2015 USM Board of Regents Faculty Awards Presented
Md. (April 10, 2015) -- The University System of Maryland (USM)
Board of Regents at its meeting today announced the 16 recipients of the 2015
USM Regents' Faculty Awards. The board met at the University of Maryland,
Regents' Faculty Awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the Board of
Regents to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. Each award carries a $1,000 prize, provided
by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.
awards are presented in four categories: public service; teaching; mentoring;
and research, scholarship, and creative activity.
Faculty Nominating Committees make recommendations to the institutional
presidents, who review nominations and supporting material and forward
recommendations to the Chancellor. The
Regents' Faculty Review Committee makes the final recommendations.
William Burke, Professor of the Practice at Salisbury
By reenergizing SU's business competitions, Professor
Burke has attracted significant investment, press coverage, and national
attention for Salisbury's entrepreneurial efforts. Over the past two years,
with his leadership of Salisbury's Entrepreneurship Competitions, he has
expanded the regional and national reputation of Salisbury University as a
leader in entrepreneurship stimulating economic development, increasing
employment, and expanding programs to support entrepreneurs.
Professor Burke is a founding member of the Shore
Hatchery, which rewards individuals for their entrepreneurial efforts in the
creation and growth of businesses. In 2013, the founding team received a $1
million dollar gift for the Perdue School of Business from the Ratcliffe Foundation
to be awarded over five years to aspiring entrepreneurs via Shore Hatchery
With his guidance, the City of Salisbury and Wicomico
County allocated funds to build an entrepreneurial center in downtown
Salisbury. Professor Burke's success at bringing in a major gift has added to
the competitive energy, spirit, and participation of these events.
Bronwyn Mayden, Assistant Dean of Continuing Professional
Education in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
(UMB); Director of the Promise Heights initiative.
Promise Neighborhoods are federally designated efforts
designed to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and
youth in the most distressed U.S. communities. Since establishing Baltimore
City's Promise Heights headquarters at Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy in
West Baltimore, Professor Mayden has expanded the program significantly,
surrounding socioeconomically disadvantaged children and families with support
systems that enable success at home, in school, and in the community.
Professor Mayden has secured Family League of Baltimore
funding to open two community schools, obtained additional resources from the
state's 21st Century Fund, and attracted private support for an innovative
"Parent University." Going well beyond her professional role, she
works evenings and weekends in the community, making visits and contributions
to local families. While her tireless work has benefited hundreds of students
living in the Promise Heights neighborhood, more broadly Professor Mayden's
leadership has strengthened UMB's efforts to become more deeply engaged in its
Thomas J. Miller, Professor and Director of the Chesapeake
Biological Laboratory at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental
Professor Miller has worked closely with the Maryland
Department of Natural Resources to implement fisheries management based on the
best available science. For more than 20 years, he has been at the epicenter of
advancing scientifically informed decision-making leading to the sustainable
use of Maryland's marine resources, particularly the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.
In fact, Dr. Miller's work was an important factor in decisions by Governor
Martin O'Malley and Virginia Governor Tim Kane to limit the harvest of the
female blue crab.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Miller's work extends beyond
blue crabs. He has been instrumental in developing methods to include ecosystem
effects into fishery management models including an Ecosystem Fishery
Management Plan for the Chesapeake Bay. For many years, Dr. Miller has served
on the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee, a group that combines the
expertise of Chesapeake Bay region state agencies and scientists with federal
fisheries scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Mike Raupp, Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland,
College Park (UMCP).
Dr. Raupp is a world leader in developing innovative pest
management strategies. His high quality Internet videos, local and national
media appearances, and "Bug of the Week" blog have elevated public
interest in insects and how they surround and interact with humans and nature.
Dr. Raupp is renowned for his work educating arborists,
nursery and greenhouse operators, and landscape contractors. He has been a
leader in training hundreds of Master Gardeners in advanced entomological
topics including insect damage, beneficial insects, and insect ecology.
His research has played a pivotal role in developing
integrated pest management for ornamental plants, and it has been applied to
develop low-risk pesticides, greatly reducing threats to public health and the
environment. His current research addresses the relevant issue of climate
change and insects and his publication record boasts 85 peer-reviewed articles,
28 book chapters, 89 popular articles, and 58 extension papers.
Dr. Yan Bao, Associate Professor of Accounting in
the College of Business at Frostburg State University (FSU).
As a teacher, Dr. Bao consistently receives high
evaluations from students due to her student-centered teaching philosophy and
her commitment to academic innovation. Whether teaching face-to-face, blended,
or online courses, students consistently comment on her devotion and
dedication. As an innovator, Dr. Bao led
the development of the online MBA program at FSU. Using robust technology, this
program provides an online conference room for live lectures and allows for
real-time feedback and collaborative work.
Dr. Bao is also among the first faculty members who
have extended the reach of FSU to businesses in China in a travel abroad
program known as Impact China. This program has provided opportunities for
students to meet with Chinese business leaders and experience the larger cities
in China, thereby truly increasing their appreciation of "international
Dr. Bao has also taken her expertise beyond the
Frostburg campus, serving as a board member for the Chinese Immersion program
in West Side Elementary School in Allegany County.
Dr. Eileen O'Brien, Senior Lecturer in the Department of
Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Dr. O'Brien's success in redesigning Psychology 100
at UMBC-and her expertise in course redesign in general-resulted in funding to
redesign four gateway courses across disciplines at UMBC (calculus, English,
organic chemistry, and introductory sociology).
As a Course Redesign Fellow with USM, Dr. O'Brien
has worked with faculty at four other USM campuses to plan and evaluate their
She has had a great impact on improving the way in
which graduate students learn to teach by developing the Teaching Fellowship
program, which provides mentors and opportunities for discussions of teaching
to graduate students, some of whom are planning careers in teaching.
Dr. O'Brien's work has extended to faculty through
her participation in the Faculty Development Center, where she leads workshops
on teaching in small groups and on developing the flipped classroom. Recently,
she also developed Faculty Learning Communities, which provides opportunities
for faculty to come together over extended periods of time to discuss topics
concerning teaching and learning.
Dr. Randy Ontiveros, Associate Professor of English and
Director of the Department of English honors program at UMCP.
Dr. Ontiveros has brought a new dimension of
scholarship and teaching to the university through his focus on U.S. Latino
literature and culture, the Chicano literature and movement, comparative ethnic
studies, women's studies, and American literature of the 20th and 21st
Dr. Ontiveros, who teaches at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels, is highly regarded by his students and
colleagues as a dynamic and effective teacher.
He has taught and coordinated the gateway course
for English majors known as Critical Methods in the Study of Literature. As the
director of the honors program, he teaches two seminars each year.
Dr. Ontiveros also developed and teaches a course
called Literary Maryland, which focuses on the state's cultural and literary
history from colonial times to the present. For the past three years, he has
served on the faculty advisory board of the U.S. Latina/Latino Studies Program
in the College of Arts and Humanities.
Dr. John Hudgins from the Department of Applied Social and Political Science at
Coppin State University (CSU)
Dr. Bridal Pearson from the College of Public Affairs at
the University of Baltimore (UB)
Dr. Hudgins and Dr. Pearson are recognized for
their administrative stewardship and teaching in the Coppin/UB Human Services
Administration Collaborative program. In 1999, UB and CSU initiated a
collaboration focusing on building a joint Master's of Science in Human
Services Administration. The success of the program is built on the very solid
working relationship between co-directors Drs. Hudgins and Pearson.
The program allows students to take courses at
either campus and the co-directors and professors to alternate the campus on
which they teach. The Master's program includes two internships for which there
is mentoring and ongoing classroom activities.
Drs. Hudgins and Pearson have demonstrated an
outstanding ability to develop and oversee an inter-institutional program that
is unique among Maryland institutions and also to provide highly effective
direct teaching of the Master's students.
Jennifer Golbeck, Associate Professor of Information Studies
Dr. Golbeck conducts research on people's interactions
with technology, specifically privacy, security, and trust in social networking
and social media. She developed the iSeries course "Social Network Analysis"
and wrote the textbook, Analyzing the
She is particularly noted for promoting cross-disciplinary
research and mentoring faculty and students. The numbers alone speak to her
dedication and hard work in this area. Since her appointment as assistant
professor in 2007, she has advised or co-advised six doctoral students, served
as a member of eleven dissertation committees, directed eleven M.A. theses, and
directed nine undergraduate research projects.
Dr. Golbeck consistently teaches more courses than is
required of her, including online courses during winter and summer sessions;
she once delayed a sabbatical for a year when a colleague's departure
threatened to leave students adrift. She
also directs the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory program and the Human
Computer Interaction M.A. program, both of which entail extensive contact with
Paula T. Morris, Professor of the Practice in the Perdue
School of Business at Salisbury University.
Ms. Morris has worked tirelessly to enhance student
career development activities for marketing and business majors. She has
developed and teaches three new marketing courses: Direct & Interactive
Marketing, Advanced Direct & Interactive Marketing, and Social Media
Marketing, reflecting recent shifts in marketing theory and practice.
Professor Morris pushes her students out of the classroom
into real-life situations to see how marketing works in practice. She pursues
undergraduate internships for her students, often leading to employment after
graduation. Ms. Morris has coached
students participating in international, national, and local competitions in
marketing, ethics, and entrepreneurship.
Beyond the university, Ms. Morris founded the Kids of
Honor nonprofit organization that works with junior high and high school
students to stay in school, graduate and, in many cases, go on to college. Her
service with Kids of Honor, especially with young females, has twice earned her
the Maryland's Top 100 Women award.
Barbara Resnick, the Sonia Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in
Gerontology in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).
In 20-plus years on the faculty of UMB, Dr. Resnick has
mentored and helped prepare a significant portion of the nursing workforce to
meet the needs of Maryland's citizens.
On the graduate level, Dr. Resnick has served as primary
mentor to 19 funded pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students in nursing, social
work, pharmacy, and medicine. All of them have gone on to academic
careers. She organizes workshops and
dissemination programs, funded by the Hartford Foundation, to teach junior
faculty and students how to write articles and publish their work.
Since 2010, she has published almost 100 peer-reviewed
papers, most of which are published or co-authored with mentees. As a journal editor, Dr. Resnick provides
thoughtful and constructive feedback to authors, helping to bring articles to
In addition, she maintains a clinical faculty practice at
a continuing care retirement community in Baltimore, where she actively
involves students and junior faculty, applying theoretical principles to actual
Michelle Scott, Associate Professor of History at UMBC.
As the graduate program director in the Department of
History, Dr. Scott serves as advisor to all pre-thesis M.A. students. She is highly active as a specialist mentor
as well, having supervised five theses and served on eight thesis committees in
just the past three years.
Additionally, she regularly chairs or serves on M.A.
thesis and doctoral dissertation committees for the interdisciplinary programs
in Africana Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, and Language, Literacy and
Culture. Dr. Scott has trained many
undergraduates in directed research projects, assisting them with the
presentation of their findings at conferences. She has also mentored a number
of undergraduates in the McNair Scholars program.
Off campus, she has been a mainstay of the Mellon Mays
Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, that seeks to encourage
and guide undergraduates from underrepresented groups into Ph.D. programs in
Europe and North America. She has successfully mentored more than five graduate
students per year since 2006.
SCHOLARSHIP, AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Mikhail Anisimov, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular
Engineering at UMCP.
Dr. Anisimov's field of research includes thermodynamics
of fluids, liquid crystals, polymers, surfactant solutions, and other
nano-structured materials. Dr. Anisimov has an impressive ability to create
connections between the basic sciences and engineering. His breakthrough work has
real world applications including oil recovery, procedures for plane de-icing,
food preservation, and climate research through cloud formation.
His research includes collaborations with scientists from
Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and he also serves on the editorial boards of
five international research journals. In addition to teaching courses, Dr.
Anisimov has advised several PhD students, supervised the research of
undergraduate students, and mentored junior faculty and community college
In 2013, Dr. Anisimov established the Light Scattering
Center at UMCP to promote research, education, and commerce in new fields of
materials science, chemical and biomolecular engineering, colloid science, and
chemistry and biochemistry for academia, government labs, and industry.
Kate Brown, Professor of History at UMBC.
Dr. Brown has made a series of landmark contributions
that are recognized by scholars as redefining multiple fields of study
including environmental history, community studies, security policy, Slavic
studies, and U.S./Russian comparative studies.
The work produced through her mastery of these
disciplines constitutes a truly novel and important contribution within academia
and beyond. She has reached out to academic specialists and to broader
non-academic audiences without diminishing the rigor of her work.
Dr. Brown's body of work, which has been funded by the
most prestigious sources in the discipline, has been featured in the American
Historical Review, the New York Journal of Books, and in Croatian, Dutch,
Italian and Polish-language publications. Her scholarship has been
characterized by leaders in the field as original, fearless, and based on an
imaginative approach to sources, oral history, and narrative.
Abhijit Dasgupta, UMCP, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
and one of the founding Principal Investigators of the University's Center for
Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE).
He has secured approximately $15 million in funding from
many sources, including industry, the National Science Foundation, and
government research labs. A prolific author, Dr. Dasgupta has written on the
topics of electronics packaging, smart structures, and the basic mechanics of
His work with CALCE has been recognized by awards from
the Army Research Labs, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, and the
Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, among others.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Dasgupta has worked to
translate his scientific research to benefit industry and the public. In 1994,
Dr. Dasgupta helped to establish the first comprehensive electronic packaging
curriculum of its kind in the world, putting UMCP at the center of his
Wei Yu, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Towson University.
Dr. Yu's record of scholarship is underscored by a
prolific publication record. Since fall 2009, he has contributed to the
publication of 6 book chapters, 30 journal articles, and 56 conference papers
appearing in premier, extremely competitive journals and conferences.
His scholarship is seen in the sustained funding he has
attracted. Dr. Yu's research has resulted in eleven competitive grant awards
totaling close to $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation, the
Department of Defense, and other entities. Additionally, he has been a co-Principal
Investigator on four competitive awards, totaling more than $2.3 million.
With extensive research funding support, Dr. Yu has
established and supported an active Cyber-Physical Networking System and
Security Research Laboratory that has provided scores of research
assistantships to doctoral and master students. Dr. Yu's contributions in cyber
security, computer networks, and cyber-physical systems are highlighted by the
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics' Excellence in Scholarship, which he
received in 2012.
Contact: Mike Lurie