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PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)
University System of Maryland – System-wide Alliance
c/o UMBC Graduate School, 1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-2930

Founding Director, Dr. Renetta Tull, University System of Maryland (USM – 12 institutions) Director for Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development, and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs (UMBC)

PI: Dr. Philip Rous, Provost, UMBC

FOUNDERS: Co-PI  Janet Rutledge, Ph.D. (UMBC), Retired Co-PI: Dr. Johnetta Davis (U. of Maryland College Park), Retired Co-PI: Dr. Jordan Warnick (UMB)

Current Co-PIs: Janet Rutledge, Ph.D., (UMBC), Renetta Tull, Ph.D. (UMBC), Jeffrey Franke, MPA (U. of Maryland College Park), Erin Golembewski, Ph.D. (UMB)

Maryland’s Alliance Leads:

University of Maryland Baltimore County – UMBC:

PROMISE Headquarters

Administration Bldg, Rm. 202, (410) 455-2930

Contact: Director: Renetta Tull, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator: Yarazeth Medina, B.S.


University of Maryland College Park – UMCP: 

Former Co- PI: Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff

Christopher Pérez, Director in The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion

The Graduate School | University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building | College Park, MD 20742

301.405.0763 | | | @UMDGradSchool

Advancing graduate education. Enhancing the graduate student experience.


University of Maryland Baltimore – UMB

Co-PI: Sr. Associate Dean, Erin Golembewski, Ph.D.

TaShara Bailey, PhD, Senior Program Specialist and Program Director, PROMISE Program

The Graduate School | University of Maryland Baltimore

621 W. Lombard Street, Rm. 336 | Baltimore, MD 21201

Baltimore, MD  21201 | 410.706.3546 |

Visualize Success with PROMISE!


University System of Maryland

University Name Contact Information
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) ·         Dr. Janet C. Rutledge, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

·         Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives

The Graduate School at UMBC

Administration Building

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD 21250, 410-455-2199, 410-455-2930

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) ·         Dr. Erin Golembewski, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School

·         Dr. Roger Ward

Senior Vice President for Operations and Institutional Effectiveness
Vice Dean of the Graduate School

University of Maryland, Baltimore

Graduate School

620 West Lexington Street, Fifth Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21201 , 410-706- 8323, 410-706-2477

University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) ·         Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff

·         Christopher Perez, Associate Director in The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion

The Graduate School

University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building

College Park, MD 20742, USA, 301-405-0358


Bowie State University ·         Dr. Cosmas U. Nwokeafor,

Dean of the Graduate School

Center for Business and Graduate Studies Building Suite: 1312. Bowie MD 20715, 301-860-3410

Coppin State University
  • Mary Owens-Southall, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies
Coppin State University, Grace Jacobs Office Classroom Building, 4th Floor, Room 438, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216-3698, 410- 951-3090

Frostburg State University ·        Dr. Vickie M. Mazer, Director of Graduate Services.  Office of Graduate Services Office of Graduate Services

Frostburg State University

101 Braddock Road

Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2303, 301-687-4595

Salisbury University
  • Dr. Clifton P. Griffin, , Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
1101 Camden Ave, HH 262A  Salisbury, MD 21801, 410-677-0050
Towson University
  • Dr. Janet V. DeLany, Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies
Towson University,  7800 York Road, Suite 216, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252, 410-704-2078

University of Baltimore ·         Dr. Joseph S. Wood, Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs

·         Beverly Schneller,  Associate Provost,  Office of the Provost

·         Rita Aissi-Wespi, Staff Assistant, Office of the Provost.

Academic Center, Room 117

1420 N. Charles St.

Baltimore, MD 21201, (410)-837-5244, (410)-837-6205, 410.837.5248

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
  • Dr Jennifer Keane-Dawes, Dean of Graduate Studies
University of Maryland Eastern Shore,   School of Graduate Studies

Child Development Center

Room 1137, Princess Anne, MD 21853, 410-651-7966

University of Maryland University College
  • Robert Goodwin, JD, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School
University of Maryland, University College, Graduate School,  3501 University Blvd E, Adelphi, MD 20783, 240-684-2476

Ana G. Mendez University (AGMUS)
  • Syndia Nazario Cardona, Campus Director
11006 Veirs Mill Road
Wheaton, MD 20902, 301-949-2224
Anne Arundel Community College
  • Dr. Alycia Marshall, Chair, Department of Mathematics
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD, 410-777-2029
Community Colleges of Baltimore County
  • Dr. Alvin Starr, Dean of the Essex Campus
7201 Rossville Boulevard

Baltimore, Office E. J. 109, MD 21237-3899, 443-840-1013



Events at UMBC

Most PROMISE Events at UMBC are either in the Commons Student Center or the Public Policy Building. Some events will be held in the AOK Library & Gallery. Most events that include guests who don’t have UMBC parking passes are on Friday evenings or Saturdays when free parking is available.

Directions to UMBC (Map plus directions to the Administration Building). Parking Rules and Regulations are available online at Please contact Parking Services at 410-455-2551 for any questions.



After 3:30 PM on Friday afternoon through Monday morning at 7:00 AM, parking is free in any un-metered, open space or open lot.  Metered spaces are not free. The Commons is a few feet away from the Public Policy Building; visitors may park in any open space without a meter.

If you come to campus at any other time, you may park at the metered spaces. Please bring quarters. Machines are available within the covered parking lots and on top of the parking garages to provide change from dollar bills.
Questions? Contact Parking services:

General directions to UMBC:

From 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.

Once you are on UMBC’s campus (landmarks: Silo on the left, BW Research Park on the right plus construction), stay in the right lane.

* Make a RIGHT onto Hilltop Circle.

* Pass Administration Drive (immediately past the parking garage)

* Make the 2nd LEFT onto Commons Drive.

The Commons Building will be in front of you. It is a multi-leveled glass walled building. Park in any open space or open lot after 3:30. If you park at a meter, you must have coins available to pay the metered fees.

The Commons is surrounded by the Parking Garage, the Physics Building, the Public Policy Building, and the Theatre. You will know that you are in the right place because Commons Drive ends in a loop with these buildings at the edges.

If you come into the Commons Drive entrance you will be on the ground floor.

PROMISE typically has multi-campus programs in these spaces at UMBC:

* The GAME ROOM is on the 2nd floor of the Commons.

* FLAT TUESDAYS is on Level 1 of the Commons, it is beside the information desk.

* PUP 105 is the large lecture hall (Lecture Hall 9) on the first floor of the Public Policy Building.

* PUP 206 or PUP 208 are classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Public Policy Building.

* LIBRARY OPEN AREA is on the 7th Floor of the Albert O. Kuhn (AOK)

* THE SKYLIGHT ROOM is on the 3rd floor of the Commons.

Campus Map:

About the Commons:

Additional directions to the Public Policy Building
Provided by the Shriver Center, a center within the Public Policy Building:

Public Policy Department:

A photo of the Public Policy Building for reference:

A photo of the Physics Building — located on the loop with Public Policy and the Commons:


Events at College Park

The Ph.D. Completion Project Workshops and PROMISE events at College Park are held in a variety of places.

Here are some of the locations; some of the links include directions and parking information:


Events at UMB

We often hold events at UMB in the MSTF atrium, located at 685 W. Baltimore Street Downtown Baltimore
(#24 on this map)

Google Maps:


Please park in the Grand Garage at the corner of Paca and Baltimore Streets.

Driving Directions:

Rt. 95 North, Exit on 395, MLK Blvd. Take MLK Blvd. to West Baltimore Street, Make a right onto West Baltimore. The MSTF atrium can be reached from the Health Services Facility (HSF II) on your right.

To park: 
Continue driving … pass Greene Street (Hospital on your right), prepare to get into the far left lane. Make a left onto PACA St. The Grand Garage is on your immediate right.

To return to the MSTF atrium through the HSF II Building on foot: 
Go to the corner of Paca and West Baltimore, Go back toward the hospital, pass Greene Street. Go up another block, HSF will be on the left. Ask the guard to direct you to the MSTF atrium. You will need to show your campus ID.

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