University of Maryland Office of Undergraduate Studies
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The Office of Undergraduate Studies
  • Develops and directs high impact academic programs for undergraduate students.
  • Supports and recognizes excellence in teaching.
  • Fosters equity, diversity, and social justice.
  • Manages the availability of undergraduate instruction so that 26,000 students can register for a full load of courses each semester, completing both General Education and academic major requirements.
  • Maintains an ambitious menu of undergraduate advising guidelines and practices to ensure degree completion.

Call for Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows 2015-2016

As we strive to provide outstanding learning experiences for our students, we reflect on our teaching: This year's Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellows will investigate how student work provides evidence of student learning, and how careful review of their work can guide curriculum development and reform. We welcome applications from tenure track, tenured, and professional track faculty from all academic areas.
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Developing the Academic Experience

Extending Scholarship in Living-Learning

Expanding Opportunities

Offering Academic Enhancement

Fostering Academic Success

Recognizing Academic Excellence

Message from the Dean

For the past 12 years, I have had the honor of serving as Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland. With this newsletter, I sign-off from this position. On July 1st I return as professor to the Department of English. I have loved my position in Undergraduate Studies. It has allowed me to work nonstop on behalf of 26,000 undergraduate students — meaningful work! The rewards have been many.

The high impact programs in Undergraduate Studies are the result of being able to hire and retain great people who can take an idea and maximize it for the good of our students and the University. Some programs are new since 2003; all programs have had directors who have taken their programs through rigorous and ongoing enhancement, reorganization, and redesign. The new General Education program has provided a platform to engage the entire university community in undergraduate education. We have led the transformation and revision of more than 1000 courses. We have found new ways to recognize excellent teaching — through faculty learning communities, General Education Faculty Boards, and awards for teaching. We have strengthened advising and improved policies, and developed new programs to support transfer students. Our students across the University are better prepared for next steps, with broader and deeper knowledge and stronger skills.

To all members of the Undergraduate Studies community: I will miss the excitement and challenges of working to improve the undergraduate academic experience at Maryland, and I look forward to watching the progress to come.

Donna B. Hamilton
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and
Dean for Undergraduate Studies


Undergaduate Studies Program Teaching Award
Kalyana Chadha, Director of College Park Scholars Media, Self, and Society, and Assistant Professor in the Merrill College of Journalism

General Education Teaching Award
Patricia Shields, Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics

Non-exempt/Exempt Staff Award
Marsha Botts, Program Management Specialist, Academic Achievement Programs

Graduate Student Staff Award
Brendan Butler, Federal and Global Semesters

Undergraduate Student Staff Award
Cara Hamel, New Student Orientation

I-Series courses profiled in Chronicle of Higher Education.

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UMD discontinues participation in the Academic Common Market
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UGST Facts

· Half of UMD's fall freshmen class enroll in Honors or Scholars programs.

· Approximately 3,600 students enroll in Letters & Sciences each year.

Meeting the Challenge of Diversity 1968-1976 examines a key period in the desegregation of the University of Maryland. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Intensive Educational Development Program, and illuminates the critical role that the program and its people played in the integration of the University of Maryland during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Office of Undergraduate Studies
2110 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
email: | phone: 301.405.9363 | fax: 301.405.9896
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