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

Diane AlonsoPsychology / Universities at Shady Grove

Elisabeth Arevalo-Guerrero

Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication

Katie BirgerSociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy
Mariajose CastellanosChemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
Kate DrabinskiGender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies
Matthias GobbertMathematics & Statistics

Jamie Gurganus

Engineering, Mechanical

Jennifer HarrisonFaculty Development center

Kate Hemmis

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy

Anita KomladiInformation Systems

Nancy Kusmaul

Social Work

Adam MendelsonArts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts)

Katie Morris

Universities at Shady Grove

Eileen O'Brien

Psychology / Instructional Systems Development

Michiko PerryModern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication

Tim Phin

Ancient Studies / Historical Studies / Philosophy

Neha Raikar

Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Susan SchrierInterdisciplinary Sciences

Donald Snyder

Media & Communication Studies

Liz Stanwyck

Mathematics & Statistics

Mary Tabaa

Education / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Gary Williams

Emergency Health Services

Greg Williams Instructional Systems Development

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.