Natalie AdamsThe University of Alabama National Alumni Association each year recognizes a select group of faculty members who have displayed an exceptional approach toward the art of instruction through its Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards.

Natalie Adams, professor of social and cultural studies in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, received one of these awards this year.

Adams has been teaching for decades at multiple age levels from middle school to college.

Adams’ teaching and research specialities include social and cultural studies in education; girls studies; c

Her most recent book (authored with husband Jim, professor at Miss. State) is “Just Trying to Have School: The Struggle for Desegregation in MS.”

The Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award program began in 1976, when The University of Alabama National Alumni Association created an annual program to recognize four UA faculty members who demonstrate an “Outstanding Commitment to Teaching.” The award is based upon the faculty member’s commitment to teaching and the impact they have had on students through the teaching and learning process. Full-time faculty members may be nominated by alumni, faculty, and/or students, with the selection committee composed of the same. The official award presentation will be held this fall.