Teaching in a Pandemic: Mentor Circles Connect Educators

Dwayne Burbridge always knew what he would do when he retired from the military: teach high school chemistry and physics. To put himself on the path to that goal, he enrolled in the graduate program in teaching at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

Burbridge, now ready to leave the U.S. Navy after serving 31 years, is only one requirement away from completing his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. But that last task—a semester in a teaching internship—has been complicated by COVID-19.Continue Reading

UMGC Faculty Honored for Teaching Excellence

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) recently conferred its highest faculty teaching honor—the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award—on seven of its most outstanding faculty members in Asia, Europe and the U.S., and recognized eight others for their noteworthy contributions to the scholarship and art of teaching.Continue Reading

UMGC to Launch Digital Marketing Certificate Program

The University of Maryland Global Campus is launching a certificate program this fall to prepare students to work in the hottest segment of the marketing industry—digital marketing.

“It’s the fastest-growing area of marketing, and where the jobs are,” said Sandeep Patnaik, UMGC’s marketing program director.Continue Reading

UMGC Sets the ‘PACE’ for Lockdown Living and Learning

Around the world, since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are merging their home and work environments while scrambling to keep focused, to establish schedules and routines, to be productive and to keep distractions at bay.

It is a landscape that many University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) students already know how to navigate, thanks to a required undergraduate course introduced in the fall 2019 semester.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: Ken Burns on Saving America in 2020

In the first-ever virtual “Kalb Report” on July 27, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told moderator Marvin Kalb that the United States in 2020 is in the midst of one of the four great crises in this nation’s history.

The triple threat of the coronavirus—a pestilence in Burns’ words—the ensuing economic collapse and the racial reckoning of the Black Lives Matter movement, all overseen by ineffectual and counterproductive leadership at the top, has put the nation in a calamitous situation that ranks with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, he said.Continue Reading

Student Wins Essay Contest with Close-to-home Topic

The judges who awarded Briana Benson the top prize in a social science essay contest at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) praised her beautiful writing, strong argument and solid references to research.

What the panel of UMGC professors didn’t realize was just how personal the subject matter was to Benson, who is slated to complete a bachelor’s degree in social science in spring 2021.Continue Reading

UMGC Adjunct Professor Helps Keep Food Supply Safe

It’s not something you want to think about, said Marianna Naum, a strategic communication team leader at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—and adjunct environmental science professor at University of Maryland Global Campus. But after refrigerated trucks and warehouses used to transport and store food were commandeered for medical purposes at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, the question soon became: what will it take to safely transition them back into the food distribution business?Continue Reading

UMGC’s Jackson Predicts Covid-19’s Peaks and Valleys from the Center of Coronavirus Fight

By day, from her home in Arlington, Virginia, University of Maryland Global Campus alumna and adjunct professor Amina Jackson is at the epicenter of the fight against the novel coronavirus: She works for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and a leading public face in the scientific effort to defeat Covid-19.Continue Reading