New Procedures for Biosafety/Recombinant DNA Research

The Office of Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) has created a presentation for faculty, students and staff to describe the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) research review and application procedures, inform investigators of their role and responsibilities in this process, and provide guidance to investigators on steps to transition from the current biosafety review process to the new IBC’s application and review procedures.

Several dates are available for a “drop-in” session to learn more about the process. Click here to view the dates and to register.

ORPC staff also are available to meet with investigators individually or in a departmental setting. Please send a message to with the days and times available.

Fitness Basics Workshop (9/25)

Come take a break from your busy work-day and experience a low-moderate intensity level fitness workshop on Thursday, September 25 from 12 – 1 p.m. at the RAC Indoor Track.

The Fitness Basics workshop provides a great balance of low-moderate level cardiovascular training, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. You can choose to walk or jog the Indoor Track of the RAC while taking breaks in-between laps to perform basic total body strengthening exercises and stretches.

If you don’t want to get too sweaty before going back to your desk or next meeting, this is the perfect work-out for you!

Social Security: One Piece of the Puzzle (10/2)

Please join the Human Resources Department and representatives from the Maryland Supplemental Retirement Plans, for an insightful one-hour workshop on understanding your social security benefits. The representatives will address some of the questions you may have about your Social Security benefits in the future, namely:

- How can I maximize my Social Security benefits?
– How do I become eligible for Social Security?
– Does my retirement age affect my benefits?
– How much can I expect to receive?

The session will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 10-11 a.m. in UC 312. Click here to register early as space is limited. This workshop is open to faculty, staff, and contractual employees.

Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-supervisory Staff (10/30)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) with Labor Relations Specialist Shobhna Arora, you will have an opportunity to learn about performance management and its components, the importance of setting goals and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment, and strategies for enhancing professional development. This session also covers tips and assistance in preparing for performance review meetings.

The workshop will be Thursday, October 30th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at The Commons Room 331.

Register by October 22nd and click here to get a flyer with details.

Planning for Performance Management Success: A Guide for Supervisors (10/9)

This workshop is required training for all supervisors of Regular and Contingent II Staff.

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) you will learn about the benefits of performance management, the importance of ongoing communication, the PMP cycle, how to use the PMP form and strategies for professional development. Elmer Falconer, Director of Employment/Labor Relations, is the instructor for this workshop.

The workshop will be Thursday, October 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in The Commons, Room 331.

Register by October 1st and click here to get a flyer with details.

Faculty Book Publication Workshop (10/3)

The Dresher Center for the Humanities and the ADVANCE Program will present a Faculty Book Publication Workshop on October 3, 2014, noon-2pm.

Meet with editors from three academic presses (University of Massachusetts, Columbia University, and Routledge) to learn about their book publication programs and hear their suggestions for faculty authors. Time will be provided for small-group discussion.

Space is limited; priority is given to CAHSS faculty. RSVP by 9/15/14

For more information, email

September-October 2014 SkillSoft Resource Highlight: Certification Exam Preparation

Did you know that our SkillSoft program at UMBC supports your coursework preparation for many IT, Desktop, and Business Certifications?  Update and expand your skill set with certification coursework for more than 100 industry certifications, including those offered by:  Project Management Institute, Oracle, Microsoft, Human Resource Certification Institute, International Institute of Business Analysis, and many more.  As a UMBC employee, your access is free for all SkillSoft certification prep courses and materials, including live mentors, study mode prep, and testprep exams.  (Skillsoft may not cover all exams required for any given certification.  Check on specific certification requirements from the certifying organization.)  After you have completed all required coursework, you can pay and sit for the exam at a certified testing center in your area.

Visit the SkillSoft website for more information about certification coursework that SkillSoft provides.  Click on the ‘Certification Matrix’ link at the bottom of the homepage for a full list of certification preparation courses offered.

To schedule a customized department presentation about using SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or