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Faculty and Staff


Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship

Christine Mallinson began her career at UMBC in 2006. She now 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

Deb Geare (410-455-1081) 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

Carolyn Flowers (410-455-1084) 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

Elle Trusz (410-455-1083) started working at UMBC in 2010 in the Department of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies. As the Human Resources liaison for MIPAR, Elle manages 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 earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and is pursuing a Master’s in Community Leadership at UMBC.

Jesse Mashbaum, Business Specialist

Jesse 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.