ISD Now Forum 2016 (10/12)

There is so much to learn about learning. Where does one begin to understand how to put it all together?

Join us on October 12, 2016 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the UMBC Ballroom for the ISD Now Forum. You’ll hear from Dr. Will Thalheimer, a noted research-to-practice expert, who will challenge us in a rapid-fire quiz show, uncovering the many pitfalls around learning.

Lecture by Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City (10/13)

Join us for an evening with Antero Pietila, author of Not in My Neighborhood. His lecture is scheduled for Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the UC Ballroom with a book signing to follow. Although the book was selected with our new students in mind, it is our hope that all UMBC community members will join us. Mr. Pietila’s visit is sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Social Sciences Forum, the Division of Student Affairs, with the support of PNC Bank, and the Dresher Center for the Humanities. The lecture and book signing are free and open to the public.

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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.

Chris Steele Appointed Vice Provost, Division of Professional Studies and Executive Director of The Shriver Center

A message from Provost Philip Rous:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Steele as vice provost for the Division of Professional Studies (DPS) and executive director of The Shriver Center. During the past year, Dr. Steele has occupied these positions in an interim capacity and has successfully led these units through a critical transitional period while advancing their important contribution to UMBC’s mission.

Dr. Steele has been a member of the UMBC community for 20 years and a senior member of the DPS leadership team since 2000. Dr. Steele has played a central role in the development of many critical institutional programs and partnerships, including UMBC’s professional graduate programs, UMBC at The Universities at Shady Grove, K-12 teacher professional development, and the English Language Institute.

Dr. Steele began his career at UMBC as a research associate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, where he worked on NASA- and NSF-funded initiatives, including the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES). A member of BES, Dr. Steele spent several years as an urban resources initiative coordinator for the Parks & People Foundation, where he coordinated a graduate student summer research internship program and served as a community organizer on issues related to the urban environment.

Dr. Steele earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 and received his masters and bachelors degrees in geography from Binghamton University and The University of Pittsburgh, respectively. He is an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems and a veteran of the Maryland Army National Guard. Dr. Steele is a member of the class of 2016 of The Leadership – a Greater Baltimore Committee program for civic leaders.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Steele on his appointment and supporting him in his new role.