Working Groups

Each of the five Working Groups has been charged with the following tasks:

  1. Become knowledgeable about the Middle States standards for accreditation, known as the Characteristics of Excellence, with particular emphasis on the standards covered by the working group.
  2. Study the research questions outlined in the Self-Study Design and prepare responses that are supported by credible and reliable data and information.
  3. Using the style guidelines outlined in this Self-Study Design document, draft a chapter for the self-study report that presents the working group’s findings regarding the research questions, and that demonstrates the degree to which UMB is in compliance with the assigned Middle States standards.
  4. Based on the working group’s findings, draft five to 10 specific and attainable recommendations that can be adopted to advance the mission of the University and strengthen its compliance with specific standards.
  5. Produce and catalog the supporting documentation and evidence used to (a) inform the working group’s findings and recommendations relevant to the research questions, and (b) support its determination that UMB is in compliance with the assigned Middle States Standards.
  6. Submit its work product to the co-chairs by the deadline established by the Steering Committee.

Working Group 1: Educational Innovation and Transformation (Standards 11, 12, and 14)

Questions

  1. What, if any, are the benefits to UMB of leveraging technology and emerging pedagogical models and tools to improve, design, and launch high-quality, high-demand, and self-sustaining academic offerings?
  2. What actions can UMB undertake to promote interprofessional teaching and learning across the professions?
  3. How can UMB ensure that its academic programs remain affordable and accessible?

Chair

David B. Mallott, MD

Working Group Members

Wendy Bernstein, MD, MBA
Heather Congdon, PharmD, BCPS, CDE
Cheryl Harrow, DNP, MS, FNP-BC, RNC-LRN, IBCLC
Valerie Hughes,
Jim Kaper, PhD
Rae Oliveira
Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW
Charles Pipins, JD, MA
Patricia Scott
Beje Thomas, MD
Camilla Tubbs, JD, MLIS

Steering Committee Liaisons

M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Nina Trocky, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CCRA

Logistics Committee Liaison

Tricia O'Neill, JD

Working Group 2: Research, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship (Standards 3, 5, 6, and 10)

Documents

Questions

  1. What strategies can UMB adopt to diversify the sources of funding for biomedical and social sciences research?
  2. How could the University enhance its research environment to make the institution more competitive in securing additional grants and awards such as a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA)?
  3. How could UMB nurture, promote, and sustain an environment where innovation and entrepreneurship in teaching, research, and scholarship are recognized, rewarded, and encouraged?
  4. How could UMB continue to effectively promote ethics and integrity in our research, scholarship, and clinical activities?

Chair

Peter Swaan, PhD

Working Group Members

Susan Buskirk, MS
Gary Fiskum, PhD
Jeanne Geiger-Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN
Lisa Lebovitz, JD
Alexa Mayo, MLIS, AHIP
Clare Rock, MD
Abraham Schneider, DDS, PhD
Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH
Alison Watkins, JD, MS

Steering Committee Liaisons

Tony Lehman, MD, MSPH
Phil Robilotto, DO, MBA

Logistics Committee Liaison

Robin Klein, MSLS

 

Working Group 3: Student Life, Career Development, and Support Services (Standards 8 and 9)

Questions

  1. How could UMB pursue a more integrated and coordinated co-curricular program for our students to both support and enhance their academic experience?
  2. What trends in the employment market or changes in competition may affect enrollment and training in UMB schools and programs?
  3. What is the outlook for the U.S. and global biomedical research workforce, and what, if any, changes could UMB contemplate with respect to its graduate and postdoctoral training program to adequately prepare its students and trainees to succeed?
  4. In what ways could student support services change to support a more diverse student body and enhance career development services?

Co-Chairs

Erin Golembewski, PhD
Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH

Working Group Members

Toni Antalis, PhD
Jennifer Aumiller, MEd
Whitney Brown, MS
Reba Cornman, MSW
Bill Crockett, MS
Marianne Han, JD
Ryan Harris, MLIS, AHIP
Jason Hawkins, JD
Pam Miller, MSW
Bonnie Muschett, JD, MBA
Karthika Natarajan, PhD
Jenny Owens, ScD, MS

Steering Committee Liaisons

Crystal Edwards, JD, MA
Louise Michaux Gonzales, JD

Logistics Committee Liaison

Clancy Clawson, MS

 

Working Group 4: Institutional Effectiveness (Standards 2, 4, and 7)

Documents

Questions

  1. How could UMB design and operationalize an institutional decision-making framework that promotes the University’s Core Values and positions the institution to realize its strategic objectives?
  2. What are the key metrics by which the University measures institutional effectiveness, and are they still appropriate and relevant in determining UMB’s baseline performance?
  3. How could UMB capitalize on the robust culture of accreditation among its schools to design a conceptual framework to create a culture of assessment that holistically evaluates student learning outcomes on a graduate and professional campus?

Co-Chairs

Carol McKissick, MBA
Megan Meyer, MSW, PhD

Working Group Members

Sania Amr, MD
David Gray, PhD, JD
Paul Brian Scruggs, MS
Richard Tischler, PhD, FACEHP

Steering Committee Liaisons

Robert Beardsley, RPh, PhD
Carolyn Waltz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Logistics Committee Liaison

Karen Matthews, MPA

 

Working Group 5: Community Engagement (Standards 1 and 13)

Documents

Questions

  1. How could UMB leverage its status as an anchor institution to drive economic growth and community development in West Baltimore?
  2. How could UMB create learning opportunities for students that foster community involvement and service?
  3. How could UMB bring about better coordination of our community initiatives to maximize community impact and to extend our outreach efforts?

Co-Chairs

Geoffrey Heinzl
Rebecca Wiseman, PhD, RN

Working Group Members

Angie Battaglia, BS, MS
Gail Betz, MLIS
Gregory Carey, PhD
Angela Fowler-Young, MRP
Dale J. Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP
Lisa Rawlings, MBA
Alexandra Reitz
Ahmed R. Saleh, PhD, MS, CCRP
Wendy Shaia, EdD, MSW
Shiree Southerland, PhD, RN, BSN
Brian Sturdivant, MSW
Ashley Valis, MSW

Steering Committee Liaisons

Michelle Harner, JD
Dorothy Snow, MD, MPH

Logistics Committee Liaison

Greg Spengler, MPA