Dr. Sally J. Scott | Program Director
Ph.D., International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
B.A., American Studies, Yale University
Sally J. Scott has worked for over 30 years in community development, initially in West Africa, then in Maryland and Iowa. As a foundation program officer and a nonprofit executive director, she has led collaborative, multi-sector initiatives to bolster neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. In the Baltimore area, Sally has partnered with grassroots, multi-neighborhood, citywide and regional organizations. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on civil society and community development.
As Director of the M.P.S. in Community Leadership, Sally leads an interdisciplinary program that draws on the teaching and research strengths of UMBC, and helps students build collaborative leadership skills as well as strong connections to local nonprofit organizations.
Kristine J. Dunkerton, Esq. | Adjunct Faculty
J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law
B.A., International Studies, The American University
Instructor, Legal and Ethical Issues for Community Leaders. Ms. Dunkerton is the Executive Director of Community Law Center, a nonprofit law firm in Baltimore that provides free legal services to nonprofit and neighborhood-led organizations. For more than twenty years, her legal work has been firmly rooted in the desire to make all neighborhoods safe and healthy places to live and all nonprofits effective, stable and sustainable. Her work has sparked change in state and local laws, regulations, and policies; has made government and administrative bodies more responsive to community concerns and receptive to community voices; and has helped neighborhood leaders better understand how to utilize the law to make change that matters to them.
Ms. Dunkerton earned a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Environmental Science from The American University in Washington, DC. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and the Federal Bar. She lives in Baltimore City with her wife, cats, and chickens.
Dr. Joby Taylor | Faculty
Ph.D., Language, Literacy and Culture, UMBC
M.A., History of Religions, Missouri State University
B.A., Philosophy, Conception Seminary College
Joby Taylor came to Baltimore as a Peaceworker Fellow in 1999 and liked the program and the city so much that he has proudly stayed on, becoming program director in 2003. Joby was born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, a small town that is also home to eight Native American nations. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa (91-93) helping build an elementary school in the village of Seka Seka, and, as all RPCVs soon find, he learned much more than he gave along the way. Joby’s involvement in service and service-learning has included other construction projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean, but also much work with youth, particularly at-risk and special needs youth. Academically Joby received his B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Religious Studies, and completed his Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Language Literacy and Culture program. His dissertation is titled: Metaphors We Serve By: Critical and Constructive Play with the Discourses on Service. Joby lives in Baltimore City with his wife Beth and their two girls, Isabel and Katherine.
Community Leadership Faculty Advisory Committee
The role of the Community Leadership Faculty Advisory Committee is to advise and support the CLDR Master’s and Certificate programs. The Faculty Advisory Committee will:
- Promote the CLDR programs on and off campus.
- Participate in student recruitment for the CLDR program.
- Advise the Graduate Program Director on CLDR programmatic and university-wide issues and policies.
- Provide support and service to the program by developing, revising, and promoting CLDR courses and programming, including regularly reviewing and approving electives.
- Serve as liaisons with home departments/programs, and communicate with the department chairs and faculty about the CLDR program.
Bev Bickel, Ph.D.
Beverly Bickel is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program and Affiliate Associate Professor of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies and the Imaging Research Center at UMBC. Her scholarship focuses on the production, exchange, and dissemination of transformational knowledge and changing cultural practices for social justice and participatory democracy. She relies on building sustained relationships across differences and negotiating among diverse knowledges, narratives, and intellectual and organizing practices. Collaborative inquiry and action projects ask how people’s multiple truth claims, values-based work and discursive practices operate in f2f and online public places and spaces including communities on and beyond campuses, K-12 schools, and cultural organizing projects. She serves as the campus liaison to the national Imagining America consortium and participates in interdisciplinary projects including the Public Humanities Minor, the Community Leadership MPS, the UMBC BreakingGround civic agency initiative, the Digital Storytelling for Community Engagement working group and the Imaging Research Center’s Art of Transformation project.
J. Kevin Eckert, Ph. D.
Kevin is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health at UMBC where he teaches graduate level courses related to the nonprofit sector and social science research methods. Over the years his research has focused on social dimension of health, chronic disease management, and residential care for older adults. His research has been funded through several large multiyear grants from the National Institutes of Health, Institute on Aging and community foundations. Since coming to UMBC in 1987, he has served in various administrative capacities in addition to his teaching and research. He was the founding Associate Dean of the University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore; Co-founding Director of the UMBC/UMB Doctoral Program in Gerontology; founding Director of the Center for Aging Studies; founding Dean of the Erickson School; and most recently, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health. In addition to the Community Leadership Master’s Program, he is an affiliated faculty member of the School of Public Policy, LLC Doctoral Program, Doctoral Program in Gerontology, and Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UMB. He has authored or co-authored 5 books and over 80 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. After serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa he received his Master’s and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Cultural/Medical Anthropology. His honors include the University Of Maryland Board Of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence, UMBC Presidential Research Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship, Fellow of the Gerontological Society of Aging as well as the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and recipient of the UMBC Marilyn E. Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement.
Lauren Hamilton Edwards, Ph.D.
Dr. Edwards is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, County. She researches the management of public sector organizations, particularly how these organizations strategize for the future, how they include the public, and workforce inclusion. She is the advisor for graduate students that focus on public management.
Dr. Edwards received her Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and her Ph.D. in Public Policy from a joint program at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently lives in Catonsville, Maryland with her husband and awesome dogs, Jasper and Scout.
Margaret Buck Holland, Ph.D.
Dr. Holland is an associate professor in the Department of Geography & Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is an applied human-environment geographer and is driven by research questions that actively address environmental conservation and human well-being challenges in the local contexts, but also builds broader lessons for informing changes to environmental policy and management.
Dr. Holland’s scholarly interests rest at the intersections between rural livelihoods, land use dynamics, governance, and conservation strategies.
Gib Mason, M.A.
Gib Mason has 35 years of experience in organizational stewardship and cultural development. He has an extensive history of helping multiple companies, in a myriad of industries, drive rapid growth and instill winning cultures. Gib has served these organizations as CEO, COO & CFO. He has successfully lead start-ups, turnarounds, and mature businesses.
Along with his business endeavors, Gib is dedicated to the social and economic development of the community in which his family lives and works. He has a deep commitment to the education and enrichment of young people. Gib has participated on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, Maryland Mentoring Partnership and co-founded the b4Students Foundation to name a few. Gib is the founder of the Center for Leadership and Innovation and he created, directs and teaches in the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership master’s degree program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
Mavis Sanders, Ph.D.
Mavis G. Sanders is affiliate professor in the doctoral program in language, literacy, and culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She teaches courses on cultural diversity, research designs in education, and teacher leadership as well as independent studies for doctoral students with interests in community development, education policy and reform, and program evaluation. Her research focuses on improving schools and educational outcomes for underserved youth through school, family, and community partnerships. She has authored/co-authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters on how schools and districts develop and scale up their partnership programs, the effects of home, school, and community collaboration on African-American adolescents’ school success, and community engagement in schools. She has also authored/edited five books, most recently Reviewing the Success of Full-Service Community Schools in the US: Challenges and Opportunities for Students, Teachers, and Communities (with Claudia Galindo, Routledge, 2020) and School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Fourth Edition (with Joyce Epstein, et al., Corwin Press, 2018). Her current research, funded by the Spencer Foundation, examines the role of principal and teacher leadership in restructuring learning opportunities for low-income students through full-service community schools.
Brandy Harris Wallace, Ph.D.
Brandy Harris Wallace, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Public Health at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she teaches Gender and the Lifecourse and Constructing Race, Class and Gender for the Masters in Applied Sociology program. Her research uses a qualitative approach to understanding racial and gender inequities in healthcare; social determinants of health; chronic disease self-management strategies of African-American women; and, factors influencing health care workers’ quality of life. Dr. Wallace is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and has served as Co-Investigator on grants funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her work has been published in highly respected journals, such as The Gerontologist, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Journal of Aging Studies.
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