• Create and support a community of leaders in education and a culture of excellence in teaching
  • Foster the careers of educators in health professions
  • Provide programming to improve the skills of teachers
  • Stimulate and support the creation and implementation of innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment
  • Support educational research and scholarship in health professions education

3 Pillars

Health Educators Academy Pillars copy

  • Teaching Excellence: Academy members will be charged with offering faculty development in a variety of settings and venues, including mentoring of junior faculty, teaching workshops, and development of enduring educational materials such as videos, podcasts, etc. Academy members will oversee RIME week, UAB’s annual medical education week.
  • Career Advancement: the Academy will provide mentorship and tools to ensure promotion and advancement for members. It will do this through dedicated workshops and one-on-one mentoring.
  • Professional Meaning: the Academy will support professional wellbeing, and professionalism, including work-life balance and role modeling. It will do this through fostering a community of educators, as well as dedicated workshops and mentoring.


Lisa Willett, M.D., MACM, FACP, Chair

Lisa Willett, M.D., MACM, FACP, Chair

Program Director, Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program
Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Medicine
Caroline Harada, M.D., Chair

Caroline Harada, M.D., Chair

Assistant Dean for Community-Engaged Scholarship
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care
Claire Finney

Claire Finney

Program Manager


In order to apply, applicants must submit a letter of nomination from their dean or department chair, a completed application, and a CV. Deans and Department Chairs may nominate up to three faculty members. Please send the application materials to Claire Finney, Program Manager at clairefinney@uab.edu.

For 2019-2021, only faculty from supporting departments are eligible for Academy membership.

Request for applications

Steering Committee

Caroline Harada, M.D., Chair, Department of Medicine
Lisa Willett, M.D., MACM, FACP, Chair, Department of Medicine
Hussein D. Abdullatif, M.D., Departmet of Pediatrics
Kerri Bevis, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chad Burski, M.D., Department of Medicine
Britney Corey, M.D., Department of Surgery
Andrew Edwards, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine
Cathy M. Fuller, Ph.D., Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
M. Tosi Gilford, M.D., PA-C, School of Health Professions
Alice Goepfert, M.D., Graduate Medical Education
Robin Lanzi, Ph.D., MPH, School of Public Health
Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., MEHP, Graduate Medical Education
Desiree E. Morgan, M.D., Department of Radiology
Jason L. Morris, M.D., FACP, Department of Medicine
Wolfgang Mulhofer, M.D., Department of Neurology
Dawn Taylor Peterson, Ph.D., Department of Medical Education
Michelle Robinson, DMD, MA, School of Dentistry
Cathy Roche, Ph.D., RN, School of Nursing

Class of 2019

 Mentee Mentor
Heather Austin, PhD Caroline Harada, MD
Andrew J. Gunn, MD Kenneth Kim, MD
Maninder Kaur, BDS, MS, MPH Dawn Taylor Peterson, PhD
Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP David Rogers, MD, MHPE
April Love, MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CNE  Laurel Hitchcock, PhD, MPH, LICSW, PIP
Will Meador, MD Jason Morris, MD, FACP
Gregory Pavela, PhD James Willig, MD, MSPH 
David Resuehr, PhD Tino Unlap, PhD, CRA
Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN Robin Lanzi, PhD, MPH
Audra Williams, MD, MPH Cathy Roche, PhD, RN
Maxwell Thompson, MD Lisa Willett, MD, MACM, FACP
Rebekah Weil, MD Jessica H. Williams, PhD, MPH