New Faculty and Academic Personnel 2014-2015
Health Professions Program Advisor
Susan received her B.A. in English from the College of Wooster. She went on to complete her M.S. in
Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont (UVM) and her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology
from the College of Medicine at UVM. From 2007 until this past summer, Susan worked as a
Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
(UAB), and she concurrently served as the Director for a UAB Research Core Facility for the last two
years. Her research centers upon human diseases, and she has designed and conducted a number of
experiments using animals, cell culture, and molecular techniques.
Jeremy N. Grall
Assistant Professor of Music
Jeremy earned his B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Memphis (U of M) and
went on to receive his M.M. in the same area from Yale University. He then returned to U of M, where
he completed his D.M.A. in Classical Guitar Performance. After earning his D.M.A., Jeremy served as an
Assistant Professor of Music at UAB where his duties were classical guitar, ethnomusicology, and music
theory. He most recently served as a Lecturer of Music Theory at Sam Houston State University in
Huntsville, Texas. Jeremy is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at U of M.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Kate received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Montevallo (UM). At UAB, she
went on to earn her M.S. and will complete her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the end of August. Kate has broad
expertise in analytical, biological, environmental, and organic chemistry. In 2013, she received the
Fellow Certification from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).
This past summer, she completed the Practitioner and Scholar levels for CIRTL.
Shelia M. Ingram
Assistant Professor of Education
Shelia joins us in a tenure-track appointment after having served as an adjunct for the Education
department during this past spring term. Shelia received her B.S. in Finance and her M.Ed. in Secondary
Education (Mathematics) from UAB. In 2008, she received an Education Administration Certification in
Principalship from UM. She also attended the University of Alabama, earning her Ph.D. in Mathematics
Education and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include interdisciplinary
teaching and learning, assessment, and institutional effectiveness.
Meghan L. Mills
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Meghan obtained her B.A. in Sociology and English Literature from Salisbury University in Salisbury,
Maryland. She then attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH), earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in
Sociology with a concentration in Health and Illness. In the final two years of her graduate career,
Meghan served as an Instructor at UNH, as well as at Great Bay Community College. Her primary
research interests include health, inequality, medical sociology, mental health, rural sociology, and
sociology of gender. Since 2008, Meghan has worked at the Carsey Institute at UNH on a National
Science Foundation (NSF) grant conducting longitudinal research on rural youth in northern New