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Dr. Rick Hoefer

Rick Hoefer

Eminent Scholar at the University of Maryland

Dr. Hoefer, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and Director of the Center for Advocacy, Non-profits, and Donor Organizations, was selected as Dr. Mellinger’s mentor. He has extensive research experience on advocacy, which is Dr. Mellinger’s main area of research. Dr. Hoefer is the Roy E. Dulak Professor for Community Practice Research and has published extensively on advocacy, non-profit administration, social policy, and program evaluation.


He also teaches at the three levels of social work education, BSW, MSW, and Ph.D.


The purpose of the Eminent Scholar Program is to facilitate a mentoring relationship between UMBC faculty, particularly those who are nearing a critical transition point in their career, and a prominent researcher in their field. This relationship will be established to provide a connection for the UMBC faculty member to their larger scientific community in order to enhance their success as they advance through the ranks of academia.


Dr. Eusebius Small

STAR Fellowship

Dr. Eusebius Small has been awarded a highly competitive STAR Fellowship from the UNTHSC’s Center of Excellence on Health Disparities.


The STAR Fellowship Program, a program designed for junior faculty and community partners who are interested in Health Disparity Research, is looking for both community partners and junior faculty members to participate in their next cohort. This program offers collaborative training and interaction with faculty from the UNT Health Science Center and other institutions.


Ten members are selected to join the program each year, while maintaining their regular positions. The program provides a unique approach that combines on-site faculty development and education with distant learning techniques. All travel expenses for on-site meetings are covered by the Texas Center for Health Disparities.


Dr. Maria Scannapieco

UTA Award

Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment

We are pleased and proud to recognize Dr. Maria Scannapieco, Professor of Social Work for having received the prestigious UTA award for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment.


This award recognizes faculty members for particularly noteworthy research or creative accomplishment during the past three years. The emphasis of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars in selecting faculty to be recognized for an Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment award is on quality, importance, and impact of the research or creative accomplishment.