Who are the UMBC Ultra Ambassadors?

Faculty engagement throughout the transition to Ultra is an invaluable component of UMBC’s Blackboard innovation roadmap. With the increased investment in support for Ultra and instructional technology, DoIT believes faculty are important partners and will play an essential role during the Ultra migration.

Who are the Ultra Ambassadors?

Ambassador’s Name

Representing Areas

Ambassador’s Name

Representing Areas

Diane Alonso

Psychology / Universities at Shady Grove

Elisabeth Arevalo-Guerrero

Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication

Katie Birger

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy

Mariajose Castellanos

Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Kate Drabinski

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies

Matthias Gobbert

Mathematics & Statistics

Jamie Gurganus

Engineering, Mechanical

Jennifer Harrison

Faculty Development center

Kate Hemmis

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy

Anita Komladi

Information Systems

Adam Mendelson

Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts)

Eileen O'Brien

Psychology / Instructional Systems Development

Michiko Perry

Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication

Tim Phin

Ancient Studies / Historical Studies / Philosophy

Neha Raikar

Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Donald Snyder

Media & Communication Studies

Liz Stanwyck

Mathematics & Statistics

Mary Tabaa

Education / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Gary Williams

Emergency Health Services

What are the responsibilities of an Ultra Faculty Ambassador?

Ultra Faculty Ambassadors communicate information to departments and college peers, respond to basic questions about using Ultra, coordinate training for their peers as needed, and provide feedback to the Instructional Technology team about any concerns or functionality requests. 

All Ultra Faculty Ambassadors are required to attend a full-day of customized training to better prepare for their important role and receive a $300 stipend and additional support for their own Ultra course conversion or redesign.

What makes a good Ultra Faculty Ambassador?

  • User-friendly - You are collegial and share best practices, resources & information with peers.

  • Learned - You seek opportunities to acquire new knowledge & skills.

  • Transformative - You perceive change as an opportunity.

  • Responsive - You pass constructive feedback back to Instructional Technology staff.

  • Accomplished - You stand out as an expert in using Blackboard for teaching.