The Undergraduate Oversight Committee consists of six faculty members from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Appointed by the Dean's Office, they review and initiate changes that ensure excellence in the undergraduate business curriculum.
Pamela Armstrong, Clinical Professor, Decision, Operations & Information Technologies
Protiti Dastidar, Associate Clinical Professor, Management & Organization
Jennifer Gershberg, Lecturer, Logistics, Business & Public Policy
Karen Hallows, Senior Lecture, Finance
Nick Seybert, Associate Professor, Accounting and Information Assurance
Jie Zhang, Professor, Marketing (Chair)
Ex Officio Members
Victor Mullins, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Philip Evers, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Brian Horick, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Ally Merwitz, Dean's Student Advisory Council
Julia O'Malley, Dean's Student Advisory Council
A few highlights on how we continue to elevate the undergraduate experience:
- We enhance UG core course experiences. We continue to monitor and improve the quality of UG core courses by pinpointing key areas of improvement and by closely communicating with related academic departments and undergraduate core course coordinators.
- We promote critical thinking. We are strongly supported by the "critical thinking champion group" and take every opportunity to stimulate critical thinking in the Smith UG community by communicating its importance in UG courses, including but not limited to those in the Freshman Class Smith START Program.
- We promote academic integrity. We initiated and supported a college-wide campaign to promote academic integrity by participating in the Smith academic integrity enhancement committee. This committee developed multiple recommendations to address this issue at the college, instructor, and student levels.
- We enhance teaching support. We continue to improve teaching quality by providing greater support to UG course instructors via teaching assistants, teaching seminars, and workshops. In particular, our new initiative, the Innovo Program, invites students to play more active and central roles in assessing, enhancing, and innovating existing UG courses.
- We enhance classroom efficiency. To address the current shortage of classrooms in Van Munching Hall, we are exploring ways to increase long-term classroom efficiency, which includes consolidating low-enrollment courses and converting existing courses into blended courses.
- We establish assurance of learning. We are currently designing an enhanced process to measure the assurance of learning in the UG program (formally required by AACSB). We are fundamentally redefining our learning objectives and goals while identifying the most suitable UG courses to achieve expected learning outcomes.