Thank You for an Incredible 50th Anniversary Celebration

A Special Thank-you Message from President Hrabowski:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As I reflect on all that UMBC has accomplished over the past 50 years, I just wanted to thank all of you for your support in making UMBC’s 50th weekend such a memorable event.

Members of the UMBC family from across campus and across the State came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. On Saturday, a historic number of alumni returned to campus to join in the festivities. It was so special to see so many of our families, friends, and partners engaging in the wealth of activities across campus. I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who were so generous with their time and energy and who were instrumental to the success of the event.

I am excited for all of the upcoming events in the fall and spring, and for all that is to come in our next 50 years.

Welcome Our Recently Hired Staff

Please join the Department of Human Resources in welcoming the University’s recently hired staff:

  • Jihane Ambroise, MIPAR
  • Meghan Anderson, Shriver Center
  • Cara Antico, Theater
  • Natalie Brianas, Corporate Relations
  • Brittini Brown, Student Affairs
  • Lenn Caron, Facilities Management
  • Jessica Chiaramonte, Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Lucy Donofrio, Shriver Center
  • Dana Fusco, University Commons
  • Ivana Gutierrez, Shriver Center
  • Fei Han, The Hilltop Institute
  • Kathleen Hand, Library
  • Megan Hetrick, Athletics
  • Jonathan Holtzman, Shriver Center
  • Itoro Iniunam, Shriver Center
  • Kasey Kidder, Shriver Center
  • Erick Kim, Human Relations
  • Eric Ludy, DoIT
  • Shanna Moser, Athletics
  • Elizabeth Nielsen, Theater
  • Prakash Paudyal, MIPAR
  • Alexander Robinson, Shriver Center
  • Beth Rudoy, Career Center
  • Carla Shepherd, Athletics
  • Samantha Smith, University Health Services
  • Marie-Claire Tewey, University Health Services
  • Morgan Thomas, Human Relations
  • Cynthia Vogelpohl, University Health Services
  • Alicia Vooris, MIPAR
  • Carissa Walters, Athletics
  • Shayla White, Shriver Center
  • Jacqueline Winning, Shriver Center
  • Shannel Wise, Shriver Center

Nominations for the Board of Regents’ Faculty Awards

The Board of Regents’ Faculty Awards recognizes distinguished performance by faculty within the past three years, in the categories of: teaching, research/scholarship/creative activity, public service, mentoring and innovation. The Honors and Awards Committee of the Faculty Senate will select up to three individuals in each category for nomination to the Regents’ Faculty Award Committee.

To nominate yourself or a faculty colleague for one of these awards, prepare a packet of no more than five pages including a summary resume, a one-page essay by the nominee describing his or her contribution to excellence, a letter of recommendation from the department chair or dean, and a brief documentation of exemplary achievement.

Submit the packet to the Honors and Awards Committee, c/o Patrice McDermott, Office of the Provost, by Friday, September 23. Nominations submitted by the Honors and Awards Committee within the past two years are still on file and may be reactivated by contacting Dr. McDermott. Additional detailed information concerning eligibility, criteria, and documentation for these awards can be found here.

UMBC Adopts Preferred Name Practice for Students

UMBC recognizes that students may wish to use a name other than their given (first) names for internal university purposes. Beginning Fall 2016, UMBC will be adopting the best practice of using preferred name in communicating with students.

Students will have the ability to indicate or update a preferred first name using myUMBC. Students may not designate a preferred last name.

When a preferred name exists in the system, it will be displayed on all student IDs including Campus and Residential ID Cards as well as various online tools used in advising and teaching. These include but are not limited to class and grade rosters, Blackboard, degree audit, transfer credit reports and other resources housed in the SA Advising Center. Communications sent to students from key administrative offices will use the preferred name.

Given/primary names will still be displayed on official university documents (i.e. transcripts and diplomas) and when required for university business or legal purposes.
For more information about preferred name at UMBC, including preferred name options for faculty and staff, visit the preferred name FAQ.

We appreciate your support in helping to create a more inclusive campus culture through the use of preferred names in communicating with students.

Updated Fair Labor Standards Act

A message from President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Philip Rous:

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor approved changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that go into effect on December 1, 2016. These changes are intended to provide greater clarity on overtime eligibility for workers and employers and to support greater work-life balance for employees.

Specifically, the new federal rule raises the salary threshold required to qualify for an exemption from overtime to $47,476 per year. This will be the first change to the FLSA since 2004, and it is estimated to extend overtime protections to more than 4.2 million employees nationwide.

The new rule extends to higher education institutions and includes a number of provisions that recognize the unique function of colleges and universities. A detailed explanation of these provisions can be found in the document: Overtime Final Rule and Higher Education.

We are working with the University System of Maryland to understand and assess the impact of the new legislation on our campus community. As always, our goal is to support the members of our community, and we are committed to developing approaches to implementation that place the support of our people first and foremost.

As we continue to receive feedback from campus leaders, partners, and shared governance groups on the best approach to implementing the new requirements, we have established a list of frequently asked questions about the changes and how they may affect you. A more detailed message outlining new policies and procedures associated with the new rule will be issued in the coming weeks. We encourage you to contact the Department of Human Resources or your shared governance groups if you have any questions or comments regarding these changes:

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to ensure an equitable solution for our employees that best serves the needs of our campus community.

Simon Stacey appointed interim dean of undergraduate academic affairs

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.

Robert Carpenter appointed associate provost for analytics and institutional assessment

A message from Provost Philip Rous:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Carpenter as associate provost for analytics and institutional assessment. Dr. Carpenter is a professor of economics and has served for the past two years as co-chair of the Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee and as special assistant to the provost.

The associate provost for analytics and institutional assessment will advise the provost’s office and the campus community on the effective use of data-gathering and institutional analytics to support strategic planning, continuous improvement, and institutional assessment. In his new role, Dr. Carpenter will support evidence-based decision-making within academic affairs and will be responsible for the development of an integrated process and infrastructure for academic planning, assessment, and analytics consistent with the strategic objectives and priorities of UMBC’s new strategic plan. He will support the deployment of new processes for periodic institutional assessment exercises, university accreditation, and continuous improvement, including the development of a transparent structure for the summary, documentation, and communication of institutional assessment efforts within academic affairs. As associate provost, he will support academic affairs units in evaluating and meeting their goals by facilitating the sharing of information from UMBC’s analytic and data systems and guiding the development and deployment of new data and analytical resources for the benefit of the campus.

Dr. Carpenter received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan-Flint and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the UMBC faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of economics and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2012. He served as a senior financial economist and then lead financial economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond between 2006 and 2014. Dr. Carpenter has extensive experience in shared governance, including service as president of the Faculty Senate and as a member of President’s Council, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the University Steering Committee, and co-chair of the Maryland Charity Campaign. Dr. Carpenter has been closely engaged with UMBC’s strategic planning exercises as a member of the planning and leadership team for the development of the strategic framework for 2016 and our most recent strategic plan: Our UMBC: A Strategic Plan For Advancing Excellence.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Carpenter as he assumes his new role as associate provost.