Skip to Main Content

Faculty Working Groups

The Center for Social Science Scholarship supports new and continuing Faculty Working Groups to promote intellectual exchange in the social sciences and across campus. These collaborative scholarly learning communities meet regularly to engage in such activities as: working on research projects, reading key literature, exploring new methodological approaches, and/or engaging in matters of public interest related to the social sciences. Contact socialscience@umbc.edu for more information.

 

 

“Violence Prevention and Community Engagement”

This Faculty Working Group will meet regularly to support and advance new and existing research-based initiatives and community partnerships to address the critical issue of violence prevention, particularly in relation to Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

This group is currently accepting new members. Contact co-facilitators Christine Mallinson (Center for Social Science Scholarship) and Kate Tracy (UMBC 2019-2020 ACE Fellow) for more information.

“Learning NVivo: Collaboratively Building and Developing Qualitative Coding Skills” 

This Faculty Working Group will meet regularly to learn how to use NVivo to enhance qualitative analysis skills and to improve research projects. This highly collaborative and hands-on working group will focus both on learning to use the NVivo software, and on collectively improving each other’s projects.

This group is currently accepting new members. Contact co-facilitators Jodi Kelber-Kaye (Honors College) and Ana Oskoz (Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication) for more information.

 

“Housing and Inequality in Mobtown”

This Faculty Working Group will connect scholars who are working on inequality and housing. The group will provide a space in which members can share ideas and learn from each other while also discussing strategies to ensure that research is wanted by, and relevant to, those most negatively affected by housing inequalities.  The group will discuss research and writing, host working meetings with housing activists in Baltimore, and collaborate on an article for Radical Housing Journal, a new journal jointly produced by academics and activists.

This group is currently accepting new members. Contact co-facilitators Dena Aufseeser (Geography and Environmental Systems) and Dillon Mahmoudi (Geography and Environmental Systems) for more information.

 

“Educational Research and Writing Group”

This Faculty Working Group will meet regularly to support members’ educational research and writing endeavors in addition to fostering intellectual and academic conversations related to education research across campus.

This group is currently accepting new members. Contact facilitator Jiyoon Lee (Education) for more information.

____

Spring 2019 Call for Proposals:

The Center for Social Science Scholarship invites applications for Faculty Working Groups to promote intellectual exchange in the social sciences and across campus. These collaborative scholarly learning communities will meet regularly to engage in such activities as: working on research projects, reading key literature, exploring new methodological approaches, and/or engaging in matters of public interest related to the social sciences.

Up to four Faculty Working Groups will be selected by the center director and advisory board members. Groups should be faculty-led and must include at least one faculty member from a social science department at UMBC. Additional priority will be given to groups whose members and/or areas of interest are multi- or interdisciplinary. Advanced graduate students may participate as Faculty Working Group members but may not serve as leaders.

Faculty Working Groups can apply for up to $1,000 in annual support ($500 per semester); groups will also be able to apply for continuation funding. Groups may use funds for such items as: supporting regular group meetings; purchasing software, books, or other materials; hosting external speakers; creating scholarly resources; traveling to external sites for research or public engagement purposes; and other similar activities. A brief report of the group’s activities will be due at the end of the funding period.

Apply by May 30, 2019, for groups to begin in Fall 2019.

Click here to download the application form.

Applications should be submitted via email to socialscience@umbc.edu. Questions may be directed to Christine Mallinson, Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship.