Emma Sellers Program Management Specialist and Program Coordinator, Political Science 2010-2011 President’s Commission for Women Achievement Award
Emma Sellers is a leader in promoting understanding among diverse peoples and an advocate on behalf of women everywhere.
For more than 30 years, Sellers has served in a variety of positions at UMBC. In her current role, she is involved in all aspects of operations in the Department of Political Science including budget, payroll and procurement processes. She provides staff support for committees, programs and initiatives and, on the academic side, she manages the curriculum and creates class schedules each year, matching faculty with the most suitable classrooms. She also manages several annual events that are crucial to the department’s operations, including the fall all-majors’ meeting and spring reception.
Sellers serves on a number of committees engaged in educating individuals on and off campus about diversity and women. As co-chair of the President’s Commission for Women, she helped organize and run two Women’s Leadership Summits which focused on a wide variety of challenges confronting professional women. For three years, she was on the Black Faculty and Staff Committee which promoted the understanding of African-American culture and collaboration with other minority groups. She is also a current member of the Women’s Center Advisory Board.
Education is important to Sellers, and she’s been able to earn both a B.A. and M.A. while working full-time. In addition to her work in the Department of Political Science, she teaches two undergraduate courses: “Student Success Seminar” and “Academic Success for Lifelong Learning.” In her teaching, she helps students appreciate and respect the diversity of UMBC’s student body while showing them what they can gain from one another. Her work with students was recognized with a 2005-2006 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award for Outstanding Service to Students.
Outside of UMBC, Sellers is active in her residential community, in local politics and in her church. She is vice president of the Graystone Community Association.
Sellers earned her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC.