Curriculum Instruction

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Emfinger, Linda, Interim Administrator 2017 -

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    Evans, Paulette, Director 2019 -

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    Perry, Tonya, Director 2018 -

    Presently, I am a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. I hold a B.A. in English Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a master's degree in English Education from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a concentration in English and secondary curriculum from both University of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    My research focuses on litera...

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    Ponder, Jennifer, Interim Department Chairperson 2018 -

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    Summerlin, Jennifer, Director 2019 -

    I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I teach undergraduate and alternative masters students in both of the Pedagogy I and Pedagogy II blocks. Through the Pedagogy blocks I am able to teach a variety of courses: Children's Literature, Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom, Developmental Reading I, and Developmental Reading II.

    I have served as a teacher for fifteen years in a variety of capacities. I have taught third graders, second ...

  • Faculty Position

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    Aldridge, Jerry, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2013 -

    Jerry Aldridge, Ed.D., is professor emeritus in the School of Education. From 1998-2000, he was president of the United States National Committee for the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) and served as a representative for the organization to the United Nations from 2012-2014. He served on the publications committee of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) from 1996-2011. He received the 1995 Dean's Award for Outstanding Service to the UAB School of E...

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    Burns, Joseph, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

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    Carter, Kellie, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2015 -

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    Causey, Cora, Instructor (P) 2014 -

    Cora Brasfield Causey is an instructor in the School of Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, working with teacher candidates pursuing Early Childhood and Elementary degrees. Her emphasis is on moral and intellectual development through best practice in early literacy, math, and science. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she also serves as the site director for an urban summer enrichment program. She is the founder and current director of the undergraduate Honors ...

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    Chandler, Malysa, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Christensen, Lois, Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Clabough, Jeremiah, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Corcoran, Stephanie, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Corcoran earned her bachelor's degree in Multiple Abilities: Elementary Education, Special Education, Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama. She worked as a special education elementary teacher in both resource and inclusive setting before going on to earn her master's degree in school psychometry. She work as a school psychometrist in Shelby County Schools before going on to earn her doctoral degree in School Psychology at the University of Alabama. Dr. Corcoran has serve...

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    Dickie, Alana, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Dilworth, Paulette, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Dominick, Ann, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    Dr. Ann Dominick has been an educator in Alabama for 30 years. For the first 16 years she taught third and fourth grade students in Homewood and Hoover City school districts. During that time, she also began working with teachers as a consultant for Marilyn Burns Education Associates, and later worked as a mathematics coach for Hoover City Schools. Her teaching has been driven by Piaget’s theory of how people learn, and her pedagogical focus has been helping students of all ages understand and e...

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    Emfinger, Linda, Associate Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

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    Ennis, Robin, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

    Education and Experience

    Dr. Ennis earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education, language arts from Birmingham-Southern College and went on to earn her master’s degree in special education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She worked as a special education high school teacher in both resource and inclusive settings in Hoover City Schools before going on to earn her doctoral degree at Georgia State University. Before joining the faculty at UAB, Dr. Ennis was an associat...

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    Ernest, James, Professor (P) 2013 -

    James Ernest received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans, and his BA(Ed.) Hons. Exon. from the University of Exeter (UK). After finishing his Ph.D. at UAB, James worked at universities in New York (SUNY Buffalo) and Georgia (Valdosta State) before coming home to UAB. His professional interests revolve around early childhood education and early intervention. James teaches courses for master and doctoral degree students in the Early...

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    Evans, Paulette, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2014 -

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    Fisher, Elizabeth, Assistant Professor - Adjunct (P) 2016 -

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    Gargiulo, Richard, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

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    Hill, Kelly, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Howell, Vicki, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Jepkemboi, Grace, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Presently, I am Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I hold a B. Ed from Egerton University (Kenya), M.Phil. in Educational Psychology from Moi University (Kenya) and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    I currently teach Child development and Family Relations and Expressive arts (p-6). Other courses I taught in the past are: Introduction to Education, Current issues in Education, and International ...

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    Kamii, Constance, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

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    Kilgo, Jennifer, University Professor (P) 2013 -

    Presently, I am a professor of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and UAB is where I have been employed since 1995. I hold a B.S. in Psychology from Auburn University; teacher certification in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, an M.A. in Special Education, and certification in Administration from UAB; and a doctoral degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Alabama. Prior to my appointment to the faculty at UAB, I taught at Virginia Commonwe...

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    Marchant, Carla, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Martin, Kathleen, Assistant Professor (P) 1999 -

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    Martin, Kathleen, Associate Professor - Emeritus (P) 2011 -

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    McKenzie Jr., Timothy, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2016 -

    Tim McKenzie, EdS, spent his teaching career in middle school mathematics and he brings this unique perspective with him to the UABTeach program. During his tenure at Irondale Middle School, Tim taught 6th grade and 8th grade mathematics and also served as the school-wide mathematics coach. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Tim was a member of the Continuous Improvement Leadership Team, Jefferson County Math Curriculum Committee, and was named the 2011 2nd Mile Teacher. He also serve...

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    Meadows, Lee, Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Morgan, Amy, Instructor (P) 2019 -

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    Nelson, Sharonica, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Parker, Desmond, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Perry, Tonya, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Presently, I am a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. I hold a B.A. in English Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a master's degree in English Education from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a concentration in English and secondary curriculum from both University of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    My research focuses on litera...

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    Pevsner, Wanda, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Ponder, Jennifer, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Prado, Josephine, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    Currently, I am Assistant Professor of English Learner Education in UAB's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. My responsibilities include teaching EESL 615Grammar for ESL Teachers and EESL 610 Second Language Acquisition in the Master of Arts in Education program for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). I also manage the grant for Southeast ECHO: ELs Charting new Horizons and Opportunities. I hold a Ph.D. in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Linguisti...

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    Rhodes, Lori, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Sims, Michele, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Smith, Tommy, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

    Presently, I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education. I hold a bachelors, masters, and doctorate in mathematics education from Auburn University. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in methods for teaching middle and high school mathematics, as well as mathematics content courses primarily taken by teacher education majors.

    My research and service activities relate to promoting inquiry-based instruction in mathematics teaching. I have collaborated with colleagues in th...

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    Spezzini, Susan, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Presently, I am Associate Professor of English Learner Education, Program Director of Secondary Education and K-12 Single Subject teaching fields, and Principal Investigator for professional development grants from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). I hold an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of California in San Diego, a master's degree in teaching German from the University of California Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum an...

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    Summerlin, Jennifer, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

    I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I teach undergraduate and alternative masters students in both of the Pedagogy I and Pedagogy II blocks. Through the Pedagogy blocks I am able to teach a variety of courses: Children's Literature, Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom, Developmental Reading I, and Developmental Reading II.

    I have served as a teacher for fifteen years in a variety of capacities. I have taught third graders, second ...

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    Voltz, Deborah, Professor (P) 2013 -

    Deborah L. Voltz is Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education at the National College of Education in Evanston, IL, obtained her master’s degree in special education at UAB and her doctorate of education from the University of Alabama. Dr. Voltz began her career as a special education teacher at Gate City Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama. She ...

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    Wang, Yu-Mei, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Witherspoon, Taajah, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Yildirim, Abidin, Assistant Professor (S) 2016 -

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Aldrich, Marla, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Becker, Abby, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Betbeze, Anne, Credentialed Course Instructor 2006 -

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    Carter, Tamera, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Coleman, Prentiss, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Cox, Cindy, Credentialed Course Instructor 2007 -

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    Cramer, Amanda, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Cranford, Lisa, Credentialed Course Instructor 2008 -

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    Davis, Sammye, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Dobbs-Black, Leah, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Evanovich, Lauren, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Fly, Deborah, Credentialed Course Instructor 2006 -

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    Ford, Holli, Credentialed Course Instructor 2008 -

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    Glover, Kristen, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Haghighi, Lora, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Henderson, Sonjanika, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Hillin, Sharon, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Hilson, TaSharra, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Hodges, Allison, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Hodges, Jenelle, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Hubbard, Holly, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Hunt, Cynthia, Credentialed Course Instructor 2009 -

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    Khalsa, Gurupreet, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Kumm, Skip, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Manley, Kathryn, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Moore, Mary, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Moore, Monisha, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Newton, Allison, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    O'Berry, Katherine, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Owens, Penney, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Oxford, Rebecca, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Parris, Lindsay, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Prutzman, Diana, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Rand, Angela, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Ransom, Marilee, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Robinson, Kristyn, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Smith, Charles, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Smith, Mary, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Stennis, Jacqueline, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Sun, Feng, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Thomas, Jameka, Credentialed Course Instructor 2010 -

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    Williams, Kristie, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Worthington, Lou, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Yancie, Nefertari, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

  • Non-academic Position

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    Amidon, Lauren, Web Communications Specialist 2009 -

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    Cole, Sarah, Project Coordinator 2017 -

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    Cowser, Lydia, Program Manager I 1993 -

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    Earley, Mary, Educational Program Specialist 2012 -

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    Moore-Cain, Ouida, Financial Associate 2019 -

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    Paul, Julie, Educational Program Specialist 2016 -

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    Timpa, Nancy 1989 -

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    Varghese, Elizabeth, Program Manager I 1997 -

  • Organization Within