UMD faculty are invited to apply for the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows. In the coming academic year, the topic for Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows will be Creating Community from the I-Series Experience. We seek applications from faculty who currently teach an I-Series course or who would like to develop a new I-Series course. Call for Faculty Fellows applications

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Julie Park is New Director of Asian American Studies

The Asian American Studies Program has a new director. Julie Park succeeds Janelle Wong. Dr. Park is associate professor of Asian American Studies and Sociology. She joined the Asian American Studies program as a core faculty member in 2008. More about Julie Park.

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Colonel David E. Bacot New Leader of AFROTC at UMD

Undergraduate Studies welcomes Colonel Bacot as the new commander of our AFROTC detachment. Col. Bacot has served as chief of the Weather Operations Division at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, leading a 25-person staff and providing oversight for 2,400 weather personnel supporting global Air Force and Army operations.

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Eric Van Johnson is New Letters & Sciences Director

Letters & Sciences' new director and assistant dean is Eric Van Johnson. Eric succeeds Deborah Bryant upon her retirement this June. Since 2013, Eric has been associate director of the program. Prior to joining Letters & Sciences he served for nine years in the Office of Extended Studies, first as coordinator, then as assistant and associate director.

Undergraduate Studies News & Events Rundown

Solutions in Action: Counteracting Divisiveness
A Faculty-Staff Summer Brown Bag Series Content

Faculty and staff are invited to this Wednesday lunchtime discussion series.  The series offers an interactive forum for deepening understanding of the complex problem of hate, divisiveness, and intimidation on campus. The goal of the series is to work together to identify steps we can take, both individually and collectively, to address it. For more information about the series.

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Honors College's ACES Program Rated as Leading Cybersecurity Program
CSO, which provides news, analysis and research on security and risk management to the cybersecurity industry, profiled the ACES Program as one of four programs in CSO's Guide to the Top College and University Cyber Security Degree Programs.

National Scholarships Office logoThe National Scholarships Office announces the awarding of the prestigious Gates Cambridge and Marshall scholarships. More about these scholarships.  The National Scholarships Office and UMD are one of the top producers of Fulbright Scholars in the United States students.


Global Fellows logoGlobal Fellows in Washington, DC students win Critical Language Scholarships. Kalyn Cai ('17) will study Arabic in Ibri, Oman. Margaret Ebacher-Rini ('17) will study Chinese in Suzhou, China. Gurleen Kaur ('15) will study Punjabi in Chandigarh, India. Irene Solaiman ('17) will study Bangla in Kolkata, India. More about the recipients.

For Students and for Faculty: Course Related Policies for UMD Undergraduate Students
A guide to UMD resources and new policies on excused absences, syllabi, sexual misconduct, and much more.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies

The Office develops and directs high impact undergraduate programs and manages campus-wide policies and initiatives. Focused on student success, the Office strives to ensure every undergraduate student's access to campus courses and programs, enhancement of the academic experience, and graduation. The Office of Undergraduate Studies leads General Education, transformative teaching initiatives, and campus-wide advising guidelines and practices. The Office encompasses many critical units, programs, and activities, including:

  • The Honors College, College Park Scholars, Carillon Communities, and Beyond the Classroom
  • Federal Fellows, Global Fellows in Washington, DC, and Hillman Entrepreneurs
  • Letters and Sciences, New Student Orientation, Academic Achievement Programs, and the National Scholarships Office
  • Asian American Studies, Individual Studies, and Air Force and Army ROTC

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
The 2017 Awardees

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – Office of Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award: Dr. James Fry, Associate Professor in the School of Music, for his work in HONR278R

The Donna B. Hamilton Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching – General Education Teaching AwardDr. Douglas Kern, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, for his work in ENGL275 (Writing to be Seen: Scriptwriting for Theatre, Film, and Television), and ENGL388W (Writing Center Internship).

Non-Exempt/Exempt Undergraduate Studies Staff Award
Paulanne Walker, Coordinator for the Student Success Office

Graduate Student Staff Award
Jacqueline Guhanick, Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) Program in the Honors College

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Kevin Halliday, New Student Orientation

About the Teaching Awards and Past Winners


Other News of Note

ACES Recognized as a Sucessful Model for Partnership
The ACES program was highlighted in Bloomberg View as a successful model for partnership bewteen business and academia.

Discover internships on and off-campus — for credit or not, your first-stop to find out what UMD offers you. More on internships--»


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