iCubed Project Personnel

A dedicated group of UMBC faculty and staff guides the iCubed project.  For more information about the project, contact

Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs leads the project as the Principal Investigator of the iCubed Project. 

Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs serves as the lead co-PI.  Dr. McDermott was the lead co-PI for the NSF-funded ADVANCE institutional transformation grant.

William LaCourse, Interim Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, serves as a co-PI. Dr. LaCourse, who guides the HHMI NEXUS at UMBC, co-chairs the Internal Advisory Board (IAB) with Dr. Rous.

Janet Rutledge, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, serves as a co-PI. Dr. Rutledge is the lead co-PI for PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP and is a co-PI on the NSF Bridge to the Doctorate and ADVANCE grants.

Marvin Mandell, Professor of Public Policy, serves as a co-PI. Dr. Mandell has extensive knowledge and experience in evaluating programs and policies in education and other areas.

Kathy Lee Sutphin, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Special Assistant to the Provost, serves as the iCubed Project Director.

Michelle Bulger, Advising Coordinator in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, serves as the iCubed Project Staff Mentor.

Tashauna Felix serves as the iCubed Project Coordinator and supports the Study Group and Faculty Mentoring Interventions.

Lisa Dickson, Assistant Professor of Economics at UMBC, serves on the Leadership Team and will work with Dave Marcotte and Kenneth Maton to assess the intervention techniques.

Michael Dillon, Director of Institutional Research at UMBC, serves on the Leadership Team.

Connie Pierson, Assistant Director of Institutional Research at UMBC, serves on the Leadership Team.

Sadly, LaMont Toliver, Director of the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education, died suddenly on February 28, 2012. Mr. Toliver was a valued member of the iCubed leadership team and his death represents a tragic loss to this project, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and the entire University community.



Cohort 3 - Please Remember

Your input matters! Please plan to complete the very important iCubed end-of-the-year survey that is will be sent to you electronically during Summer 2014! Thank you.

Spring 2014 - Cohort 3

Team: Active Learning

If it was possible, students on this team who are taking a Spring 2014 mathematics course (MATH 150, 151, 152, 155) should have an Active Learning discussion section held in the CASTLE.

If you didn't receive a blue team t-shirt during Welcome Week, please contact Dr. Felix at to arrange to pick up your shirt.

Team: Faculty Mentoring

All iCubed Faculty Mentors will be reaching out to students during the first few weeks of the Spring 2014 semester to touch base and schedule meetings. Please check your email and respond at your earliest convenience.

Be sure to visit the iCubed Cohort 3: Faculty mentoring at:

Team: Staff Mentoring

Students on this team receive mentoring by a UMBC Professional Staff Advisor during Spring 2014. For more information, contact Ms. Michelle Bulger at or 410.455.5850.

Be sure to visit the iCubed: Mentoring by Professional Staff site at:

Team: Study Groups

Spring 2014 iCubed Study Group Orientations will be held on January 31, February 3, and February 5 during free hour. For more information and to register, please visit:

Dr. Tashauna Felix's Spring 2014 office hours will be held on Wednesdays in the dorms. For a detailed schedule, visit:

Questions should be directed to Dr. Felix at

Congratulations to Xixi Chen, the Fall 2013 iCubed Study Groups Pizza Drawing Winner. The drawing concluded the "30 day Countdown to Final Exams" to rally students to form study groups in preparation for final exams. Thank you to all students who entered the raffle and registered their study groups!

Team: $ UMBC (Green)

Reminders have been sent to students assigned to Team $ who still need to request their $50 UMBC Bookstore gift cards or pick up their ordered gift cards. Be sure to get a green team t-shirt when you visit. For information, contact Dr. Felix at


For Cohort 2 - Thank You!

Your input has been crucial! Many thanks to those of you who participated in the Focus Groups with Dr. Kathleen Dowell last fall. Also, thank you for completing the very important iCubed end-of-the-year surveys that were sent to you electronically last summer. Good luck as you continue your studies!