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The public presentations are complete and feedback for the four candidates for dean of the School of Health Professions is being accepted. 

 A national search began this summer after Harold Jones announced he would step down from his role as dean, pending arrival of his successor, after 17 years in the position. 

The dean of the School of Health Professions provides strategic oversight and expertise for all aspects of the school, leads its strategic planning, growth and development, expands and enhances its academic, research and service programs, builds close, cooperative relationships with other units on campus and cultivates a strong network of community, governmental and industry alliances to shape the future of the school across its missions. 

Review the position criteria, candidate CVs and learn more about the search process on UAB's executive search website

Janelle Chiasera INSIDEJanelle Chiasera

Janelle Chaisera, the school’s senior executive associate dean and first candidate, delivered her public presentation Feb. 19. Provide feedback for this candidate online.

In her current role since 2017, Chiasera works closely with the dean on a wide variety of administrative and executive duties, special projects and initiatives and is the primary liaison between the dean and the various internal and external stakeholders and leaders.

Chiasera joined the UAB faculty in 2006 as an associate professor and then rose to professor and chaired the school’s Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences from 2012 to 2017.  She earned her doctorate in quantitative research, evaluation and measurement from The Ohio State University, where she began her academic career as a graduate research associate and medical technologist. She recently completed a one-year immersive program as a fellow with the American Council on Education.

Chiasera, who has published extensively in peer-review journals, books and monographs, is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Association for Clinical Chemistry and American Society for Clinical laboratory Science. She is a funded primary investigator, and her major areas of research include diabetes mellitus, childhood obesity and technology and education.

Faiola INSIDE 2Anthony Faiola

Anthony Faiola, Ph.D., the second of four candidates for the position, and he delivered his presentation Feb. 22. Provide feedback for this candidate online.

Faiola, who earned his doctorate in communication studies from Purdue University, is professor and head of the department of biomedical and health information sciences in the College of Applied Health Sciences and an affiliate professor in the department of computer science in the College of Engineering at The University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Formerly, Faiola was executive associate dean and founding director of the human-computer interaction program at Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Faiola’s research is positioned at the intersection of biomedical and health informatics and human-computer interaction with a focus on advancing the design and science of interaction of mobile health-information technologies that support both clinical work and personal health and well-being.

Review the position criteria, candidate CVs and learn more about the search process on UAB's executive search website

Faiola has published more than 100 refereed papers, posters and book chapters and given more than 100 presentations and keynote talks in the United States, Europe, Russia and Saudi Arabia. As principal investigator or co-investigator, Faiola has secured more than $1.6 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MacArthur Foundation and the Fulbright Institute. His current work includes an NSF-funded mobile health project for hypoglycemia.

Andrew Butler INSIDEAndrew ButlerAndrew Butler, Ph.D., the third candidate schedule to interview, presented Feb. 27. Provide feedback for this candidate online.

At Georgia State University, he is a professor and associate dean for research in the Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions and director of the clinical neuroplasticity lab.

Butler, who earned his doctorate in integrative physiology from The University of Iowa, is a neuroscientist and physical therapist with a special interest in motor control, neuro-rehabilitation, functional neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Butler’s research focuses on the ways in which volitional movement, motor learning and organized motor behavior are represented in the human brain. He is the principal investigator on a project investigating the use of rehabilitation robots in the home of veterans and also is exploring the ways specific genetic profiles may predict the capacity for neural plasticity and the effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on motor reorganization following stroke.

Butler serves on the editorial boards for Annals of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, Journal of Stroke Research and Frontiers in Human Neurosciences, among others, and has served on numerous national committees and grant-review boards.

Lemak INSIDEChristy LemakChristy Lemak, Ph.D., the fourth candidate to interview for the position, will make her public presentation 12:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in School of Health Professions Building Room 640. 

Lemak, professor and chair of the school’s Department of Health Services Administration, teaches and conducts research in health care management and leadership development. 

Previously, Lemak was a faculty member in health management and policy at the University of Florida and the University of Michigan, where she earned her doctorate in in Health Services Organization and Policy.

Lemak’s research focuses on organization and management issues in health care. She has examined a complex pay-for-value program for physicians, social determinants of health for vulnerable populations, interventions to improve population health and the career trajectories of women leaders in health care. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Health Services Research, Journal of Healthcare Management and the Journal of Health Administration Education.

She has served in various roles in the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and she is a member of the board of directors for the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Community Hospital Corporation.



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