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Faculty and Staff


Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship, Public Policy Building 427, 410-455-1082

Christine Mallinson began her career at UMBC in 2006. She serves as Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship, which houses MIPAR. Christine is also Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture and Affiliate Professor of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies at UMBC. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology & Anthropology and an M.A. in English Linguistics, both from North Carolina State University, and a B.A. in Sociology and German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Deborah Geare, Associate Director, MIPAR, Public Policy Building 424, 410-455-1081

Deb Geare began her career at UMBC in 1995.  She has over 24 years of experience with MIPAR, during which time she has developed a comprehensive understanding of pre- and post-award policies and procedures required for research administration. She graduated magna cum laude with honors from UMBC with a degree in Health Administration and Public Policy  She holds several certifications in research administration and is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators.  From 2006 to 2010, Deb served as a UMBC staff senator and representative on the University System of Maryland Council of University System Staff where she was the Chair of the Board of Regents Staff awards for several years.  In 2007, she received the Presidential Staff Award in recognition for her contributions and dedication to UMBC.


Carolyn Flowers, Senior Business Manager, Public Policy Building 425, 410-455-1084

Carolyn Flowers has worked in the University of Maryland System since 2011.  Carolyn began her career in research administration at the University of Maryland, College Park, serving as the Business Manager of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center before joining UMBC in February 2019.  Carolyn serves as MIPAR’s Business Manager, concentrating on grant accounting and proposal development.  Carolyn received a B.S. degree in Business Education and holds several certifications in research administration.


Elle Trusz, Business Manager, Public Policy Building 429, 410-455-1083

Elle Trusz began her career at UMBC in 2010, where she worked in the Department of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies before moving to the CAHSS Office of the Dean. As a Business Manager in MIPAR, Elle is responsible for managing payroll and hiring and provides post-award support to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Prior to coming to UMBC, Elle worked in the nonprofit sector and continues to volunteer her time in the Baltimore community as well as at UMBC, including serving as the Staff Co-Chair of the UMBC LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association.  Elle received a B.S. degree in Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Community Leadership at UMBC.


Adrienne Wheeler, Business Specialist, Public Policy Building 430, 410-455-1085

Adrienne Wheeler joined the MIPAR team in March 2020, but began her career at UMBC in 2014 in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Adrienne is responsible for payroll (hiring processes and reconciliation), providing pre- and post-award administration (including assisting with budget preparation for proposals), procurement, and recording and monitoring expenditures. After earning a B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore, Adrienne worked as a paralegal in both Baltimore and Tampa, and at the MD State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Resource Center. Adrienne is currently pursuing an MBA at University of Maryland, Global Campus, and is also a proud member of the UMBC LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association.


Jesse Mashbaum, Business Specialist, Public Policy Building 422, 410-455-1086

Jesse Mashbaum officially retired from UMBC after serving for 7.5 years as Business Manager for the Mathematics and Statistics Department and 8.5 years as Business Manager in the CAHSS Office of the Dean. Jesse now works on a part-time schedule in MIPAR, primarily helping with grant and department budget reconciliations.


Emma Wheatley, General Assistant, Public Policy Building 422, 410-455-1086

Emma Wheatley started at MIPAR in August 2018 as a student worker and now serves as MIPAR’s General Assistant. In MIPAR, Emma is responsible for travel coordination, procurement, and website development. She works closely with faculty and graduate students, assists with post- award transactions, and provides administrative support for the department. Emma earned a B.A. in Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication from UMBC in 2019.