Margo Coleman-Seiffert - 2012 FAC Representative

Margo Coleman-Seiffert

E-mail: mcoleman@umuc.edu
Division: Undergraduate Adelphi
Category: Collegiate
Program: Psychology/Mathematics and Statistics

Autobiography

I have been a Collegiate Professor with the University of Maryland University College, since 2003. From 2003 to 2010, I was part of the European Division and lived in Heidelberg Germany, where I taught face-to-face, online, hybrid, and Individualized Learning Courses in psychology. In July of 2010, I transferred to the Stateside Division of UMUC, where I teach both psychology and statistics courses.

Besides teaching for UMUC, I have served two terms as an at-Large representative on FAC; both while working in the European Division. In 2008, I served as FAC’s Vice Chair during which time FAC had some success in increasing faculty representation on decision making committees and greater representation for adjunct faculty on FAC. I have also been involved in the SEGUE process including two Course Outcome Guide (COG) sessions: one in psychology and one in statistics.

I am a Co-Advisor for the UMUC chapter of Psi Chi, an international honors society for psychology majors, the Faculty Advisor for the Social Sciences Club, and a Peer Mentor. I was also the Psychology Faculty Peer in the European Division, from 2007 to 2010. I received a UMUC Teaching Recognition Award in 2009 and a Board of Regents Faculty Award for mentoring in 2010.

My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. I completed an APA-Approved clinical psychology internship at Tulane University in New Orleans. I have over 20 presentations and publications on a variety of topics including the teaching of writing across disciplines, the educational needs of foster care children, and human capital modeling.

In my spare time, I love to cook, read, garden, and travel. While living overseas, I visited over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Nomination Essay

The role of the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) is to be an active participant in shared governance. First and foremost, it should actively seek and accurately represent faculty interests. Second, it develops policy proposals based on faculty concerns that are then presented and actively pursued with the administration. Thus, FAC provides guidance to the administration based on information and feedback received from the faculty.

There are many important issues that FAC should address. Of particular importance is the need for more effective communication between the faculty and the administration. Communication, including open dialogue between the faculty and administration, is critical for achieving effective shared governance.

Another important issue is related to the recent implementation of a new curriculum and eight week terms. In the coming months, these changes may increase faculty concerns related to academic freedom, academic standards, and student preparedness. It is important that FAC take a proactive role in addressing these issues to ensure the maintenance of high academic standards.

Finally, there needs to be continued pursuit of improved benefits and compensation for both adjunct and collegiate faculty. Important issues include retirement and health care benefits, and, for the overseas faculty, the devalued dollar.

In closing, I believe my recent experience in the European Division and my current experience in the Adelphi division have given me a greater understanding of the issues that are both common to all divisions as well as issues that are unique to individual divisions. With this understanding of faculty issues as well as my past experience as a FAC member, I believe I can effectively represent and advocate for the faculty. I sincerely hope that you will again give me the opportunity to represent you and your interests as a member of the Faculty Advisory Council.