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Faculty Working Groups

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, across campus, or with community partners.

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 31, 2021, for groups to begin in Fall 2021.

Click here to download the application form.

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


2020-2021 CS3 Working Groups

“Anti-Racism and Action”

The Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Center for Social Science Scholarship, the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts, and the Imaging Research Center invite participants to join our new Faculty Working Group: Anti-Racism and Action. This new group builds on the enthusiastic response to our Anti-Racism and Action series of drop-in sessions in summer/fall 2020 and seeks to promote new coalitions, conversations, and creative work surrounding anti-racism in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  The Faculty Working Group is envisioned as a collaborative, interdisciplinary community of scholars that will support this work and spur research and teaching activity focused on anti-racism. The group will meet regularly to read, discuss, listen to experts, and/or plan research and activism, as the members may decide. Funds up to $1,000 annually will be allocated to host speakers, explore technologies, create new resources or materials, or other similar activities. We welcome faculty from any UMBC department, other area colleges and universities, as well as advanced UMBC graduate students.

This group is currently accepting applications for membership.  To apply, complete the Anti-Racism and Action Faculty Working Groups Application Form HERE by December 15, 2020. Those who would be willing to serve as a co-leader of the group are encouraged to note that on the form.

“Ethnography at a Distance”

Ethnography typically relies on face-to-face interaction. However, during this time of social distancing, the participant-observation and interview methods that ethnographers employ cannot be carried out as usual. This working group will draw faculty from across campus to discuss ways to continue our own ethnographic research and to coach our students in theirs.

This Faculty Working Group will meet virtually throughout the year to share resources, develop strategies, and support each other’s ethnographic research and teaching in this challenging time. As a group, we will determine if there are any outside resources we want to draw in and whether there may be products from our work that we want to share with the larger campus or scholarly communities, or perhaps with the general public.

The establishment of this working group will help support ongoing faculty research and the university’s long term commitment to community engaged research, complementing emerging efforts to support teaching from a distance at this critical period.

This group is currently accepting new members. Contact co-facilitators Bambi Chapin (Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health) and Noor Zaidi (History) for more information.

“Women’s Research Writing Group”

In light of the expected downturn of women’s research productivity during the Covid-19 crisis, this Faculty Working Group aims to provide dedicated research time to women-identified faculty and staff who engage in qualitative research and who are looking for support and space to work. Members will work remotely, meeting for larger sessions where we ask questions of each other and check in, while also setting up accountability partners and goal setting documents.

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 continuing Faculty Working Group connects 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 continuing Faculty Working Group meets 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.

“Violence Prevention and Community Engagement”

This continuing Faculty Working Group meets 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 facilitator Christine Mallinson (Center for Social Science Scholarship) for more information.