Fellows Program in Community Engagement

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The Fellows Program in Community Engagement will facilitate and promote the development of UMB faculty, staff, and community leaders to strengthen community engagement through education, scholarship, research, or community-based programs or practice.

This fellowship will provide training on the principles of community/academic partnerships, the pedagogy of service learning, the application of social determinants of health and social justice frameworks, and competencies for interprofessional education.

During the one-year fellowship, participating fellows will become part of an expanding network of faculty, staff, students, and community leaders who are advancing community engagement scholarship and education at UMB through the lens of promoting health equity. As a coordinated program, it will support sustainable and innovative educational strategies that focus on the principles of service learning and community engagement by working collaboratively with community leaders and community-based organizations in Baltimore.

The fellowship will include formal training and workshops, consultation and mentorship in community engagement, and guidance in designing new teaching methods. The fellowship will expand the network of UMB interprofessional faculty, staff, and community leaders who collectively transform future career paths for health, social services, and law professionals who ultimately will impact communities globally.

Fellowship Goals

  • Develop a collaboration of interprofessional faculty and staff across UMB to advance community engagement, scholarship, research, and service-learning education within their schools and across UMB.
  • Provide community leaders opportunities to educate UMB students in order to strengthen their own community organizations and foster stronger community academic partnerships.
  • Strengthen sustainable collaborations between UMB professional schools and Baltimore communities.
  • Advance the application of social determinants of health and a social justice framework, acknowledging how structural inequalities, such as racism perpetuate injustices in Baltimore.
  • Assist faculty to incorporate and enhance service-learning pedagogy into their coursework and teaching methods, in order to increase student knowledge and experience, and become life-long learners committed to community engagement and social justice.
  • Support faculty and staff to be campus leaders who facilitate community outreach and engagement for all of UMB.


2020-21 Cohort

  • Ulysses Archie, community activist and co-founder, Baltimore Gift Economy
  • Britt Gayle, MD, assistant professor, Institute of Human Virology, School of Medicine
  • Daniel Greenspan, manager of community design and stakeholder engagement, Bon Secours Mercy Health
  • Erin Hagar, MA, MFA, senior instructional designer, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning/Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy, Graduate School
  • Rebecca Hall, JD, managing director, Law and Health Care Program, Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Lauren Hynicka, PharmD, BCPS, associate professor of pharmacotherapy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, School of Pharmacy
  • Alexander Kaysin, MD, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Jilian Krueger, MSW, school, and community outreach coordinator, Promise Heights, School of Social Work
  • Jim Kucher, DPA, senior lecturer, and social innovation and academic program director, MS in Health and Social Innovation, Graduate School
  • Elizabeth Lasker, MA, assistant director-aquatics, Campus Life Services/URecFit, Graduate School
  • Katie McElroy, PhD, MS, BSN, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing
  • Karah Palmer, MEd, research project coordinator, psychiatry, School of Medicine
  • Teresa Schmiedeler, JD, director, public service programs and outreach, Career Development Office, Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Michelle Spencer, DNP, RN, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing