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June 26, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

University of Montevallo names Armstrong provost

University of Montevallo names Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong provost Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Montevallo. This marks the latest advancement in Armstrong’s long history of service to UM, where she has been working in many capacities since she was hired by the […]

May 8, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

From Montevallo
to Carnegie

Dr. Melinda Doyle offers students hands-on experience BY MADISON GRIGGS ’17 Dr. Melinda Doyle, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at UM, conducts the Concert Choir and University Chorus and teaches undergraduate choral conducting and choral methods. Through her position in the Department of Music, Doyle has enabled countless students to explore […]

April 19, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Friday: Tiffany Wang

If you mention the name ‘Dr. Wang’ across campus, you will be greeted by many excited students who boast “that’s my advisor!” Dr. Tiffany Wang started teaching communication studies at the University of Montevallo in 2012. As an associate professor in the Department of Communication, she teaches a variety of courses in communication theory, training […]

April 12, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Friday: DeAnna Smith

DeAnna Smith, instructor of accounting in the Michael E. Stephens College of Business shares more than just her 20 years of diverse experience in the field of accounting. She also shares the importance of social entrepreneurship and sustainability in the area of management, non-profit and environmental studies. DeAnna and her students are the individuals responsible […]

March 22, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Friday: Dr. Donna Bell

Dr. Donna Bell, assistant professor and program coordinator for Family and Consumer Sciences at UM, began her academic career at the University of Montevallo in the early 1980s pursuing her undergraduate degree. In 2006, Bell returned to campus to teach retail merchandising courses, including visual merchandising, textiles, retail buying and fashion forecasting.   While Bell’s primary goal in the classroom is teaching students how her field […]

March 15, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Friday: Amiee Mellon

Mellon says it’s finding your fit in the mix Dr. Amiee Mellon began her teaching career at the University of Montevallo in 2014. Dr. Mellon teaches a variety of marketing topics within the Stephens College of Business. Prior to teaching, Mellon spent several years working in advertising agencies and eventually freelancing while earning her Ph.D. […]

February 22, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

Davis has the Montevallo Connection

Dr. Jennifer (JiJi) Davis is no stranger to the brick streets on campus. She started her Montevallo path as a student in 1995. Davis began teaching as an adjunct for the University in 2006 and became a full-time faculty member in 2008. Now, Davis not only teaches at the University of Montevallo, but she also […]

January 9, 2019 | Faculty Spotlight

Connections Bloom

Dr. Kristen Gilbert’s Career Blossoms from Montevallo Tradition by Madison Griggs ’17 Few faculty are as deeply rooted at the University as Dr. Kristen Gilbert, professor of psychology. Her academic journey has taken her across the U.S., but also continuously strengthened her connections at UM and encouraged her to grow. In addition to her role […]

November 30, 2018 | Faculty Spotlight

Montevallo's Jim Day named Veteran of Influence

Professor of history at the University of Montevallo, Dr. Jim Day has been selected as one of Birmingham Business Journal’s 2018 Veterans of Influence.  This honor seeks to recognize military veterans who have distinguished themselves in the world of Birmingham business. A special advisory committee was utilized to select honorees, with criteria including their contributions to […]

October 29, 2018 | Faculty Spotlight

Newell recognized as 2018 University Scholar

During the annual Founders’ Day celebration, the University of Montevallo recognizes one faculty member who has shown exemplary strides in creativity, research and scholarship. This year, Dr. Jason Newell, professor and director of the social work program, was formally honored with the distinction of University Scholar during UM’s 122nd Founders’ Day on Oct. 11.   “Jason is a […]

September 17, 2018 | Faculty Spotlight

Alexander Mechitov Pushing Students to Academic Success

If you took classes in the Stephens College of Business within the last decade, there’s a high probability you’ve experienced firsthand the warm personality and engaged teaching of Dr. Alexander Mechitov. Thanks to his diverse academic background, Mechitov offers classes in three different business areas: management information systems, quantitative methods and international management classes. In […]

June 19, 2018 | Faculty Spotlight

Penning New Chapters Where It Started: Mahaffey’s Montevallo Journey

By Madison Griggs ’17 Dr. Paul Mahaffey began his Montevallo journey in the spring of 1989 and is still on that journey today. As a freshman mass communication major, he quickly found UM to be a safe haven and somewhere he could call home. By his junior year, Mahaffey found himself taking more English classes […]

February 2, 2018 | Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Stacy Bishop

Dr. Stacy Bishop on Strengthening the Reformed Exercise & Nutrition Science Program If Dr. Stacy Bishop does his job correctly, the students who graduate from his program could make anyone Batman. That is to say, graduates of the newly minted Exercise and Nutrition Science Program will have the means to design custom fitness routines capable […]

December 1, 2017 | Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight: Cindy Tidwell

Familiar Formulas Tidwell ’94 inspires students with lessons learned at UM Dr. Cindy Tidwell’s connection with the University began as an undergraduate. As a native of Calera, she was well aquainted with the opportunities offered at UM. She was awarded the Valedictorian Scholarship at Calera High School and began attending UM in 1989. As an […]

October 23, 2017 | Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jim Day honored Hometown Hero

University of Montevallo Professor of History, Dr. Jim Day, of Helena, was honored as a Hometown Hero at the Montevallo Mayor’s Hometown Heroes Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 13. Day also served as keynote speaker of the event.   Day, who was raised in Montevallo, graduated from Montevallo High School in 1975. He went on to earn a B.S. in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.A. in history from the University of […]

September 22, 2017 | Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Heather Tinsley recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education

Dr. Heather Tinsley, associate professor of biology and UM’s 2016 University Scholar, was recently recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Teaching Newsletter for her unique teaching methods. In an earlier newsletter, The Chronicle posed this question: “How have you helped students forge a deeper connection to your course? Are there strategies you’ve used to […]

December 2, 2016 | Faculty Spotlight

Environmental Studies Blooms Under Caplow

With only three years to take root on Montevallo’s brick streets, Dr. Susan Caplow, assistant professor of environmental studies, has already grown a healthy, flourishing program. Caplow came to UM directly after graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Environment and Ecology. Before Caplow’s arrival, Dr. Lee Rozelle, professor […]