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Faculty and Staff Accolades for Fall 2023

October and November have been a busy time for UA faculty and staff accolades.

Awards and Recognitions 

Dr. Samit Roy, William D. Jordan Professor, aerospace engineering and mechanics, received the American Society for Composites/DESTECH award in Composites Research. Top composites researchers of the year receive this award. Winners are distinguished members of the composites community who have made a significant impact on the development of composite materials.

Dr. Rachel Stephens, associate professor, art and art history, won the SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication for her book, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Concealing Enslavement in American Visual Culture.” Jonathan Cumberland, assistant professor, art and art history, won the SECAC Award for Excellence in Graphic Design. SECAC, formerly Southeastern College Art Conference, promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education nationwide. The SECAC Awards of Excellence recognize exemplary work by its members. 

Dr. Jeremy Zelkowski, associate professor, secondary mathematics education, represented UA at the October summit of the SEC Math Education Community group. The MEC group was formed to address the nationwide shortage of math teachers. Topics of discussion over the last two years have included new program organizations that might appeal to non-traditional audiences, how to strengthen lower-division introductory education courses to increase interest in the profession, and grant writing. 


Luke Herrine, assistant professor, School of Law, published “At the Nexus of Antitrust & Consumer Protection,” 2023 Utah Law Review 849-886 (2023). 

Ronald J. Krotoszynski, John S. Stone Chairholder of Law, School of Law, published “Common Law Constitutionalism and the Protean First Amendment,” 25 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1-59 (2023). 

Paul M. Pruitt, Jr., Special Collections/Collection Development Librarian, Bounds Law Library, published “Good and Faithful Servant: Marshal and Librarian Junius M. Riggs and the Supreme Court Library of Alabama,” 115 Law Library Journal 435-456 (2023). 


Allison Grant, associate professor, art and art history, has work in a group exhibition, “vol. iii: work in progress,” at Intermission Museum of Art, New York.  

Pete Schulte, professor, art and art history, presented a solo exhibition, “Chamber Music,” at McKenzie Fine Art, New York.  

A painting by Bryce Speed, associate professor, art and art history, was included in “Far & Wide,” an international group exhibition curated by Seth Benzel at 8th Avenue Gallery, Ocala, Florida.  

Tom and Charlotte Wegryznowski, full-time instructors, art and art history, featured recent work in a two-person exhibition, “Milestone,” in Lowe Mill’s First Floor Main Gallery, Huntsville. 

Other Faculty and Staff Accolades  

Three Faculty Awarded Arts Fellowships 

Brooke Champagne, assistant professor in the department of English, Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, professor of interdisciplinary arts, and Monique Fields, assistant director, editorial for UA Student Media, each were awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Alabama State Council of the Arts. 

UA Online Marketing Team 

The UA Online marketing team received a Silver 2023 Excellence in Marketing award for the “Unrivaled in Alabama” campaign. The UPCEA Excellence in Marketing Award recognizes marketing campaigns that excel in creativity, execution and impact. UPCEA is an online and professional education association. UPCEA’s Marketing, Enrollment, and Student Success Network sponsors the award.  

Alabama Small Business Expert Receives National Honor 

Supply Chain Researcher Honored with Blackmon-Moody Award 

UA Professors Get CAREER Boost 

Submit Your Achievements for Accolades  

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