Faculty Spotlights

Regularly, the School of Health Professions will highlight the innovative work of faculty members throughout the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Faculty members provide valuable insight into the tools they use and share the secrets to their success.

Gavin Jenkins, PhD

Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy

He talks about a unique collaboration with an illusionist that makes learning for OT students and sessions for patients - a magical experience for all.

Ted Bertrand, PhD

Assistant Dean, SHP Undergraduate Research & Honors Programs

He talks about the students' team-based research, plus their partnership with faculty mentors and community health providers.

Ferhat Zengul, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

He explains how he used video to instill and emphasize teamwork.

Courtney Peterson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences

She looks at the results from her work on the first human study on early time-restricted feeding, or eTRF.

Brenda Bertrand, PhD

Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences

A winner of the 2017 UAB Provost’s Transformative Online Course Award talks about working with Instructional Design & Support to redesign a course and using Portfolium with students.

Sue Feldman, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

Discusses working with Instructional Design & Support to design self-paced modules.

Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR-L

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Talks about working with students to produce award-winning videos.

Beth Barstow, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

A winner of the 2017 UAB Provost’s Transformative Online Course Award discusses the benefits of experiential learning.

David Morris, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

He discusses the I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI) program, a mentoring program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating choices for people with disabilities.

Kelley Swatzell, DrPH

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

She talks about using a Scavenger Hunt (co-created with Ana Oliveira) to boost and support research poster presentations.

Chris Eidson, MS, OTR-L

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

Chris is a trainer for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and conducts trainings on Team-Based Learning (TBL), which engages students and encourages critical thinking.

Jose Quintana, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

Reveals how adding short instructional videos has helped students more quickly and easily understand complex material.

J.M. "Mickey" Trimm, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

He explains the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Program and new tools for evaluating data.

Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR-L

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

He discusses cross-campus collaboration and how the UAB Theatre Department helps prepare OT students for their first professional field work experience.

Jessica Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

She talks about her success with the PechaKucha presentation technique (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) for a fast-paced and concise lecture style.

Kelley Swatzell, DrPH

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

She looks at the student-led SHP Firehouse Shelter Clinic which includes students from all five departments in SHP andprovides health screenings and education to the homeless.

Ana Oliveira, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

She discusses her use of Twitter in the class as a method of connecting classroom concepts with challenges facing health care practitioners in the real world.

Michelle Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

She shares her passion for teaching students through a variety of tools in UAB’s simulation lab and reinforces students’ hands-on training through teamwork and video recording assessments.

Beth Kitchin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences

She talks about the value of her students researching, writing, and managing a blog so they learn to communicate complex information clearly and effectively with patients, families, and other health care professionals.

Tino Unlap, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

He explains his use of the Flipped Classroom model which has resulted in better student engagement, increased retention of information, and the ability to solve real world problems.

Nancy Borkowski, PhD

Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

She opens up about her experience with the Quality Matters initiative as well as the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop, which focuses on course design and the process for becoming a QM reviewer.

Bryan Breland, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration

He engages students by integrating humor, interactive video, and real-world scenarios into his lectures. Inparticular, students enjoy activities and debate surrounding a mock trial.of experiential learning.

Jennifer Christy, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

She explains how Google Forms makes teaching and grading easier. Students submit answers in Google Forms where the replies are recorded in real time, and instructors have the option of using a downloadable Excel spreadsheet for at-a-glance grading.

James Willig, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

He explains "Kaizen," a competitive educational game students access using a smart phone and WIFI connection to augment learning anytime, from anywhere. The system is available across campus for those who would like to develop their own online quiz games.