This May 2013 issue was completed under unusual and painful circumstances. First, we learned of the Boston slaughter taking at least three lives and injuring more than one hundred others, including several emergency amputations. Second, we read a report by The Constitution’s Project’s task force showing rather persuasively that the USA engaged in the brutal torture of detainees during the Iraq war years of President George W. Bush’s administration. Egypt’s Mubarak is being tried; might that be the fate of USA’s G. W. Bush? Should it be?
– Bill Hanna, Faculty Voice Editor, UMCP
By Donald L. McCabe
Faculty Voice Editorial Board
Gary Pavela has been a member of the Faculty Voice Editorial Board as well as a periodic contributor to this publication. Here, he joins with Donald L. McCabe to raise the issue of integrity. -ed.
Recognize and affirm academic integrity as a core institutional value.
Students need a mental framework to make sense of a flood of seemingly disconnected facts and information. Educators help to provide that framework when they commit themselves to truth-seeking and truth-telling. While the ultimate definition of truth exceeds our grasp, the process of truth-seeking is grounded in a commitment to honesty and integrity in academic work. It is a responsibility of every faculty member to discuss and affirm that commitment in the classroom.
Continue Reading »Ten Principles of Academic Integrity for Members of the Faculty
By Sahar Khamis
Any observer of the so-called “Arab Spring”, or the massive wave of political revolt that has been sweeping the Arab world since 2011, could not help but notice the visible and remarkable role that women have been, and still are, playing in it. Here it is important to note that the term “women” refers to “all” women—young and old, Muslim and Christian, religiously conservative and liberal, veiled and unveiled, rich and poor, reflecting the grassroots—across the board movements for political change that they came out to support and rally for, which were characterized by egalitarianism, bottom-up structure, and popular appeal, and which signified unity, solidarity and cohesion.
Continue Reading »Reflections on the ‘Arab Feminist Spring’
By Bill Hanna
Faculty Voice Editor
What IS happening? First, they record my lectures so that they can be played again and again without benefitting me – except a slight degree of fame, hopefully positive. Next, they say that with the lectures recorded, I can spend more time hustling for money thanks to the money dearth as the result of state and federal cutbacks. And now when some students submit papers, I cannot write marginal comments in cursive because the students can’t read cursive. I can’t see them, they can’t read me, and in any case I’m running around looking for money so have few office hours. What a life!
Continue Reading »Notes on Higher Education
By Bill Hanna
Faculty Voice Editor
Yes, the subject of university athletics has just about been beaten to death — except for the fact that many of the so-called negatives of athletic programs appear to persist. Those concerns added to the report about Spelman College and the latest NBA availables have led me to this brief commentary.
Continue Reading »Notes on University Athletics
By Colin Mackenzie
UMB School of Medicine
Most of us old war horses see ourselves easing into retirement, maybe via part-time status, tying up those loose ends of research, getting those younger colleagues fully launched; but retiring from UMB is more complex than you might think! UMB faculty members have two retirement plans: the Maryland State Retirement Agency and the Optional Retirement Plan. Each has different rules on eligibility for receiving retirement monies and subsidized retiree health care. So start planning at least one year in advance and schedule an appointment with a UMB Benefit Specialist, to review your options and complete the necessary paperwork.
Continue Reading »Lessons Learned from ‘Easing into Retirement’
By Robert Deluty
The psychology professor,
Hearing from the editor of
The top-tier journal that
His rejected manuscript was
Three noted scholars,
A four-word e-mail:
I have no peers.
Continue Reading »Poetry of the Academy
By Julie Simon
My work crosses traditional boundaries. Trained in traditional film and video production, I’ve gravitated away from representational reality and toward the abstract and non-linear across many media.
The abstract series of photographs is my latest foray into digitally painting with color and movement. This work uses photography much as an abstract painter would use a paintbrush. Color, shape, and movement are generated photographically and blended digitally. Where a painter might use a variety of brushes and paints to layer the canvas with texture and color, I intentionally move and jerk the camera, capturing frames filled with movement and light. That photographed light, in motion, becomes the raw material for the finished work.
I am much inspired by the ideas of the mid-20th century color field painters, but taking their ideas of form and process and updating them with a 21st century digital twist. I blend elements from many layered photographs focusing on the photographic basics of form—light, texture and color—more than the actual content of the original images(s), to bring out the purity of the medium.
In the past several years, I’ve begun to explore this way of thinking in still photography after many years of shooting figurative art. I’ve become intrigued with blending my two loves: the movement of video and the sense of captured time in still photography. My last several video art pieces have involved slowing down video to the point where we see each frame, deconstructed, as it streaks across the screen. This still photographic body of work turns that idea around. Moving the camera to create streaking, but only capturing one frame.
I’ve been working with the photographic process for more than 30 years—first in television news, and then in corporate media and education. After receiving an M.F.A. in Film/Video Production, I began to exhibit my experimental video, photographic, and interactive work on television and in art galleries/museums and on the web. I’ve won a number of prestigious awards for a wide range of media projects. Currently, I am the director of the B.A. degree in Digital Communication at the University of Baltimore.
By Yimei Wu
UMB School of Medicine
How can shared governance be achieved? Perhaps the first step is to become acquainted with other stakeholders. That was UMB’s first step. May the future be productive.
Really, what do you expect to see when a bunch of random faculty and staff members and students get together in the same room? A party?
Continue Reading »Working Towards Shared Governance at UMB
By Barbara Gill
It’s not often I get asked for my opinion of a movie. In fact, my opinion about movies has been actively avoided and soundly rejected since my praise for “The Royal Tenenbaums” resulted in what my family refers to as the biggest waste of 110 minutes in family vacation history! My opinion is, however, typically sought from those who have themselves or who have friends with children or grandchildren in high school.
Continue Reading »Movie review: ‘Admission!’
By Bill Hanna
Faculty Voice Editor
Well, screwing is perhaps a bit strong, but the point is that actions by the public sector have been harmful to the lives of residents in a neighborhood. And in the case in mind, the neighborhood is predominantly Latino/a and located close to one of the Maryland System’s campuses. I know because I’ve been conducting research there for more than a decade. In this short paper, I will focus on two cases of attempted or realized marginalization: food vendors and a sector plan. Alas, there have been more marginalization actions. Are they the result of ethnic or SES prejudice, incompetence, or greed?
Continue Reading »Stop Screwing Latinas (and Latinos)
By Louise Detwiler
Salisbury State University
Trying to define the term “Latin American testimonio” quite possibly approximates the challenges of discovering the Higgs boson: We think it’s there, we have many theories about what it is, what it does or does not do, how it might change our understanding of the world around us, and yet we can’t quite locate it. The difference here, however, is that the Higgs boson has indeed been located and discovered. Latin American testimonio, on the other hand, continues to elude literary critics to the point where scholars have declared that it no longer exists nor perhaps ever existed all. Like a good liberal arts professor who craves broader connections, I offer this interdisciplinary analogy to introduce one of the most contested (sub) genres within the field of Latin American literature.
Continue Reading »Learning to Unlearn through Testimonio
By Clemencia M. Vargas, D.D.S., Ph.D.,
and Miluska K. Sanchez, B.S., D.D.S. student
UM School of Dentistry
The temperature soars, music is in the air, volunteers are setting up early to help hundreds of people: it must be Langley Park Day. Swarms of people meet in Langley Park for a day of free health care, information, music, food and fun. For more than a decade a group of faculty members and students from University of Maryland School of Dentistry have been participating in Langley Park Day in spring andmore recently in the Langley Park Health Check in the fall. Student volunteers set up shop to give free oral health evaluations to people in need, apply fluoride varnish to the children, and give oral cancerscreening to the adults. The people who attend Langley Park Day and Langley Park Health Check are, for the most part, new Latino and Latina immigrants who arrive in the US with limited resources but enormous hope for a better future.
Continue Reading »Oral Health Issues Faced by Langley Park Residents
By Joe Paoletti
This book began, nearly thirty years ago, with a deceptively simple question: When did we start dressing girls in pink and boys in blue? As it turned out, the complexity of this topic is astonishing, extending far beyond the color of blankets and booties. The visual vocabulary seems endless: ruffles and neckties, lace and camouflage, butterflies and airplanes. Gender symbolism in American children’s fashions is not only ubiquitous, it is also transmitted clearly enough that most children know these unwritten rules thoroughly by the age of three. One might think that the rules have changed little over time, but the opposite is true. In little more than a century, the rules have changed so dramatically that today’s conventions are nearly the reverse of those in 1890.
Continue Reading »Book Preview: ‘Pink and Blue’
By Kendra Kopelke
Good morning, class.
Before we begin I must tell you
I don’t know anything about this subject.
I have studied it many years,
over half my life, which is probably too long.
Continue Reading »Poem: Introductory Remarks
By Nelly P. Stromquist
Expanded university markets and increased diversity of higher education opportunities are two of the more significant social changes in recent times. Over the past 20 years, our nation has experienced not just a dramatic increase in university capacity, but also a growing diversity of academic offerings, especially in professional areas.
The way that universities accommodate these changes has itself also changed. Institutional responses increasingly rely upon contingent faculty members—lecturers or adjuncts who are not on a tenure track and who thus, lacking a professor’s permanence, may be unable to develop an institutional identification. With increased reliance on contingent personnel comes increased attention to concerns about their working conditions. They have the same bargaining power of any at-will employee in a tight market—which is to say, not much, and this fact is reflected in their pay, fringe benefits and work environment.
Continue Reading »The Expansion of Contingent Faculty: Precarious Working Conditions in the House of Intellectual Enlightenment
Some faculty oldtimers remember when almost all courses were taught without media—even Power Point was not around!—and the grade distribution was supposed to be a normal curve (10% 20% 40% 20% 10%). We were face to face with our students, and we got regular raises. Ain’t so now! We are in the midst of major changes, and the university of 2020 or 2025 will be a very different place.
Continue Reading »Higher Ed is Changing (No Stopping It Now!)
Who Gets Our Ph.Ds?
For FY2012, the Maryland System total of research doctorates was 831. Let’s hope they all got the jobs they wanted! But what’s especially interesting is the local/foreign split: One-third of the degrees were earned by those from other countries. Among those of the USA, the race/ethnicity breakdown was Euro 44%, African heritage 10%, Asian heritage 6%, and Latino/a 3%. Females outnumbered males except among the foreign students. The more-females-than-males holds up at the master’s and bachelor’s levels. That should not be a surprise given the disproportionate dropping out of males in secondary schools.
Continue Reading »Thinking About Students