Dr. Sarah Felber


As a collegiate professor in UMUC’s writing program, I teach eight classes per year and assist in the administration of the program. Administrative duties include responding to faculty and student questions and concerns, developing and revising courses, updating online model classes, interviewing potential adjunct faculty members, checking classes for readiness, observing new faculty members, and observing and providing feedback on classes in progress.

I am currently enrolled in UMUC’s Master of Distance Education program, with a specialization in policy and management.

Positions Held

2014-present   Collegiate Professor, 12-month. University of Maryland University College.

2009-2014       Collegiate Professor, 9-month. University of Maryland University College.

2008-2009       Adjunct Associate Professor. University of Maryland University College.

2005-2008       Adjunct Assistant Professor. University of Maryland University College.

Courses taught at UMUC:

Language in Society (COMM 380); Fundamentals of Writing and Grammar (EDCP 103); Advanced Grammar and Style (ENGL 384); Standard English Grammar (ENGL 281); Introduction to Writing (WRTG 101); Introduction to Writing with Supplementary Grammar Support (WRTG 101S); Introduction to Professional Writing (WRTG 293); Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics (ANTH 344); Academic Writing for Graduate Students (COMM 600); Graduate Writing Basics (UCSP 611)

Other roles at UMUC:

Faculty Coach for Student Success Pilot Program (Fall 2013), Prior Learning Evaluator (2012-present), Special Assessment Chair, EDCP 103 (2011), Course chair (EDCP 103, WRTG 101S, WRTG 288, WRTG 291, WRTG 388), Course Outcomes Guide contributor, WRTG 101, EDCP 103 (2010), Special Exam Chair, EDCP 103 (2009), Peer mentor, Effective Writing Center – writing advisor (2006-2008)

Fall 2006         Special lecturer. University of Connecticut.   Course taught: Language and Culture (online)

2004-2005       Adjunct Instructor: Prince George’s Community College; Montgomery College. Courses taught: Introduction to Composition; Expository Writing; Techniques of Reading and Writing

1999-2004       Graduate Assistant. Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut

Courses taught as University of Connecticut graduate assistant:

Language and Mind; Basic Writing

Other roles as University of Connecticut graduate assistant:

Assistant Editor of The Linguistic Review; Research Assistant for the Cross-Linguistic Early Syntax Study.


2016-present   University of Maryland University College and University of Oldenburg, Candidate for Masters of Distance Education and E-Learning, specialization in Distance Education Policy and Management (expected degree completion 2018)

1999-2004       University of Connecticut. M.A., Ph.D. Linguistics.

1995-1999       University of Maryland, College Park. B.A. Linguistics, B.S. Mathematics, Magna cum Laude.

Awards and Honors

2016                Mace bearer in UMUC commencement ceremony

2010                Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, University of Maryland University College School of Undergraduate Studies

2009                Teaching Recognition Award, University of Maryland University College School of Undergraduate Studies

2004                David Michaels Teaching Award for outstanding teaching by a graduate student, University of Connecticut Department of Linguistics

2003-2004       Extraordinary Expense Award for dissertation research, University of Connecticut

2003                Doctoral dissertation fellowship, University of Connecticut

2002-2004       Departmental fellowship for graduate study, University of Connecticut

1999-2002       Outstanding Scholar Program fellowship for graduate study, University of Connecticut

Presentations and Publications

2017                “CBE Online? The View from Transactional Distance Theory,” presented at Explore. Collaborate. Innovate. UMUC’s Faculty Development Conference 2017.

2016                “Using Feedly to Get RSS Updates on Library Search Results,” presented for UMUC 30-minute targeted webinar (faculty development session).

2015                “Screencast Feedback in Action in Fully Online Writing Courses,” presented at Maryland Statewide Standards for College English Committee’s (MSSCEC) Composition Conversations X conference.

2015                “Using Screencast-O-Matic in your Classroom,” presented for UMUC Lunch and Learn Webinar series (faculty development session).

2011                “Active Learning and Student Collaboration,” with Cynthia Whitesel, presented at UMUC’s 2011 Faculty Summer Leadership Institute, Largo, MD.

2010                “Using Wimba Voice Presentation to Enhance Your Webliography,” presented at the WRTG faculty meeting, Largo, MD.

2007                “Student Interaction in the Asynchronous Classroom: Focus on Peer Review,” presented at the Fourth Annual UMUC Writing Conference, Adelphi, MD.

2004                “Are There Children Whom Prescriptive Grammar Affects?” Poster presentation at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, North America (GALANA) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

2004“              * So Weird a Baffling Construction,” with Dorian Roehrs, published in Snippets.

2004                 “The Distribution of English Post-Adjectival Determiners,” Presented at the ECO5 Syntax Workshop, University of Maryland.

2003                “Evidence for the Standard/Integral Distinction in Expletive Constructions.” Presented at the First Joint UMass, UConn, MIT, UMD Syntax Workshop, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

2002                “Acquisition of a Positive Polarity Item.” In Proceedings of the GALA’ 2001 Conference on Language Acquisition. João Costa and Maria João Freitas, eds. Associacão Portuguesa de Linguística, Lisbao.

2001                “Path Phrases and Compounds in the Acquisition of English.” Presented with William Snyder on behalf of William Snyder, Sarah Felber, Bosook Kang, and Diane Lillo-Martin, at the Boston University Conference on Language Development.

2001                  “Acquisition of a Positive Polarity Item,” Presented on my behalf at Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA), Palmela, Portugal.

2001                  “Some Things Children Can Handle.” Presented at the UConn, UMass, Smith Language Acquisition Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

1998                “A Minimalist Approach to ECP Effects.” Presented at the Senior Summer Scholars Forum, University of Maryland, College Park.


2017                Faculty Development Advisory Board, University of Maryland University College

2015-2017      Name reader for UMUC commencement ceremony

2015                Futures thought-stream for Enhanced Learning Model, University of Maryland University College

2009                Common exam committee, EDCP 103, University of Maryland University College

2009               Book selection committee, EDCP 103, University of Maryland University College

2004                Reviewer for Language Acquisition

2003                Co-organizer of the UConn, UMass, Smith Language Acquisition Workshop

1999-2003       Service to University of Connecticut Linguistics Department: Syntax search committee; Student liaison to department faculty; Linguistics Club Chairperson

1998                Linguistics department internal review board, University of Maryland, College Park

Professional Memberships

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)