Nursing Academic Affairs

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    April Love MSN, RN, RNC-OB, CNE, Retention Coordinator

    Ms. Love earned her MSN through UAB’s Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway in 2013. Prior to her nursing career, she received a BA in journalism from Auburn University. She has since focused on obstetric nursing, primarily working in the Labor & Delivery and Mother Baby (postpartum) units. Her passion for education was realized while serving as an adjunct instructor for the UAB and Auburn University Schools of Nursing. She joined the UAB faculty fulltime in 2017 and teaches in the pre-lic...

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    Ashley Hodges PhD, CRNP, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Coordinator

    Ashley Hodges, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP is a Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hodges has over 29 years experience in women's health and is recognized nationally for her expertise leadership, curriculum development and evaluation. She is the Curricular Leadership Committee Chair for the National Association of the Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Dr. Hodges maintains faculty practice at the WellHouse, a one-of-a-kind clinic she e...

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    Ashley Hodges PhD, CRNP, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Director for Clinical Placement

    Ashley Hodges, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP is a Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Clinical Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hodges has over 29 years experience in women's health and is recognized nationally for her expertise leadership, curriculum development and evaluation. She is the Curricular Leadership Committee Chair for the National Association of the Nurse Practitioner Faculties. Dr. Hodges maintains faculty practice at the WellHouse, a one-of-a-kind clinic she e...

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    Candace Knight PhD, RN, Program Director

    Dr. Candace Knight teaches obstetric nursing in the undergraduate and accelerated master's programs. Her qualitative doctoral research focused on adolescent prenatal stress and she continues research activities as part of a team exploring adolescent sexual decision making.

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    Connie Hogewood MSN, RN, Program Director

    Connie Hogewood has spent the majority of her nursing career caring for high risk obstetric patients. As a prenatal educator she has assisted patients in understanding their role in lifestyle modifications to maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth. A major area of research interest is the rising rate of cesarean deliveries and what can be done to reverse this growing trend.

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    Cori Johnson DNP, CRNP, NP-C, Adult/Primary Specialty Track Coordinator

    Cori Johnson is a board-certified Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and also has a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree. She started her career as an RN in UAB’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She then worked as a Nurse Practitioner with the Vascular Division at UAB. Currently she is a full-time Instructor at the SON and teaches in the Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program. She has a faculty practice as a nurse practitioner at the PATH Clinic, which provides c...

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    Curry Bordelon III DNP, MBA, CRNP, CNE, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC, Coordinator

    Dr. Bordelon is a dual certified Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner teaching Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Leadership courses. He has extensive leadership experience as a nurse practitioner manager for three Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Dr Bordelon is an active member of the Education Committee for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and is an item writer for national board certification exams.

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    Curry Bordelon III DNP, MBA, CRNP, CNE, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC, Co-Director of the Nurse Practitioner Pathway

    Dr. Bordelon is a dual certified Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner teaching Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Leadership courses. He has extensive leadership experience as a nurse practitioner manager for three Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Dr Bordelon is an active member of the Education Committee for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and is an item writer for national board certification exams.

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    Curry Bordelon III DNP, MBA, CRNP, CNE, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC, Interim Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Education

    Dr. Bordelon is a dual certified Neonatal and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner teaching Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Leadership courses. He has extensive leadership experience as a nurse practitioner manager for three Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Dr Bordelon is an active member of the Education Committee for the Academy of Neonatal Nursing and is an item writer for national board certification exams.

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    Dana Mitchell DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CHFN, Program Director

    Dr. Dana Mitchell joined the UABSON as faculty in 2015. Her clinical expertise includes critical care nursing and cardiology, with subspecialty experience in heart failure and heart and lung transplantation. She holds a specialty certification in heart failure nursing and is an active member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Dr. Mitchell teaches in both the graduate and prelicensure programs.

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    Edwin Aroke PhD, CRNA, Academic Integrity Officer-Doctoral Programs

    Dr. Aroke is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a Nurse Scientist whose program of research focuses on racial pain disparities. Dr. Aroke has an interdisciplinary project that aims to identify the role of epigenomic and transcriptomic modifications in racial disparities in chronic low back pain.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), and the U.S. Association for th...

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    Edwin Aroke PhD, CRNA, Dual DNP/PhD Pathway Director

    Dr. Aroke is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a Nurse Scientist whose program of research focuses on racial pain disparities. Dr. Aroke has an interdisciplinary project that aims to identify the role of epigenomic and transcriptomic modifications in racial disparities in chronic low back pain.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), and the U.S. Association for th...

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    Jennie Alspach MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Retention Coordinator

    Mrs. Jennie Alspach has a background as a Family Nurse Practitioner and broad work experience at the Senior Health Center, Emergency Department, Medical-Surgical, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury unit. She became interested in education and worked as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor teaching in the undergraduate program before joining the UAB SON as full-time faculty. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program.

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    Jennifer Carpenter MSN, CRNP, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, RN-BC, Co-Coordinator Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty Track

    Jennifer Carpenter is an Instructor with an emphasis on psychiatric/mental health nursing. She is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She began her career as an RN in UAB’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. After obtaining her master’s degree, she completed a PMHNP residency at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. Currently, she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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    Joy Deupree PhD, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Program Director

    Joy P. Deupree, PhD, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2014-2017) and serves as an appointed member to the Alabama Governor's Health Care Improvement Task Force and Chairs the Health Literacy Partnership of AL . Dr. Deupree has served in many leadership roles for professional organizations and is currently the senior adviser for policy for the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama the professional association she co-founded in 2006 which represents th...

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    Kathryn Langley MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, Coordinator

    Ms. Langley is an instructor and co-coordinator in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty track. Ms. Langley joined the School of Nursing as a full-time instructor in August 2017 after being an adjunct instructor for 2 years in the graduate program.

    She graduated from UAB SON with a BSN in 1998, then again in 2014 with a MSN. She is certified through the ANCC as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP. As a RN, primary interest was in invasive cardiology and electrop...

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    Katie Buys DNP, MPH, CRNP, NP-C, Coordinator

    Dr. Buys is an Instructor in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track. She is dually trained in Nursing and Public Health (Health Behavior). Her teaching and clinical interests lie at the intersection of clinical practice and public health/ disease prevention. She understands that an important part of nursing education is training students to empower patients to take control of their health and to educate the public on how they can prevent disease through healthy lifestyles. Dr. Buys’ primary clinica...

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    Kelley Borella DNP, CRNP, WHNP-BC, Coordinator

    Dr. Stallworth has been an instructor in the UAB School of Nursing since 2012. Prior to accepting this position, she worked as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, providing care to underserved women in the Birmingham area. She earned her DNP in April 2014, from UAB, with a focus on sexually transmitted disease education and awareness for children and adolescents.

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    Laura Steadman EdD, MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Coordinator

    Dr. Laura Steadman has been in Nursing Education for 23 years and at UAB SON for 9 years. Her background is as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She currently has a faculty practice at Wylam Adult Health Care Center.

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    Lori Loan PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Director

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    Marie Bakitas DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

    Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship ...

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    Nancy Wingo PhD, MA, Director

    Nancy Wingo, MA, PhD (c) is a non-clinical instructor in the UAB School of Nursing, where she teaches in the Nurse Educator track and works with faculty to implement innovative teaching strategies and increase student engagement in online and on-ground courses. She also has special interests in educational technology and simulation debriefing. She taught high school AP English for many years and was previously the Projects Analyst to the Provost at UAB.

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    Rebecca Suttle DNP, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, Coordinator

    Dr. Rebecca D. Suttle is a certified Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and an Instructor at the UAB School of Nursing. She spent her early nursing career working with bone marrow transplant patients and went on to practice as a nurse practitioner seeing hematology-oncology patients in the acute care setting. While practicing and teaching in an adjunct role, she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree and then transitioned to a full-time educator position, joining the faculty at...

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    Rhonda McLain PhD, RN, CNE, Interim Assistant Dean

    Dr. Rhonda McLain is an experienced educator with expertise in the areas of teaching-learning strategies, curriculum development and program evaluation. Having taught more than 20 years in undergraduate education, Dr. McLain has led the development of innovative nursing curricula designed to prepare new nurses in meeting client needs in an ever-changing health care environment. As an educator in the classroom, Dr. McLain has been recognized by her students for her creative teaching strategies th...

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    Shea Polancich PhD, RN, Program Director

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN has been practicing in quality and patient safety for more than a decade. The primary focus of her work is understanding errors in the clinical environment Her work focuses on using the best evidence to redesign the workflow and improve processes in order to prevent patient harm and improve the quality of care.

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    Shea Polancich PhD, RN, Assistant Dean

    Shea Polancich, PhD, RN has been practicing in quality and patient safety for more than a decade. The primary focus of her work is understanding errors in the clinical environment Her work focuses on using the best evidence to redesign the workflow and improve processes in order to prevent patient harm and improve the quality of care.

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    Susan McMullan PhD, CRNA, CNE, CHSE, Coordinator

    Dr. McMullan has been a CRNA for over 30 years. She has clinical experience in all forms of anesthesia with a focus on pediatric and cardiovascular anesthesia. Her teaching experience includes basic and advanced principles of nurse anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, and high-fidelity simulation. Her research focuses on patient safety in nurse anesthesia.
    She has received the AANA Foundation Doctoral, Post-Doctoral Fellowship and General Grants for her work on nurse anesthesia and patient saf...

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    Susanne Fogger DNP, CRNP, CARN-AP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, Administrator

    Dr. Fogger is an educator and clinician with more than 40 years’ experience as a psychiatric/mental health nurse. She is a veteran of the US Air Force with over 12 years as a psychiatric staff nurse and nurse manager of an alcohol treatment unit. She also provided psychiatric home health in a rural area of Louisiana; and was a nurse manager of a psychiatric adolescent unit. She has taught Graduate and Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing since 2003 while maintaining a clinical practice. Current p...

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    Todd Hicks DNP, MNA, CRNA, Coordinator

    Todd Hicks earned a BS in education from Auburn University in 1999 and successfully taught in public secondary schools for three years. In 2004, Mr. Hicks earned his BSN from Auburn University, magna cum laude, and practiced as a critical care RN for two years. In 2006, he entered the UAB Nurse Anesthesia Program, from which he graduated in 2008. Since completing his MNA, Mr. Hicks has practiced clinically as a CRNA in Montgomery, AL, where he presently maintains his practice.

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    Tracie White DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA, Coordinator

    Dr. Tracie White is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified RN First Assistant. She has spent her career caring for the surgical patient and has an interest in improving surgical processes and patient outcomes. She teaches in the Nationally ranked Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and is the Coordinator for the RN First Assistant Subspecialty.

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    Tracie White DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC, CNOR, CRNFA, Coordinator

    Dr. Tracie White is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Certified RN First Assistant. She has spent her career caring for the surgical patient and has an interest in improving surgical processes and patient outcomes. She teaches in the Nationally ranked Adult-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program and is the Coordinator for the RN First Assistant Subspecialty.

  • Faculty Position

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    Anna Brown, Instructor - Adjunct (P)

  • Faculty Secondary Appointments

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    James Cimino MD, Professor (S)

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    James Willig, Associate Professor (S)

    James H. Willig, MD, MSPH, is the Associate Dean of Clinical Education in the School of Medicine. He attended Medical School at the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and completed his residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem. At UAB, Willig has earned an M.S. in Public Health and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship. His research interests in quality improvement and medical informatics have found expression in both research into quality issues in HIV primary care...

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    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Professor (S)

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

  • Non-academic Position

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    Bethany Lawyer, Registered Nurse (RN) - Skills Lab Educator 2021 -

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    Blakeley Mann 2016 -

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    Bryson Henry, Program Manager I 2022 -

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    Colton Segars, Clinical Simulation Specialist 2017 -

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    Jaymee Patton, Program Administrator II 2014 -

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    JoeAnn Kennedy, Program Administrator II 2001 -

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    Johnny Huffstutler, Project Manager II 2020 -

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    Judith Quick, Registered Nurse (RN) - Skills Lab Educator 2022 -

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    Kaie White, Program Manager I 2019 -

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    Katrinia Oliver, Program Manager II 2016 -

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    Kevin Keane MBA, MA, Data Base Analyst II 2015 -

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    Lisa Hall MSHHA, Project Manager II 2013 -

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    Mantana Damrongsak PhD, Project Manager II 2014 -

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    Mary Elliott Med, Program Manager II 2014 -

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    Reginald Kinsey, Program Manager I 2011 -

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