College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has announced its new faculty members who are starting at UMBC this fall. Below is the complete list of new professors listed by discipline:

Visual Arts: Assistant Professor Corrie Parks (animation and interactive media)
Africana Studies: Assistant Professor Maleda Belilgne (Black comparative literature)
Ancient Studies: Assistant Professor Michael Lane (Greek archaeology)
Public Policy: Assistant Professor Lauren Edwards (public administration)
Sociology/Anthropology: Assistant Professor Dena Smith (medical/health sociology)
Sociology/Anthropology: Assistant Professor Loren Henderson (medical/health sociology)
Language, Literacy, and Culture: Professor Cedric Herring (sociologist of race and education, policy, and other areas)
Global Studies and Political Science: Assistant Professor Felipe Filomeno (Latin America/globalization)
Psychology: Assistant Professor Jolene Sy (applied behavioral analysis)
English: Assistant Professor Steph Ceraso (digital humanities/composition)

UMBC Stadium Receives New Turf Surface

UMBC Athletics is currently installing a new turf surface at UMBC Stadium, with the project scheduled for completion in early August.

King Sports Construction is the contractor for the project, which will utilize Field Turf Revolution system. Coupled with FieldTurf’s patented heavy three-layer infill system and state-of-the-art SureLock coating method, the FieldTurf Revolution turf system has been designed to be the very best synthetic turf system with unparalleled player safety and turf drainage rates.

The surface will feature in-laid lines for lacrosse and the Retriever logo in the center of the field, while soccer lines will be painted on the surface. Retriever Soccer Park, which features a Bermuda grass surface, serves as the soccer program’s primary field, but the UMBC Stadium field may be used in poor weather conditions.

Moreover, King Sports will also install a new backstop netting system at UMBC Stadium.

The upgrade replaces Sportexe’s Momentum 51 synthetic turf, which was set up in the spring of 2005.

FY 2015 Merit Increases

This is a reminder that the FY 2015 merit for twelve month employees is effective on July 1, 2014. The increase will be reflected in the paycheck received on August 1, 2014.

The merit increase for academic year (9/12 month) faculty is effective on August 10, 2014 (payroll 4) and will be reflected in the paycheck received on August 28, 2014.

As always, the staff of the Human Resources Department (x52337) are available should you questions or need additional information related to merit increases.

UMBC Again Named a “Great College to Work For”

To: The UMBC Community
From: President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous

For the fifth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named UMBC one of the best academic workplaces in the nation. UMBC is among just 92 colleges included in the Chronicle’s full list of “Great Colleges to Work For” and is the only four-year public university on the “honor roll” recognized as exceptional in almost every category.

Each year, the Chronicle asks faculty and staff across the country to rate their workplaces on a host of factors. The assessment also includes an analysis of demographic data, benefits, and workplace policies at each participating college. The Chronicle’s 2014 results are based on responses from over 43,500 people at nearly 300 public and private institutions nationwide, including UMBC.

This year, UMBC received high ratings in 11 recognition categories:

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Professional/ Career-Development Programs
  • Respect and Appreciation
  • Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship
  • Teaching Environment
  • Tenure Clarity and Process
  • Work/Life Balance

This recognition affirms what we all know: UMBC is a community that truly cares about people. Each day, our faculty, staff, and students demonstrate that excellence and inclusiveness go hand in hand.

Thank you for all you do for the UMBC community.

Visual Arts Welcomes First Long-Term, Artist-in-Residence, Neja Tomšič

imageThe first long-term, artist-in-residence for UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts, hosted by IMDA and the Visiting Artists Lecture Series, is Slovenian artist Neja Tomšič. Tomšič will be in residence for five weeks this fall, from October 9 until November 12. There will be several public events and many opportunities to interact with Neja Tomšič.

Neja Tomšič co-founded the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA) in 2008 and has been involved in strategic planning, international collaborations and development of an artist residency program. MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental and live art forms. For the past two years Tomšič has also been in charge of MoTA’s educational programming and has developed an online platform, together with various Polish organizations, to archive and share public programs such as artists talks, workshops, discussions and symposia. She hopes to research practices of archiving transitory works and strategies for audience development and engagement.

This residency was made possible by CEC ArtsLink. ArtsLink Residencies offer artists and arts managers from 37 overseas countries five-week residencies at non-profit arts organizations throughout the US. The program enables artists and communities across the US to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.

Please contact Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, for more information on exchanges with her this fall.

Luke Ford Named Director of Men’s Basketball Operations

Luke Ford has been named Director of Basketball Operations for the UMBC men’s basketball program, head coach Aki Thomas announced in July, 2014.

The Charlottesville, Va. native graduated from the University of Virginia in May of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree of Arts in foreign affairs along with coursework related to basketball analytics, statistical analysis, psychology in sports and exercise, and management accounting.

During his four years at Virginia, Ford was the head manager for the men’s basketball team, which was named as a number one seed in the most recent NCAA Championships.

The newest member of the Retriever staff has also developed advanced metrics designed to improve player chemistry, shooting mechanics, and defensive strategy.

Ford also played four seasons of basketball at Albemarle (Va.) High School and served as co-captain during his senior season. He received the Patriot Award for his exemplary team leadership.

UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund Request For Proposals

Need support to advance an idea?

The UMBC Office of Technology Development (OTD), under the Office of the Vice President for Research, is happy to announce a new initiative, the UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund, which is designed to advance innovations originating from UMBC research to more commercially viable technologies.

UMBC plans to make several awards up to $25,000. Awards will be for a six- to twelve- month period. No overhead will apply.

All UMBC members with Principal Investigator status are eligible to apply as long as the technology to be developed has been previously disclosed to OTD.

The final deadline for proposal submissions is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Please be advised that several preliminary steps must be completed prior to final submission and applicants are advised to contact OTD at least 3 weeks in advance of the deadline.

Interested applicants should contact Wendy Martin, Director, OTD at

Director of Office of Sponsored Programs

To: The UMBC Campus Community
From: Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research

It is my duty to inform you that Tina Stanger, the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), has submitted her resignation effective July 30, 2014. She has accepted
a new position as Director of Contracts and Grants Management at MedStar Health
Research Institute starting August 1.

Tina has over 20 years of experience in research administration and started her tenure at
UMBC in the Office of Sponsored Programs as a Grants and Contracts Manager in 2007.
She became the Assistant Director in 2009 and hired as the Director in 2012.

During her time at UMBC, Tina earned her Master of Arts degree from UMBC, a Master’s certificate in Government Contracting from George Washington University, and became a Certified Research Administrator. Besides her own personal training,Tina supported OSP staff training as well as campus wide training programs. She drafted several policies, procedures, and implemented several key committees to assist UMBC in managing its extramural awards.

Through her expertise, skill and collegial open personality Tina has made significant
contributions in so many ways. We will miss her professionalism, energy and most of
all her laugh. Please join me in wishing her the best in her future endeavors.

We have launched a national search and the position has been posted online for a new
Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Please continue to communicate with your OSP representatives for any issues that arise. Dean Drake, the Assistant VP for Research will assist OSP with Director level support
until a new Director is hired.