PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP


Summer 2013:

Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 AM: Understanding Impact Factor


 Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 PM: Avoid the Demon of ‘Perfection’


Friday, July 12, 2013, 9 AM: Postdoctoral Writing Suite.


Friday & Saturday, August 16-17, 2013: PROMISE Summer Success Institute:

(Includes a Postdoctoral Writing Suite in Baltimore, Friday, August 16. See the website above for updates.)



Spring 2013:

Proposal Preparation Workshop, FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Ralph Pollack

UMBC Library, 7th Floor

MyUMBC RSVP and information:


Toastmasters Demo for Postdoctoral Research Associates

Effective Communication! Job talks, interviews, conferences

Friday, March 8, 2013 · 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Toastmasters Demo for Postdoctoral Research Associates

Effective Communication for job talks, interviews, and conference presentations If you are a Postdoctoral Research Associate at UMBC, then you will need to develop strong communications skills for your career. The need to develop these skills will be relevant as you are preparing for a job talk, going to a conference, or just planning to improve you English presentation skills. For any of these skills, we believe that you will be interested in checking out Toastmasters.  Toastmasters is a public speaking and leadership organization with a program for effective communication.  There is interest in starting a Toastmasters club on campus, and we want to our Postdoctoral Research Associates to take consider participating in this endeavor.  Graduate students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

Join us for a demonstration of a Toastmasters meeting, with the theme “Job Talk” on:

Friday, March 8 2013
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Commons, Room 328

This meeting on 3/8/13 will provide demonstrations, and will serve as a meeting to gauge interest. If you can attend, please login to MyUMBC and click “I can attend.” If you cannot attend, but are interested, please let us know via the comment section below.  Whether you are attending, or just interested,  please click the “paw” in the top left corner if you support the idea of having a Toastmasters group at UMBC.
We will need the commitment of 20 people to apply for an official chapter. Having a chapter on campus can provide you with a valuable resource. It is a great way for you to practice your presentations, practice job talks, overcome shyness, and practice speaking in English if it is not your first language.
Dr. Judith Kadarusman Pollack, Assistant Director of our PROF-it Professors-in-Training program, and facilitator for workshops with postdocs, will lead a DEMO seminar for Toastmasters on Friday, Mar. 8, 10-11:30 AM.  Dr. Pollack was one of the leaders for the Genesis Toastmasters group, and is certified to lead the demonstration. Read more about Dr. Pollack at Stand Up and Speak Well.
About Toastmasters:


Fall 2012:

See events for postdocs at UMBC:

Seminars on Teaching Portfolios, Writing for Publication, and more!

Summer 2012:

Postdoctoral Writing Suite at UMBC, Friday, August 17, 2012

Join the “Postdocs, Professors, and Professionals” session with Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff and Dr. Ivan Esparragoza on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, during the PROMISE Summer Success Institute. Register online.

UMBC Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity Application, Cycle: 2013- 2015 (due November 2012)


UMBC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Faculty Diversity, 2011-2013


Summer 2011:

Join the PROMISE Summer Success Institute for a special session dedicated to postdocs, faculty, and professionals: “Expanding Your Reach” with Dr. Joan Reede from Harvard University. Register:


Coming 2011-2012 to UMBC

  • Welcome and Networking Reception for Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Networking Lunches for Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Seminars through the Faculty Development Center


Attend the 2011 SREB Jr. Faculty Professional Development Conference:

SREB Jr Faculty Conference Background

For Postdocs, Instructors, and Junior faculty (pre-tenure)

Atlanta, GA, October 20-23, 2011

2011  Jr. Faculty Conference Facilitator, Dr. Johnetta G. Davis, Former Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland College Park (retired), and a Founding Co-PI of PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP.

2012 Junior Faculty Professional Development Conference

October 25-28, 2012, Tampa, Florida


  • Doctoral students who are teaching
  • Postdocs
  • Instructors
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Assistant Professors

This conference is part of the SREB Institute for Teaching and Mentoring/Compact for Faculty Diversity

Purpose of the conference: “For new minority junior faculty, there are still challenges and barriers – beyond those faced by all new faculty – that can prevent them from building and achieving successful academic careers. This observation is affirmed by years of feedback from Institute graduates who are in faculty positions and by national data that show the low representation of minorities who have earned tenure and achieve the rank of full professor. Having already invested in scholars’ success earning the Ph.D., it makes sense, and it is our goal to invest further to enhance and extend services to help ensure the long-term success of junior faculty members in the academy.”

To be placed on the mailing list for additional information, contact Dr. Bob Belle,




FUNDING and GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOPS: The research funding workshop series is presented by Ralph Pollack, Associate VP for Research and former department chair.  List of Dr. Pollack’s “how to write grants”  workshops:

The full list of upcoming Office of Research Administration events can be found here:


High Impact Teaching
August 24, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., UC 312, UMBC Campus

Various research studies show that certain kinds of teaching experiences seem to have the greatest impact on students’ learning. These practices include: first-year seminars, writing-intensive courses, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, service learning or community-based learning, internships, and capstone courses and projects. Join us for a panel discussion with UMBC faculty who have taught first year seminars, writing-intensive courses, and capstone courses or who have incorporated service or community-based learning or collaborative learning into their courses. They’ll share their thoughts on the value of this kind of teaching and provide insights on how to plan such courses for your students. Lunch will be provided. Sign-up

Sponsored by the UMBC Faculty Development Center


Great Teachers Talk about Teaching

Thursday, September 8, 12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329

Join your colleagues for an engaging discussion on teaching, including ideas on: helping students achieve our goals for their learning, dealing with various challenges in teaching we all face, and keeping our teaching fresh and exciting over time. A panel of senior faculty at UMBC, all current or past Presidential Teaching Professors, share their insights gleaned from many years of practice and reflection on teaching. Lunch will be provided. Panelists include:

Lynnda Dahlquist, Psychology

Wendy Salkind, Theatre

Phil Sokolove, Biological Sciences

Sponsored by the Faculty Development Center


Motivating Students to Prepare and Engage in Their Own Learning

Friday, September 9, 12-1:30 p.m., UC 310

Do you feel that your students come to class unprepared and uninterested? Do you find that students seem unable to learn on their own and lack good study skills? Join this discussion facilitated by Linda Hodges, Director of the Faculty Development Center, on strategies to address these issues. Participants are asked to read two short articles in preparation for the discussion—links will be sent to those who register for the discussion. Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the UMBC Faculty Development Center


PROMISE Opening Meeting for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Faculty
Friday, September 9 2011, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • The PROMISE Fall Opening Meeting connects the community of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students of color. Resources and tips for success at UMBC are shared. Dinner will be served.

Sponsored by the PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP


Managing Time and Setting Goals, Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
September 29, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Commons 329

Are you feeling the crunch of the new fall semester? Do you have important projects to complete this academic year?  Beth Wells will share basic stress and time management skills, and tips on setting your goals for the academic year and beyond.

Sponsored by the UMBC Faculty Development Center


Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Friday, 10/14/11, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, UC Ballroom Lounge


Co-Sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and the UMBC Faculty Development Center


Balancing Research and Teaching
October 20, 2011, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Commons 329

  • A panel of senior faculty share their strategies for successfully balancing the multiple demands that faculty face. A question and answer period will follow the panel presentation. Panelists include:

– Kevin Eckert, Sociology and Anthropology
– Thomas Field, Modern Languages and Linguistics
– Michael Summers, Chemistry

Sponsored by the UMBC Faculty Development Center


Fundamentals of Proposal Preparation
Friday, October 28 2011, Noon – 3:00 p.m.

        This introductory workshop is for faculty, staff and others who either are new to the art of proposal preparation or who wish to increase their probabilities of success. The workshop is appropriate for those in all areas, including the sciences, social sciences and humanities. RSVP:

Sponsored by UMBC Training


PROF-it: Professors-in-Training Seminar: Understanding Learning Styles
Friday, December 2 2011, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Dr. Anne Spence will lead this popular workshop on understanding learning styles using the Kolb model. Dr. Spence has presented this workshop for PROF-it annually, and based on its popularity, she has also been invited to present it for faculty at the University Retreat.

Sponsored by the PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP


From the National Academies: 

The Annual Postdoc Conference and Career Fair will take place on July 12, 2012 at the Bethesda North Marriott. This conference and career fair is for current postdoctoral fellows working in Washington, D.C. area federal labs and universities, and for companies recruiting high-level S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals. It exposes area postdoctoral fellows in the S.T.E.M. fields to the many career options (e.g., government, private sector, entrepreneurship) that are available to them. The career fair portion also connects local job-seeking postdocs with companies seeking that level of talent. Please visit this page for more information:


Training Seminars at UMBC:


Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at UMB:


Developing a Proposal – Guidelines:


The Postdoc Manual at UMCP:


Finding a Postdoctoral position:

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