Date: Friday, May 7, 2010

Location: Nursing Building, Room 1026

Organizers: Drs. Krista Casazza, Richard Kennedy, Kirk Williams & David Allison; Sarah Peek, Keslie Woods


  • Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
  • Section on Statistical Genetics (SSG)

Target Audience:
All interested UAB faculty and Pre- and Post- Doctoral Fellows. Members of UAB’s Section of Statistical Genetics and Nutrition and Obesity Research Center will be given priority in the event of limited space.

Registration Fee: $200.


The major goal of the workshop is to help current and future investigators with negotiating and navigating various aspects of their careers, including faculty positions, finance, space, and ethnical challenges which arise in negations, collaborations, and mentoring.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Familiarize themselves with strategies for negotiating;
  • Have a better understanding of how to disclose, manage, and avoid problems in financial arrangements;
  • Better manage ethical conflicts; and
  • Obtain increased awareness of ethical consideration in mentoring


8:30-8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45-8:50 Welcome Dr. David Allison Contact the NORC for Video Access
Session I: Negotiation
8:50-9:00 Introduction of Dr. Kofi Lomotey Dr. Kirk Williams Contact the NORC for Video Access
9:00-10:15 Strategies for Negotiating – What is Negotiable? Dr. Kofi Lomotey
10:15-11:00 Discussion Dr. Kofi Lomotey Contact the NORC for Video Access
11:00-11:15 BREAK
Session II: Finances
11:10-11:15 Introduction of Speaker 1 Dr. Richard Kennedy Contact the NORC for Video Access
11:15-12:00 Extra-University Financial Arrangements - How to disclose, manage, and avoid problems Mr. Harlan Sands
12:00-12:30 Discussion Mr. Harlan Sands Contact the NORC for Video Access
12:30-1:45 Lunch on Own
Session III: Ethics
1:45-1:50 Introduction of Dr. Daniel Wueste Dr. Krista Casazza Contact the NORC for Video Access
1:50-2:35 Managing Ethical Conflicts Dr. Daniel Wuesteta Casazza
2:35-2:40 Introduction of Dr. Charles Sands Dr. Krista Casazza  
2:40-3:25 Ethical Considerations in Mentoring Dr. Charles Sands  
3:25-3:55 Panel Discussion Drs. Wueste and Sands  
3:55-4:00 Closing Remarks Dr. David Allison  

Distinguished Speakers

Kofi Lomotey, Ph.D.

Kofi L.Dr. Kofi Lomotey was appointed Chancellor at Southern University and A & M College in the spring of 2008. Prior to this position, he was the Executive Vice President/Provost at Fisk University. A first generation college student, he founded a pre-school/early elementary program for African American children in the city of Oberlin, where he attended undergraduate school. He is a published, national expert in the fields of urban education, character building in early learners and educational leadership that nurtures equal opportunity and inclusion. Kofi has served as president of Fort Valley State University and Senior Vice President/Provost at Medgar Evers College-CUNY. He was also a member of the faculties at Louisiana State University and the State University of New York-Buffalo. Kofi is editor of the journal Urban Education and a member of the American Educational Research Association. He is the editor of the SAGE Encyclopedia of African American Education. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Xechem International of New Brunswick, New Jersey, a biopharmaceutical company that researches, develops and produces drugs from natural resources.

Harlan M. Sands

Harlan M.Mr. Harlan M. Sands is the Associate Provost for Administration and Finance at UAB. Prior to this position, he was associate vice president for research and executive director of the Florida International University Applied Research Center. At Florida International University, Mr. Sands solidified and expanded the research center’s relationship with the U.S. government in developing, testing and evaluating environmental cleanup technologies as well as expanding the center’s role in addressing emerging environmental and energy-technology challenges in Latin and South America. He was also a lecturer in the department of criminal justice, assistant dean of finance and budget for the College of Health and Urban Affairs and later associate dean at FIU. His experience also includes more than 10 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, including a stint as a White House presidential aide, and three years as an assistant public defender in Miami. Mr. Sands earned his B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, his master’s degree in finance from George Washington University and his J.D. from George Mason University.


WuesteDr. Wueste did his graduate work in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A., 1979) and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D., 1985). His research and writing focus on issues in three areas: legal philosophy, social and political philosophy, and professional ethics. Wueste has a special interest in what ethicists can learn from legal philosophers and vice versa. His work has appeared in various journals including Cornell Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Teaching Ethics, and Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. He is the author of the chapter on professional ethics in The Biomedical Engineering Handbook, 2nd edition, the chapter on biomedical ethics in the Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and the editor of Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994). Wueste is president of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum. He is an ex officio member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Academic Integrity, formerly at Duke University, which is now part of the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University.

Charles D. (Chuck) Sands IV

Charles D.Dr. Charles D. (Chuck) Sands IV serves as the Associate Dean in the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Department.

Dr. Sands is a graduate of Samford University (B.S., ‘93) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (M.A. - Education, ’95; Ph.D.- Public Health, ‘04). His primary areas of teaching and research interest are health behaviors related to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and childhood obesity. Additionally, Sands is a member of several state (AlPHA, ASAHPERD) and national organizations (ACSM, APHA) and he presents regularly at local, regional and national meetings.

Dr. Sands received the Samford University Buchanan Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and he was also voted the Alabama Health Educator of the Year in 2005. He is also a fellow of the Healthcare Ethics & Law Institute at Samford.