Collective Impact in Research, Scholarship and Creative Achievement

Primary goal: Elevate UMBC as a nationally recognized and regionally relevant research university. The key drivers in achieving this goal are: creating an inclusive environment for faculty and students, developing excellence in new intellectual frontiers, and fostering multidisciplinary and inter-institutional approaches that build research, scholarship, and creative achievement across the campus.

Research Questions

  • What are UMBC’s current strengths in research, scholarship, and creative activities and the potential areas of growth?
  • What are the selected areas of research, scholarship, and creative activities that with targeted investment will elevate UMBC’s national prominence in the next five years?
  • How do we utilize and extend our connections with local communities and regional assets to build on our strengths in research, scholarship, and creative achievement?
  • How do we promote, sustain, and grow multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional initiatives to maximize collective impact of our research, scholarship, and creative activities?
  • What priorities and metrics should be used to track progress and success in our goal to enhance UMBC’s research, scholarship, and creative activities?
  • What resources are needed to attain our goals in research, scholarship, and creative activities?




Aryya Gangopadhyay
Professor and Chair, Information Systems

John Schumacher
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Anthropology and Sociology


Jessica Berman
Professor, English and Director, Dresher Center for the Humanities

Rachel Brewster
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Barbara Broome ’01, ’05
Alumni Representative

Celia Drew
Undergraduate Student

Chuck Eggleton
Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Kathleen Hoffman
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

Tyson King-Meadows
Associate Professor, Political Science and Chair, Africana Studies

Amita Mehta
Research Assistant Professor, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology

Dan Miller ’13
President, Graduate Student Association

Tim Nohe
Professor, Visual Arts and Director, Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts

Sarah Shin
President, Faculty Senate
Professor, Education and Co-Director, M.A. TESOL Program

Michael Summers
University Distinguished Professor, Chemistry/Biochemistry and Investigator, HHMI

Cynthia Woodcock
Executive Director, Hilltop Institute

Senior Advisors

Peter Henderson
Senior Advisor to the President

Julie Ross
Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Karl Steiner
Vice President, Research


Kevin Joseph
Director, Data Warehousing and Document Imagining, Information Technology

Lynne Schaefer
Vice President, Administration and Finance

Greg Simmons
Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Dinah Winnick
Acting Communications Director