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UMBC Presidential Faculty & Staff Awards

Each year, the UMBC community comes together to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty and staff at the Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. This year we are honoring the following members of the campus community, each selected by a committee of peers.


Presidential Faculty & Staff Awards

Lee Blaney, Associate Professor, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
2020-2023 Presidential Teaching Professor

Phyllis R. Robinson, Professor, Biological Sciences
2020-2023 Presidential Research Professor

Amanda Knapp, Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Dean, Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
2020-2021 Presidential Distinguished Professional Staff

Melody Wright, Academic Business Services Specialist, Biological Sciences
2020-2021 Presidential Distinguished Non-Exempt Staff

University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award

E.F. Charles LaBerge, Professor of the Practice, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
2020 Excellence in Teaching

Weidong Zhu, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
2020 Excellence in Research/Scholarship/Creativity

Steven Caruso, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences
2020 Excellence in Mentoring

Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor, Director of Public History
2020 Excellence in Mentoring

University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Awards

Rachel Brubaker, Assistant Director, Grants & Program Development, Dresher Center for the Humanities
2019 Exceptional Contribution to the Institution and/or Unit to Which the Person Belongs

Celso Guitian, Campus Planner, Facilities Management
2019 Effectiveness and Efficiency

Larry Hennessey, Associate Director, Facilities Management
2019 Extraordinary Public Service to the University or Greater Community

Jess Myers, Director, Women’s Center
2019 Inclusion, Multiculturalism, & Social Justice

2019-2020 Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award

Jessica R. Cook, Associate Director, Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program

2019-2020 Karen L. Wensch Endowment Award for Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff

Carolyn Good, Administrative Assistant II, Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication

2019-2020 Marilyn E. Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement

Ana Maria Schwartz Caballero, Associate Professor, Spanish and Second Language Education; Affiliate Faculty, Language, Literacy and Culture Program

2019-2020 UMBC Research Faculty Excellence Award

Ann Christine Frankowski, Senior Research Scientist, Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy