Roger C. Lipitz and the Lipitz Family Foundation have established an endowed fund at UMBC, the purpose of which “shall be to provide funds to recognize and support innovative and distinguished teaching and/or research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County through alternating one to two year professorship awards.” The endowment has usually produced about $15,000 in spendable funds, though the sum has varied. Applications are due in April each year. Look for specific year announcements from the Dean for more specific information.
- The Lipitz Professorship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is conferred annually for a term of one academic year upon a tenured faculty member in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
- Previous Lipitz Professors have been Professors Carlo DiClemente, John Sturgeon, Thomas Field, James Grubb, Leslie Morgan, Raphael Falco, Linda Dusman, and Devin Hagerty.
- The nomination should include a letter of recommendation (or self-nomination), a current curriculum vitae of the nominee, and an indication of how the nominee would spend the year as Lipitz Professor. The letter should make clear the faculty member’s contributions to scholarship and/or pedagogy in his or her field. As possible, the letter should also discuss the faculty member’s contributions in scholarship and/or teaching to the department or program and to the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
- The Lipitz Professor will be appointed by the Dean of CAHSS, based upon the recommendations of a committee of tenured faculty in CAHSS, often selected from the ranks of current and previous Lipitz Professors.
- The Lipitz Professor will have the option of how to divide the money from the endowment between a stipend and a discretionary expense account to draw upon for a variety of possible purposes (for example: travel; teaching or research materials; equipment; research assistance; sponsoring workshops or conferences; course releases, up to two, during the year). By condition of the endowment, all money must be spent within a year.
- At the end of the academic year, the Lipitz Professor will deliver the annual Lipitz Lecture, which should reflect, in at least significant part, work done during the year of the professorship. Additionally, the Lipitz Professor will submit a brief report of the year’s activities to the Dean of CAHSS.
Last updated January 7, 2017.