Bruce Walz appointed special assistant to the provost

A message from Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce J. Walz as special assistant to the provost for strategic initiatives, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Walz is a professor and currently serves as chair of emergency health services.

As special assistant to the provost, Dr. Walz will work closely with the provost on a variety of issues and programs related to UMBC’s strategic plan, with particular emphasis on maintaining effective communication to all campus stakeholders regarding the status of the plan. Dr. Walz will advise the provost on the design and deployment of Web-based and other avenues of effective communication and monitoring related to strategic planning and implementation activities, including the development of implementation timelines and priorities, evidence-based feasibility studies, measures of success, metrics, and milestones.

Dr. Walz served as co-chair of the campus-wide strategic planning process and brings to this position his extensive experience in shared governance. Most recently he has served for nine years as chair of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee (APB), a member of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, President’s Council and the University Budget Committee. He is currently a member of the Middle States accreditation steering committee.

Dr. Walz completed his Ph.D. in agricultural and extension education, with a concentration in adult education administration at University of Maryland, College Park in 1985. Before joining the UMBC community in 1987, he was manager of the Institute Development Division of the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at UMCP. He coordinates and teaches in the education track of the master’s program in the department of emergency health services and also teaches undergraduate courses in leadership and supervision. Dr. Walz’s research interests include emergency services education and volunteer issues. He is the author of Introduction to EMS Systems and coauthor of Foundations of EMS Systems.

Dr. Walz is a past president of the National Association of EMS Educators and received the association’s lifetime achievement award in 2012. He is also a past president of Advocates for EMS, an industry coalition formed to inform and lobby Congress and federal agencies on issues related to emergency medical systems. In 2011 he received the University System of Maryland Regent’s Award for Public Service.

UMBC is fortunate to have someone of Dr. Walz’s stature and experience serve in this capacity. Please join me in congratulating and supporting him in this important endeavor.

Arlene Wergin Announces Retirement

A message from Antonio Moreira, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs:

After 26 years of outstanding service and deep commitment to international students and scholars and to the promotion of study abroad initiatives, Dr. Arlene Wergin has announced she will retire from UMBC, effective August 1, 2016.

Arlene came to UMBC in 1990, hired to develop the university’s International Education Services (IES) office and serve as its first director. She has led the university through a period of unprecedented growth in its international population and has developed IES into the highly regarded, supportive office it is today. Her efforts and dedication towards the internationalization of the university have been crucial to UMBC’s recognition as a diverse institution with an international perspective and global reach.

Arlene will be greatly missed as a colleague, friend, and leader for internationalization efforts at UMBC. I hope that you will join me in expressing our gratitude for all that she has done for UMBC and its international community and wish her well in all her future endeavors.

Time for Community and Reflection

A message from President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous:

In the wake of the act of terror in Orlando one month ago today, the killing of young black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and the killing of police officers and wounding of other officers and civilians in Texas this past week, we are struggling to come to terms with ongoing acts of hatred and violence across the country and around the world, from Turkey to Bangladesh. On behalf of the entire UMBC community, we extend our sincere condolences to the families and communities that have suffered such tragic personal losses.

In challenging times, when heartbreaking acts of violence occur so frequently, it can be difficult to find a path forward, but we know it must start with coming together as a community, across protest lines and lines of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and geography. We must work together to eliminate the causes of violence and injustice in our communities.

As a university community, it is our responsibility to lead and engage in honest and thoughtful conversations on difficult topics that are of great importance to our society, including systemic inequality, racism and prejudice in all its forms, and social justice. Many faculty, staff, and students have already created opportunities for such conversations across campus, as well as opportunities for reflection and healing.

We will convene groups on campus to examine pressing social issues and identify new and existing resources to support our community in the coming weeks and months. This will include looking at ways to make sure these important conversations are a part of campus programs, events, and curricula.

As we consider the difference the UMBC community can make, we want to remind everyone of the following campus resources already in place:

Despite the continuing challenges facing our nation and world, we must remain hopeful. UMBC is a special community, and our mission has never been more important.

Middle States Self-Study Draft Final Report

A message from Provost Philip Rous and Middle States Steering Committee Co-chair Robert Carpenter:

The draft Middle States Self-Study is now available to the campus community. We encourage you to review the document and share your thoughts and comments. The draft will be available for comment through Friday, July 22, 2016.

This is an important opportunity for the campus to become familiar with the self-study and the culture of assessment we continue to build surrounding our mission and goals, planning and budgeting process, academic and academic support units, and the way in which we assess student learning. Feedback collected through your comments online will inform the final self study, due to the Middle States Commission in early October.

We would also like to thank all those who participated in the collection of material that supported the construction of the self study and the many members of the community and study groups who drafted the chapters, vetted early drafts, and made recommendations that will help us to move UMBC forward. Your efforts, experiences, and perspectives have been invaluable throughout the entire process.


Interim Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Applications are invited for the position of Interim Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA). This is an interim appointment that will begin on or aboutAugust 1, 2016 and continue until the search for the permanent Dean has been completed. The search for the permanent dean will be launched in the fall 2016.

The Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs serves undergraduate students across all colleges and programs, including transfer students, new freshmen, and continuing students. The following units and programs constitute the Division of UAA: Honors College, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Learning Resources Center, Meyerhoff Scholars Program, Office of Undergraduate Education, Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program and the Women’s Center.

The interim dean will lead a division responsible for offering programs that are critical to the success of all students and support the broader mission of the university. UAA is involved in guiding and reviewing curricula, programs, and academic policy and in fostering external relations to deliver a distinctive experience for all undergraduates. The interim dean will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, department chairs, program directors and senior university leaders, be familiar with UMBC’s tradition of shared governance and committed to alignment with the strategic priorities of the university. The interim dean reports to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and is a member of the university’s leadership team.

Candidates should possess a strong record of teaching, effective leadership, and experience in the management and administration of academic affairs. Desired qualities include a collaborative leadership style; a strong commitment to undergraduate education; an ability to work effectively with faculty across the disciplines and with other senior administrators; and a commitment to diversity.

Applications should include a letter of interest, a 2-3 page statement of the candidate’s understanding of the role of the interim dean, and a current curriculum vitae in the UMBC format. Applications should be submitted electronically toSusan Mocko, Office of the Provost no later than noon on Friday, July 15, 2016. The search committee will be chaired by Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Antonio Moreira.

It is anticipated that the appointment will begin on August 1, 2016.


Energy Conservation Stickers

President Hrabowski has committed to reduce UMBC’s carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. One of the steps UMBC is taking towards this goal is to encourage energy conservation. Beginning July 11th, 2016 student interns from Facilities Management will be posting stickers in rooms across campus to serve as reminders to turn off lights and conserve energy. This project should be complete by the end of July.

These stickers are part of UMBC’s commitment to fostering an environmentally conscious culture and encouraging energy conservation. By choosing to conserve daily, individual actions can reduce energy use by about 20%.

To learn more about UMBC’s commitment and progress to reduce emissions, please visit and

If you have any questions or comments please contact Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Tanvi Gadhia, at

June 27th gathering to remember the Orlando victims

A message from UMBC Athletics, Student Life Office, and the LGBTQ FSA:

As we continue to process and cope with the senseless tragedy at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando last week, UMBC Athletics, Student Life, and LGBTQ FSA invite you to join us to honor the memory of the innocent lives lost during this act of terror and hatred.

Orlando Remembrance Gathering
Monday, June 27, 12 p.m.
Admin Plaza, between the RAC and Admin Building

Note: we are looking for individuals who would like to participate during the service as readers and speakers. Please contact Chelsea Barker if you like to wish to assist or provide input.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to everyone affected by this horrific event: the victims, survivors, and all of their family and friends.