January 21, 2015

Public health professor receives high honor for lifetime of teaching

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pauline jolly streamPauline Jolly, Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Epidemiology and director of the UAB Minority Health International Research Training program, has won the 2014 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching.

This award is presented annually to a full-time regular UAB faculty member who, throughout his or her career at UAB, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. To be eligible for the award, the faculty member must be a former recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and must have served UAB for 20 or more years as a full-time regular faculty member.

Jolly, who has educated UAB students for 23 years, teaching undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral courses along the way, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007. She was a runner-up in 2003 and 2005.

“This award serves as acknowledgment that I have been successful in fulfilling my calling in life, which is to teach,” Jolly said. “It reassures me that I have devoted my life to the right cause, that of helping students acquire relevant information and practical applications that allow them to solve existing, anticipated and unforeseen problems — both domestically and globally — thereby improving the lives of others.”

One of Jolly’s mentees, Faisal Shuaib, M.D., Dr.P.H., a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded public health consultant to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health and 2010 recipient of the School of Public Health’s doctorate in international health, made headlines recently as the head of the successful Ebola containment efforts in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria.