate student levels.

As a scholar, Dr. Li’s research interest is on studying dementia including the most common neurodegenerative disease: Alzheimer’s Disease. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is currently serving as the associate editor for Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. He is also an active reviewer for more than 15 different journals. Further, he is a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center and an appointed scientist of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).

Last but not least, Dr. Li is the ambassador for promoting a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at the UAB. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He likes sports such as Ping Pong, Tennis, and hiking as an outdoor recreational activity.

Dr. Li has served as a Senator for the School of Health Professions and as a Senator-at-large on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee since September 2020. He served on the Faculty Senate Faculty Development Committee in 2020-21. In 2021-22, Dr. Li is also serving as the Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate Governance & Operations Committee.