Student Centered Faculty

Stefanie BucknerStefanie Buckner

Mrs. Buckner comes from Nashville, Tennessee. She works as a UAEC 200: College Readiness Course Instructor and has done so for the past year. She has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Theological Studies. Before coming to The University of Alabama, she worked as a high school English teacher. She’s married with a 14 month old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys running, writing poetry, and watching football (Roll Tide!)

 

 

 

Cheree CauseyDr. Cheree Causey

Dr. Causey has always called Tuscaloosa, Alabama home. She’s worked at The University of Alabama for 27 years. As Associate Professor Emerita, she helps teach the UAEC 200: College Readiness Course, and also helps provide student advising. She has a bachelor's degree in Sports and Fitness Management, master's degree in Health Education and a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration. Before launching UA Early College, Dr. Causey acted as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs. She’s been married over 40 years. In all her spare time, she serves on the Blackburn Institute Advisory Board and Lake Crest neighborhood board.

 

 

kathy morrisDr. Kathleen M. Morris

Dr. Morris calls Tuscaloosa, Alabama home. For the past 14 years, she’s been an instructor in The University of Alabama Department of Computer Science. She is a coordinator and instructor for CS 102 courses online and on campus. Dr. Morris has a PhD in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies with a concentration in Instructional Technology. She is married with a daughter at UA and a son in high school (he’s in UA Early College, too!) Her free time involves: serving on the advisory board for the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, advising a UA sorority, being outside, pet rescue and cheering on the crimson tide at any opportunity.

 

 

John RatliffDr. John Ratliff

Dr. Ratliff is from Pace, Florida. He’s worked at The University of Alabama as a History Instructor for six years. Dr. Ratliff also will answer to the following titles: Generalissimo, Admiral of the Ocean Sea and Mr. Incredible. He has a bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctoral degree. Aside from teaching UA Early College students, he also develops and maintains the online course curriculum in survey courses for the history department and serves as the webmaster for the history department. He’s married with one son.

 

 

 

Deborah SchwartzDeborah Schwartz

Mrs. Schwartz is from Dothan, Alabama. She’s worked at The University of Alabama for over 11 years, and has spent the past six years teaching English for UA Early College. She is an alumna of Troy University and earned a master's degree in English Education. Mrs. Schwartz is currently a doctoral student in The University of Alabama College of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction program. She is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and the Sloan Consortium, an organization committed to quality online education. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren. Mrs. Schwartz enjoys gardening, water activities, and Alabama football.

 

 

Claire ThompsonDr. Claire Thompson

 

Dr. Thompson is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She's been teaching at The University of Alabama for over seven years. She recently became a Anthropology instructor for UA Early College. Dr. Thompson has a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, a master's from Florida State University and a PhD from The University of Alabama. Her husband is also an employee at the University of Alabama, and they have two children. Dr. Thompson's academic interests include the following: Southeastern archaeology, pottery analysis, prehistory of Moundville, and the instruction of secondary and higher education.

 

 

Kim WrightKim Wright

Ms. Wright is from Montgomery, Alabama. She has worked at The University of Alabama for over 18 years. She teaches Computer Science classes for UA Early College. Kim has a bachelor's degree in Math Education and a master's degree in Math Education. Before beginning her work as an instructor at the University, she was a high school math teacher and worked as an Assistant Research Engineer in the Computer Science department at UA. Kim’s son is a freshman at UA and her daughter is a senior in high school. She has one dog and one cat. She is also a member of Northwood Church of Christ.

 

 

 

Rita Yessick

Rita Yessick

Mrs. Yessick is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She’s worked as a UA Early College English Instructor for a year and a half. She’s worked at The University of Alabama since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Rita is married to Michael. They have two sons, Kevin and Tyler. When not teaching, Mrs. Yessick bakes and decorates cakes. She also spent many years as a florist.