Faculty Spotlights: Student Involvement

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.

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.

Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR-L

Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.