The President's Award for Excellence in Support of UAB and Shared Governance was presented to Professor Mike Wyss, Ph.D., immediate past chair of the UAB Faculty Senate. H onors Col l ege An n ual Rep ort. I have found my friends, my family and my biggest supporters. As we near the end of the year, we are thankful for our honors students who made a significant impact this semester through their commitment to helping the community flourish. “The Chicago police torture cases remain relevant for both abstract and concrete reasons. Shannon L. Blanton, PhD Dean, UAB Honors College. Joe L. March, Ph.D. Adapting to UAB’s environment and academic requirements proved challenging. Kristine Hurst Wajszczuk, DMA Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, associate professor of voice and director of opera in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be the new associate dean of the UAB Honors College, effective Aug. 12. He continues to coach the UAB Bioethics Bowl Team, which won national championships in 2011, 2016 and again in April of this year. In 1986, Dr. Vithal Ghanta joined the Department of Biology as an Associate Professor, making her the department’s first female tenured faculty member. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, D.M.A. He will begin his new position on August 15, 2019. On a more concrete level, the survivors of police torture in Chicago continue to suffer the effects of their abuse.”. “She has already made important contributions to Honors education as both a professor of honors courses and as an Honors Faculty Fellow. Her research will allow her to see if there are changes between time points (which was also associated with several degrees Celsius temp increase) and along the French Atlantic coastline as they have spatial sampling in 2008 and 2018. Congratulations to Dr. Pence on this achievement. As a print media artist, Gere explores alternative photo processes; works of paper, sculpture, and installation; and his work is currently centered around border issues and the ecology of South Texas. Many of our donors give to the College as a way of showing their appreciation for the people who inspired and guided them to academic and professional success. She went on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance and pedagogy. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. Students, faculty and staff are engaged in their work and aim to positively impact the world. One special opportunity was provided by Dr. Dagg who arranged for Nancy to spend the summer of 1969 doing research at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Both my department chair, Patrick Evans, and Honors colleagues have been very supportive, and for that I am very grateful.”. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching, as well as her compassion, thoughtfulness, and organizational skills, will be a true asset for the Honors College as we continue to support a rapidly growing number of outstanding students in their journey to achieve their academic and leadership goals.”, Dr. Patrick Evans, Chair of the Department of Music, notes that Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk "brings a great deal of artistic, pedagogical, and administrative experience to the role, as well as those qualities of heart and mind that make her such a student-centered professor. Award winners Scott Phillips, Ph.D., Cassandra Ellis, Ph.D., and Michael Sloane, Ph.D., with Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences.President Ray Watts and Provost Pam Benoit honored faculty across UAB during the annual Faculty Convocation on October 22. Charly Verstraet, Ph.D., an assistant professor of French, was recently awarded “Best University Professor” by the American Journal of French Studies for his mentorship and dedication to his students. ", “My teaching in the Honors College, its University Honors Program, and as an Honors Faculty Fellow has been deeply gratifying and has informed my work in the Department of Music,” says Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk. Many of our donors give to the College as a way of showing their appreciation for the people who inspired and guided them to academic and professional success. Prior to joining the Department of Biology, Dr. Ghanta worked in the Department of Microbiology for 15 years as a postdoctoral fellow and an Assistant Professor researching immunology and cancer in mouse models. She has collaborated with people across campus to gather the most effective resources for her students. Shannon L. Blanton, Ph.D., Dean of the UAB Honors College, announced today that after a university-wide search Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, will be the new Associate Dean of the college. Selections were made based on merit from 24 applicant cores.  /  205-934-3228, I am glad I chose UAB Honors because through it The documentary, which tells the story of lesbian families in Alabama, was an official selection at the prestigious Frameline 41 San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival; Out on Film Atlanta LGBT Film Festival, and NewFest, New York's LGBT Film Festival, where it also received the Grand Jury Award. A&S: Did you benefit from scholarships when you were a student? The colleagues I worked with during my 30 years at UAB were the smartest and hardest working people I knew. and Ph.D. from New York University, where he studied applied ethics with renowned ethicist Peter Singer. Second, I wanted to express my gratitude for the position I held in the English Department at UAB, which gave me the opportunity “to pursue my talents in the direction of excellence” as John F. Kennedy, one of my heroes, observed when asked why he wanted to be president. This creates a fundamental change in ocean floor community processes and organization which impacts nutrition and food chain levels. Dr. Pence graduated with a B.A. “It is important to advocate for all of them, not just one.”. Activists and policymakers might draw lessons from this history to improve policing and ensure accountability in the present day. In 1980, Janice took a leave of absence from JSCC to return to UAB to pursue her Ph.D. Janice’s doctoral research, performed under Dr. Patrick Dagg’s mentorship, studied caffeine-urethane interactions in mouse embryos. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. Ghanta is a fantastic professor. Communications and Events Specialist. With her degree in hand, Mary had her heart set on teaching, so she returned to UAB to get a master’s degree in education. She is known and beloved by many students, going above and beyond to help them grow—not just as students, but as people. Forman is well-known for a number of short films and documentaries, including Alabama Bound, which she produced in 2017. "Yet, these diverse eukaryotes have received collectively less attention, despite their ecological and economic importance. She has definitely become one of my favorite teachers at UAB.”. 3. Nancy went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and later joined the faculty at the University of Maryland’s Zoology Department. And that’s a question of representation and visibility, of different histories, of different cultures, different waves of immigration. 0. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For the first time, a research core led by the College of Arts and Sciences in Advanced Materials Characterization has been selected for funding. Outside of family time, Mary enjoys participating in her church, traveling, and serving her community. As a soprano, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is a specialist in the lute songs of John Dowland, and her solo CD of lute songs was released in 2008 by Centaur. Later that year, Janice accepted a position as an instructor in the Biology Department at Jefferson State Community College (known then as Jefferson State Junior College). Rebecca Osborn Freeman. In demand as a clinician throughout the United States and Europe, she has been featured at several national and international conferences and presents regularly at many universities and colleges. While serving as an English professor, I co-founded Birmingham Poetry Review with Randy Blythe, Ph.D., and directed the creative writing program for almost ten years. She teaches applied voice to music majors, minors, and musical theater majors, and has served as stage director and musical director for UAB Opera, which has won three awards through the National Opera Association under her direction. The UAB Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows. I decided to study police torture in Chicago and social movements for police accountability because I wanted to join scholars who have pushed research on the Civil Rights Movement into new directions, namely by focusing on the period after 1970, on issues other than voting rights and desegregation, and locations beyond the South.”, Baer says the book is applicable beyond a specific city or time frame. We are also deeply grateful to Jessica Dallow, who has served as interim chair since 2017 and will return to the art history faculty. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies, French professor wins national award for mentorship, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Abby Garver received third place for her personal essay, Advanced Materials Characterization research core selected by IRCP, Honoring the 2020 winners of Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Collins Family Scholarship in Creative Writing, gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences, Political Science and Public Administration faculty win national awards, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Hurst-Wajszczuk named new associate dean of UAB Honors College, Dr. Gregory Pence wins 2019 Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, Rich Gere named new chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Amsler, Kempin Reuter receive mentorship award, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Nancy Love, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Janice Roberts, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Dr. Vithal Ghanta, Pioneering Women in UAB Biology: Mary Shepherd, Michele Forman profiled in Harvard alumni magazine, Read the profile in Harvard University's alumni magazine, Biology Faculty Secure NSF Grant to Investigate Dwindling Macroalgae Community, Faculty honored at 2018 Fall Awards Convocation, Center for Community Outreach Development, Laurel Hitchcock receives Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning, Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning, Keeping Halloween safe: Tips from UAB experts, Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield named Norma J. Lang Fellow, Five Questions with Alumni: Shelby Morris, Spanish alumna is chief of UAB Hospital Medicine, Winners of the 2020-2021 “Building a Multicultural Curriculum” grants. “I am delighted that Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is joining our leadership team as the first associate dean for the UAB Honors College,” says Dean Shannon Blanton. This award is presented annually to a full-time regular UAB faculty member who, throughout his/her career at UAB, has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. Dr. Hitchcock deservedly receives this award for: Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield, assistant professor in the Department of Biology, was selected as the 2018 Norma J. Lang Early Career Fellow from the Phycological Society of America ($10,000) for her proposal "Spatiotemporal adaptation in the rocky intertidal: evolutionary responses of intertidal Chondrus crispus populations to climate change." This mission is not one that the Honors College faculty and staff take lightly. Students admitted to UAB with a minimum ACT score of 28 or redesigned SAT score of 1300 (ERW+M) or 1260 on the former exam (CR+M), and a minimum 3.5 GPA, will receive an offer both by email and traditional mail to join the UAB Honors College. Confident in her desire to pursue a career in research, she enrolled in graduate school at the Extension Center for the University of Alabama (soon to become UAB) researching ribosomes under Dr. Donald Fattig’s mentorship. 0. Gere has served on many national and international art boards and juries and appeared on a wide range of conference panels and councils. Broad, thorough knowledge of the subject area and the ability to effectively convey difficult concepts to students. Dean, UAB Honors College Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. In June 1970, Mary received her diploma, making her the first woman to ever graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Biology! As Associate Dean, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will help lead the teaching and engagement mission of the UAB Honors College and facilitate the recruitment and academic success of a diverse student body. Michael Sloane, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the University Honors Program, is the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching. var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; We are excited to showcase the talents and academic achievements of our Honors students, along with metrics of success in the latest publication of the 2019-2020 Honors College Annual Report. Honors College > Specialized Programs; Specialized Programs. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans. Three faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Dr. Nevbahar Ertas, Dr. Akhlaque Haque and Dr. Wendy Gunther-Canada, received organization-wide awards from NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration). After almost 50 years at UAB and more than 30 years in the Department of Biology, Dr. Ghanta reflects back on her career with affection. Ashleigh Johnson . Ertas won the NASPAA Award for Outstanding Service, specifically for her role as Chapter Advisor of Pi Alpha Alpha, the honors organization in the area of professional public administration. Primarily, I'd like to see UAB redirect its resources to assure that faculty are secure, prosperous, and not overworked.  /  205-996-5701, This email address is being protected from spambots. She has worked to incorporate service learning activities for the online and face to face courses in her area to enrich the experience of her social work students. Read the profile in Harvard University's alumni magazine. During that time, something unexpected happened: Janice developed a love of teaching. Effective use of innovative teaching methods and assurance that his/her courses stay abreast of current theory and use of modern technology. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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. I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati on a presidential scholarship. Janice retired from Jefferson State Community College in 2010 after 38 years of service. A long-time supporter of Birmingham’s arts scene, Janice is a docent for the Birmingham Museum of Art and leads tours of the museum. JPAE is the flagship journal of NASPAA and is and is widely considered a top journal of pedagogy and program administration within the field. Within his field, Dr. Pence is best known for his best-selling Medical Ethics textbook, now in its eighth edition (2017). In 2000, with her first grandchild on the way, Mary retired so that she could focus on her family. Her longest tenure was at Hewitt-Trussville High School. UABHH, 111 1720 2nd Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35294-1242, UAB Honors Hall, 111 1321 10th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35205, This email address is being protected from spambots. Important updates to UAB's COVID-19 health and safety policies, © 2020 The University of Alabama at Birmingham. This email address is being protected from spambots. Being one of only a few African-American women in the program, she felt isolated and excluded, a far cry from her experience at Tuskegee. Dr. Paul Baker, researcher in the Department of Physics, is the director with co-director Dr. Vinoy Thomas from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “There are many, many different Souths just like there are many different Caribbeans. As Associate Dean, Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk will help lead the teaching and engagement mission of the UAB Honors College and facilitate the recruitment and academic success of a diverse student body. “I had a student who told me in French this semester, ‘I’m so scared to speak French, I’m still a nestling, I’m still a little bird.’ The fear of flying is part of the process of flying. He has published more than 70 opinion essays in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Wall Street Journal. Further south on the WAP, these macroalgae become markedly less abundant and diverse, presumably because increased sea ice to the south reduces light available to the algae. They will accept their awards at the national meeting of NASPAA, which will be held in October in Los Angeles. Contact the Associate Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, at khw@uab.edu. During her junior year of college, she found out she was eligible to attend a state-supported school due to her husband’s status as a disabled veteran. var addy15f6ad34f9baf00047e294f9667a18ae = 'sthonors' + '@'; Skip to navigation Skip to main content. She began serving as Coordinator of Voice in 2018, previously has taught honors courses with the Honors College, and served as a 2018-2019 Honors Faculty Fellow. She consistently makes herself available for questions and goes out of her way to ensure students understand the material if they approach her. A&S: What made you decide to make a gift to the College of Arts and Sciences? They hypothesize that increased sea ice cover along the region from north to south plays an important role in decreasing light available to the macroalgal communities. Award winners Scott Phillips, Ph.D., Cassandra Ellis, Ph.D., and Michael Sloane, Ph.D., with Robert Palazzo, Ph.D., dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences. Not all Honors College students choose a personalized pathway — some find a perfect academic fit in one of our three specialized honors programs. Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk is an Associate Professor of Voice, and Director of Opera, in the Department of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences. The field team consists of 3 UAB researchers - Dr. Charles Amsler, Maggie Amsler, and Sabrina Heiser, - as well 2 researchers with academic roots at UAB – Dr. Julie Schram and Dr. Katrin Iken. Robert Collins: I have been retired from the Department of English for almost a decade. Our honors courses are designed to prepare students to communicate effectively in written and oral form, demonstrate critical thinking skills, integrate knowledge across domains, participate effectively in team endeavors, and function as ethical citizens of communities.UAB Honors College students can either pursue our Personalized Pathway or choose one … Skip to navigation Skip … UAB experts offer ways to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween. In August 1971, Janice Roberts became the second woman to graduate with a master’s degree from UAB’s Department of Biology. from the College of William and Mary, then received his M.A. The Dean College Honors Program seeks interesting and interested students to explore a rigorous interdisciplinary approach to the learning experience. Ellis has a long history of high scores on her evaluations from students and was honored with the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching in early 2018. “Every professor hopes their students will be successful, no matter what they do,” said Verstraet. We asked a few of our supporters to share their stories of why they give and how investing in the College will ensure the success of our future students. Honors Counselor II. Baer is now working on his second book, “Black and Missing,” which explores the intersection of race, law enforcement, and missing persons. Verstraet encouraged his students to submit work to the journal due to the region’s similarity to South Alabama. Honors College students, faculty and staff are welcomed back with a new building along the Campus Green. A CD is under negotiation and is forthcoming. His artwork appears in a number of public and private collections, and he is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery of Atlanta. UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. Andrew S. Baer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of History, has published a new book entitled, “Beyond the Usual Beating: The Jon Burge Police Torture Scandal and Social Movements for Police Accountability in Chicago,” (University of Chicago Press). Dr. Hurst-Wajszczuk received both Bachelor of Music in voice performance and a Master in Music in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in 1991 and 1994, respectively. addy9f1dfc02f82cb647bca80919c2008369 = addy9f1dfc02f82cb647bca80919c2008369 + 'uab' + '.' + 'edu'; In that role, he was responsible for developing the B.F.A, M.A., and M.F.A. Ability to infuse students with a commitment to life-long learning and professional development. During her time at JSCC, Janice received many local, regional, and national accolades, including a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Fellowship in England, as well as the state of Alabama’s first ever Outstanding Junior College Faculty Award. “For me, the biggest moment of happiness isn’t me receiving an award but seeing my students succeed,” said Verstraet. “My research interests lie on the intersection of race, policing, and social movements,” Baer says. 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