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Faculty Administrative Position

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    Doreen Harper PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean

    Dr. Harper is Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing in the UAB School of Nursing. She also serves as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on International Nursing at UAB, one of ten centers in the United States that focus on nursing education to improve the care for children and families through global outreach. Dr. Harper's scholarly work breaks new ground in joint academic/service partnerships for nursing workfo...

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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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    Doreen Harper PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor 2022 -

    Dr. Harper is Dean and Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing in the UAB School of Nursing. She also serves as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on International Nursing at UAB, one of ten centers in the United States that focus on nursing education to improve the care for children and families through global outreach. Dr. Harper's scholarly work breaks new ground in joint academic/service partnerships for nursing workfo...

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    Jean Kelley, Professor - Emeritus (P)

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    James Raper, Associate Professor - Clinical (S)

    Professor of Medicine and Nursing in the Division of Infectious & Senior Scientist (UAB Center for AIDS Research), Senior Scholar (UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care) and Scholar (UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy)

    I am the Director of the UAB 1917 HIV Outpatient, Dental and Research Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. As a national Nurse Practitioner leader, I have devoted my career to improving access to care for HIV populations. An attorney and NP, I have impacted HIV ca...

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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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    Rodney Tucker, Associate Professor (S)

    Rodney O. Tucker, MD, MMM, FAAHPM, was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended Litchfield High School graduating in 1980. He then attended UAB and received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Social Work in 1984. After a year of graduate work at UAB, he entered the University of Alabama School of Medicine and graduated in 1989. Dr. Tucker served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Carraway Methodist Medical Center from 1989-1992 and then served as Chie...

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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, Project Administrator 2019 -

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    Emily Craig MPA, Program Director II 2005 -

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    Erica Techo, Marketing Specialist 2018 -

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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, Program Administrator II 2018 -

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    Jessica Huffstutler BS, Project Manager II 1999 -

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    Karen Parsons, Project Manager II 2010 -

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    Katrina Strickland BS, Financial Officer I 2018 -

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    Laura Gasque 2017 -

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    Lily Williams BA, Personnel Generalist 2013 -

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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...

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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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    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 -