Curriculum Instruction

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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Jennifer Summerlin, 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 ...

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    Linda Emfinger, Interim Administrator 2017 -

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    Paulette Evans, Director 2019 -

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    Tonya Perry, 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...

  • Faculty Position

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    Alana Dickie, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Amy Morgan, Instructor (P) 2019 -

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

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    Constance Kamii, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2017 -

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    Cora Causey, 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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    Deborah Voltz, 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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    Desmond Parker, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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

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    Grace Jepkemboi, 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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    James Ernest, Professor (P) 2013 -

    James Ernest is a native of Wales, 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 returning to UAB. His professional interests relate to varied opportunities and experiences for young children and their educators. James teaches courses for master...

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    Jennifer Kilgo, 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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    Jennifer Ponder, Associate Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Jennifer Summerlin, 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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    Jeremiah Clabough, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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

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    Josephine Prado, 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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    Kathleen Martin, Assistant Professor (P) 1999 -

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

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

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    Kelly Hill, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Lee Meadows, Professor (P) 2013 -

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

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    Lois Christensen, Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Lori Rhodes, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Lynn Kirkland, Adjunct Professor 2013 -

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    Malysa Chandler, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2019 -

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    Michele Sims, Associate Professor (P) 2013 -

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    Paulette Dilworth, Associate Professor (P) 2016 -

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    Paulette Evans, Instructor - Clinical (P) 2014 -

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    Richard Gargiulo, Professor - Emeritus (P) 2016 -

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    Robin Ennis, 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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    Sharonica Nelson, Assistant Professor (P) 2017 -

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    Stephanie Corcoran, 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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    Susan Spezzini, 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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    Taajah Witherspoon, Assistant Professor (P) 2015 -

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    Timothy McKenzie Jr., 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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    Tommy Smith, 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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    Tonya Perry, 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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    Vicki Howell, Instructor - Visiting (P) 2019 -

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    Wanda Pevsner, Assistant Professor (P) 2013 -

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

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Abidin Yildirim, Assistant Professor (S) 2016 -

  • Non-academic Position

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    Elizabeth Varghese, Program Manager I 1997 -

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    Julie Paul, Educational Program Specialist 2016 -

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    Lauren Amidon, Web Communications Specialist 2009 -

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    Lydia Cowser, Program Manager I 1993 -

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    Mary Earley, Educational Program Specialist 2012 -

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    Nancy Timpa 1989 -

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    Ouida Moore-Cain, Financial Associate 2019 -

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    Sarah Cole Flemming, Project Coordinator 2017 -

    MEd, Community Health and Human Services, UAB
    Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit Mangement, UAB
    MA, Samford University

    2018-
    Present Project Coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Instruction and Curriculum, School-Based Interventions
    • Oversee research assistants and provide program coordination to school administration and staff.
    • Assist in data collection for Ci3T implementation of low-intensity strategies for teachers.
    • Provide support with research...

  • Non-faculty Academic Position

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    Abby Becker, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Allison Hodges, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Allison Newton, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Amanda Cramer, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Angela Rand, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Anne Betbeze, Credentialed Course Instructor 2006 -

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    Charles Smith, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Cindy Cox, Credentialed Course Instructor 2007 -

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    Cynthia Hunt, Credentialed Course Instructor 2009 -

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    Deborah Fly, Credentialed Course Instructor 2006 -

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    Diana Prutzman, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Dianna Minor, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

    Bachelor of Arts, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
    Master of Education, University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
    Instructional Leadership, University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL)
    University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Ed.S (pending)

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    Feng Sun, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Gurupreet Khalsa, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Holli Ford, Credentialed Course Instructor 2008 -

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    Holly Hubbard, Credentialed Course Instructor 2011 -

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    Jacqueline Stennis, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Jameka Thomas, Credentialed Course Instructor 2010 -

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    James Nunez, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Jenelle Hodges, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Katherine O'Berry, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Kathryn Manley, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Kristen Glover, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Kristie Williams, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Kristyn Robinson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Lauren Evanovich, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Leah Dobbs-Black, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Lindsay Parris, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Lora Haghighi, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Lou Worthington, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Marilee Ransom, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Marla Aldrich, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Mary Moore, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Mary Smith, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Mary Sorrell, Credentialed Course Instructor 2020 -

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    Monisha Moore, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Nefertari Yancie, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Penney Owens, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Prentiss Coleman, Credentialed Course Instructor 2017 -

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    Rebecca Bidwell, Credentialed Course Instructor 2018 -

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    Rebecca Oxford, Credentialed Course Instructor 2012 -

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    Sammye Davis, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    Sharon Hillin, Credentialed Course Instructor 2014 -

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    Skip Kumm, Credentialed Course Instructor 2019 -

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    Sonjanika Henderson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2015 -

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    Tamera Carter, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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    TaSharra Hilson, Credentialed Course Instructor 2016 -

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