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University Named Best Teaching School in Alabama

The University of Montevallo has been named the best school in the state and one of the top schools in the Southeast for graduate programs in instructional media design, specifically instructional technology.

Teaching Degree Search recently released its 2021 Best Teaching Schools rankings, and UM was named the best instructional media design school in Alabama, the best instructional media design graduate school in Alabama and one of the top 10 instructional media design schools in the Southeast.

Read the full article.


UM Post Office Holiday Hours

The UM Post Office will offer services as follows during the winter holiday break:

Farmer Hall access to UM Post Office Boxes
Open Thursday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Dec. 29,
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UM Post Office Window/Counter
Open Thursday, Dec. 17, and Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are expecting large amounts of mail or have outgoing mail, this will be the time to pick it up or drop it off.

All University-related outgoing or incoming packages will be processed on Friday, Dec. 11. UPS, FEDEX, DHL and other special carriers do not run over the break. All packages are held at their facilities until we return from the break.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Brown at 205-665-6571 or Johnny Holsombeck at 205-665-6146.

Important HR Holiday Deadlines

With the excitement of the upcoming holidays, please read the following information to be sure all HR and payroll responsibilities are handled in a timely manner. The deadlines below are not timesheet deadlines. These are the dates that PAFs, deduction changes, direct deposit information, etc., need to be received for HR/payroll purposes.

Remaining holiday deadlines for December payrolls for all faculty, staff and students:

  • All information affecting the Dec. 24 and Jan. 8 bi-weekly payroll and the Jan. 4 monthly payroll needs to be received by Human Resources no later than Wednesday, Dec. 10, at noon.
  • Per the Payroll Office, timesheet deadlines will remain the same with the exception of the Dec. 6-Dec. 19 pay period. Timesheets for this pay period are due by Sunday, Dec. 20, at noon.

You will notice there will be several pay periods open at the same time. Please pay close attention to the dates when you are entering or approving time. If you are not working over the holiday break, you may submit all timesheets as soon as you see they are available. Further details and instructions will be included on the normal timesheet reminder emails you receive every two weeks.

Student Spotlights

Do you know a student who is doing great things on campus or in the community? University Marketing & Communications is looking for standout students to feature in our student spotlight series in the spring. Visit this link to nominate a student to be featured.

Course Reserves at Carmichael Library

Faculty, please remember the library has a course reserves collection located at the circulation desk. We accept donated textbooks and supplemental materials to put on reserve for your students to use anytime the library is open. This is a great money-saving resource for students. The items have loan periods of one, two or three hours, overnight, three days or one week. For precaution, students are required to wear gloves (provided) and a mask while using these items. If you have any questions or would like to add materials, please contact Kaycee Ledbetter.

Carmichael Library Hours and Services

The library is open and ready to offer research assistance, access to print and digital resources, study space and more as fall 2020 comes to a close.

Library hours for Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Dec. 11, are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 2 to 10 p.m.

Please note: For the final two hours on Sunday through Thursday (8 to 10 p.m.), the ground floor only will be open. Students who are on the upper floors at that time will be asked to relocate to the ground floor. Research assistance from a librarian (online or in-person) will be available until 8 p.m.

Important Information for Students from the Cashier’s Office

Students can plan ahead now for spring 2021 by reviewing the Important Deadlines page regarding spring 2021 at

  • Interested students may enroll in a spring 2021 payment plan at zero percent down and $40 enrollment through the end of November.
  • Students with no SSN on file must complete the W-9s form and submit it with proper identification to the Registrar’s Office. This will update the student’s account for tax reporting (1098-T).
  • If students would like to receive their 1098-T electronically in 2021, they can opt-in or if students would like to withdraw their consent due to graduation or other reasons, they can opt-out. If students are receiving their tax form via paper mail, they should make sure their address is up-to-date in Banner Self-Service. To opt-in or opt-out, please visit for further information.
  • Any student interested in setting up direct deposit must provide their UM ID or a valid state ID with voided check or bank letterhead with account number and routing number IN PERSON to the Cashier’s Office. Due to security reasons, this is not acceptable by email or fax.
  • Students who have credit balances beginning Nov. 16, 2020, through Jan. 20, 2021, may charge books at UM’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
  • Employee waivers, dependent waivers or third-party contract forms must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 14. for funds to reflect on student accounts in a timely manner.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Cashier’s Office at 205-665-6065 or visit


ValloCycle Glow Ride

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., UMOM

Join us for a leisurely night ride around Montevallo to de-stress during exams or get into the holiday spirit! This will be our last ride of 2020, so you don’t want to miss it. Our approximately five-mile journey takes us through the town and off the main roads (no one is left behind). We ride after dark, so decorate your bike with lights! We also have some lights to lend out for the ride. We will start and end at UMOM and will have hot drinks waiting for you at the end. Email if you need to borrow a free bike for the ride. Meet in front of UMOM at 5:30 p.m. The ride begins at 6 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Dr. Mike Hardig, professor of biology and U.S. Army veteran, was named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2020 Veterans of Influence list. The list honors area veterans who have a track record of success in their careers and who have made significant contributions to their communities.

Dr. Eun-Hee Park, assistant professor of music, was featured at the 2020 Virtual Foothills Piano Festival, sponsored by the David L. Walters Department of Music at Jacksonville State University. Park performed “Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos” by Lutoslawski, and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite Arranged for Two Pianos” by Nicolas Economou with Dr. Joong Han Jung and Dr. Joohae Kim, respectively.

Dr. Rosa María Stoops, professor of French and Spanish, had her article “Game of Thrones: Ser Brienne of Tarth and a Feminine Reinterpretation of Classical Heroes,” published in the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (Vol. 43, Winter 2020), on “The Eternal Return of Myth: The Fascination with Myths in Contemporary (Audio) Visual Productions.”

Dr. Tiffany R. Wang, associate professor of communication studies, participated in research teams that won the National Communication Association Family Communication Division Top Paper Award and Interpersonal Communication Division Top Four Paper Award at the National Communication Association convention held virtually in November 2020. She also presented a co-authored “Great Idea for Teaching” focused on teaching how to create and test an interview guide using Netflix’s “Love is Blind” and participated in Scholars Office Hours, which highlights top scholars in the field.

Wang also published a co-authored article titled “Making meaning from the perspective of alienated parents” in Personal Relationships, a co-authored article titled “Individual and community practices for constructing communicative resilience: Exploring the communicative processes of coping with parental alienation” in the Journal of Applied Communication Research (Volume 48, Issue 2, pp. 207–226), and a solo author book chapter titled “Teaching honors family communication” (pp. 189–208) in the edited volume Honors communication: Contextual issues and lessons learned in mentoring the undergraduate honors student in communication.

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Upcoming Events

Dec. 7-11
Final exams
Dec. 9
Women’s basketball vs West Georgia
TrustMark Arena
6 p.m.
Dec. 14-Jan. 1
Winter holidays
University closed
Dec. 16
Women’s basketball vs Valdosta State
TrustMark Arena
6 p.m.
Dec. 19
Men’s basketball vs Shorter
TrustMark Arena
2 p.m.
Jan. 4
University opens
Jan. 8
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Jan. 11
Spring term classes begin
Jan. 11-15
Spring re-entry test kit distribution
to any remaining students
Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
University Closed

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