Ultra Faculty Ambassadors Share Best Practices & Resources

Ask questions, get help, share feedback with your peers

DoIT believes faculty are important partners and will play an essential role during the Ultra migration. The new Blackboard course interface is significantly different from the Original course we’ve had for the last fifteen years, marking a notable change for UMBC faculty. All faculty will need time and support to prepare their courses for the proposed migration timeline.

Since recommendations and feedback from peer leaders can be helpful during change, 15 faculty have agreed to be Ultra Faculty Ambassadors:

Ambassador’s Name

Representing Areas

Elisabeth Arevalo-Guerrero

Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication

Stephen Bradley

Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts)

Jamie Gurganus

Engineering, Mechanical

Kate Hemmis

Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy

Nancy Kusmaul

Social Work

Katie Morris

Universities at Shady Grove

Eileen O'Brien

Psychology / Instructional Systems Development

Tim Phin

Ancient Studies / Historical Studies / Philosophy

Neha Raikar

Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Melissa Roane

Management of Aging Services

Sally Shivnan


Donald Snyder

Media & Communication Studies

Liz Stanwyck

Mathematics & Statistics

Mary Tabaa

Education / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Gary Williams

Emergency Health Services

Throughout the transition to the new course interface, Ultra Faculty Ambassadors will communicate information to departments and college peers, respond to basic questions about using Ultra, and provide feedback to the Instructional Technology team about any concerns or functionality requests. The Ultra Faculty Ambassadors also attended a full-day of customized training to better prepare for their important role.

Visit our Ultra Course Adoption Center for helpful resources and tools including a course adoption guide, course inventory, and course roadmap.

As always, if you have any questions, please consider the following options:

Posted: February 21, 2019, 11:49 AM