By Robert Deluty, Psychology/UMBC


a college freshman

assuming the thesaurus

is now extinct


pre-interview . . .

the TA asking his profs

to pray for him


telling bored students

if they want entertainment,

visit Vegas

telling barred students,

they’re too late for today’s class,

too soon for next week’s


the prof explaining

why polka dots, plaids, and stripes

do go together


New Year’s Eve . . .

a college grad resolving

not to look for work

alone on Christmas,

the old scholar surrounded

by papers he wrote


the prof informing

a math grad student it’s not

pronounced Des-kar-tez

the dean informing

a young physics prof it’s not

pronounced noo-kyu-lur
a college coach

noting he deeply regrets

biting his fullback
ESL student

asking if it’s all right

to say I amn’t

ESL student

inquiring which is better:

You is or You’s


two Rice profs welling

with tears as they discuss

Charlotte’s Web

three Yale profs roaring

with laughter as they discuss

Foghorn Leghorn


Psych of Humor class . . .

seventeen students sitting

stone-faced, unamused


college lecturer

brooding that his undergrads

drive much nicer cars


an A student

wishing her exam’s proctor

would stop snoring

a D student

wishing his exam’s proctor

would keep snoring

pondering why

their prof said Good morning

at 6:00 p.m.
first day of grad school . . .

her assigned adviser states

I do not give praise


to his student it’s not



A Great Teacher

By Bill Hanna


Pete Seeger taught us

To say no to power

When it turns evil,

Whether by a Senator

From Wisconsin

Or today’s NSA

Looking for prey.


He taught us to question

What we’re told

By teachers

Or preachers

In too many schools:

That officials are right

Cause right’s based on might.


He taught us about

The horrors of war

In mud or desert,

And the fruits of victory,

So contradictory,

Are the scattered flowers

On dead soldiers’ graves.


He taught us to love

All of our neighbors

On freedom’s highway,

Black and white,

Rich and poor,

Because this America

Is mine and it’s yours.


He sang of equality

For those with crumbs

From a wealthy table

As food stamps vanish

Because some officials,

Those self-beneficials,

Only see self-reflections.


And he taught more:

How to dream

A rainbow quest,

Yet he knew reality.

When will we ever learn?

Oh when will we learn?

I miss Pete Seeger so.

Overview Faculty Voice articles March 2014 edition

Changing the Academy, Changing Society

By Nelly P. Stromquist, College of Education, UMCP

Institutions reflect their surrounding social environment and, at the same time, create their own. Periodically, both need drastic change for human conditions to approach that optimum point on their ever-evolving continua. One element of our academic environment that now cries out for such a change—one that affects more than most imagine—is the underrepresentation of women as faculty members, especially in scientific and technological (STEM) fields. This condition persists despite the growth in the number of women gaining Ph.D. degrees in all fields. Is this purely the consequence of women’s own individual choices? Does gender socialization pressure women into avoiding certain careers? Do institutions of higher education exacerbate the problem through diverse forms of discriminatory practices?

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I Knew You Before I Met You. How Social Media Has Changed the Way We Communicate

By Jennifer Brannock Cox, Communication Arts, Salisbury

Love it or hate it, social media has become the next “big thing,” revolutionizing how humans communicate in new, exciting, and sometimes dangerous ways. Social media has given us the power to break geographic boundaries, establish worldwide conversations, and transform virtual revolutions into real, physical change. That’s the good news.

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Medical Education

By E. Albert Reese, Dean Medicine, UMB

In December last year, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a commentary written by Richard B. Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University, about the shortcomings of current medical education. In his article, Gunderman argues that, due to cost-cutting and a reliance on new technologies to teach students, medical school faculty members have been reduced to “content deliverers,” not teachers or role models, who only focus on the “competency” of students, rather than training excellent future physicians, through a “mass production” of graduates, and not highly-skilled trainees. He cites a recent Annals of Surgery study, which surveyed surgery fellowship program directors who felt that 56% of their fellows could not suture, 21% were unprepared for the operating room, and the majority of fellows could not design or conduct academic research projects. Gunderman points to this study as evidence for an “ailing” medical education system that no longer holds excellence and patient care in the highest of regards. He posits that re-establishing a diverse culture of superior quality in medical education, which holds human relationships at its core, can “cure” the system.

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Journalism Today

By DeWayne Wickham, Journalism & Communication, Morgan State U

In truth, the current crisis in journalism has more to do with how we do our work than how we deliver the news. Still, too many people see the troubled state of print and television news and ask the question: “Is journalism dying.” My answer is that it is alive and doing exceedingly well. People who think otherwise confuse news delivery systems with the news those platforms deliver.

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Morgan State University’s Center for the Built Environment & Infrastructure Studies

B y James E. Whitney II, Engineering, Morgan State U

The Morgan State University Center for the Built Environment (CBEIS) building is one of the newest buildings constructed on the Morgan State University (MSU) campus. Ground-breaking for building construction was on April 2, 2010. The building opened on September 20, 2012 with an official opening ceremony including Maryland State Governor Martin O’Malley, past and current MSU Presidents Earl S. Richardson and David Wilson, respectively, Dean of the Engineering School, Dr. Eugene Deloatch, and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, Dr. Mary Anne Akers and several other dignitaries. The CBEIS building houses the School of Architecture and Planning, Urban Infrastructures Studies, Transportation Studies, National Transportation Center, and Civil Engineering programs.

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The Plight of America’s Bird

By Teena Ruark Gorrow*

The bald eagle is America’s national bird and symbol. Found only in North America, it is often called the American eagle and is known by its scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus. Bald eagles have a way of evoking emotion deep within those of us who know and appreciate their remarkable success story. There is a delicate balance for survival in our changing environment, and this resilient creature’s struggle is undeniably noteworthy.

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The Art of Nora Sturges

Nora Sturges has exhibited her work widely in solo shows at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, Spaces in Cleveland, School 33 in Baltimore, the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, the Lancaster (PA) Museum of Art, the Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery in Connecticut, Miami University of Ohio, and Ventura College, among others.

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Dining in Salisbury

By Vonceila S. Brown, Nursing, Salisbury

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Barriers to Implementation of Interprofessional Education

Poem by Richard Dalby

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Nineteen Years Later

Poem by Robert Deluty

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Academic Notes

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Barriers to Implementation of Interprofessional Education

by Richard Dalby

Interprofessional education
Consistent with our strategic mission
Places nurse, doc and pharmacist
Into a classroom to co-exist

With lawyers and a social worker
The judicial view and front-line worker
All for one and one for all
So we don’t drop the patient ball

Sensitive to each others’ concern
Sharing data for which we all yearn
Treating the person, not just their disease
Seeing healthy wood through parochial trees

Could three dollars spent on a simple intervention
Save a tooth, a child, or Mom’s apprehension?
Who is the optimal caregiver for this task?
Do silos and fear make this too dangerous to ask?

The barriers are high and sharp
Negatives on which the faculty harp
“Too much time,” “Not my discipline”
“Your stuff out, and my stuff in!”

“My class is at three and yours is at four”
“My class is too full – I’m locking the door”
“My answer is right – there’s no room for discussions”
“If she shows them her way, there’ll be hideous repercussions”

Then the Deans get involved,
’cos there’s money at stake
Who gets the tuition?
Who grants the permission?

Which school gets its way?
Which school must obey?
How much will that cost?
…and, of course, I’m the boss!”

Who pays for the mixing of dentist with nurse?
Is IPE worthwhile or an administrative curse?
The concept is good, we can probably agree
But can it be implemented? There’s no guarantee

We need money, of course, from within or without
And data to show that our students make out}
We need a champion or two to stick their necks out
And buy-in from deans – ’cos change takes clout

We need impact on patients and the state’s bottom line
Can we solve a real problem, or do we simply whine?
If our teaching is better and health is improved
The legislature should be in a generous mood

If students admitted to UMB
Are visibly working at the top of the tree
Can NIH resist a multidisciplinary proposal
For a training grant whose goals are global?

IPE will not be easy
The very thought makes the task force queasy
But with a bit of give and take
Perhaps a difference we can make?

Richard Dalby, PhD, is associate dean of academic affairs and professor of pharmaceutical sciences
in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the School of Pharmacy.

Nineteen Years Later

By Robert Deluty


At the supermarket,

The retired college counselor

Runs into a former student

Named Bethany who came to see him

Only once — when she threatened suicide

Believing she had failed her Econ I final.

Bethany thanks him profusely, noting

That his kindness, wisdom, and perspective

Might well have saved her life that day.

After accepting her gratitude and

Exchanging pleasantries, the counselor inquires

About the grade she received on the exam.

I was afraid you’d ask, she replies. I got an A.


Robert Deluty and granddaughter

Robert Deluty and granddaughter


Term Papers

By Bill Hanna, UMCP


Term papers clog my little desk

And they clog my little floor.

When will all of them be read?

Grading can sure be a chore!


Betsy, she’s so very fat;

Cindy’s too cute to fail!

Should I factor these facts in?

After all, I am a male.


Roger, you play soccer,

My favorite campus sport.

But Eddie sure is ugly,

So his grade may well fall short.


When the grades are all sent in,

My sanity may return.

So I’ll decide what next to do

For my poor ol’ psych’s upturn.


Maybe gin or maybe sex

Or a combination of the two!

Clearly some big change of pace

Cause my freedom’s overdue!


Three Poems

By Robert H. Deluty, UMBC


Inpatient Unit


Twenty minutes

Into their first session,

A clinical psychology intern –

Observing her patient

Pulling out a lighter and

Setting his beard on fire –

Mutters to herself

I wish we’d covered this in

Graduate School




Told by a colleague

That his latest poem was




Profound and


The old professor responds

That he was aiming for



One Morning in Academe


The sophomore and

His anxious, litigious parents

Are informed by

The judicial review board that

The abandoned  laptop computer

He discovered in the library and

Then gave to his girlfriend was,

According to a surveillance camera,

Lost less than twenty seconds

Before he found it


A Scholar and a Gentleman

By Robert H. Deluty, UMBC

A sophomore approaches
the Biology professor on
the first day of classes, pleading
to be allowed to register
for her course, now closed.
After explaining to him that
she cannot allow him in because
every seat is filled and
no more chairs can fit
in the room, he remarks
Oh, that won’t be a problem.
I wasn’t planning on coming to class.