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Research and Creative Achievement Council

The UMBC Research and Creative Achievement Council (RCAC)  is described in the Plan of Organization for the Senates of UMBC and includes representation from several of UMBC’s senates and other groups, as detailed in the roster below. The Council reviews and recommends policies that promote and enhance research, scholarship, and creative activity at UMBC. It also “serves as a forum for discussion of research issues or systematic problems in need of amelioration.” In addition, the UMBC Research and Creative Achievement Council is charged with:

  1. carrying out periodic reviews of UMBC Centers and Institutes to ensure the academic quality and value to the University;
  2. receiving reports from UMBC administration and research committees including issues of University compliance with Federal and State regulations; and
  3. voicing faculty concerns to the campus administration on matters involving administrative or academic affairs affecting the quality of research.
Research and Creative Achievement Council Meetings:  
(All meetings are 11am-1pm)
  • September 13, 2019 – RCAC members only (ex officio members should not attend)
  • October 11, 2019 – FA427
  • November 8, 2019 –  FA427
  • December 13, 2019 – Commons 329
  • February 14, 2020 – Commons 318
  • March 13, 2020 – Cancelled
  • April 10, 2020 – Virtual via WebEx
  • May 8, 2020 – Commons 318

If you would like to bring a potential initiative, concern or suggestion to the Research and Creative Achievement Council’s attention, please contact the Council through any or all of the individuals below.

We look forward to hearing from and working with you!

Research and Creative Achievement Council – Members
Representing Name Department/Unit Email Term (AYs)
Faculty Senate Tulay Adali Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 2017-2020
Faculty Senate Shawn Bediako Psychology 2017-2020
Faculty Senate Charissa Cheah Psychology 2019-2022
Faculty Senate Erle Ellis Geography and Environmental Systems 2019-2022
Faculty Senate Michelle Flinchbaugh Library 2018-2021
Faculty Senate Karuna Joshi (chair) Information Systems 2018-2021
Faculty Senate Shimei Pan Information Systems 2018-2021
Faculty Senate Matt Pelton Physics 2017-2020
Faculty Senate Whitney Schwab Philosophy 2018-2021
Non-Exempt Staff Lisa Harris Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2020
Professional Staff Senate
Vladimir Rodriguez
Off-Campus Student Services 2020
Professional Staff Senate Michael Walsh Office of Sponsored Programs 2020
Graduate Student Association Alex Rittle Geography and Environmental Systems
Research Centers Christine Mallinson Center for Social Science Scholarship  (CS3)
Research Centers Sergio De Souza-Machad JCET
Senior Research Administrators Group Dean Drake OVPR
Ex-Officio Members of the Council (non-voting)
  • Provost (or designate)
  • Vice President for Administration and Finance (or designate)
  • Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (or designate)
  • Vice President for Research (or designate)
  • Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (or designate)
  • Dean of Engineering and Information Technology (or designate)
  • Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (or designate)
  • Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (or designate)
  • Dean of the Erickson School (or designate)
  • Director of the Library (or designate)