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Dean Shadi MartinWelcome to UAB’s Graduate School and Office of Global Affairs. It is my honor to serve as the Vice Provost for Graduate and International Education, Dean of Graduate School, and Chief International Officer.

At UAB, we provide educational experiences that inspire students to find their purpose and change the world. We foster a spirit of innovation, collaboration, and problem-solving on a global scale. We invite our students to combine research, art, and technology, and look beyond one discipline and one region of the world during their educational experiences. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and recruit students from around the world to attend UAB, and encourage our students to explore the world through study abroad programs.

As both graduate and undergraduate students, you understand complex human problems are not confined by borders and geography. Many of our most pressing challenges are inherently global – from pandemics and climate crises to threats to democratic values and economic stability. To best tackle these problems, we need people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to work collaboratively and innovatively.

I believe graduate school not only enriches the individual, but it enriches society and serves the greater good. Without graduate education, we would not have doctors, nurses, professors, and researchers serving and benefiting our communities.

Having served in a variety of leadership roles in public and private universities around the world, I truly feel fortunate to serve at this world-class institution and in this newly established position that brings together the Graduate School with International Education as a way to emphasize the global focus of our institution. I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of our new Graduate and Global Affairs Office here at UAB.

As the Vice Provost for Graduate and International Education and Dean of Graduate School, I pledge to advocate for fair and equitable opportunities, benefits, and treatments for our students. I am committed to empowering our students to seek leadership opportunities and have a seat at the decision-making table in various capacities on and off campus.

I look forward to supporting our students on their quest to make the world a better place.


Shadi S. Martin, PhD, MSW, MPA/HSA, MA
Vice Provost for Graduate and International Education,
Dean of Graduate School & Chief International Officer

Speaking Engagement/Event Request Form

If you would like Dr. Martin to speak at or attend your event, please complete the form below.

Speaking Engagement/Event Request Form

The form should be completed and submitted at least 21 business days in advance of the event. The completion of the form does not confirm acceptance. You will be notified by email if Dr. Martin is available.

This form is for event appearances or speaker requests only. Meeting requests should be sent to Jenny Nguyen Douglas ( 

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