The AGEP PROMISE Academy Alliance’s Inaugural Leadership Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018

Please mark your calendars. We will hold our first leadership meeting in Fall 2018.

First Alliance Meeting – November 27, 2018 – Universities at Shady Grove (USG)

Goals for this meeting:
  • Introduce and connect our system-wide team
  • Hear from our External Advisory Board (EAB) and learn about successful postdoctoral to tenure-track strategies from the California’s project, the University of Michigan’s project, and Vanderbilt’s project.
  • Hear from our Internal Advisory Board (consisting of the University System of Maryland’s (USM) provosts for the 12 USM institutions)
  • Consider ways to optimize strategies for success of our AGEP by leveraging our “System-ness”
  • Consider recruitment and outreach strategies that will be tied to attracting candidates for the postdoctoral, pre-professoriate, and non-tenure-track position vehicles
  • Agree on plans for the year 1, 2018-2019 schedule
  • Solidify plans for Year 1 (2018-2019) implementation
  • Look ahead to benchmarks and plans through 2023
  • Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Time: 9 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: 
    • Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center.
    • Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)
      • PROVOSTS Only: Boardroom – Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)-3156;
      • Meeting attendees: EAB, Co-PIs (who are not Provosts) Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Team members, guests for the PROMISE Academy meeting: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)-4202.


The information below will be updated as plans are solidified.
Please stay tuned to this page for additional details.

Abridged Agenda-at-a-Glance

Full Agenda & Details

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

(Subject to refinement)

9:00  –  Welcome, Introductions, our charge, benchmarks, timelines

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202


  • 9:00 – 9:10, Welcome & Opening: Dr. Renetta Tull, PROMISE AGEP Director. Special Assistant to the USM Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Director for Pipeline Professional Development Programs,  UMBC Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, UMBC Professor of the Practice – College of Engineering & IT.
    • About AGEP and Our Charge [past legacy (PROMISE AGEP for Grad Students & Postdocs) & present focus (AGEP-wide attention to URM STEM faculty)] – “The AGEP program goal is to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty, in specific STEM disciplines and STEM education research fields, by advancing knowledge about pathways to career success.” ~
    • System Approach: University System of Maryland’s Imprimatur
    • Introductions: Co-PIs, Coordinators, Advisory Board, Evaluators, Researchers, Team Members


  • 9:10 – 9:30, Lessons learned from the former PROMISE AGEP for graduate students and postdocs, to apply to the “PROMISE Academy” AGEP for faculty diversity in the biomedical sciences 


  • 9:30 – 9:50, Planned vehicles for recruiting and training fellows
    • Postdoctoral Program plans at UM College Park Dr. John Bertot, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Professor in the iSchool
    • Teaching Faculty at SalisburyDr. Michael Scott, Interim Dean of the Henson School of Science and Technology; Professor of Geography and Geosciences
    • Enhancing Publication RecordsDr. Erin Golembewski, Sr. Associate Dean, The Graduate School, The University of Maryland Baltimore
    • Lessons in PedagogyDr. Cynthia Ghent, Towson University STEM Education Center, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • 9:50 – 10:00, Research and Evaluation 
    • Introduction to Dr. Jennifer Flynn, External Evaluator, Westat
    • Brief overview regarding needs for evaluation procedures – data collection, focus groups – Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, Internal Evaluator
    • Brief overview of the research project  – Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, and Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park; President-Elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

10:00 – Models to Set the Foundation

(Featuring the External Advisory Board – EAB)


10:45 – Break & Transition to Room with the Provosts

[Update: 11/20/18: The Provosts will move from Room III-3156 to General PROMISE Academy Meeting Room III-4202]

11:00  – Meeting with the USM Provosts 

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center): Room III- 4202

[The Provosts for the University System of Maryland are collectively known as the Academic Affairs Advisory Council, AAAC]
  • 11:00 – 11:10,  USM’s Commitment
    • Dr. Joann Boughman, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, University System of Maryland (USM). Dr. Boughman is the former Executive Vice President of the American Society of Human Genetics.
    • Information on behalf of the Office of the Chancellor and Board of Regents



  • 11:25 – 11:40, Working with STEM Departments to Develop and Implement a Successful Model: CASE STUDY – UMBC’s Pre-professoriate Fellows Program
    • Introduction: Dr. Philip Rous, Provost, UMBC, and Professor of Physics
    • Presentation: Dr. William LaCourse, Dean of the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences (UMBC), and Professor of Chemistry


  • 11:40 – 12 noon, Questions and Recommendations for SuccessAAAC

12:00 – Working Lunch &  Assessment of Needs Breakouts

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202

  • 12:00 – 12:30 Networking Break – Building connections between colleagues, and continuation of Q&A, as all bring food into their respective working lunch segments.
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Concurrent Segments: Working Lunch, Breakouts by Table
  • Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202
    • Workshops (Activities schedule, needs), Gathering Data for Evaluation and Research
      • Participants:
        • Co-PIs/faculty in charge of activities (teaching workshops, writing workshops), Team Coordinators, GAs,
        • Brief Remarks: “Developing a Portal to Capture Teaching and Learning Training Activities for Faculty” – Nancy O’Neill, Associate Director, Kirwan Center on behalf of Dr. MJ Bishop, USM Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, The USM Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation
        •  ACTIVITIES:
          1. Reference: Project Description – PROMISE Academy 2017 – Submit 12-8 Final – SHARE 2018 with particular attention to pp. 6-8: P1B, P1C, P2B, P2C
          2. Understanding Logistics and Needs – What will it take to implement this program? Identify staffing needs, partnering units on campuses, etc.
          3. Implementation Schedule/Calendar for 2019
        • DATA GATHERING: [Leads: O’Meara & Team, Carter-Veale, Flynn (as applicable)]
    • Plans for Recruiting Fellows (Identification of Candidates, New cohorts, On-ramps)
      • TASK: Identification of vehicles, challenges, needs for recruiting and outreach, yield, climate/department environment
      • Participants: 
        • Department Chairs
        • Faculty Diversity Leaders
        • Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans
        • Associate Provosts, Associate Vice Provosts, Assistant Vice Provosts
    • EAB meeting with Working Group Leaders
      • External Advisory Board [Lawson, Frierson, Brown]
      • Working Group (WG) Leaders  [Rutledge, Bertot, Golembewski, Ghent, Scott]
      • Option for EAB to meet alone for 30 minutes before WG joins. (TBA)

1:30 – Next Steps

Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center) – Room III-4202

  • Outcomes from the Breakout sessions
    • Logistics
    • Recruitment
    • Recommendations from the EAB

2:00 Adjourn (General Meeting)

  • Option for EAB members to have post-meeting discussion with Co-PIs or WG.

Directions and Parking

Meeting Location: Building III (Camille Kendall Academic Center)

9636 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Map (Building III and Traville Gateway Parking Garage):

Travel and Lodging

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;

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