Office of Faculty Affairs

Faculty Handbook

Providing pathways for development, promotion and everything in between.

May 2019 | Volume 2, Issue 9

Special Announcement


UMD's New Membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The University is now an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring center with a community of over 450 colleges and universities. The Center is dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers, and providing on-demand access to member resources. A kick-off event was held on May 15 to share how this resource benefits faculty members, graduate students and postdocs at UMD, and to preview the available programs. We will continue to provide information on this resource during the summer. Don't forget to activate your membership!

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Vp Diversity

UMD to Welcome New VP of Diversity and Inclusion

In March, the University named Georgina Dodge, PhD as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, Dodge will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and respect as core institutional values. She will be a member of the President's Cabinet, and work with the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Provost’s Council of Deans, and other senior leaders to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. As a first-generation college student, Dodge brings a unique perspective to Maryland as an individual who took an unconventional path to educational and professional success. Read more. Courtesy of UMD Right Now.

Faculty Development

Productivity Groups

Summer Productivity Groups

Get your productivity flowing this summer by joining a focused writing group or workshop group, where members workshop their work in progress. Click here to get started.

Call for Applications: ADVANCING Professional Track Faculty

ADVANCING Professional Track Faculty (APTF) is a year-long peer network for professional track faculty, designed to provide opportunities for professional growth. APTF is now inviting applicants for its 6th year. Applications will be accepted now through June 15, 2019, or until the program is full. For more details, click here.


Feature Article:

Summer Assignment - You@Work

Summer Assignment

With another semester in the rear-view mirror, now is a great time to take on that project you have never been quite able to fit in between teaching, research, and the minutiae of the standard workday: You.

The slower pace of the summer semester is an ideal time to assess where you are professionally, where you want to go, and what you may need to help you get there. The University of Maryland Thriving Workplace Initiative hosts a number of signature programs that can help you learn new strategies for workplace success: Read More

Awards| Recognition| Leardership Development

2018-2019 Professional Track Faculty Award Recipients

The PTK Excellence Awards were established by the Provost to recognize professional track faculty members for consistently excellent contributions in core academic areas: teaching, research, and service. For more information on the Award and past awardees, click here.

PTK Awards

NAS Awards

“Wild” Woman New Film Based on Professor’s Work Re-envisions Emily Dickinson’s Life

'Wild' Woman New Film with Emily

English Professor Martha Nell Smith’s 1998 book, “Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson,” posited a passionate romantic relationship between the poet and her best-friend-turned-sister-in-law. The book has been adapted into a film, “Wild Nights with Emily,” now showing in theaters and starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Molly Shannon. Read more. Courtesy of Maryland Today.

Policy and Procedures


Welcome New Senate Members

The University Senate has elected its newest members for the 2019-2020 academic year, including chair-elect
Laura Dugan, associate chair and professor of criminology and criminal justice.
Read on to see who will be leading senate initiatives.

Tips and Resources

New Faculty

New Faculty Resources

As you begin to welcome new colleagues to campus this summer, be sure to direct them to our New Faculty Start Up Resources and Orientation information. This will provide useful details in advance of New Faculty Orientation on August 20-21.

3 Cool Tech Tools to Consider for the Digital Classroom

It is imperative that educators find new ways to incorporate technology to stay current. This can be done by considering tools and applications that will not only enhance a students’ educational experience but also support teaching and learning. Read more from Faculty Focus.

Cool Tech

Program & Events

June 20 - Live Group Viewing - NCFDD Guest Expert Webinar: Moving From Associate to Full Professor (location details forthcoming)

August 13 & 14 - Academic Administrators Orientation and Refresher

August 20 & 21 - New Faculty Orientation

Special Note

School is out

Newsletter Summer Hiatus

School's out and so are we! During the months of June-August, the Faculty Affairs newsletter virtual presses will be on summer break. New issues will resume in September 2019. Past issues are available on our website. If you have content ideas, please let us know. We hope you have an enjoyable summer!

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