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Professors Not To Miss

Professors at UMBC are dedicated and smart – but it goes far beyond credentials. No matter what kind of student you are, you’ll find a professor here to challenge and inspire you. Our professors are dedicated and smart – but it goes far beyond credentials. No matter what kind of student you are, you’ll find a professor at UMBC to challenge and inspire you.

Dr. Kimberley Moffitt, American Studies
Dr. Kimberley Moffitt

Why do you teach at UMBC?

"It's a familiar place. UMBC reminds me of my undergraduate institution in terms of its student diversity, geographic appeal to students, commitment to academic excellence, and the remote suburban setting in the backdrop of a major metropolis."

Best Known For: My challenging exams, yet supportive classroom environment.


Dr. Marie desJardins, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Dr. Marie desJardins

What advice would you give the incoming class about UMBC?

"Be proactive! Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you – go out and find them. Get to know your professors. Think about what you want to accomplish at UMBC, and in your life, and take steps to make it happen. Approach your classes as an opportunity to learn something new and to challenge yourself."

Best Known For: Being tough but fair, and caring about the students.


Dr. Jason Schiffman, Psychology
Dr. Jason Schiffman

Why do you teach at UMBC?

"UMBC is a special place where it’s not only OK, it’s encouraged to to do work that makes the world better."

Best Known For: Identification of early risk signs for psychosis…and being Jacob and Chloe’s dad.


Dr. Devin Hagerty, Global Studies
Dr. Devin Hagerty

What advice would you give the incoming class about UMBC?

"Find a comfortable, quiet go-to place where you can unplug and get serious work done."

Best Known For: My dry sense of humor.


Dr. Tyson King-Meadows, Political Science
Dr. Tyson King-Meadows

What advice would you give the incoming class about UMBC?

"Read the current scholarly literature in your area of study as well as read outside your area of study. Try to understand what your professors do as scholars – research, teaching, service – and how that connects to what is happening in the classroom."

Best Known For: Challenging students to think and reach beyond conventional wisdom.


Dr. Katherine Seley-Radtke, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Katherine Seley-Radtk

Why do you teach at UMBC?

"Because I like students who are excited about science and I think undergraduate research is a key component for students’ success in graduate school."

Best Known For: My gourmet cooking, and also my extensive travel, particularly my numerous trips to Italy, France and Russia.