Faculty Mentors

Residential Life strives to create opportunities where faculty members and students can engage with one another outside of the classroom. The Faculty Mentor Program offers students a variety of ways to interact with some of UMBC’s outstanding faculty members.

Students are encouraged to meet their faculty mentors in their residential communities and utilize them as an additional resource on campus. Faculty mentors can assist with general academic questions, course registration/course concerns, and connect students with campus resources.

Faculty Mentors will be in their communities during the following times, but can also schedule appointments with students.

Fall 2022 Community Hours


Faculty Mentor

In-Community Time

Email Address

Chesapeake Hall

Dr. Vickie Williams

Monday 12:00-1:00pm

Erickson Hall

Dr. Brigid Starkey

Thursday 12:00-1:00pm

Patapsco Hall

Dr. Jeff Leips

Monday & Friday 12:00-1:00pm

Potomac Hall

Dr. Loren Henderson

Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm

Susquehanna Hall

Dr. Cynthia Wagner

Monday 5:00-6:00pm

**This information will be posted by the start of the second week of classes each semester.

Faculty Mentor Interest

Residential Life is always trying to connect UMBC faculty members to the Faculty Mentor Program. The program allows resident students and faculty to benefit from out of class interactions discussing and sharing research and other professional or career interests, attending or facilitating programs, and engaging in informal discussion.

Research indicates that students who have contact with faculty outside of the classroom are more likely to graduate, exhibit higher levels of achievement, and are generally more satisfied with college.  “Institutions with low rates of student retention are those in which students generally report low rates of student-faculty contact.

Therefore, Residential Life have developed the Faculty Mentor position as a compensated role with Residential Life for the purpose of providing informal and formal out-of-class contact between faculty and students.  The faculty mentor will: 1) be assigned to a residential community while classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters; 2) be expected to devote between seven and ten hours per month engaging in discussion with students and serving as an academic and professional resource.  Faculty mentors will serve as a presence in the community and demonstrate the University’s commitment to partnering with students in learning.  Faculty mentors will be compensated through a stipend and this position does not require faculty mentors to live on campus.

We invite you to review the below job description and supplemental information, which describes the Faculty Mentor position and Residential Life in more details. We hope it spurs your interest, and we look forward to talking with all interested faculty members.

Interested faculty should direct inquiries about the Faculty Mentor program to David Clurman at clurman@umbc.edu.