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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.

2020-2021 CS3 Working Groups:

New! “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 facilitator Bambi Chapin (Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health) for more information.

New! “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.