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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Maria Shirey PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN, Dean

    Dr. Shirey is an internationally recognized expert in nursing leadership and management. Her research focuses on studying nurse manager work complexity to better understand and influence authentic leadership practices. Dr. Shirey’s research identifies structures and processes required to maximize outcomes associated with nursing leadership. She teaches leadership, management, health policy, and scholarly writing in the DNP program. A prolific author and editor, Dr. Shirey is a mentor to developi...

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    Penni Watts PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Assistant Dean for Clinical Simulating and Training

    Dr. Penni Watts is currently the Director of Clinical Simulation and has been instrumental in the integration of clinical simulation experiences as well as interprofessional simulation experiences across multiple nursing programs. Her background includes over 25 years in critical care nursing. Her training in simulation includes the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Instructor Course and the Advanced Instructor Course. Currently she is active on committees in INACSL and Society for S...

  • Faculty Position

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    Jean Kelley, Professor - Emeritus (P)

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    Maria Shirey PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing 2013 -

    Dr. Shirey is an internationally recognized expert in nursing leadership and management. Her research focuses on studying nurse manager work complexity to better understand and influence authentic leadership practices. Dr. Shirey’s research identifies structures and processes required to maximize outcomes associated with nursing leadership. She teaches leadership, management, health policy, and scholarly writing in the DNP program. A prolific author and editor, Dr. Shirey is a mentor to developi...

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    Robert Weech-Maldonado PhD, MBA, Professor (S)

    Robert Weech-Maldonado, MBA, PhD was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthc...

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    Vera Bittner, Professor (S)

    Vera A. Bittner, Professor of Medicine and Section Head of General Cardiology, Prevention, and Imaging, has been on faculty at UAB since 1987. She currently serves as Quality Officer for UAB Hospital, is a member of the Provider Integration Network, and serves as Medical Director of the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program. She has been listed in Best Doctors of America since 2009.

    Dr. Bittner’s research has focused on secondary prevention of cardiovascular ...

  • Non-academic Position

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    Alexander Wiggins AS, Program Coordinator II 2018 -

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    Amanda Bailey, Program Coordinator II 2016 -

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    Antoinette Williams M.Ed, BS, Project Manager II 2013 -

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    Audrey Wrenn, Project Manager II 1999 -

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    Connie Jackson-Gaiter, Office Services Specialist III 2021 -

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    Douglas Smith, Facilities Coordinator II 2019 -

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    Emily Craig MPA, Program Director II 2005 -

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    Frank Couch BS, Communications Specialist 2016 -

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    Garry Craig, Data Base Analyst II 2010 -

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    Jada McGhee, Office Associate II 2020 -

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    James Carr, Audiovisual Specialist II 2016 -

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    Jennifer Gross BS, Personnel Generalist 2018 -

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    Jessica Huffstutler BS, Project Manager II 1999 -

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    Karla Gealow 2018 -

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    Kim Pardue 2022 -

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    Laura Gasque 2017 -

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    Mary De La Piedra, Business Officer II 2007 -

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    Matthew Glaze, Computer Technician 2015 -

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    Mikela Knox, Program Manager 2021 -

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    Pamela Kelley, Executive Assistant I 2009 -

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    Stephen Gilliland, Project Administrator 2022 -

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    Suzanne Grant, Financial Analyst 2016 -

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    Vickie Ray, Program Director II 1998 -

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    Vivian Pate MBA, BS, CPA, Financial Officer III 2011 -