2019 Annual PTK Symposium

Celebrating Professional Track Faculty

Building on the success of UMD's first Professional Track Faculty Symposium last year, we will kick off our second year of PTK celebration with a day of sharing, learning, and networking on Friday, November 1 from 1 to 5 pm.

Program Highlights

Opening Plenary | PTK Success Story Presenters

This session will be emceed by Cassondra Pope, Lecturer in the Department of Communication, and includes three PTK faculty members sharing their stories of their success at UMD:

Taryn Devereux

Taryn Devereux

Taryn Devereux is a Faculty Specialist with UMD Extension and AREC-AGNR, specializing in international programming, research and teaching in agriculture. She has managed the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project and UMD Women in Agriculture Program in Ethiopia, and conducted Provost-funded research on market value chains in Tanzania, and developed the first AGNR Global Classroom in partnership with a Liberian University as part of the campus-wide Global Classroom Initiative.

Dylan Selterman

Dylan Selterman

Dylan Selterman is a Senior Lecturer in the psychology department. He leads the DREAM Lab, with research interests including romantic attraction/dating, emotions, attachment in interpersonal relationships, patterns of dreaming, sexual behavior, and morality/ethics. He is on the board of the International Association for Relationships Research and is a contributor to Science of Relationships and In Mind Magazine, and to The Washington PostThe Conversation, and National Geographic.

Ebony Shockley

Ebony Shockley

Ebony Terrell Shockley is an Associate Clinical Professor who researches under-represented students and their teachers in STEM, Literacy, and Exceptional Education contexts. She is Director of the Office of Teacher and Leader Education, and Director of the Master's Certification Program in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. Committed to equity and inclusion, Ebony is also the College of Education Diversity Officer. She is the recipient of several awards and is a Co-I for An Efficacy Study of Toggle Talk, exploring African American English speakers, and for GAANN: UMD GROW (Generating a Research Outstanding Workforce), designed to increase the ethnic and gender diversity of STEM professionals.

Cassondra Pope

Cassondra Pope

Cassondra Pope is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies. She has worked in education for over eleven years and was awarded a Women in Science and Engineering scholarship from NASA.

2019 Breakout Sessions

Addressing Rank-based Bias (TERP Allies)

Participants will learn strategies and techniques for responding constructively when encountering instances of bias based on rank.

Define, Develop & Disseminate Your Scholarship

Participants will examine the range of scholarly contributions made by PTK faculty, and explore strategies for communicating scholarship to others.

How to Build a Teaching Portfolio

Participants will learn about building a teaching portfolio, which is now a required element for instruction faculty members' promotion dossiers.


Participants will gain insight into both sides of the mentoring relationship and connect with fellow PTK faculty to learn about mentoring opportunities and best practices.

New Faculty 201

Participants will learn about the UMD policies and procedures affecting PTK faculty, resources and opportunities in shared-governance, and guidelines for funding research.

Plenary Speaker Redux

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a discussion with the plenary speakers in a more personal setting.

The Art of Negotiation

Participants will take away strategies to successfully negotiate in the academic realm, getting to yes without burning the bridge.

Understanding the Promotion Dossier

Participants will discuss the role of the dossier in the promotion process as well as the various materials that are included in it.

Closing Reception

Connect with colleagues while enjoying light fare.