Community Engagement Council

The Community Engagement Council provides insight on the school’s strategic priorities and initiatives, guidance on the relevance of its educational programs to the public health workforce, and suggestions for community engagement activities. Council members include UAB School of Public Health alumni, community partners in Birmingham and the state of Alabama, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) officials, and academic partners within the university. Together these individuals offer their knowledge and expertise to advise the school in areas of improvement, inform appropriate community engagement, address stakeholder concerns, and overall ensure the school is meeting the educational, service, research, and practice needs of its students.

Admissions and Graduation Committee (A&G)

The A&G Committee is responsible for monitoring compliance with established rules and procedures for admission and graduation for all degree programs that are the responsibility of the School of Public Health including the MPH, MSPH, and DrPH. The Graduate School has responsibility for the PhD and MS degree programs. This responsibility includes but is not limited to conducting reviews and developing recommendations for admission status for individual applicants who do not meet approved admissions guidelines and developing general admission and graduation guidelines that the committee deems necessary. The A&G Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Faculty Assembly of the School, which is the final decision-maker on admissions and graduation policies.

Members

Name

Role

Matt Fifolt, PhD

Chair & Voting Member, HPO

Fazlur Rahman, PhD

Vice Chair & Voting Member, BST

Erika “Ela” Austin, PhD, MPH, CPH

Ex-Officio Member, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Jonghwa Oh, PhD

Voting Member, EHS

John Waterbor, MD, DrPH

Voting Member, EPI

Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD

Voting Member, HB

Kiara Aaron

Voting Member, PHSA Graduate Student Representative

Anushree Gade

Voting Member, PHSA Undergraduate Student Representative

Nicole Cross, MA

Program Coordinator, BST

Julie Brown, MS, MBA

Program Coordinator, EHS and HB

Kimberly Hawkins-King, MHA, MAEd

Program Coordinator, EPI

Brenda Campbell

Program Coordinator, HPO

Hannah VanSlambrouck, MBA

Staff Support, Office of Student and Academic Services


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEI)

The mission of the DEI Committee is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the school through advising, and by identifying and helping to implement best practices in such School of Public Health operations as developing curricula, recruiting and retaining students and faculty, and fostering an inclusive school culture. This is an advisory committee comprised of faculty representatives from each department, staff, administrators, and students that reflect diversity within the SOPH community.

Members

Name

Role

Abril Bonita Agnew

Staff, EPI

Richard Bennett

Staff

Camryn Durham

Staff, Sparkman Center

Matt Fifolt, PhD

Faculty, HPO

Ebony N. Harris, MSW

Staff

Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH

Faculty, EPI

Paulisha Holt, MBA

DEI, Program Director

Tessa Graham, MPH

Staff

Kathryn Kaiser, PhD

Faculty, HB

Bhekumusa Lukhele, PhD

Faculty, HPO

David Keith McMahan

Student

Sean McMahon, MA

Staff, Lister Hill Center

Miriam Alecia Roxanne Miles

Student

Crystal T. Stephens, MSN

Student

Teneasha Washington, PhD

Faculty, HB

Marcelle Alana Whittier

Staff


Educational Policy Committee (EPC)

The Faculty Assembly, through its charter, delegates the development of policies, and discharge of certain responsibilities in academic affairs to the EPC. Fulfillment of these responsibilities includes, but is not limited to: the approval of new courses and modifications to course descriptions, objectives, or credit hours of existing courses; approving new tracks and/or degree programs and Category A academic certificate programs; approving substantial modifications to existing tracks and/or degree programs and/or Category A certificate programs which involve more than one department and/or are deemed substantial by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; and reviewing all programs globally for the school when departmental degree program reviews are conducted to ensure that each program meets the minimum requirements.The EPC serves as an advisory committee to the Faculty Assembly of the School, which is the final decision-maker on educational policy.

Members

Name

Role

Greg Pavela, PhD

Chair & Voting Member, HB

Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD

Vice Chair & Voting Member, HPO

Dustin Long, PhD

Voting Member, BST

Kristina Zierold, PhD

Voting Member, EHS

Matthew O’Madigan Gribble, PhD

Voting Member, EPI

Naiya Drayton

Voting Member, PHSA Graduate Student Representative

Ashley Cisco

Voting Member, PHSA Undergraduate Student Representative

Erika “Ela” Austin, PhD, MPH, CPH

Ex-Officio Member, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Amy Hutson Chatham, PhD

Ex-Officio Member, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education

Kelley Swatzell, DrPH

Ex-Officio Member, Assistant Dean for Accreditation

Hannah VanSlambrouck, MBA

A&G Representative

Nicole Cross, MA

Program Coordinator, BST

Julie Brown, MS, MBA

Program Coordinator, EHS and HB

Kimberly Hawkins-King, MHA, MAEd

Program Coordinator, EPI

Brenda Campbell

Program Coordinator, HPO

Cheryl Johnson, MEng

Staff Support, Office of Student and Academic Services


Executive Committee (EC)

The EC advises the Dean on issues and policies related to administration, budgeting and resource allocation, compensation, and planning and evaluation policies and procedures. It assesses the extent to which the School of Public Health is achieving its mission and goals, while serving as the oversight body for ongoing self-evaluation and for accreditation.

Members

Name

Title

Paul C. Erwin, MD, DrPH

Professor and Dean

Erika L. Austin, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

VACANT

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Lisa McCormick, DrPH

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice

Amy Hutson Chatham, PhD

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education

Paul Muntner, PhD

Associate Dean for Research

Jeff Szychowski, PhD

Interim Department Chair, BST

Kevin R. Fontaine, PhD

Department Chair, HB

Martha S. Wingate, DrPH

Department Chair, HPO

Jeffrey K. Wickliffe, MS, PhD

Department Chair, EHS

Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH

Department Chair, EPI

Shauntice Allen, PhD

Chair, SOPH Faculty Assembly

Leigh Anne Robertson, CPA, MBA

Director, SOPH Administration and Fiscal Affairs

Ebony Harris, MSW

Director of Development

Ebitimi Agberebi

Staff Council Representative

Koriyama R. Evans

Staff Support, Executive Assistant to the Dean


Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC)

The function of the FAC is to advise both the Dean and the Faculty Assembly. This committee is responsible for the development and review of the criteria to be met for appointment, promotion and tenure in the various faculty ranks, the conduct of interim faculty reviews, recommendations on faculty sabbatical requests, and the evaluation of proposals for the appointment, promotion and/or tenure of individuals. Occasionally, the FAC will be asked by the Dean or the Faculty Assembly to develop recommendations on other faculty-related matters.

Members

Name

Role

Emily Levitan, PhD

Chair, Voting Member, EPI

Bisakha “Pia” Sen, PhD

Co-chair, Voting Member, HPO

Mark Beasley, PhD

Voting Member, BST

Claudiu Lungu, PhD

Voting Member, EHS

Dorothy (Dori) Pekmezi, PhD

Voting Member, HB

Julie Preskitt, PhD

Voting Member, Dean’s Appointee

Sadeep Shrestha, PhD

Voting Member, Dean’s Appointee

Andrea Blackert-Owens

Secretary, Executive Assistant to the Dean


Faculty Assembly (FA)

The FA consists of all faculty members who have primary appointments in the School of Public Health. The chair of the FA is elected from the school’s primary full-time faculty for a three-year term. The FA meets twice a year in the fall and spring unless there is reason to meet more frequently.

Members

Name

Role

Shauntice Allen, PhD

Chair

Andrea Blackert-Owens

Secretary


Staff Council

The UAB School of Public Health Staff Council was established to make the school an outstanding place to work, research, serve the community, and to learn. Its mission is to support the institutional vision, mission, and goals of UAB by promoting a positive and collaborative work environment through a diverse group of staff representatives from across the school’s academic, support, and administrative units.

Members

Name

Role

Michael Busbin

Chair, Medical Towers

Coretta Robinson Thomas, MPH

Past Chair, BST

Richard Bennett

SOPH Representative, UAB Staff Council

Ebitimi Agberebi

Executive Committee Representative, BST

Cassandra Johnson

Treasurer, EPI

Linda Davis

Secretary, EHS

Jared Ball

Department Representative, HB

KaShunti Farmer, MPA, MPH

Department Representative, Dean’s Office

Camryn Durham, MPH

Department Representative, Centers

Janet Griffin

Department Representative, HPO