A message from Provost Philip Rous:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Simon Stacey as interim dean of undergraduate academic affairs, effective immediately.
Dr. Stacey’s appointment concludes a successful internal search, and I am grateful for the hard work and thoughtful counsel of the search committee chaired by Vice Provost Tony Moreira. I would like to thank each of the candidates who put themselves forward for consideration for their leadership, commitment, and willingness to serve the UMBC community.
Dr. Stacey will serve as interim dean until a permanent replacement is appointed. It is anticipated that a search for the dean of undergraduate education position will begin in the fall.
Dr. Stacey has been a member of the UMBC community for 11 years and has served as a member of the undergraduate academic affairs leadership team as director of the Honors College since 2012. As director, he has successfully worked to ensure the Honors College remains committed to inclusive excellence and strengthening the university’s engagement with its partners in the Baltimore region. He has collaborated with other members of campus in support of innovative projects, including, most recently, a Hrabowski Fund for Innovation grant which focuses on measuring student affective growth. He also led UMBC’s efforts to further encourage and prepare applicants for prestigious scholarships.
Dr. Stacey has been actively engaged in the development of UMBC’s new strategic plan and served as co-chair of the student learning outcomes study group for UMBC’s Middle States accreditation. He is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Political Science and, in addition to teaching within the core curriculum of the Honors College, has taught numerous courses in politics, philosophy, and ethics, earning a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding educator with a strong commitment to UMBC’s distinctive undergraduate experience. He is president of the UMBC chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and has an extensive record of service to the university, including serving on the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, the Shriver Center faculty advisory board, the Academic Integrity Committee, the Hrabowski Fund for Innovation selection committee, and the 50th anniversary engagement team.
Dr. Stacey earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in political studies, philosophy, and English from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Stacey on his appointment and supporting him in his new role.