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Project Rising Tide Annual Spring Student Success Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Claire Major, University of Alabama
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Bryant Conference Center
Rast Room
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Claire Major is a Professor of Higher Education in the University of Alabama’s College of Education. Early in her career, she taught more than forty sections of English, including developmental studies, freshman composition, and sophomore literature. During this time she worked at two-year institutions; including a two-year historically black college, a two-year technical institution, and a large urban community college; and four-year institutions, including a comprehensive university and a large research university.

Now, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She also conducts research on pedagogical approaches and student engagement. She has authored and co-authored several books, including three with Elizabeth Barkley published in the Wiley/Jossey Bass College Teaching Techniques series: Interactive Lecturing, Learning Assessment Techniques, and Collaborative Learning Techniques. She has also published Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice and Teaching for Learning (with Michael Harris and Todd Zakrajsek).​

UA Standing Committee preference survey

Committee participation by faculty and staff members is vital to the life of our institution.  Each year, the University of Alabama Committee on University Committees is responsible for making recommendations to the President concerning the membership of various University Standing Committees.

Please take this opportunity to indicate your interest in serving on a University level Standing Committee beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. In general, an appointment to a University level Standing Committee is a three-year commitment. In some cases, however, the Committee on University Committees may find it necessary to make shorter term (i.e., one-year or two-year) appointments to fill vacancies which may occur due to retirements or resignations.

This online Committee Preferences Survey will be open through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019.  Completion of the survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes. We encourage you to take the survey today. Access the survey by clicking on the link.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Committee Preferences Survey or the work of the Committee on University Committees, please email Dr. JoAnn Oliver at  If you have any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please e-mail Jason Phillips at for assistance.

Thank you for your time and consideration, Roll Tide!

Request for pre-proposals – Course Innovation Program

The Office for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce a request for pre-proposals for course innovation projects in support of our continued collective campus efforts to increase retention and student success.

Thank you for your dedication and continued efforts to increase retention and support our students’ academic successes!

Patricia A. Sobecky, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Executive Director, Alabama Water Institute
Office for Academic Affairs
The University of Alabama
Rose Administration Bldg Room 254
Box 870114
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Office 205-348-8314

Alabama Life Research Institute pilot project program

ALRI is beginning a new PILOT Project Program. This will be rolled out progressively over time, and the first due date for submissions is Friday May 18, 2018. The description of the program, the review process and the application materials are contained in the application. Applications will need to follow the described format, including the inclusion of a detailed timeline for submitting an external grant application that will follow from the collection of the pilot project data.  As noted in the attachment, one pilot project will be funded in this first round, and then two additional will be funded at two later due dates during the year.  Application materials will be emailed to the ALRI Program Assistant, Kim Skelton.  All questions can be directed to the Interim Director of ALRI, John Lochman.

The world in our classrooms – panel discussion

The Office for Academic Affairs and Capstone International Center will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 18
from 12 -1 p.m. at the Ferguson Forum.

Dr. Fran Oneal moderates a panel of four UA international students and faculty sharing their experiences in U.S. classrooms.

Lunch will be provided.

2017-2018 UA Standing Committee Preferences Survey

University standing committees play an important role in the shared governance and function of the University of Alabama. Their purpose is to keep abreast with the great variety of challenges that faculty and staff encounter as the university grows and changes over time. Their findings, suggestions, and solutions are passed on to the President of the University of Alabama, as part of the advisory relationship faculty and staff have with him. All effort is made to maintain the highest possible level of representation and diversity in all such committees. Please consider serving on one of them; you may find the description of each committee’s duties at under “Section I” and “Section II.”

​Faculty and staff interested in volunteering for a University Standing Committee next year (or would like to resign from any committee they are currently serving) can click on the link below to complete the 2018-2019 UA Committee Preferences Survey.
You may access the survey by clicking on the hyperlink below:

If your email interface does not have HTML hyperlinking activated, you can copy and paste the URL listed above into your web browser manually in order to access the survey.
The online survey will be open through 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018.

For additional information about serving on a UA standing committee or the appointment process, please email Prof. Steve Miller, Chair of the Committee on University Committees, at If you have any technical difficulties in completing the survey, please e-mail Jason Phillips at for assistance.

​Again, the survey will close on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Thank you for your consideration and willingness to serve, Roll Tide!
The University of Alabama Committee on University Committees

University Study Week policy

This is a reminder that the University’s Study Week policy can be found in the UA Faculty Handbook.

The week immediately preceding the final examination period each semester is reserved as a time in which students may concentrate on completing course work and preparing for final examinations. Only laboratory examinations omitted from the Final Examination Schedule are permitted during Study Week. The University prohibits all other examinations and extended assignments during Study Week.

Request for pre-proposals for the Course Innovation 2018 Program

The Office for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce a request for pre-proposals for course innovation projects in support of our continued collective campus efforts to increase retention and student success. ​

Thank you for your dedication and continued efforts to increase retention and support our students academic successes!

Informational meeting – Alabama Life Research institute (ALRI) – Dec. 4th at 4 p.m.

I would like to invite interested faculty to attend an informational meeting about the Alabama Life Research Institute (ALRI) on Monday, December 4th at 4:00pm in Room 1011 in Northlawn Building. ALRI, as you know, is one of the four new university-wide Institutes that are being developed. ALRI will focus particularly on collaborative research related to the life, social and behavioral sciences. President Bell and I and members of the ALRI Advisory Board will describe the purpose of the Institute and its current plans for its structure and its functions. The ALRI is in a developmental stage, so this will be a good opportunity to discover how it can play a role in research development, and for us to receive your input.

If you do plan to attend this event, please email me ( to let me know that you plan to be there, and you can also let me know in advance questions you might have. We likely won’t be able to answer all of your queries at this point, but we can start a dialogue.

I am looking forward to your involvement.


John E. Lochman, PhD, ABPP
Interim Director, Alabama Life Research Institute
Professor And Doddridge Saxon Chairholder in Clinical Psychology
Director, Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems