Faculty Spotlights: Teaching Strategies

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 discusses a unique collaboration with an illusionist that teaches students a different aspect of therapy and how it led to the creation of a project called Magic Camp.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.