Information Technology

Information TechnologyThe Information Technology Focus Area is supported by the Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) and schools. The table below identifies the RTF focus area status of each recommendation or decision followed by a membership roster including the primary and deputy focus area leader. The following initiatives have been approved by senior leadership to move forward as part of the COVID-19 Recovery process.

UMB Approved Initiatives

IssueStatus
IT Virtual Resources In Progress
IT Security In Progress
IT Support In Progress
Virtual Training In Progress

IT Virtual Resources

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
  • Evaluation of virtual resources to expand reliability and accessibility.
6/26/20  

IT Security

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
  • Evaluate enhancement opportunities to strengthen IT security. 
6/26/20  

IT Support

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
  • Provide IT support resources to faculty and students as they prepare for a blended approach of virtual didactic teaching/learning and in-person clinical instruction through an approach that meets needs while mitigating risks of spreading COVID-19.
6/26/20  

Virtual Training

In Progress

DescriptionDate ApprovedExpected Completion
  • Expand virtual training opportunities for the UMB community to support effectiveness and efficiency in teleworking.
6/26/20  

Focus Area Roster

Primary Focus Area Leader

Zia Mafaher, MS
Associate Vice President, Networks and Communications Systems
Center for Information Technology Services
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Deputy Focus Area Leader

Sharon Bowser, MBA
Associate Dean and Chief Information Officer
University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Focus Area Members

Keith Brooks, Ed
Assistant Dean
University of Maryland Graduate School

Kent Buckingham, MS
Executive Director, Information Technology
University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Amir Chamsaz, ScD, MS
Managing Director, Web Development and Interactive Media
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Mike Green, MBA 
Director, Information Technology
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

David W. Pitts
Assistant Dean for Informatics
University of Maryland School of Social Work

Matt Rietschel, MS
Assistant Dean for Information & Learning Technology
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing

Patricia Scott 
Assistant Vice President Enrollment Administration – University Registrar
University Student Financial Assistance & Enrollment Services
Office of Accountability and Compliance
University of Maryland, Baltimore

James Stephens, M.Ed. MLIS
Associate Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore 

Legal Advisors

Deepa Bhattacharyya, JD
Associate University Counsel
Office of University Counsel
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Arthur (Skip) Rose, JD
University Counsel
Office of University Counsel
University of Maryland, Baltimore