Faculty and Staff Accolades for September 2023

Awards and Recognitions 

Anthony Brown is the 2023 recipient of the Professional Staff Assembly’s Mark G. Foster Scholarship. Brown is an area coordinator in UA Housing and Residential Communities where he supports undergraduate students living in the Ridgecrest community. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in higher education administration. 

Anthony Brown holds scholarship award while standing next to PSA president.
PSA President Jair Lizarazo-Adarme with Mark G. Foster Scholarship 2023 winner Anthony Brown.

The SEC Academic Leadership Program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. Ranging in leadership positions and academic interests, 50 administrators were identified through a competitive campus-level process. The University of Alabama ALDAP Fellows for 2023-24 are André R. Denham, associate dean for graduate academic affairs, Graduate School; Joshua Rothman, chair, history department, College of Arts and Sciences; Nicole Ruggiano, associate dean of research, School of Social Work; and C. Heath Turner, head, department of chemical and biological engineering, College of Engineering.  

Cathy Butler, manager of internal communications in the Division of Strategic Communications, and Tracy Sims, senior instructor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, were recognized as PR Senior Practitioners at the recent Southern Public Relations Federation annual conference. Awardees are recognized by their PR peers as veteran public relations professionals with high ethical standing.  

Dr. Stephanie Anne Shelton, director of diversity and associate professor of qualitative research in the College of Education, is the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English ELATE 2023 Janet Emig Award for Exemplary Scholarship in English Education for her article, “‘Communities of Discomfort’: Empowering LGBTQ+ Ally Work in a Southeastern Rural Community.” This award recognizes an exceptional article for excellence in scholarship and educational leadership published in the NCTE ELATE journal English Education within the previous calendar year. 

Dr. Jeri Zemke, assistant professor and athletic training program clinical coordinator in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, has been named CAATE commissioner and chair of the CAATE DEIA & Leadership Development Committee. The CAATE is the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education; 15 commissioners serve the public and profession by establishing and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards that facilitate quality outcomes, continuous improvement, innovation and diversity to enhance athletic training education. 


the cover of the book "Hidden in Plain Sight"

Dr. Rachel Stephens, associate professor, art and art history, published “Hidden in Plain Sight: Concealing Enslavement in American Visual Culture” (University of Arkansas Press, 340 pages). The study traces themes of concealment and silence through paintings, photographs and ephemera, connecting artworks with both the abolitionist materials to which they were responding and archival research across a range of Southern historical narratives.  

Dr. Doris Sung, assistant professor, art and art history, College of Arts and Sciences, published “Enacting Care: Feminist Interventions and Social Activism in the Work of Hong Kong Artist Jaffa Lam,” in the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol. 10, issue 1-2 (Aug 2023): 107-129. 

Dr. Eric Weisbard, professor, American studies, College of Arts and Sciences, published “Hound Dog” (Duke University Press, 152 pages). The book uses Elvis Presley’s 1956 recording of Big Mama Thornton’s song “Hound Dog” to reflect on the history of rock music, race, commodification and popular culture. 


Bethany Moody, instructor of foundations, art and art history, College of Arts and Sciences, exhibited CNC-generated fiber and print work in the Stephens Residency Exhibition at University of Montevallo’s Bloch Hall Gallery in August and September. The work exhibited was produced over the summer during the three-month Stephens Residency in which Moody participated.   

Other Accolades  

FBI Director Christopher Wray presents UAPD Captain Chad Stephens with a diploma.

UAPD Captain Graduates from FBI National Academy

a view down the aisle of the campus assembly event

Legend Makers, Award Winners Celebrated at Campus Assembly

A man in a suit wearing a University of Alabama lapel pin poses for a portrait.

New Director to Oversee Water Research

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UA News publishes accolades for UA faculty and staff from the calendar year regarding publications in peer-reviewed journals, scholarly books or national publications; awards and elections; national and international fellowships; and art exhibits and performances. We do not publish conference papers or keynote addresses. To submit an accolade, use the online form