As part of the University of Montevallo’s Founders’ Day tradition, deserving faculty are annually honored for their achievements and work to better the University.
This year, Heather Tinsley was recognized as the 2016 University Scholar. Each year, this honor is bestowed to a faculty member with significant achievements in research, creativity or scholarship.
Tinsley, a native of Montgomery, received her bachelor’s in molecular science from Auburn University in 2006. She joined the UM faculty in 2011 after receiving her doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from UAB in 2010.
Tinsley’s research focuses heavily on breast cancer, specifically the signaling pathways embedded in cancerous cells. Through this research, she hopes to identify targets for safer, more effective treatments for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
Not only is the topic of Tinsley’s research relevant, but the sheer magnitude at which she produces it is impressive.
Normally, biology faculty are required to publish two national peer-reviewed papers to meet tenure and promotion expectations, averaging one paper every three years.
“Heather has published 10 national peer-reviewed papers since joining the faculty, which is an average of two papers per year,” said Houston Byrd, chemistry, biology and mathematics chair. “This far exceeds any expectation in research and publications for faculty in our department.”
Tinsley is also the first UM faculty member to ever be considered for the prestigious National Institute of Health Grant.
Further, Tinsley often allows her undergraduate students to assist her during research, giving them credit once the paper is published.
Tinsley received a monetary award and plaque during the Founders’ Day ceremony on Oct. 13. She will also have her photo permanently displayed in Carmichael Library with the University Scholars of years past.