UAB tops another national “best employer to work for” list

UAB East and South Science Building (Bham Now)

The honors keep rolling in for UAB. 

For the first time in its history, the Blazers have been recognized by the Great Colleges to Work For® program.

UAB is largest employer in Alabama

A program designed to recognize colleges that create great workplaces, Great Colleges to Work For® recognized UAB for its strengths in shared governance, faculty experience, job satisfaction, confidence in senior leadership, and diversity, inclusion and belonging.

“This recognition is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, working together each and every day to advance our mission while being a great place for our employees to work,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “As the largest single employer in Alabama, with an annual economic impact exceeding $12 billion, everything we do to enhance the faculty and staff experience has the potential to positively affect thousands of people.”

Only Alabama on the list

Over the years, UAB has regularly received accolades from national groups that evaluate healthy and productive workplaces. In 2021, Forbes named UAB America’s No. 1 Large Employer. This year, the publication named the state one of the best “in-state” places to work. 

UAB is the only Alabama college recognized in the 2023 Great Colleges to Work For® program, which is based on employee feedback. 

UAB — a great place to work

Birmingham, Alabama, UAB
Blaze statue at the UAB Collat School of Business building. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

UAB Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Pam Benoit says this year’s results are based on listening and responding to previous faculty and staff feedback, as well as a lot of purposeful, hard work. 

“What makes UAB special is our people, and we take very seriously our responsibility to provide a great place for them to work.”

For more information about Great Colleges to Work For® and to view all current and previous recognized institutions, visit and

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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