From the November 2018 Desktop News | Two College of Arts and Sciences faculty members received Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards from The University of Alabama National Alumni Association in 2018. This year’s honorees include Stacy Latham Alley, director of musical theatre and an associate professor of musical theatre and dance, and Nathan James Parker, an instructor in creative writing.
Stacy Alley, who came to UA in 2010, is a professional director and choreographer whose recent teachings and artistic credits include work in Denmark, Tanzania, Norway, Scotland and Chile as well as New York. She was named Theatre Educator of 2017 in conjunction with the Druid City Arts Awards presented by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and was the recipient of a grant from The College Academy of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity through UA’s College of Arts & Sciences. Alley is the vice president of the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She was co-founder and former chair of the Musical Theatre Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Nathan James Parker, a full-time instructor, received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2004. Parker mentors students to look beyond what they see and know when writing. His classes explore the fantasy-inspired works of J.R.R. Tolkien and others. He continues to teach and explore the world, writing whatever comes to mind. Noemi Press published Parker’s first book of poems, “The Locust Diagrams,” in 2015. Other works have been published in numerous periodicals throughout the country, including American Letters & Commentary, American Poets Magazine, Colorado Review, The National Poetry Review and The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series.