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Prof. K Awarded “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” designation From UMGC!


I'm pleased to announce I received the following recognition this week from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Dear Outstanding Adjunct Faculty member,

On behalf of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), I am pleased to inform you that you have achieved the “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” designation for Academic Year (AY) 2019-2020. Congratulations!

Charged by President Miyares in Spring 2018 to develop a mechanism to “recognize UMGC’s most outstanding faculty,” we have developed a rigorous selection process to reward excellence in the classroom in alignment with the “3 Rs” academic affairs has identified as the most important faculty teaching behaviors. These are Relevancy (making course content relevant for students), Responsiveness (responding to students in a timely and thorough manner), and Relationships (ensuring students know that you are invested in their learning).

The criteria for the inaugural award of this designation were derived from three questions on the student end-of-course evaluation survey, all of which a faculty member can control directly. [1}Using these questions, we computed an average index score based on a three-year average (calendar years 2016, 2017, and 2018) to ensure a broad basis for identifying outstanding adjunct faculty. For this first year, we recognize those faculty members with an index score in the top 10% of scores (out of a possible total score of 5.0). Going forward, we seek to include additional metrics around faculty presence and engagement to broaden our basis of assessment and recognition of outstanding adjunct faculty. Additional information and FAQs about the “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” designation can be found in Engage (https://engage.umuc.edu/docs/DOC-140095).

The “Outstanding Adjunct Faculty” designation confers the following benefits:

• Priority offering of an academic year 2019-2020 annual agreement (this offer was issued to you in Spring 2019)

• Priority staffing, now managed via the Faculty Profile Management System (FPMS) that launched in Spring 2019

• Recognition via UMGC channels including Engage and the annual Global Faculty Appreciation and Awards Week

• Additional one-time pay of $1,000

We recognize and are grateful to all recipients for your excellent work and service to our students. We look forward to your continued contribution to our global efforts to provide high quality academic programs and an excellent learning experience to our students.

Best wishes for continued success in all your endeavors!

Yours sincerely,

Stefan Gunther, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs


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