The 2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)! August 14-16, 2014

2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)


Becoming the Professors of Knowledge:

Leadership and Mentoring for the Professoriate

Pre-conference Dissertation House: Thursday and Friday, August 14-15, 2014

Orientation and Positioning sessions: Friday, August 15, 2014

Formal Mentoring & Leadership sessions: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hotel Arundel Preserve2014 PROMISE SSI

LOCATION, Arundel Mills, MD

The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)


The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

PROMISE SSI Hotel Rates:  Standard Rooms are $159/per night. Executive Level rooms are $199/per night. Book online here: This special rate is valid until July 22, 2014; use the PROMISE SSI Group code:  2288. Alternatively, you can book by calling the hotel and asking for the PROMISE SSI rate: 410.796.9830.

Directions, Parking, and Transportation:

  • FRIDAY: Events at UMBC: Directions to UMBC
    • Free parking will be available in the “Stadium Lot” 
    • MAP – UMBC Parking map SSI 2014
      • The events on Friday will be in the Commons, UMBC’s Student Center.
      • Metered visitor parking is available in the Commons Garage. To get to the Commons Garage, circle around Hilltop Circle (either direction) until you reach Commons Drive. Take Commons Drive toward the center for campus. The garage will be on your left. Meter fees are $.25 for each 15 minutes, quarters only, maximum time of 5 hours.
  • SATURDAY: Parking at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve is free. Directions can be found here.
  • All additional, updated information regarding transportation, directions and parking will be posted in the “Comments” section at the bottom of the page.” 


  • Dissertation House – Casual
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 – Casual
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 – Business –  (No: Jeans/athletic attire/tee-shirts; Yes: Jacket/shirt/tie/shoes, Yes: Skirt/dress/pantsuit.) See Forbes’ “Dress for Success” article.
  • Please be sure that you have a jacket, sweater, and/or wrap for the air-conditioned rooms.

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The PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI) provides professional development, encouragement, motivation, career advice, peer support, and camaraderie, for new/incoming graduate students, continuing graduate students (master’s and doctoral level, and the PP&Ps (Postdocs, Professors, and Professionals). This event is open to graduate students and postdocs throughout the state of Maryland, from any school within the University System of Maryland. PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP is particularly focused on professional development for underrepresented students in STEM fields; broadly, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty from any group or discipline are warmly invited to attend.


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Activities At-a-glance:
  • Thursday: August 14 – Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
  • Friday: August 15 – Dissertation House at The hotel at Arundel Preserve
  • Friday: August 15 – Functional Workshops at UMBC: Understanding Grad School, Leveraged Empowerment, Financial Literacy, Time Management, Writing Suite
  • Saturday: August 16 – Formal Conference at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve: AAAS Mentoring Breakfast, Social Science Constructs of PROMISE, Leveraging Your Faculty Position to Start a Viable Business, Teaching Excellence and Global Research, From Grad School to Associate Professor, Preparing Research for Publication, Understanding the Advisor-Student Relationship, Leveraged Empowerment & Academic Advancement, Starting Your Own Business, Resilience, Preparing for Postdocs, Creating World-class Presentations, Alumni Mentoring Lunch


Thursday, August 14, 2014


USM SSI Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

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Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

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Audience: PhD Candidates:

6 PM – 11 PM
(requires separate registration)
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Friday, August 15, 2014


1) FRIDAY – 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM  – USM SSI Dissertation House at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve

(Requires separate registration) –

Audience: PhD Candidates: 9 AM – 11 PM




2) FRIDAY – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Special SSI Functional Workshops at UMBC

 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Audience: New/Incoming students, Continuing students, Postdocs
Location: The Commons, 3rd Floor, UMBC
Registration and Breakfast: Commons Room 329
  • 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM – Speakers Preparation Room/Workspace
    • Commons 332, UMBC
  • 08:30 AM – 09:00 AM Sign-in, breakfast refreshments, and preparation for seating.
    • Commons 329, UMBC


  • 09:00 AM  – 10:30 AM Understanding Graduate School: A “Must Attend” for New Students – A “keeping it real” panel.
    • Dr. Levon Esters, Purdue University
    • Dr. Dimaris Acosta-Mercado, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
    • Dr. Gregory Triplett, University of Missouri
    • Audience: New/Incoming graduate students
    • Commons Room 331, UMBC

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This session is sponsored by “Mentoring at Purdue – The MAP Program”

Purdue Spotlight: Dr. Levon Esters 

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  • 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM PROMISE AGEP-T Planning and Evaluation Meeting
    • Representatives only: UMBC, UM College Park, UMB, Bowie State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
    • Facilitators: Dr. Kerry Ann O’Meara and Dr. Kimberly Griffin, PROMISE AGEP-T Research Team Leads
    • Commons Room 328



Dr. Grant specializes in sharing strategies that participants can use to  advance their careers at every stage. Her advice is applicable to students, postdocs, and faculty. Dr. Grant won the U.S.  Presidential Award for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Mentoring. She is a full professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State University, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Special Initiatives, and a Fellow of the  American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Grant  is a sought-after speaker for her advice regarding broadening participation and advancement of women and underrepresented groups.

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  • 12:00 PM Financial Literacy Lunch -SponsoredbyTIAA-CREF
    • UMBC Commons, Room 331 (Pick up lunches in Room 329)
    • Audience: ALL

“Financial Essentials: Savings and Debt”

By Lisa Fulco, Financial Advisor, TIAA-CREF

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This session sponsored by TIAA-CREF will be open to all graduate students at UMBC, regardless of participation in other parts of the SSI. All participants of the SSI are invited to attend.


  • 1:30   PM Concurrent Functional Session 1: 
    • Time Management
    • Dr. Marquita M. Qualls, Consultant, Entropia Consulting
    • Audience: All, particular emphasis on new/incoming graduate students
    • UMBC Commons, Room 318



  • 1:30   PM Concurrent Functional Session 2: 
    • Leveraged Empowered Coaching Sessions
    • Dr. Christine Grant
    • UMBC Commons Room 328
    • Audience: All. Postdoctoral Fellows have the primary opportunities for one-on-one and small group sessions.

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  •  1:30   PM Concurrent Functional Session 3: 
    • Postdoc and Alumni Writing Suite 
    • Dr. Alexis Williams, Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland College Park, Assistant Director of PROF-it (Professors-in-Training)
    • UMBC Commons Room 327
    • Audience: Postdocs and PROMISE Alumni. Assistant Professors from the USM are welcome to join this session.

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  • 4:30 PM Adjourn programs at UMBC


  • 7:00 PM Speakers’ Meet & Greet (Light Dinner) at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve
    • Speaker Welcome and Registration
    • Washington Room, 2nd floor
    • PROMISE Orientation for Speakers




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Location: The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, 2nd Floor
  • 7:15 AM – 8:00 AM  – Registration and Seating
    • 2nd Floor, Outside of the Chesapeake Ballroom
  • 8:00 AM – Welcome & The Importance of Being Professors of Knowledge

Renetta GarrisonTull

-Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Director for PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs


  • 8:05 – 9:00 AM  AAAS Fellows’ Mentoring Breakfast


Frances Colon

Moderator, Dr. Frances Colón , (Acting) Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

US Department of STATE sealDr. Frances Colón is the (Acting) Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State where she promotes integration of science and technology into foreign policy dialogues; global scientific engagement for capacity-building; advancement of women in science; and innovation as a tool for economic growth around the world. Previously, Dr. Colón served the U.S. Department of State as the Science and Environment Adviser at the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau where she was responsible for advising on environmental and scientific issues that affected the U.S. Government’s foreign policy objectives in the Americas. During that time, Dr. Colón coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas announced by President Obama in 2009.  As a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (2006-2008), Dr. Colón led the OES Bureau’s program for Muslim world outreach through K-12 science and math education cooperation. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.

AAAS Fellows & PROMISE “Mentors-in-Residence”  (Seated at tables, prepared to share breakfast and mentor participants):

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  1. Dr. Frances Colón, Acting Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, John F. Kerry, United States Department of State
  2. Dr. Robin Broughton, National Institutes of Health – National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  3. Dr. Jennifer Cohen, National Science Foundation – Office of International & Integrative Activities (OIIA)
  4. Dr. Mia Lowden, National Institutes of Health – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  5. Dr. Nicolette Louissaint, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
  6. Dr. Mary L. Garcia-Cazarin, NIH-Office of Dietary Supplements
  7. Dr. Yaihara Fortis Santiago, National Science Foundation – Directorate of Engineering, Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research & Innovation
  8. Dr. Frances Carter-Johnson , National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
  • 8:55 AM
    • AAAS Closing Comments, Dr. Frances Colon
    • Introduction to Social Science Panel, Dr. Alexis Williams


  • 9:00 – The Social Science Constructs behind the PROMISE AGEP – A PROMISE Alumni & Friends Panel


    • Dr. Patrick Valdez, Sr. Academic Policy Analyst, Lehman College
    • Dr. Sonia Arteaga, Program Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
    • Dr. John Bullock, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Towson University
  • 9:45 – Leveraging Your Faculty Position to Start a Viable Business



  • 10:45 – Circle of PhDs – The PhD “Roll Call”

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 Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor, Loyola University; Author of the new book: “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis”

Available on AMAZON

Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; the Founding Executive Director of The Emilie Frances Davis Center for Education, Research, and Culture; a K-12 Master Teacher in African American History; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher; and, a three-time New York Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program, her M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana in International Peace Studies, and her B.A. from Lincoln University, PA. In 2014, Whitehead was selected to moderate the White House’s Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History ASALH; she was one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Youth Mentoring Summit at the U.S. Capital in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; and, she was one of four experts selected nationwide to present at the White House’s 2013 Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and ASALH. 

Dr. Whitehead was a winner of both the Langston Hughes, David Diop, Etheridge Knight Poetry Award (1999, 2000) and the Zora Neale Hurston Creative Writing Award (1998) from the Gwendolyn Brooks Creative Writing Center at the University of Chicago. She has trained over 2500 K-12 teachers throughout the country in how to become culturally responsive teachers in diverse environments. She wrote and helped to create Dr. Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint’s Civil Rights Movement website With All Deliberate Speed, including their March on Washington Curriculum Package; and, has written lesson plans and history curriculums for schools, museums, historical societies, cultural centers, and state and local history agents. Dr. Whitehead is the author of several book chapters, articles, and three books, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (USC Press, 2014); Sparking the Genius: The Carter G. Woodson Lecture (Apprentice House, 2014); The Emancipation Proclamation: Race Relations on the Eve of Reconstruction (Routledge, fall 2014); and, the co-editor of Rethinking Emilie Frances Davis: Lesson Plans for Teaching her 1863-1865 Civil War Pocket Diaries (Apprentice House). 

Dr. Whitehead is a former PROMISE Peer Mentor. 


  • 11:30 AM – Empowerment Breakout Sessions (Concurrent Sessions)
    • SESSION 1: Leadership and Mentoring for the Professoriate Roundtables,
    • SEVREN ROOM, 2nd Floor

Miryam Gerdine

Moderator: Miryam Gerdine,  Office of Health Information Technology; Board of Directors – Proyecto Salud

Table 1) Making international connections and leveraging your faculty position for research opportunities


Dr. Wilfredo Moscoso, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wichita State University

On special assignment at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST)


 Table 2)  From grad school, to assistant professor, to associate professor

Levon Esters2– Dr. Levon Esters, Associate Professor, Purdue University


Table 3) Preparing research for publication
Fay Cobb Payton2 – Dr. Fay Cobb Payton , Associate Professor, IT, NC State, and Editor of “Health Systems,” the official journal of the Operational Research Society


 Table 4) Understanding the power of the advisor – student relationship in graduate school
Gregory Triplett

– Dr. Gregory Triplett, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri


 Table 5)  Starting your Own Business

Jayfus Doswell Baltimore Sun

– Dr. Jayfus Doswell, CEO, Juxtopia, LLC


Table 6) Leveraged Empowerment: Preparation for Academic Advancement
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Dr. Christine Grant, Professor, Chemical Engineering, and Associate Dean, North Carolina State University


Table 7) Understanding Emotional Intelligence


Dr. Cynthia Winston, Associate Professor, Psychology, Howard University;

Member of the Editorial Board of Qualitative Psychology, a peer review scientific journal of the American Psychological Association


    •  SESSION 2: We Fall Down, But We Get Up: Resilience for the Journey
    • PAUTUXENT ROOM, 2nd Floor
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 Dr. Goldie Byrd (Dean of Arts & Sciences, North Carolina A&T), Dr. Lydia Villa-Komeroff (CTO, Cyonome)


    • SESSION 3: Preparing for and Earning Tenure at Liberal Arts Institutions
    • PATASPSCO ROOM, 2nd Floor


Dr. Christopher Whitt, Associate Professor, Political Science, Augustana College

National Teacher of the Year, Conference of Black Political Scientists


  • 12;30 Networking and Preparation for Lunch – 2nd Floor Open Area
  • 12:45 – Mentoring Lunch with PROMISE Alumni – Chesapeake Ballroom
    • Remarks:
      • Dr. Joann A.Boughman, Ph.D., Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University System of Maryland
      • PROMISE AGEP Leads
    • Alumni Mentors @ Roundtables covering topics such as family, applications for faculty positions, preparing for tenure, developing collaborations, balancing school and children, getting grants, and more!
      • Dr. Alycia Marshall, Anne Arundel Community College
      • Dr. Angela McRae, Catholic University
      • Dr. Maya Matheny, University of Maryland Baltimore
      • Dr. Chris Whitt, Augustana University
  • 1:45 PM Recognition of PhD Candidates – Chesapeake Ballroom 
    • Moderator:  Dr. Janet Rutledge, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, UMBC


Dr. Janet C. Rutledge is the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She has held this position since 2009; she served as the interim Vice Provost for a year preceding this. Prior to this appointment, Rutledge served as the Associate Dean and Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School at UMBC. Rutledge has worked as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation and as an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University.

Rutledge received her BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1983. In 1984, she completed her MS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and in 1989 she earned PhD from the same institution. Rutledge is the winner of numerous awards including: the Rensselaer Alumni Association Albert Fox Demers Medal and the Northwestern University Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll (Teaching Award). She has also been named a Georgia Tech Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni; Today’s Chicago Woman, “100 Women Making a Difference”; and is a member of Sigma Xi’s Scientific Research Society.

  • 2:15 PM Introduction to the “100 Year Starship – 100YSS” – Dr. Mae Jemison’s Project. Presenter: Dr. Renetta Tull, with a message from Dr.  Mae C. Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut, and video about the 100YSS project. Dr. Jemison was the Director of the Jemison Institute for Advancing Technology in Developing Countries  and Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. [Dr. Jemison is unable to participate in person, but she has information about the 100YSS project for all of the PROMISE SSI participants.]

Mae Jemison

  • 100YSSThe 100 Year Starship Mission: We exist to make the capability of human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years. We unreservedly dedicate ourselves to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight, while pioneering and transforming breakthrough applications that enhance the quality of life for all on Earth. We actively seek to include the broadest swath of people and human experience in understanding, shaping and implementing this global aspiration.
  • A pillar of 100YSS is the promotion of educational excellence. Specifically, we promote STEM literacy (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning) and knowledge through public outreach, curriculum development,
    teacher training and development, skill certification in disciplines vital to sustain the scientific, technological, social and cultural progress required to succeed.
  • 2:25 PM Closing Comments


  • 2:30  PM Dessert & Coffee Tweet-up with the Salsa Reprise



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  • 3:00 PM: ADJOURN

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Please bring business cards to share among peers, speakers, mentors-in-residence, and guests. (You can get cards made that say “Graduate Student.” If you have passed your comprehensive exams, proposal, and other doctoral milestones according to the policies of your academic department, you can have “PhD Candidate” written on your card. See this discussion on the forum from the Chronicle for Higher Education for ideas: Reading: Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers. 

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Donations to memorial funds (in memory of our former PROMISE Peer Mentors who have passed away)  in lieu of registration fees, are strongly encouraged:


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Please stay tuned to this page for regular updates on speakers and logistics. Last update: July 9, 2014

The primary sponsor for the 2014 PROMISE AGEP Summer Success Institute is The National Science Foundation, Division of Education and Human Resources, Directorate of Human Resource Development, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Collaborative Research: AGEP – T: PROMISE AGEP Maryland Transformation # 1309290, #1309264, and #1309256.   Employers of some of our guest speakers are also sponsoring their participation. This website will be updated with the names of those organizations as our guests are confirmed.


Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

14 thoughts on “The 2014 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI)! August 14-16, 2014


    Dear SSI participants,

    We are looking forward to having you at SSI this year. I would like to share some information with you regarding shuttle and bus to and from UMBC/the Hotel.



    There will be a UMBC shuttle van on Friday 15th from the Hotel to UMBC

      * MORNING Pick up:

    FROM the hotel, TO UMBC:

    Leave the hotel at 8:00 am and arriving to UMBC at 8:30 am

      * AFTERNOON Return

    FROM UMBC, to the hotel:

    Leave UMBC at 4:45 pm and arriving at the Hotel at 5:15 pm

    UMBC Black & Yellow Retriever Bus for Saturday August 16th from UMBC’s campus, to BWI AMTRAK TRAIN stop to the Hotel

      * MORNING Pick up

    FROM UMBC, TO BWI, and then TO the hotel:

    * UMBC Commons circle at 7:00 am and leave by 7:15 am
    * BWI AMTRAK TRAIN STOP at 7:30 and arriving at the hotel at 7:45 am

      * AFTERNOON Return

    FROM the hotel, TO BWI, and then TO UMBC:

    * At the hotel: pick up at 3:00 pm, leaving by 3:15 pm
    * Arrive BWI AMTRAK TRAIN STOP at 3:30 pm
    * Arrive UMBC Commons circle at 3:45 pm


    If you are interested in taking the UMBC Retriever Bus to the hotel on Saturday, please send a quick message to, with the subject “Saturday BUS for SSI 2014,” and your name, school and department in the message. If you have a group coming with you, e.g., friends/family, please include the number of people in your party. This bus option is open to any registered participant, regardless of institution. We hope that this option will provide convenience for all participants who are coming from various locations in the region.


    –> There are two Baltimore MARC and Amtrak stops: Baltimore Penn Station, and BWI. Your stop for this shuttle is BWI. This will be the BWI Amtrak station. If you are flying into BWI airport, you will need to take one of BWI’s free shuttles to go between the airport and the train station.

    –> You can take either the Amtrak or the MARC train to travel to BWI between Washington, DC., Baltimore, and other points.

    –> The MARC Train PENN line goes to BWI:
    It travels between Washington, DC’s Union Station (RED LINE METRO Subway stop), Bowie, Baltimore, and other points north. If you are traveling from DC, you may need to use the METRO train to get to Union Station (the RED LINE), and then you can take the MARC train PENN line north to BWI. (METRO Rail System:

    –> UMBC Saturday and Sunday shuttles to Arundel Mills and BWI:

    –> If you are traveling to UMBC on Friday, you can take the MARC train to Halethorpe, and catch the UMBC Halethorpe Shuttle to campus:

    If you have any questions, please email me:

    Nandadevi Cortes
    Program Coordinator PROMISE AGEP



      In this message you will find important information about directions and parking at UMBC. Please make sure to park on the designated parking for visitors (marked with a “P”) and to bring quarters. Free parking will be available in the “Stadium Lot” – MAP:

      Directions and Parking:

      If you don’t want to park in the Stadium Lot, you may pay to park at a meter. Metered visitor parking is available in the Commons Garage. To get to the Commons Garage, circle around Hilltop Circle (either direction) until you reach Commons Drive. Take Commons Drive toward the center for campus. The garage will be on your left. Meter fees are $.25 for each 15 minutes, MAKE SURE TO BRING QUARTERS.

      Public Transportation

      Closest Airport: BWI Marshall
      Closest Amtrak Station: BWI Marshall Airport (not Baltimore). This station supports Amtrak trains and the local Marc Train (Commuter Train, includes stops for Washington, DC, Bowie, and Baltimore) – Penn Line,
      From Washington DC, take the Red Line Metro Line to Union Station, and take the Marc Train (Penn Line) or take the 30 bus from Greenbelt to BWI. Schedule:
      Taxi rides are approximately $20 between the BWI Airport or Amtrak/Marc Station and the UMBC Administration Building.

      Driving Directions

      From Route 95 (North or South):

      The UMBC Exit is THE SAME EXIT off of 95 for the BWI Marshall Airport.
      Follow the signs for UMBC, Rt. 166, Catonsville. The main entrance to UMBC is off of I-195. Once you are on UMBC’s campus (landmarks: Silo on the left, BW Research Park), stay in the right lane.

      Make a RIGHT onto Hilltop Circle (this street circles the campus).
      Pass Administration Drive on your left (immediately past the parking garage)
      Keep driving until you reach COMMONS DRIVE
      Metered Parking: Commons Drive garage

      Other Parking Options:

      Click to access 2010Map_Parking.pdf

      When you park at a meter, you must have coins available to pay the metered fees.
      Please bring quarters. Machines are available within the covered parking lots and on top of the parking garages to provide change from dollar bills (and sometimes they do not work). Questions? Contact Parking services.
      Walking Directions from Commons Drive Parking Deck to the Commons building.

      From the Commons Drive lot, exiting from the site close to the elevator follow the road into the campus, the commons building is on the circle where Commons Drive ends. Once you entered the building, walk up the stairs to the main floor (passing the bookstore and the bank), there will be elevators in front of you. Take the elevator to the third floor.

      Campus Map:



    1. By 4pm today, my goal is to finish the course syllabus for HIST 355-02 (Intro to Digital History), write a first-day-of-class quiz, and devise a game plan for editing chapter one of my manuscript project on soccer and the Argentine middle class.


    2. We had a good discussion of challenges and strategies for effective, high-quality writing:
      – Challenges: Writing consistently, writing in a second language, having effective mentorship and accountability
      – Strategies: Connect with others in department or outside disciplines who have similar challenges (writing in second language) or similar language background.


      1. I didn’t get a chance to write in detail earlier, but our session was a beautiful mix of working and discussion. I got a chance to meet one-on-one with a few students while others worked, and as a group we talked for a while about creating opportunities for helping others with writing (support for productivity, help with editing specific sections, or other goals) which leads to improving our own writing capacity.

        One method that we came up with was finding a writing advisor (through the Grad Student Association, for instance) and asking if there are other students requesting help who might want to form a small cohort that works together to edit individual writing projects. Another idea within a department might be to attend an existing faculty writing group that meets periodically and coordinating a small cohort within that group to provide ongoing accountability to achieve chunks of writing goals between meetings. This helps us to stand out as leaders within the group while we also get help and an added push to commit ourselves to writing consistently. If we know that we have an accountability meeting coming up, we are more likely to stick to our daily writing goals.

        Finally, we agreed that scheduled writing sessions should be achievable and realistic. It’s more likely that we’ll stick to an hour/day or 1/2 hour/day writing goal than a 4 hour/day goal most days of the week. If we make ourselves stop at exactly the end of that hour to record our progress and move on to the rest of our lives, we will be more balanced overall, and we might actually start to look forward to the writing process.

        Just some examples! I hope everyone got something out of the session! Oh, I almost forgot. For reference, we discussed Paul Silvia’s How To Write A Lot, specifically using his “agraphia groups” to think about writing accountability and support. And full disclosure: I did NOT finish my 10% coding. Yet. 🙂


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