Faculty Mentoring

A message from the Dean: 

The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences is committed to providing support to our faculty. From the pre-professiorate to the rank of professor, from lecturer to principal lecturer the college provides programming that enhances teaching, supports grant-writing and research, and aids in developing the whole faculty member. We are proud of our faculty’s commitment to the mission of the college and university and the vibrant academic community at CNMS.

– Dean William LaCourse

 

Onboarding checklist

Onboarding Workshop – Fall CNMS offers a faculty onboarding workshop following the UMBC new faculty welcome. Topics include mentoring, grants development, and general tips and tricks for success as a faculty member at UMBC. Contact Kathleen Hoffman.

Professional Development Plans (PDPs) provide a process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Furthermore, PDPs serve as tools to help facilitate communication between mentees and their mentors.

CNMS Postdoctoral Fellows Advancement Program – more information coming soon.

Entrepreneurial Skillset Training The Entrepreneurial Skillset Training Program helps faculty manage the responsibilities, liabilities, and risks that a research or grant-seeking environment entail. This five day workshop is held at the UMBC Training Center. This is an opportunity to enhance the impact of your technical skills with principles of effective financial and personnel management. For further information please contact Justine Johnson.

NSF Career Workshop CNMS and COEIT have partnered to bring together resources and support from across campus targeted to developing an NSF Career proposal.
Representatives from the Faculty Development Center discuss the educational and assessment plans. Representatives from the Shriver Center share outreach opportunities to improve the Broader Impacts section of the proposal. Opportunities for incorporating DEIA opportunities into your activities proposal are presented. Successful CAREER awardees from UMBC present their experience with the workshop and grant submission process. For further information please contact Kathleen Hoffman.

NIH Proposal Writing Workshop  CNMS has partnered with Sarah Dobson NIH grant-writing services to develop grant-writing skills of our faculty. CNMS faculty have attended online introductory workshops that introduce the basics of writing successful NIH grants. For further information please contact Janice Abarro.

ALIT Certificate The Active Learning, Inquiry Teaching (ALIT) certificate program is designed to support faculty in adopting teaching approaches that foster the retention of students in STEM majors and support the development of their students as STEM professionals. These approaches, informed by the extensive body of research on learning, help faculty provide all students with deliberate practice in the skills and habits of mind necessary for learning, inquiry, and research. This program is open to all instructional faculty – tenured/tenure-track, lecturers, and adjuncts – who teach courses in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences or the College of Engineering and Information Technology and is funded by those Colleges, the FDC, and the NIH-funded STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative.

Onboarding checklist

Onboarding Workshop – Fall CNMS offers a faculty onboarding workshop following the UMBC new faculty welcome. Topics include mentoring, grants development, and general tips and tricks for success as a faculty member at UMBC. Contact Kathleen Hoffman.

Professional Development Plans (PDPs) provide a process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Furthermore, PDPs serve as tools to help facilitate communication between mentees and their mentors.

Entrepreneurial Skillset Training Faculty have all of the responsibilities, liabilities, and risks of an entrepreneur, yet most may not have formal training or depth of experience to manage the opportunities and challenges that show up in their research (i.e. managing & leading others, communication, finance & planning, funding, project management, etc.).The Entrepreneurial Skillset Training Program  provides faculty with foundational entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership skills and development necessary to be better positioned to succeed in their research outcomes. This five day workshop, held at the UMBC Training Center,  is an opportunity to enhance the impact of your technical skills with principles of effective financial and personnel management. For further information please contact Justine Johnson.

NSF Career Workshop CNMS and COEIT have partnered to bring together resources and support from across campus targeted to developing an NSF Career proposal.
Representatives from the Faculty Development Center discuss the educational and assessment plans. Representatives from the Shriver Center share outreach opportunities to improve the Broader Impacts section of the proposal. Opportunities for incorporating DEIA opportunities into your activities proposal are presented. Successful CAREER awardees from UMBC present their experience with the workshop and grant submission process. For further information please contact Kathleen Hoffman.

NIH Proposal Writing Workshop CNMS has partnered with Sarah Dobson, a research grant writing consulting agency that helps researchers write competitive NIH grant proposals. This e-learning  intensive writing course will provide support and improve grant writing skills. For further information please contact Janice Abarro.

ALIT Certificate The Active Learning, Inquiry Teaching (ALIT) certificate program is designed to support faculty in adopting teaching approaches that foster the retention of students in STEM majors and support the development of their students as STEM professionals. These approaches, informed by the extensive body of research on learning, help faculty provide all students with deliberate practice in the skills and habits of mind necessary for learning, inquiry, and research. This program is open to all instructional faculty – tenured/tenure-track, lecturers, and adjuncts – who teach courses in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences or the College of Engineering and Information Technology and is funded by those Colleges, the FDC, and the NIH-funded STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative.

NCFDD training The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an independent professional development center that is dedicated to helping faculty succeed throughout their careers. UMBC has an institutional membership and all UMBC faculty are eligible for a free account.

Eminent Scholar Program The Eminent Scholar Program facilitates a mentoring relationship between a newly-hired UMBC tenure-track Assistant professor and a prominent researcher/practitioner in their field. This relationship will be established to provide a connection for the UMBC faculty member to their larger research and/or creative, artistic community in order to enhance their success as they advance through the ranks of academia.

Promotion and Tenure Workshops Each fall, CNMS hosts a workshop for faculty who are going up for tenure and/or promotion. The workshop covers the promotion and tenure process and deadlines. Contact Kathleen Hoffman.

Media Training (On request) Media training topics could include how to prepare for media interviews, an introduction to writing for The Conversation or other outlets, involving students in communication efforts, ideas for how to generate buzz around your work, general tips for communicating about research with non-scientist audiences, and/or other topics as requested. Contact Sarah Hansen.

CNMS Faculty Fulbright Accelerator Workshop This workshop focuses on funding opportunities in the natural and mathematical sciences through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The workshop covers a variety of Fulbright opportunities that are specifically CNMS-friendly and discuss how to access UMBC internal support for application development and routing approval. Please contact Maria Cambraia for more information.

UMBC Office of Faculty Affairs also offers many faculty development opportunities. Please visit their website for updated opportunities.

Onboarding of newly promoted faculty website and workshop – more info soon

Eminent Scholar Program The CNMS International Eminent Scholar Program facilitates a mentoring relationship between a newly tenured UMBC associate professor and a prominent researcher/practitioner in their field outside of the United States. This relationship will be established to provide a connection for the UMBC faculty members to their larger research community to enhance their success (and that of UMBC) as they advance through the ranks of academia.

Entrepreneurship Opportunity The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences invites applications for Entrepreneurship Opportunities for faculty in CNMS at the rank of associate professor. The goal is to provide support for UMBC faculty members to build closer connections with bwtech@UMBC, while strengthening both the research program of the faculty member and the deliverables for the company collaborator. Not offered every year. Please contact Kathleen Hoffman for more information.

Sabbatical Leave for Professional Development  After 12 semesters of teaching, tenured faculty become eligible for a sabbatical leave. Typically, sabbatical leave will be granted for one-half of the recipient’s annual contract period at his or her normal compensation or for the full annual contract period at one- half normal compensation.The President of an institution may grant sabbatical leaves to faculty members. The primary purpose of such leaves is to provide an opportunity for a faculty member to conduct scholarly or creative work in order to increase his or her contribution to the mission of the institution, and to enhance his or her standing in the discipline or profession.

CNMS Leadership Institute – more info soon

Promotion and Tenure Workshops Each fall, CNMS hosts a workshop for faculty who are going up for tenure and/or promotion. The workshop covers the promotion and tenure process and deadlines. Contact Kathleen Hoffman.

Media Training (On request) Media training topics could include how to prepare for media interviews, an introduction to writing for The Conversation or other outlets, involving students in communication efforts, ideas for how to generate buzz around your work, general tips for communicating about research with non-scientist audiences, and/or other topics as requested. Contact Sarah Hansen.

CNMS Faculty Fulbright Accelerator Workshop This workshop focuses on funding opportunities in the natural and mathematical sciences through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The workshop covers a variety of Fulbright opportunities that are specifically CNMS-friendly and discuss how to access UMBC internal support for application development and routing approval. Please contact Maria Cambraia for more information.

UMBC Office of Faculty Affairs also offers many faculty development opportunities. Please visit their website for updated opportunities.

CNMS Leadership Institute – more info soon

Media Training (On request) Media training topics could include how to prepare for media interviews, an introduction to writing for The Conversation or other outlets, involving students in communication efforts, ideas for how to generate buzz around your work, general tips for communicating about research with non-scientist audiences, and/or other topics as requested. Contact Sarah Hansen.

CNMS Faculty Fulbright Accelerator Workshop This workshop focuses on funding opportunities in the natural and mathematical sciences through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The workshop covers a variety of Fulbright opportunities that are specifically CNMS-friendly and discuss how to access UMBC internal support for application development and routing approval. Please contact Maria Cambraia for more information.

UMBC Office of Faculty Affairs also offers many faculty development opportunities. Please visit their website for updated opportunities.

Onboarding checklist

Onboarding Workshop – Fall CNMS offers a faculty onboarding workshop following the UMBC new faculty welcome. Topics include mentoring, grants development, and general tips and tricks for success as a faculty member at UMBC. Contact Kathleen Hoffman.

Affinity group Associate Dean Beatrice Lauman leads an affinity group for Lecturers. Please contact Beatrice Lauman

ALIT Certificate The Active Learning, Inquiry Teaching (ALIT) certificate program is designed to support faculty in adopting teaching approaches that foster the retention of students in STEM majors and support the development of their students as STEM professionals. These approaches, informed by the extensive body of research on learning, help faculty provide all students with deliberate practice in the skills and habits of mind necessary for learning, inquiry, and research. This program is open to all instructional faculty – tenured/tenure-track, lecturers, and adjuncts – who teach courses in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences or the College of Engineering and Information Technology and is funded by those Colleges, the FDC, and the NIH-funded STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative.

Promotion and Tenure Workshops Each fall, CNMS hosts a workshop for faculty who are going up for tenure and/or promotion. The workshop covers the promotion and tenure process and deadlines. Contact Kathleen Hoffman.

UMBC-Shady Grove Faculty Meet & Greet (UMBC-Shady Grove faculty only) –  In August and January, a new faculty orientation is offered for those teaching at UMBC Shady Grove. During this event, faculty receive important information related to operational and logistical matters and are provided the opportunity to engage with and learn about various Universities at Shady Grove (USG) service centers and critical UMBC collaborative partners (UMBC’s Student Disability Services & the UMBC Faculty Development Center) as we prepare for the beginning of each semester. Contact Chelsea Moyer.

Onboarding checklist

Affinity Group: Associate Dean Beatrice Lauman leads an affinity group for adjunct faculty. Please contact Beatrice Lauman

ALIT Certificate The Active Learning, Inquiry Teaching (ALIT) certificate program is designed to support faculty in adopting teaching approaches that foster the retention of students in STEM majors and support the development of their students as STEM professionals. These approaches, informed by the extensive body of research on learning, help faculty provide all students with deliberate practice in the skills and habits of mind necessary for learning, inquiry, and research. This program is open to all instructional faculty – tenured/tenure-track, lecturers, and adjuncts – who teach courses in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences or the College of Engineering and Information Technology and is funded by those Colleges, the FDC, and the NIH-funded STEM BUILD at UMBC initiative.