John Bertot is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and a Professor in the College of Information Studies (the iSchool). Under Dr. Bertot, the Office of Faculty Affairs supports all aspects of faculty experience at the University, such as managing the APT process to ensure excellence and equity in tenure decisions, facilitating human resource functions, overseeing professional development opportunities for faculty, and advocating for faculty interests and perspectives in the leadership of the University. He has been a Professor in the College of Information Studies (iSchool) since 2008, and has served as co-director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC). John served as director of the iSchool’s Master of Library Science program from July 2011-July 2015. Prior to joining the iSchool, he was Professor in the iSchool at Florida State University. His research spans information and telecommunications policy, public service innovation, digital government, and library planning and evaluation. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University in 1996.
Laura J. Rosenthal is Director for Faculty Leadership and a Professor in the English Department. Her position in the Office of Faculty Affairs has two major components: development of stronger and more effective faculty mentoring programs, and development and support for academic leaders. She is a liaison to the Big 10 Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program and Department Executive Officers Seminar. Dr. Rosenthal previously served as the ADVANCE Professor for ARHU. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Newberry Library, and the NEH. She specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British Literature, with particular interests in drama, fiction, gender, sexuality, the Enlightenment, property, and empire. She also edits the journal Restoration: Studies in English Literature and Culture, 1660-1700. She is currently completing a project on theater and cosmopolitanism in the Restoration and eighteenth century.
Dr. Arnold joined the Office of Faculty Affairs after teaching in the Professional Writing Program for 12 years, during which time he also managed the English department's computer classrooms for eight years. As Director of Faculty Initiatives, Arnold works primarily on two fronts: improving institutional policies, procedures, and practices for engaging non-tenure track faculty; and addressing the misunderstandings about NTT faculty that shape both institutional policy and day-to-day practices at all levels. The goal is an institution that recognizes and rewards the important contributions made by non-tenure track faculty, and that provides the means for non-tenure track faculty to excel in their efforts to support the mission of the institution. Arnold is a native Marylander who took advantage of the educational opportunities provided to working class residents of the state, and feels fortunate to be able to provide a return on the state's investment by devoting his professional efforts to his alma mater.
Ms. Miranda is a professional administrator who has been employed at UMD since 2012, joining OFA in June of 2017. She is primarily responsible for the administration and oversight of the University's Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure ("APT") procedures, faculty leave, and the executive administrative support of the Associate Provost. When not in the office, Ms. Miranda enjoys losing herself in books and writing, spending time with family/friends, exploring the natural world, general thrill-seeking, and singing with the College Park Chorale/Chamber Singers. She resides in Anne Arundel County with her husband and three children and a menagerie of animal companions.
Ms. Goltz oversees several policy-related processes pertaining to faculty, including reviews and APT appeals, facilitates administrators' workshops, and reports faculty-related data. She joined the Office of Faculty Affairs in 2010 while earning a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Maryland's iSchool, concentrating in academic librarianship. In addition, she holds a master's in Art History from Penn State, with an emphasis on late 16th-century Roman art. Goltz lives in Hyattsville with her husband and is an avid enthusiast of Maryland and DC culture and cuisine.
Follman divides her time between the Provost and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Follman is a doctoral student in the College of Information Studies. She has a bachelor's in English from Northwestern University and a master's in Library Science from UMD's iSchool. Prior to entering the graduate program at the iSchool, she was a high school English teacher and webmaster. Follman is an amateur photographer and a passionate lover of gadgetry, and she is constantly struggling to resist the siren call of a new smart phone. She plays the flute and sings alto when she can make it to choir rehearsal.
Michele Frazier is the Assistant Director for Faculty Development and Awards, and supports various faculty initiatives including programs, workshops, events, and department communications. Prior to joining the Office of Faculty Affairs, she managed training and professional development for occupational, physical and speech therapists at Epic Developmental Services, and for attorneys at Wiley Rein LLP and Georgetown Law School. In addition, she has planned and managed events at The Baltimore Convention Center; SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment; Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; and The White House. Michele has also previously worked for the Smith School of Business planning events for alumni, students, and faculty. She received a Master of Tourism Administration in Event/Sport Management and Travel Marketing from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Michele enjoys traveling, theme parks, the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Binsy Anil is the Administrative Assistant II, and she recently joined the Office of Faculty Affairs. She acts as first line of reception for the office, and supports all administrative functions. She has a Masters of Social Work from Mangalore University in India. She is passionate about music, nature and photography.