Theodore Stone - 2012 FAC Representative

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E-mail: tstone@umuc.edu
Division: Graduate Adelphi 
Category: Collegiate
Program:Education

 

Biography

Theodore Stone, Ph.D., is professor and director, Field and Clinical Experiences, in the Department of Education at University of Maryland University College. In that position he applies the creative use of media-rich technologies to supervise the teacher candidates as they are placed as interns in cooperating schools around the world, as well as to train and support their mentor teachers. He has been with UMUC since 2000. Dr. Stone has taught Instructional Design and Educational Technology in the University System of Maryland since 1992. Before coming to UMUC, Dr. Stone was Director of Learning Technologies of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore. His PhD was earned at the University of Maryland College Park in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. His academic interests are in faculty development, teaching with technology, consumer informatics, and lifelong learning.

Nomination Essay

As is stated in the constitution of the Faculty Advisory Council, UMUC is a shared-governance institution. In that context, the role of the Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) is to provide faculty a formal voice in the governance of our university. The FAC represents faculty interests in providing advice to the President and the Provost on a range of issues, including (among others):

  • University mission, vision, and budget
  • Curriculum, course content, and instruction
  • Academic freedom and intellectual property rights
  • Human resources policy
  • Appointment and promotion of faculty
  • General welfare of the university

My election platform is built on the critical role of communication for faculty at our university. We have a unique and extraordinary challenge as a faculty body. UMUC has approximately 3,800 faculty members located around the world. Our communication challenge with these faculty is complicated by the fact that the majority of these faculty are adjuncts and are not full-time members of the academic community. Creating a more robust worldwide community of scholars through improved communication is a critical role that can be played by FAC.

I find all of the following issues to be of critical importance to the welfare of UMUC. Here are just a few words and thoughts about some:

  • Academic standards. As our university enters a period of significant change (semester length, worldwide syllabus, etc.) the role of the FAC as the voice of the faculty in shared governance will be critical to assuring the highest academic standards are maintained.
  • Faculty/administration communication. Emerging technologies can be deployed to improve communication with the Administration.
  • Faculty salaries and benefits. Health care, retirement, and the collapsing U.S. dollar exchange rate remain critical issues, for full-time and part-time faculty alike.