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First Year Seminars
Spring 2010 Faculty Profiles

Diane Lee is Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education. Although in a primarily administrative position at this time, she is best known as "a teacher of teachers." She was elected by her colleagues to receive the Presidential Teaching Professor Award for 1997-2000. When she is not working you will most likely find her reading a good book, visiting a local crafts fair, gardening, or playing with her grandchildren.

Jill Randles is the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. She is a student advocate at heart and has worked closely with UMBC students as an academic advisor. She is the recipient of the 2002 President's Commission for Women Achievement Award acknowledging her work in the areas of diversity and equity. When not on the job, she spends time with family and friends, runs, rides horses, judges horse shows, and is an avid reader.

Patty Fletcher was born in a library in Glenview, IL, at least figuratively, if not literally. She has spent a lifetime reading books, magazines, cereal boxes, comics, newspapers, poetry - if it has words, she will read it. Among her most valued possessions is her public library card.

Pattee has been at UMBC since 1993. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy. She is a student of government information policy which includes issues such as information privacy, freedom of information, access to government information, and management of government information as a resource for citizens. Pattee received her doctorate from Syracuse University in Information Science at the iSchool. On her way to the Ph.D., she picked up a Masters in Library Science, granting her the professional title of Librarian. While she does wear reading glasses, her hair is not, and never has been, worn in a bun.

Alan Rosenthal's enthusiasm for his subject matter and concern for his students and their progress is legendary among colleagues and former students alike. "From the month I arrived at UMBC in 1979 I have heard the students praise his clarity, his careful preparation, and his concern for learning," says Thomas Field, director of the Center for the Humanities and professor of modern language and linguistics. "Alan Rosenthal sees his students, not his course material, as the focus of his work, and for this reason he is one of the most sought-after advisors in the department,"

Countless UMBC students have benefited from Presidential Teaching Professor Alan Rosenthal's innovative teaching style. His contribution to the field of language pedagogy, however, resonate far beyond the confines of Hilltop Circle. Rosenthal's research in the field of language pedagogy has also brought UMBC national recognition. During the 1980s, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, he designed and developed new curriculum for first-year coursework in French using communicative competence training, and approach based on listening comprehension that teachers grammar through subject matter. In 1993, Rosenthal and colleagues Claud Duverlie and Marie Deverneil published Objectif France, one of the first textbooks to use this communicative approach to language instruction. Over the years, Rosenthal's efforts have helped lead to over $1 million in funding for projects in language pedagogy.


Dr. Jack Sinnigan is a professor of Spanish and Intercultural Communication and the chair of the UMBC Mexico Committee, he has extensive experience studying Latin America and travelling in the continent. Throughout his career he has been passionately following events, reading, studying painting, viewing films, doing research, writing, and teaching courses on the area. Professor Sinnigen's teaching and research are based on these principles: all cultural analysis is necessarily intercultural since some comparison is always involved; cultural, economics, and politics interact and those interactions are a focus of study; all topics are to be analyzed as moments in a world-historical-process. During January 2010 he expects to travel to Mexico and Cuba. Professor Sinnigen is the author of four books and some fifty articles on Latin American and Spanish cultures and on intercultural relations.