Skip to Main Content

Faculty and Staff

.

Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Social Science Scholarship

mallinson@umbc.edu, Public Policy Building 427, 410-455-1082

Christine Mallinson is Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship, which houses the grants administration unit, the Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR). She is also Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, and Affiliate Professor of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies at UMBC, where she has worked since 2006. An expert on language and educational inequality, her research examines language as a socially and culturally embedded phenomenon and seeks to dismantle notions about cultural and linguistic difference while informing policy. Past associate editor of the journal American Speech, Mallinson currently serves the chair of the Ethics committee of the Linguistic Society of America and a member of its Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology & Anthropology and an M.A. in English Linguistics 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

geare@umbc.edu, 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. Deb advises and assists CS3’s Director, provides leadership and management of MIPAR’s administrative operations and business processes, manages MIPAR finances, represents MIPAR within UMBC and outside agencies, oversees MIPAR’s research portfolio, and provides pre- and post-award support to faculty in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS).  Deb 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

cflowers@umbc.edu, Public Policy Building 425, 410-455-1084

Carolyn Flowers has worked in the University of Maryland System since the spring of 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 now assists MIPAR’s Associate Director, manages MIPAR’s research portfolio, provides pre-and post-award support to faculty in CAHSS including financial and programmatic oversight, supervises and mentors grant administration staff, coordinates with administrative departments within UMBC and sponsoring agencies regarding grant administration, and develops and implements business processes. Carolyn received a B.S. degree in Business Education and holds several certifications in research administration.

 

Elle Trusz, Business Manager

elle@umbc.edu, 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 provides pre- and post-award support to faculty in CAHSS including financial and programmatic management, supervises payroll and human resource operations, oversees staff development and training, coordinates with administrative departments within UMBC and sponsoring agencies regarding grant administration, and develops and implements IT business processes.  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 currently pursuing a Master’s in Community Leadership at UMBC.

 

Adrienne Wheeler, Business Specialist

awheeler@umbc.edu, 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 all aspects of human resource and payroll activities, serves as the primary liaison to human resources and payroll, manages graduate student activities, and provides business support for procurement and financial transactions. 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

mashbaum@umbc.edu, Public Policy Building 422, 410-455-1086

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 part-time in MIPAR providing multi-level support for grant administration and business operations including grant and DRIF account reconciliation, providing financial reports to the Associate Director, reviewing budgets and projections for grants, and performing other financial duties as needed.

 

 

Emma Wheatley, General Assistant

emma9@umbc.edu, 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. Emma works closely with the Senior Business Manager to provide proposal support to faculty including editing and uploading proposal documents, processes graduate students’ tuition and health benefits, coordinates travel, procurement, website development, assists with the development of an RT system and Standard Operating Procedures Manual. Emma earned a B.A. in Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication from UMBC in 2019.