CBEL Faculty Fellows

The Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning Faculty Fellows Program

April 2015

Eight faculty members — one from each of the six professional schools, epidemiology and public health, and physical therapy — have been chosen to participate in this one-year fellowship. The program is designed to engage and support fellows’ interest in enhancing community-engaged learning and scholarship using a social justice framework in their respective schools and across UMB schools. As a result, these fellows become part of a network of faculty, staff, and students committed to advancing social justice by developing and sustaining genuine community engagement by working in partnership with community members and community-based organizations (CBOs) in our West Baltimore community. 

The Faculty Fellows Program is being initiated to address the following UMB Strategic Plan Goals:

  • Strengthen the University's social integration with local (and global) communities by supporting genuine and sustainable partnerships.  
  • Strengthen the University's capacity to improve the health and economic, political, and social well-being of its community partners locally (and globally).
  • Prepare faculty, staff, students, and community partners and incentivize to be leaders and active civic participants in local (and global) engagement initiatives.

Partially funded by a grant from the Maryland DC Campus Compact, fellows will participate in a two-day workshop on community engagement and service learning pedagogy. Fellows also will take part in a 2 1/2-day (weekend) workshop led by the Peoples’ Institute (www.pisab.org) to analyze power, race, and privilege in order to advance equality across all cultures and races. The program also provides opportunities for ongoing connection via monthly seminars with CBEL faculty, guest speakers, and community partners.

Program faculty

The program is led by CBEL Deputy Director Lori Edwards and CBEL Director Jane Lipscomb. They will be supported by newly announced CBEL Senior Fellow Deborah Gioia of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.


2015-2016 Faculty Fellows


  • Vincent M. Conroy, PT, DScPT, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • Leigh Goodmark, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Laundette P. Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Wendy G. Lane, MD, MPH, Associate Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Tanya L. Sharpe, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, School of Social Work
  • Deanna Tran, PharmD, BCACP, Assistant Professor University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Co-Director, Pharmacy Practice Laboratories, Giant Clinical Programs Consultant
  • Clemencia M. Vargas, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Maryland School of Dentistry