Preparing an NSF Proposal (12/4)

Ensure your NSF Proposal Meets their Specific Requirements

This workshop builds on the material covered in the Fundamentals of Proposal Preparation workshop and includes methods for tailoring proposals to meet the specific requirements of the NSF. Topics to be covered include: How to Make Sure That Your Idea is Fundable, The NSF Review Process, The NSF Review Criteria, and The Critical Questions That Must be Addressed for an NSF Proposal to be Funded. A detailed description of how to write each part of the proposal will be given.

Presented by: Dr. Ralph M. Pollack, Professor Emeritus, UMBC

Seats are limited, so RSVP here by December 1.

Apps at Your Public Library (12/3)

Want to learn how to get more out of your e-reader, tablet or smartphone with free Baltimore County Public Library apps?

We will show you the latest apps available from the library and demonstrate how to manage your account, place holds and download e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines. Open to all UMBC students, faculty, and staff.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 3 from 12 -1 p.m. in LIB 259.

CAHSS Centers Fellowship Proposal Workshop (12/5)

facstaff5HRPresented by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, CIRCA, IRC, and MIPAR on Friday, December 5, 2014, from 11 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. (ITE 456). Registration is required. Click here to register.

Registration is open for faculty who are interested in or planning to apply for a 2015 CAHSS Center Summer Faculty Research Fellowship (SFRF) and/or a Dresher Center Residential Faculty Research Fellowship. The Center directors will discuss these fellowships, the application process, their evaluation criteria, and expectations for fellowship recipients. Participants will learn what makes a proposal successful and tips for creating effective applications. Time will be allotted for Q&A and small-group discussion.

Call for proposals for CAHSS Center SFRF will be issued by CAHSS in mid-November; proposals will be due on February 15, 2015. The Dresher Center Residential Fellowship application will also be issued this fall, with a May 1, 2015 deadline.

Flexible Work Arrangements for Faculty (11/12)

The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, with participation from the Human Resources Department, will be hosting a Flexible Work Arrangements Workshop on Wednesday, November 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Commons, Room 331.

The purpose of this workshop is to review the range of options available to full-time instructional faculty should they desire to pursue flexible work arrangements.
Light refreshments will be provided for participants. Please contact Etoy Hamlin at or X5-3505 by Monday, November 10 if you plan to attend .

November-December 2014: SkillSoft Resource Highlight for Managers: Blended Learning Resources

Did you know that you can use SkillSoft as a team development tool for your employees? SkillSoft offers blended learning resources – corresponding PowerPoint slide decks, Word exercises and structured activities that complement some of SkillSoft’s most popular business skills courses. Blended learning resources help you as a manager present, engage and reinforce course subject matter and align learning with the needs of your departments and teams. There are numerous ways that these resources can be used. For more information on these resources and a full list of courses that contain them, visit the UMBC SkillSoft website and help your team continue to acquire valuable on-the-job skills!

To schedule a customized department presentation on how to use SkillSoft for professional development, contact Jill Weinknecht Wardell at ext. 5-1442 or

Research Compliance Education Sessions

Want to learn more about UMBC’s research compliance program? Have a burning question about regulations? Need an “experienced” eye to review an application before submitted, for example, to the IRB? Unsure if your investigation requires review for conflicts of interest or use of controlled materials or data?

Come join your Office of Research Protections and Compliance (ORPC) colleagues on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm during this semester over in bwTech North (the Research Park) to discuss and answer your questions. A complete schedule of topic, days and times, registration and directions can be found here.

Questions? Please contact the ORPC at 5-2737 or