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Department of Communications

166 Rose Administration Building
Box 870144
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0144
phone: (205) 348-5320

UA News Center

Let’s get the word out.

The department of communications provides consistent and clear communication to UA’s key constituencies, focusing on internal communications, media relations and safety. Our team is responsible for writing, editing, pitching and distributing stories based on news value as aligned with the four pillars of the university’s strategic plan.

Internal Communications

We provide the latest news and information to UA faculty, staff and students through the UA News Center and Inside UA internal email newsletters using video, photography and narrative to tell the UA story.

Media Relations

We provide comprehensive media relations services to the University community, working closely with state, regional and national media to publicize student and faculty research, faculty expertise and University programs.

Pitching stories to the media

Our priority is to identify stories with potential for national and regional coverage that will continue to elevate the academic reputation of this university. For guidance on pitching stories to the media, contact Deidre Stalnaker, director of communications, or use the Submit News form.

Media Training

Our team is available to provide professional training and assistance to units seeking to promote its faculty and staff to the media. To request media training, contact Deidre Stalnaker, director of communications.

For immediate assistance with a potential crisis issue, please contact Monica Watts, associate vice president for communications.

Experts Directory

Our online experts directory features faculty and staff with research and subject matter expertise to talk with media about current and emerging events and topics.

Services & Requests



Diedre Stalnaker

Deidre Stalnaker

Director of Communications

(205) 348-8718

Shane Dorrill

Shane Dorrill

Assistant Director, Broadcast Media and Safety Communications

(205) 348-8319

cathy butler

Cathy Butler

Manager, Internal Communications

(205) 348-7319

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Communications Specialist Senior, Research

(205) 348-4328

Bryant Welbourne

Bryant Welbourne

Communications Specialist Sr.

(205) 348-8325

stephanie plumb

Stephanie Plumb

Communications Specialist, Public Safety

(205) 348-0831

Jamon Smith

Jamon Smith

Communications Specialist

(205) 348-4956

melissa parker

Melissa Parker

Communications Specialist

(205) 348-0825

Lindsey Hughey

Lindsey Hughey

Open Records & Policy Specialist

(205) 348-6274