Chatham named director of UAB Center for Teaching and Learning

By Scott Phillips and Samil Baker

rep amy chatham 492pxAmy Chatham, Ph.D., has been named director of UAB’s Center for Teaching and Learning, or CTL. Chatham, who has taught and worked at UAB since 2011 and currently serves as assistant dean for undergraduate education in the School of Public Health, will begin her new role Aug. 18. She will maintain her faculty appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, including leading the state-wide AmeriCorps Vista program.

Chatham will take over the helm of the CTL from Scott Phillips, Ph.D., who was appointed vice provost for Innovative Teaching and Academic Engagement last fall.

The CTL is open to all faculty and teaching staff and is on the leading edge of teaching effectiveness and innovation on campus. Through teaching workshop series, school and departmental presentations, university-wide partnerships, and individual consultations, the CTL promotes student learning by helping UAB faculty to develop the knowledge and skills to become better teachers. The center offered more than 100 workshops on 90 different topics to more than 1,100 UAB teachers this past year.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve UAB by building on my two passions, innovative teaching and community engagement,” Chatham said. “I look forward to partnering with faculty across campus to move the teaching mission of our institution forward.”

Chatham served as director of UAB’s Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research from 2016 until 2021, where she designed, taught and helped faculty offer service-learning courses across multiple disciplines. In her most recent role as associate dean, she worked with faculty and teaching staff in the School of Public Health and developed undergraduate majors, in-person and online courses.

“Amy’s strong record of effective teaching, university leadership and community partnerships make her uniquely positioned to lead the CTL at this time,” Phillips said. “She is well-known across campus as an innovative, creative, and collaborative leader and, in this position, will be able to have a positive impact on teaching across the university.”