Kristin Waters, admissions, hosts Webinar on Teleworking

Kristin Waters, Ed.D., Associate Director of Admissions, hosted a Webinar titled, “Teleworking: Is It Right for You” for the members of CAPACRAO (Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). The webinar was based on her research from her dissertation titled, “The Lived Experience of Teleworking: A Case Study from the Higher Education Environment.” This was the first webinar hosted by the organization, in a series being offered for professional development. The recording of the webinar can be found on the CAPACRAO website.

FY17 UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund – Request for Proposals


The UMBC Office of Technology Development (OTD), under the Office of the Vice President for Research, is continually seeking ways to help bridge the funding gap – support that can be difficult to obtain from traditional funding sources. With support provided by the State of Maryland, we are happy to announce a new initiative, the UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund, which is designed to advance innovations originating from UMBC research to more commercially viable technologies. Additional proof-of-concept studies, extending data collection and prototype development are examples of the essential steps needed to demonstrate commercial potential.

A total of $100,000 is available annually for this initiative. UMBC plans to make several awards up to $25,000. Projects will be funded at the level deemed necessary to achieve the goals outlined in the proposal. Awards will be for a six- to twelve- month period and only proposals that can demonstrate achievable milestones within that time period will be selected for funding. One-time, no-cost extensions may be granted, subject to approval by the review committee. No overhead will apply.

Requirements: All UMBC members with Principal Investigator status are eligible to apply as long as the technology to be developed has been previously disclosed to OTD. We welcome projects from all disciplines and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations.

Criteria: All proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of faculty, administrative research personnel and outside reviewers from the business community, and will be held confidential. PI’s whose proposals are selected to continue onto the final round of evaluation will be notified, and the PI will be invited to give a presentation to the Review Committee. Finalists must be available to present their proposals to the review committee on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016.

The evaluation criteria will include factors such as:

  • Significance of the market need and opportunity to impact the public.
  • Competitive advantage the technology presents over current solutions.
  • Probability that the project will result in additional funding or licensing.
  • Probability that the research results will strengthen the patent position.
  • Probability of reaching milestones within the time frame and budget.

Deadlines: An initial draft proposal must be submitted by Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The final deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Please be advised that several preliminary steps must be completed prior to final submission and applicants are advised to contact OTD at least 3 weeks in advance of the deadline. Awards will be announced in the fall with an anticipated starting date of January 1, 2017.

Contact: Interested applicants should contact Paola Buitron, Technology Manager, OTD at or call 443-543-5598 to request the Proposal Process, Executive Summary Checklist, and the Cover Form.

Gloria Chuku, Africana studies, featured on Nigerian broadcast television

Gloria Chuku, professor of Africana Studies, appeared live on Channels Television, Nigeria and discussed “Spotlight on the State of Education in Nigeria,” on July 9, 2016.

She has also recently presented a paper titled, “African Intellectuals and Decolonization: The Case of Mbonu Ojike,” at the 6th Toyin Falola International Conference (TOFAC), Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria, July 4-6, 2016.

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.