College Park Scholars

Program Administration, Faculty and Staff

Central Staff

Executive Director Prof. Marilee Lindemann
Associate Director Dr. Dave Eubanks
Assistant Director Mr. Brent Hernandez
Assistant Director Mr. Ben Parks
Coordinator Ms. Jeany Cadet
Business Manager Ms. Carolyn Seward
Administrative Assistant Ms. Nancy Metrenas
Assistant Director Ms. Erin Chrapaty
Webmaster Mr. Samuel Essien

Program Faculty and Staff

Arts
Business, Society and the Economy
Environment Technology, and the Economy
Global Public Health
International Studies
Justice and Legal Thought
Life Sciences
Media, Self and Society
Public Leadership
Science and Global Change
Science, Discovery and the Universe
Science, Technnology and Society

 

  marileeProf. Marilee Lindemann
Executive Director, College Park Scholars
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Marilee Lindemann, associate professor of English, joined College Park Scholars as Executive Director in July 2014. Prior to Scholars, Professor Lindemann served as Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program, in the Office of Undergraduate Studies from 2002-2013. She then stayed on as Director as the program transitioned into its new home in the Department of Women's Studies in 2014. As the founding Director of LGBT Studies, she developed an extensive course list, expanded enrollments, and helped to establish a highly successful queer studies coalition among area universities, faculty, and students.

In 2013, she received the W. E. Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award. In 2013-14, she chaired the Senate Programs, Courses, and Curricula Committee, and was elected to the Senate Executive Committee for 2014-15.  She serves on the General Education Faculty Board for Diversity, and chaired this board during FY14.  She also serves on the Academic Planning Advisory Committee of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Lindemann came to the University of Maryland in 1992. She received her PhD in English Language and Literature from Rutgers University in 1991 and a BA in English and Journalism from Indiana University in 1981. From 1988 to 1991, she was an instructor and assistant professor of English at Howard University. Her research and scholarship are focused on American literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the novelist Willa Cather, and on queer and feminist theory and new media studies. She is the author of Willa Cather: Queering America (Columbia UP, 1999) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Willa Cather (Cambridge UP, 2005). She edited two of Cather’s novels for Oxford University Press, O Pioneers! (1999) and Alexander’s Bridge (1997), and has published numerous articles, chapters in books, and review essays in outlets such as American Literary History, Feminist Studies, The Journal of Women’s History, and Resources for American Literary Study. Her blog, The Madwoman with a Laptop ( http://madwomanwithalaptop.com), is a project of creative nonfiction that has led to new areas of research and a new 400-level course, “Writing for the Blogosphere.”

She has won grants and fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She has served on the editorial board of American Literature and the board of managing editors of American Quarterly. Her prizes and awards include Michael Lynch Service Award from the Gay/Lesbian/Queer Caucus of the Modern Language Association (2007), and Medal of Freedom and Liberation from the President’s Commission on LGBT Issues (2014) in recognition of her efforts in building the LGBT Studies Program.

 dave1Dr. Dave Eubanks
Associate Director, College Park Scholars
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Dr. Eubanks joined Scholars in summer 2010. As Associate Director, he coordinates assessment efforts and consults on pedagogy and faculty development. 

He served as Assistant Director of the University's Center for Teaching Excellence between 2006 and 2010, where he developed and collaborated on efforts to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning across campus. There, he consulted with faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and departments on learning outcomes, assessment, teaching with technology, teaching portfolios, and other pedagogical questions. He has delivered workshops and presentations across campus and at regional, national, and international conferences. 

Dr. Eubanks holds a B.A. in English from Rhodes College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. His discipline scholarship area is twentieth-century American literature, specifically U.S. biography, autobiography, and memoir. He has designed and taught courses in American and British literature, composition, and folklore in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, as well as composition courses for the University's Academic Achievement Programs. In his capacity as Interim Director and Assistant Director of CTE, he co-taught the University's cross-discipline graduate seminar on teaching and learning in higher education.

 brentMr. Brent Hernandez
Assistant Director, College Park Scholars
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Brent Hernandez serves as the Assistant Director for admissions, recruitment, and orientation for the College Park Scholars program.  As part of his responsibilities, he also coordinates the Scholars Ambassadors program.  Prior to Scholars, Brent worked as an academic advisor and recruitment coordinator in the department of Letters and Sciences.

Brent Hernandez received a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans in 2001. Brent earned a Masters of Arts in Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003 and served as a high school Latin teacher in 2003-2004 at Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy in Washington DC.

 Ben PMr. Ben Parks
Assistant Director, College Park Scholars
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As Assistant Director, Ben Parks focuses on intentional community building and provides leadership for student affairs, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement.  He serves as chair of the Service Day Implementation Team and produces Scholars Convocation.  In 2013, he created the Scholars Cup, a year-long series of community-wide events culminating in the Charity Softball Tournament, which he continues to advise.  He is the primary Scholars liaison to Resident Life (assignments, student crisis and conduct, programmatic collaboration) and Residential Facilities.  Ben regularly partners with campus offices and community organizations, including Leadership & Community Service Learning, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Community Engagement, College Park Youth & Family Services, and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  In addition, he is an experienced facilitator for EDHI 338, the Words of Engagement intergroup dialogue program (LGBT, gender, socioeconomic status), and has taught leadership courses on campus.  Ben joined the Scholars community in 2010 as Coordinator after three years as a residence hall coordinator at the University of Iowa; he was promoted to Assistant Director in July 2012.  He received his Masters in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University and his Bachelors in History and Political Science summa cum laude from Wartburg College.

Jeany Cadet Ms. Jeany Cadet
Coordinator, College Park Scholars.
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Jeany Cadet joined the Scholars community in September 2012.  As coordinator, she serves as primary advisor to the Student Advisory Board, oversees the Lakeland STARs tutoring program, facilitates the Peer Mentors initiative, and has responsibility for Scholars special events (Awards Ceremony).  Jeany joined Scholars from Boston, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting Information Systems from Bentley University in 2002, and was an accountant for a real estate investment corporation for three years. She then worked at Regis College as a residence director while pursuing a graduate degree at Suffolk University, where she received a master’s degree in higher education administration in 2007. Upon graduating from Suffolk, Jeany worked as an area coordinator at Stonehill College, where she also served as a member of the college’s Alcohol Task Force and founded Radiant Inspirational Sisters Empowered (R.I.S.E.) for the women of color on campus. She is passionate about student development and loves to engage with students and help them to maximize their college experience.

When not working, Jeany loves to spend time with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. She also loves crafting – her newfound hobby is creating stationary and cards for weddings and other special events. She loves listening to gospel music and anything from the 90s.

 carolyn Ms. Carolyn Seward
Business Manager, College Park Scholars
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Ms. Carolyn Seward came to Scholars after working at the University of Maryland for 28 years in various administrative positions. She became a Business Services Specialist upon entering Scholars after her recent experiences at the Vet school exposed her to a new line of responsibilities. Carolyn was then promoted to Business Manager in 2010.   She enjoys her work in the financial field at College Park Scholars.

Carolyn spends her free time working out at the gym, traveling, gathering with friends on the weekends, and spending time with her sweet little shih-tzu, Chelsea.

 Ms. Nancy Metrenas

Administrative Assistant, College Park Scholars
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As the Administrative Assistant for the Scholars Community, Ms. Nancy Metrenas keeps the other members of the faculty and staff smiling. Nancy coordinates the efforts that come out of the central office and serves as the keeper of the majority of the information that makes its way around the offices. She is the front line of Scholars and enjoys being a part of the community very much.

erinMs. Erin Chrapaty
 Assistant Director, College Park Scholars
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As Assistant Director for Communications and Alumni Outreach, Erin Chrapaty's efforts include website content management, social media engagement, news and media outreach, and alumni communications.

Before joining the Scholars team, she worked in marketing and communications for the Universities at Shady Grove and a local medical association. She has served as a freelance writer and editor and assisted communications efforts for a start-up marketing analytics software company in San Francisco, California. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Publications Design.


 samSamuel Essien
Webmaster, College Park Scholars
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Mr. Samuel Essien joined Scholars in fall 2011. He is a Ph.D. candidate in structural engineering at the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to the university, Samuel served as a geotechnical engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, and as web developer for the Ghana Institution of Engineers in Accra, Ghana. Samuel holds a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

 
 

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