UMUC’s traveling faculty reflect on the triumphs—and trials—of being a portable professor.
Editor’s note: This article is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College.
For most faculty at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), preparing for class involves booting up a computer. For Gyongyi Plucer-Rosario, who teaches marine biology on Guam, it might include strapping on a face mask and flippers.
“The last field trip is the one everyone looks forward to,” said Plucer-Rosario.Continue Reading
Speaking for all six recipients of this year’s Pillars of Strength Program scholarships, Justina Knoefler said the award was a godsend for her and her family, and she wants “to be one of those women that you can use as an example of success, honor, strength and integrity.”Continue Reading
“The Kalb Report” has won the Gold World Medal in the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards as the “Best Talk/Interview Special.” The honor marks the third time in six years that an edition of “The Kalb Report” has been awarded the gold medal.Continue Reading
Peter Smith, educator and author, asks two questions.
How much of what you know did you learn in a college classroom?
How much of what you know did you learn from personal and on-the-job experience?
If the answer is—as he expects—that you learned far more from your experience outside the classroom, he then asks a third.Continue Reading
Program Aired in April on Maryland Public Television
University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) rich history of globetrotting professors came to life recently in a documentary that follows the university’s seven-decade mission of educating military personnel stationed overseas.
Entitled “Over There: The Adventures of Maryland’s Traveling Faculty,” the documentary follows the path of Maryland’s “Academic Foreign Legion” who adopted “Have Syllabus Will Travel” as their motto and hopped from military base to military base, sometimes in war zones, to offer college classes to the troops. View the program in its entirety from the Maryland Public Television video archive page here.Continue Reading
Three University of Maryland University College (UMUC) administrators won Parchment Awards of Excellence for work they are doing to reinvent the college transcript and to provide service for students seeking to transfer into the university.Continue Reading
Try as he might, moderator Marvin Kalb could not get any one of his four guests on the “Kalb Report” April 16 to give an optimistic prediction for the future of U.S. relations with Russia. Each said relations will get worse.
While speaking at an education conference in early April, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) President Javier Miyares advised colleagues that transparency is paramount as universities struggle to find and adopt new ways of generating the revenue they need to counter rising costs and declining enrollments. Keeping faculty, staff and oversight-board members updated about the nature and timing of major changes can engender more buy-in and support, and a smoother transition, he said.Continue Reading
The investment the State of Maryland makes in its cybersecurity defense is “paltry” considering the value of the information assets it should be defending from cyberattack, a former NSA official and UMUC graduate adjunct professor in cybersecurity told the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Jan. 25.
“Now the state spends about $3.8 million on its cybersecurity function,” said Debora Plunkett, whose 32-year career with the NSA included serving as director of information assurance. “My personal view is that [that amount] is paltry, considering the state budget and considering what the state has to lose if those assets are put at risk.”Continue Reading
David Welch, a Maryland businessman and University of Maryland University College (UMUC) alumnus, has donated $25,000 in scholarship money to the Pillars of Strength Foundation to help volunteer caregivers of wounded American servicemembers get a UMUC education.Continue Reading