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Lynne M. Adrian is an associate professor and chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and was a participant in the Crossroads Project and the Visible Knowledge Project grants on technology and the scholarship of teaching.

Judy Bonner is the executive vice president and provost at the University of Alabama and has a Ph.D. in human nutrition from Ohio State University.

Susan L. Burkett became the Alabama Power Foundation Endowed Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in January 2008. She earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She was co-lead on the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program.

Janice M. Fink is executive editor of Alabama Alumni Magazine and publications manager and communications internship adviser at the University of Alabama. With degrees in journalism and political science from Indiana University, she is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration. She has received numerous national writing and editing awards.

David Jeff Jackson is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama, where he received his Ph.D. He received his B.S. in physics and M.S. in electrical engineering from Auburn University. Jackson's research interests focus on hardware implementations of fundamental/application-driven algorithms for real-time image-processing applications.

Sushma Kotru is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kashmir and her Ph.D. in solid-state physics from Jammu University. Her research interests include oxide films, magnetic semiconductors, infrared gas sensors, and microelectromechanical systems. [Begin Page v]

Rasma Lazda-Cazers is an associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at the University of Alabama. Her research and teaching interests focus on medieval and early-modern German studies, as well as second language acquisition and teaching with technology.

Celia C. Lo, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include the sociology of drugs and alcohol, juvenile delinquency, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Gary J. Mankey, a physics professor at the University of Alabama who received his Ph.D. from Penn State University, specializes in condensed-matter experiments on magnetic thin films and heterostructures. His research involves developing advanced experimental apparatus, modeling of physical phenomena, and training and administering personnel from undergraduate to post-doctoral levels.

Bob Smallwood is the assistant to the provost for assessment at the University of Alabama. He coordinates the Quality Enhancement Plan focused on increasing active and collaborative learning activities in large first-year courses. He also collaborates with university officials to design and implement outcomes assessment initiatives to further institutional effectiveness. [Begin Page vi]



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