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University of Alabama

The Arts at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama’s Collaborative Arts Research Initiative facilitates collaboration across disciplines to catalyze arts-focused research among Alabama faculty. The study of arts disciplines thrives in the School of Music, the Departments of Theatre and Dance and Art and Art History, the Program in Creative Writing within the Department of English, and the College of Journalism and Creative Media. Alabama is also home to the Paul R. Jones Museum which houses its namesake’s collection of American art as well as hosting visiting exhibitions.

a2ru Campus Contacts

Tricia McElroy
Associate Dean, Humanities and Fine Arts
Tricia McElroy
Associate Dean, Humanities and Fine Arts

Tricia A. McElroy serves as the Associate Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama. In this role, she represents eight departments, working closely with the chairs and Dean on a variety of College tasks and initiatives.

Having earned her DPhil from Oxford University, she is also an Associate Professor in the Department of English, where she teaches courses on early modern British literature for the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.

She publishes principally on the literature and history of Scotland, with specific research interests in satire, manuscript and book culture, and early modern political thought. She has published essays on Reformation poetry and other forms of writing in early modern Scotland, and she contributed to the Holinshed Project housed at Oxford University, for which she wrote a piece on the use and effects of literary genre in Holinshed’s Chronicles. She is working on a new two-volume edition of Reformation satire, Scottish Satirical Literature, 1567-1584, which will be published by the Scottish Text Society.

She has a particular interest in international education, having directed a study abroad program numerous times, and she currently chairs the University’s International Education Committee.

Rebecca Salzer
Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, Associate Professor of Dance
Rebecca Salzer
Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, Associate Professor of Dance

Rebecca Salzer, Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative at The University of Alabama, is an intermedia dance artist and educator. Her work for the stage has been seen in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, where she directed Rebecca Salzer Dance Theater for a decade. Her award-winning films and videos have been programmed in national and international venues and on public affiliate television stations KQED, KPBS, and WTTW. Salzer is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow. She holds a B.A. in Humanities from Yale University and an M.F.A. in Dance Theatre from the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Salzer also serves as Project Director for the Dancing Digital Project, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities(dancingdigital.org).

Michelle Bordner
Assistant Director, Collaborative Arts Research Initiativemmbordner@ua.edu
Michelle Bordner
Assistant Director, Collaborative Arts Research Initiativemmbordner@ua.edu

Michelle Bordner first came to the University of Alabama in 2012 as a part of the Creative Campus team. She is a member of Arts Administrators in Higher Education. Michelle served as the Director of Artist Relations with Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work with Carolina Performing Arts, Michelle taught dance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before relocating to Chapel Hill, Michelle danced in a Los Angeles-based modern dance company, taught dance at the Torrance Performing Arts Center as well as multiple dance studios in Southern California, and owned a dance studio in southwestern Virginia. Michelle is a graduate of Radford University with a degree in Dance (B.S.).