Faculty Awards

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

The purpose of this award is to recognize full-time faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching.

Recipients of this award exemplify any or all of the following:

  • Broad, thorough knowledge of the subject area and the ability to effectively convey difficult concepts to students
  • Exemplary classroom instruction as evidenced by student and peer evaluations
  • Fairness, open-mindedness, and accessibility to students in and out of the classroom setting
  • An objective, analytical approach to information; clear portrayal of conceptual interrelationships and intellectually stimulating classroom presentations
  • Promotion of ethical and professional values and behavior among students
  • Ability to inspire and mentor students through research activities, special projects, and publication of their work.
  • Ability to infuse students with a commitment to life-long learning and professional development
  • Service and scholarly activities that provide excellent role models for students

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty members that hold a primary appointment in the School of Public Health are eligible for this award. The individual must have held faculty status at UAB for a minimum of three years and may receive the award only once in any three-year period.

Sponsor

This award is given by the Office of the President. The Dean’s Office oversees recipient selection from the School of Public Health. Recipients will receive a cash award and a crystal apple with an engraved base in honor of their achievement.

Previous award recipients:

2021: Leann Long, PhD
2020: Robin Lanzi, MPH, PhD
2019: Erika Austin, MPH, PhD
2018: Stacey Cofield, PhD
2017: Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD
2016: Dale Dickinson, PhD
2015: Paul Muntner, PhD
2014: Meredith Kilgore, PhD
2013: Emily Levitan, ScD

Early Career Teaching Award

 The purpose of this award is to recognize an early career faculty member who has demonstrated distinction in teaching and a commitment to student learning.

Recipients of this award exemplify the following:

  • Commitment to quality instruction
  • Creative combination of teaching strategies
  • Generating enthusiasm in students

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty that hold a primary appointment as Assistant Professor or Instructor in the School of Public Health and are within the first six years of their faculty appointment are eligible for this award. This award may be received only once. The recipient of this award may also be selected from the finalist for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching award by the SOPH Awards Committee. This honor is bestowed by the Dean and is not necessarily awarded every year.

Sponsor

The Dean’s Office oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement.

Previous award recipients:

2022: Meredith Gartin, PhD
2021: Jessica Chambliss, PhD, MPH
2020: Shauntice Allen, MA, PhD
2019: Greg Pavela, PhD

Innovation in Teaching Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching innovation.

Recipients of this award exemplify the following:

  • Engaging students in interactive activities
  • Using new or emerging technology or existing technology in a novel manner
  • Employing creative assessment methods
  • Introducing and incorporating forward-thinking curriculum ideas into the classroom

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty that hold a primary appointment in the School of Public Health are eligible for this award. This award may be received only once. The recipient of this award may also be selected from the finalist for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching award by the SOPH Awards Committee. This honor is bestowed by the Dean and is not necessarily awarded every year.

Sponsor

The Dean’s Office oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement.

Previous award recipients:
2022: Tamika Smith, PhD
2021: Meredith Gartin, PhD
2020: Luz A. Padilla, MSPH, MD
2019: Lisa McCormick, MPH, DrPH

Early Career Investigator Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an early-stage faculty member who is emerging as an independent investigator.

Recipients of this award have demonstrated a high probability of becoming an independent investigator.

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty members that hold a primary appointment in the School of Public Health. The individual must have less than eight years of research experience since their first faculty appointment and may receive the award only once. Nominations may be made by a faculty member at any university or college. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Sponsor

The School of Public Health’s Office of Research oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a $500 award provided to the faculty member’s discretionary spending account and a plaque in honor of their achievement.

Previous award recipients:
2022: Matthew Fifolt, PhD

Independent Faculty Investigator

The purpose of this award is to recognize a faculty member who has made significant scientific contributions to public health research and has a national reputation that brings prestige to the School of Public Health.

Recipients will have demonstrated success with the following:

  • Obtaining multiple extramural research awards as principal investigator
  • Strong publication record, widely published and cited
  • Research mentoring of students and early-career faculty members

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty members that hold a primary faculty appointment in the School of Public Health. The individual will have eight to fifteen years of research experience since their first faculty appointment and may receive the award only once. Nominations for these awards may come from a faculty member at any university or college. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Sponsor

The School of Public Health’s Office of Research oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a $500 award provided to the faculty member’s discretionary spending account and a plaque in honor of their achievement.


Previous Award Recipients:
2022: Jeff Szychowski, PhD
2021: Ryan Irvin PhD, MS

Distinguished Faculty Investigator

The purpose of this award is to recognize a senior faculty member for significant career achievements and an international reputation that brings prestige to UAB and the School of Public Health.

Recipients of this award exemplify the following:

  • Extensive record of extramural peer-reviewed grant funding as principal investigator
  • Numerous high-impact publications as both first and/or senior author
  • Demonstrable success with and dedication to mentoring students and early-career faculty members

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty members that hold a primary appointment in the School of Public Health. The individual will have more than fifteen years of research experience since their first faculty appointment and may receive the award only once in any five-year period. Nominations may be made by a faculty member at any university or college. Self-nominations are not allowed.

Sponsor

The School of Public Health Office of Research oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a $500 award provided to the faculty member’s discretionary spending account and a plaque in honor of their achievement.


Previous award recipients:

2022: George Howard, DrPH
2021: Beth Lewis, MD, MSPH
2019: Peter Hendricks, PhD
2018: Craig Wilson, MD
2017: Paul Muntner, PhD
2016: Janet Turan, PhD
2015: Virginia Howard, PhD
2014: Gary Cutter, PhD
2013: Michael Foster, PhD
2012: Elizabeth Delzell, ScD

Outstanding Faculty Public Health Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize faculty whose excellence in service and commitment to Public Health has brought honor to the school’s vision. Public health service activities may include technical assistance, program development, advocacy, education, or leadership.

Recipients of this award exemplify the promotion, protection, or enhancement of the public’s health through policy or systems development, direct intervention, or community education.

Eligibility

Full-time regular faculty members that hold a primary appointment in the School of Public Health. The individual must have held faculty status at UAB for a minimum of three years and may receive the award only once in any three-year period.

Sponsor

The Public Health Dean’s Office oversees recipient selection for this Public Health award. Recipients will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement.


Previous award recipients:

2022: Martha Wingate, DrPH
2021: Nicole Wright PhD, MPH
2020: No recipient due to COVID-19
2019: Matt Fifolt, PhD
2017: Craig Wilson, MD
2016: Martha S. Wingate, DrPH
2015: Julie Preskitt, MSOT, MPH, PhD
2014: Michael Morrisey, PhD
2013: Lisa McCormick, DrPH, MPH
2012: Susan Davies, PhD

Staff Awards

Outstanding Staff Public Health Service Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a staff member who has honored the school’s vision through their accomplishments in public health service.

Recipients of this award exemplify the following:

  • Promotion, protection, or enhancement of the health of people through policy or systems development, direct Intervention, or community education
  • Engagement in public health service activities such as technical assistance, program development, advocacy, education, or leadership

Eligibility

Full-time regular staff with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health. The individual must have been employed at UAB for a minimum of 1 year and may receive the award only once in a three-year period.

Sponsor

The Dean’s Office oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement.


Previous award recipients:

2022: Elizabeth Blunck, MPH
2021: Meena Nabavi, MPH
2020: No recipient due to COVID-19
2019: Joanna Carson
2018: Robert Caldwell
2017: Elena Kidd, MPH
2016: Paul Wolff
2015: Shauntice Allen, MA, PhD
2014: J. David Rhodes, BSN
2013: Brenda Campbell, BA
2012: Jason Avery, MPH

Outstanding Staff Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a staff member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the research mission of the school as outlined in the strategic plan. Recipients of this award have demonstrated outstanding performance in the conduct and/or dissemination of research.

Recipients of this award have demonstrated outstanding performance in the conduct and/or dissemination of research, and an exemplary commitment to the research mission of the school.

Eligibility

Full-time regular staff with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health may receive the award only once in any five-year period.

Sponsor

The School of Public Health’s Office of Research oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a $250 award and a plaque in honor or their achievement.


Previous award recipients:
2022: Karen Marshall
2021: April Sisson

Outstanding Research Administrator Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a staff member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to the research mission of the school as outlined in the strategic plan. Recipients of this award exemplify outstanding service in the administration of research.

Recipients of this award demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the research mission of the school and exemplify outstanding service in the administration of research.

Eligibility

Full-time regular staff with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health may receive the award only once in any five-year period.

Sponsor

The School of Public Health’s Office of Research oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a $250 award and a plaque in honor of their achievement.


Previous award recipients:
2022: Paula Garman and Trena Johnsey
2021: Carol Mayes

Shared Values Award

The purpose of the Shared Values Award is to recognize a School of Public Health staff member who has consistently exhibited excellence with one or more of the University’s “Shared Values” in their day-to-day functions. These values include integrity, respect, diversity and inclusiveness, collaboration, excellence and achievement, stewardship, and accountability.

Recipients of this award embody any or all of the following values:

  • Integrity - We act ethically and do what is right.
  • Respect - We treat others with courtesy and civility.
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness - Everybody counts every day. We actively seek varied perspectives in our decision making.
  • Collaboration - We trust each other and work cooperatively across disciplinary boundaries in the spirit of shared governance.
  • Excellence and Achievement - We constantly innovate, solve problems and improve ourselves and others through learning.
  • Stewardship - Fiscal and environmental sustainability guide our decision.
  • Accountability - We are answerable to each other and act with the best interest of the school in mind.

Eligibility

Staff (full-time, part-time, regular or irregular) with a primary appointment in the School of Public Health. The individual must have completed their six-month probationary period and be in good standing with the University.

Sponsor

The School of Public Health’s Staff Council oversees recipient selection for this award. Recipients will receive a plaque in honor of their achievement.


Previous award recipients:
2022: Richard Bennett
2021: Katelin Adams, MPH