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About the Graduate School
Yes, the Graduate School does have a mission, vision, ethos, and strategic plan.
Mission: The mission of the Graduate School is to empower scholars, practitioners, and researchers to become agents of innovation and leaders of change through distinctive, relevant, and rigorous education.
Vision: The Graduate School aspires to be the global leader in health and biomedical graduate education and research by cultivating students who solve critical world problems.
Ethos: Over the FY21 Academic Year, Graduate School faculty and staff defined four core “ethos” to the school through a collaborative and participatory process to scaffold into UMB’s larger core values. These include:
- Optimism: In the Graduate School, we embrace positivity – we are optimistic. We view the world and our role in improving the human condition through a lens of opportunity, potentiality, possibility, and solutions. We embrace a growth mindset paired with a “can-do” attitude. We are asset-based, expect the best in the future, and believe that optimism is self-fulfilling, leading to greater effort and better outcomes. We eagerly challenge preconceived notions and embrace discomfort and conflict to find new ways of doing things and thinking.
- Belongingness: The Graduate School supports belongingness as the intersection of social justice, inclusion, equity, diversity, and access. Values and beliefs of students, faculty, staff, and community are integrated. In the Graduate School each individual voice matters, and we strive to practice active listening. Family and life circumstances are embraced, and individual boundaries are acknowledged and accepted to create a safe environment of belonging. We believe making meaningful positive change begins within an investment in people. Access to education is prioritized – in a just society an education should not be a luxury item.
- Discovery: The Graduate School supports original research, the discovery of new ideas, and significant original contributions to knowledge by students, faculty, and staff. We seek to innovate and discover new ways to creatively solve problems. We also commit to sharing our discoveries broadly with the public.
- Servant Leadership: The Graduate School puts the priorities and needs of students, faculty, staff, and our community at the forefront of our mission. We will listen to and amplify the voices of others, and actively engage as an authentic community asset.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan: The Graduate School Strategic plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is underpinned by our Ethos of “Belongingness” and lead by the Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as by the school’s Chief Diversity Officer. High level goals include:
- Improve Accountability and Transparency
- Attract and retain individuals from historically underrepresented populations into leadership, faculty, and staff positions
- Promote mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources/Developing a shared and inclusive understanding of diversity and excellence
- Attract, retain, and graduate increasing numbers of graduate students from historically underrepresented populations and international students
- Creating, cultivating and sustaining a welcome, supportive, and inclusive GS culture
The Graduate School’s strategic plan was developed through an inclusive process with faculty, staff, students, and degree program leaders across the university. The strategic plan focuses on eleven strategic objectives to be achieved over the next five years:
- Expand partnerships with UMB’s Schools and develop innovative models to support graduate education and research
- Enhance and promote excellence in research and scholarship
- Enhance the internal and external brand of the Graduate School
- Achieve Physician Assistant excellence
- Grow the enrollment of existing self-supporting degree programs
- Cultivate a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice
- Optimize graduate student academic advising
- Pioneer innovative academic program review processes
- Expand the community impact of the Graduate School
- Support faculty and staff development and growth
- Expand alumni relations and career development opportunities for graduating students
The Graduate School’s leadership team includes:
- Roger Ward, Dean
- Flavius Lilly, Vice Dean
- Erin Golembewski, Sr. Associate Dean and Chief Student Affairs Officer
- Jenny Owens, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs
- Cheri Hendrix, Assistant Dean of Physician Assistant Education
- Gerald Kayingo, Assistant Dean of Research & PALLA
- Jim Reynolds, Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance
- Shani Fleming, Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
- Kyle Locke, Chief Development Officer
- Susan Esserman, Executive Director of the SAFE Program
- Nick Kouwenhoven, Executive Director of the Academy of Lifelong Learning
- Keith Brooks, Registrar
- Courtney Resnick, Director of Academic Administration (dual role between the GS and the Provost’s office)
- Virginia Rowthorn, Assistant Vice President, Global Engagement & Executive Director, Center for Global Engagment
- Christina Cestone, Program Director of the PhD Health Professions Education + Executive Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (dual role between the GS and the Provost’s office)
The Graduate School’s has 60 Ph.D., M.S., and PBC academic programs, some of which are affiliated with other schools at UMB while others are led entirely within the school. When an academic program is affiliated with one of the other six schools (Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Social Work, Nursing and Pharmacy) they are referred to as “affiliated” programs and typically have some state-funded support. The Graduate School supports the affiliated programs by managing the admissions, enrollment, schedule adjustments, grades, courses, GPA audits, and degree certifications for students. The Graduate School also provides a portion of the funding for Graduate Research Assistants in affiliated programs as agreed upon with each School’s Dean. Except for the initial application fee, any tuition/fees or other types of revenue are collected by the school where the affiliated program is based. For admissions and enrollment support, Dr. Jenny Owens is the Graduate School’s main point of contact for the school-based directors of the affiliated programs. For student affairs support, Dr. Erin Golembewski is the best point of contact.
Over the past seven years, the Graduate School has added nearly 20 academic programs responsive to adult and post-traditional learners. We have also created a Physician Assistant training program. These degrees are referred to as “central self-supporting" or “CSS” programs because the tuition collected from these programs is the only funding source. For central self-supporting programs, the Graduate School hires faculty with primary appointments in the Graduate School through its’ own AP policy and occasionally partners with the other six Schools to identify faculty who desire additional teaching duties. Faculty with primary appointments are employees of the Graduate School instead of other Schools on campus. Dr. Jenny Owens, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs is responsible for the central-self-supporting academic degree programs and Dr. Cheri Hendrix, Assistant Dean of Physician Assistant Education is responsible for the Physician Assistant academic program.
Central Self-Supporting programs include:
- Aging and Applied Thanatology (PBC)
- Clinical Informatics (PBC)
- Clinical Informatics (MS)
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership (MS)
- Forensic Medicine (MS)
- Gerontology (MS)
- Global Health (MS)
- Global Health Innovation (PBC)
- Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation (PBC)
- Global Health Systems (PBC)
- Health Science (MS)
- Health and Social Innovation (MS)
- Health Professions Education (MS)
- Health Professions Education (PhD)
- Implementation and Dissemination Science (PBC)
- Integrative Health and Wellness (PBC)
- Intercultural Leadership (PBC)
- Medical Physics (PBC)
- Physician Assistant Program (MS)
- Research Administration (PBC)
- Research Ethics (PBC)
- Science Communication (PBC)
- Scientific and Medical Entrepreneurship (PBC)
- Violence and Vulnerability Reduction (MS)
- Violence and Vulnerability Reduction (PBC)
To hear about others in progress, please connect with Dr. Jenny Owens.
Affiliated Programs include:
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MS)
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD)
- Biomedical Sciences (PhD)
- Cellular and Molecular Biomedical Science (MS)
- Clinical Aspects of Hospice and Palliative Care (PBC)
- Clinical Research (PBC)
- Epidemiology and Human Genetics (MS)
- Epidemiology and Human Genetics (PhD)
- Gerontology (PhD)
- Leadership and Administration in Hospice and Palliative Care (PBC)
- Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science (MS)
- Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science (PhD)
- Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics (MS)
- Medical and Research Technology (BS)
- Medical and Research Technology (MS)
- Molecular Medicine (PhD)
- Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
- Neuroscience (PhD)
- Nursing (PhD)
- Oral and Experimental Pathology (MS)
- Oral and Experimental Pathology (PhD)
- Palliative Care (MS)
- Palliative Care (PhD)
- Pathology/Pathologists’ Assistant (MS)
- Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (MS)
- Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PhD)
- Pharmaceutical Sciences (MS)
- Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD)
- Pharmacometrics (MS)
- Psychosocial/Spiritual Aspects of Hospice and Palliative Care (PBC)
- Physical Rehabilitation Science (PhD)
- Principles and Practice of Hospice and Palliative Care (PBC)
- Regulatory Science (PBC)
- Regulatory Science (MS)
- Social Work (PhD)
Operations and Procedures
The Graduate School has a complex financial picture. Some initiatives are supported by state lines, perpetual state awards, or national grants, while other programs are self-supporting, and rely exclusively on revenue from student enrollment.
In our affiliated degree programs (collaborative degrees with the other schools) all the revenue collected, except application fees, flows back to the school who operates the academic program to support Graduate Research Assistants. The sources of revenue for affiliated programs include DRIF, student stipends, health insurance premiums, and student tuition remission. In fiscal year 2022, the Graduate School contributed a total of $1,702,905 from these sources of revenue. Full financial accounting related to the affiliated programs ar available upon request from the program directors.
In the central self-supporting programs, as the name implies, revenue sources come from student tuition and fees, grants, and independent state appropriations. State resources dedicated to affiliated degree programs are never utilized to subsidize self-supporting programs. However, in emerging models self-supporting revenues may be used to support doctoral education by funding additional GRA positions.
From idea to launch a new degree can take at least 18 months to create and build. Support for developing new degrees depends on the revenue model. Each school has its own process in the development of new degrees and interested faculty should consult with their academic deans or appropriate contacts when interested in developing a new program. The Provost’s Office can assist any program director or Dean who wishes to develop a new academic program for their School. Additionally, the Graduate School can assist by providing advice and guidance in degree program proposal construction.
For CSS programs, Dr. Jenny Owens, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs works closely the Vice Dean, Dr. Flavius Lilly, and the Committee on Academic Degree Planning and Enrollment Growth to vet and build new academic programs.
Admissions - The Graduate School assists in the promotion of its graduate programs and provides and manages the application for admission and related processes. Candidates for admission apply directly to the Graduate School; the Graduate School processes application materials, provides these materials to the degree programs, and provides ‘applicant status’ information to programs and to applicants. The Graduate School notifies applicants for admission with an official letter of denial or admission, and additionally issues new student enrollment information (i.e., information on housing, on obtaining email accounts, registering for classes, obtaining student ID’s, etc.) throughout the year.
Enrollments/Progressions - Once students are enrolled, the Graduate School provides information on and support for the course selection and student registration process. Additionally, the Graduate School handles schedule adjustments (late add/drops/wd’s, etc) and identifies, monitors, and communicates with those experiencing enrollment interruptions (‘stop-outs,’ withdrawals, Leave of Absence requests).
The Graduate School provides support services to the degree programs by posting grades, providing class lists and handling various other schedule adjustment and grade audit processes. The Graduate School also manages the ‘GPA/Academic Audit’ process; the identification of, and due process notification to, students not in compliance with the Graduate School’s GPA/academic progress requirements.
Additionally, the Graduate School manages the various course offerings schedules; the maintenance and activation and of course offerings each term, the addition or elimination of course sections, and the review and approval (or disapproval) of new courses.
Degree Certification - The Graduate School provides the timetable and guidelines for the processing of students’ degree completion. Specifically, in concert with the degree programs, the Graduate School process applications for diplomas, committee nomination forms, application for admission to candidacy forms, etc.; processes and reviews theses and dissertations; provides dissertation defense notices; processes Certification of Completion forms and undertakes the degree requirements completion checklist requirement.
Other - The Graduate School is the official PBC, MS and PhD admitting and degree-awarding unit of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Accordingly, this unit provides the general admission, progression and degree completion policies, guidelines, and requirements. Additionally, the Graduate School undertakes graduate student reports and reporting; maintains and updates the Graduate School Catalog; maintains and updates the Graduate School website; and manages and maintains graduate student records and officiates the Graduate School calendar.
The Graduate School supports students in the following ways:
- Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, and Student Success: The Graduate School provides guidance to students regarding mentor-mentee relationships, degree progression, career advice, special leave requests and many other topics. When necessary, the Graduate School liaises and redirects students to partners such as University Health, EHS, the Student Counseling Center, the Writing Center, Office of International Scholars, HS/HSL, and Office of International Services.
- Funding: The Graduate School provides funding for several Graduate Assistantships.
Typically, graduate students already enrolled in a Graduate School program (affiliated or CSS) may take graduate courses outside of their degree program and within their school with approval from their program director and with the approval of the other course instructor (course restrictions notwithstanding). If the desired course(s) reside outside of the student’s degree program affiliated school, however, there may be a limit to the number of courses that may be taken, and a tuition-sharing MOU may be necessary with the host school’s leadership or course-sponsored department.
If the question is related to students residing in a degree program that is outside of the Graduate School’s scope (eg, students in MSW, DNP, DPT, MD, PharmD, etc), - and the desired courses are within by the Graduate School - the professional school representative should contact Dr. Jenny Owens, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs to address any tuition-sharing or degree-related concerns.
Employment, Faculty Roles and Responsibilities
Yes, the Graduate School has full and part-time faculty, and they are appointed using the School’s Policy for Graduate School Faculty Appointment and Promotion. In addition, there are additional faculty who serve in adjunct and affiliate roles.
All faculty members who teach graduate-level courses, advise graduate students, and serve on doctoral dissertation and master's thesis committees are appointed as “Graduate Faculty” in addition to their primary appointment in the Graduate School or another UMB school. This process occurs through the Graduate Council and more information about Graduate Faculty status can be found here.
The Graduate School provides support in the following ways:
- Admissions and Enrollment: The Graduate School manages the admission and enrollment process, including the application process, schedule adjustments, grades, courses, GPA audits, and degree certification. This support is available to both affiliated and CSS faculty.
- Instructional Design: Graduate School Faculty appointed within the school or within other schools are encouraged to collaborate with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning in pursuit of instructional excellence. The UMB Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) advances evidence-based teaching and learning, and assessment and evaluation practices throughout the campus community. The FCTL partners with faculty, staff, and administrators in the curation, collaboration, and co-creation of teaching and learning resources for educational enhancement and student success. The FCTL is a central resource for all seven schools at the UMB campus.
- Faculty Professional Development Coaching: is a voluntary, confidential, one-on-one relationship between a trained coach and a faculty member. It is designed to help faculty reach their professional goals, overcome challenges, and maximize wellness. Think of it like executive coaching but designed for our unique circumstances in academia. This support is available to both affiliated and CSS faculty.
- Student Recruitment: To assist with marketing and recruitment, each CSS Program Director will work closely with the Marketing and Student Recruitment team, led by Jade Grant, Senior Marketing and Recruitment Specialist. This support is designed to support CSS faculty, although if other schools are interested in additional support, please connect with Graduate School leadership.
- Academic Affairs: CSS Program Directors liaison with the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs for matters related to workload, appointment, and promotion, etc.
Central Self-Supporting Program Director: The Program Director is responsible for the overall planning, development and implementation of the curriculum and student experience for an academic certificate or degree program. They will develop short- and long-range planning objectives for their degree program, hire faculty as needed, manage a curriculum, recruit and advise students, and maintain high standards of instructional program management. This important role serves as a guide for students from application review to graduation and mentors and advises learners on scholarly research projects and career pathways. Depending on the program level (PBC, MS, PhD), and length of leadership term, a Program Director can expect to spend 15-30% of their FTE serving in the role of Program Director.
Affiliated Program Director: These roles vary program by program, and can involve many of the duties previously listed for the CSS Program Directors. Affiliated Program directors work closely with the Graduate School, although their academic homes and reporting structures reside within the school.
What is a program director’s role regarding student issues (plagiarism, misconduct, discipline, mentor relationships, mental health, etc.) and disciplinary issues and who should I notify in the Graduate School? ▾
Course instructors and Graduate Program Directors are required to uphold student academic integrity. Incidents of student academic misconduct must be reported promptly, and policies and additional guidance can be found here.
Student Affairs questions about mentor-mentee relationships, student mental health concerns, type of student leave can be directed to Dr. Erin Golembewski in her role as Graduate School Chief Student Affairs Officer, or appropriate UMB office.
The Graduate School provides funding for several Graduate Assistantships. The Graduate School provides administrative leadership on GA stipend level, leave, tuition remission, supplemental pay, and other issues.
The Graduate Council is a governing body that historically has overseen the joint academic and research resources of University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Graduate Council approves course changes and new course proposals, Graduate Faculty appointments, New Programs prior to MHEC approval, Program Changes, and Program Review.
Contact Dr. Erin Golembewski, Senior Associate Dean, or review requirements listed on the website.
The Graduate School is represented by two spots on the Faculty Senate. Only primarily appointed faculty within the Graduate School can represent the Graduate School. Other faculty members with primary appointments in other schools should seek election within that school.
The Graduate Student Association is a student-run organization serving and representing all graduate students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The Graduate School administrative leadership meets with the GSA leadership regularly.
The Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee (GAAC) meets through the meet and confer process with the UMB President, the Graduate School Dean and the Graduate School leadership team at least once per semester.