Laila Shishineh

Director – First-Year & Transfer Academic Programs
Academic Engagement & Transition Programs (AETP)
114L Sherman Hall
410-455-3737
lailams@umbc.edu

Dr. Laila M. Shishineh joined UMBC in 2010 working with First Year Experience (FYE) Programs in the office of Academic Engagement and Transition Program (AETP). In her current role as Director, she oversees and works with many programs intended to help first year students during their transition to campus. These programs include the Dawg Days: Jumpstart, the Discovery Scholars & Individualized Studies Living-Learning Communities, and initiatives related to several First Year Experience courses including the Introduction to an Honors University (IHU) Seminars and the Transfer Seminars (TRS). Beyond her work with AETP, Laila is very active in shared governance on campus, playing an integral role in the Professional Staff Senate as the Chair of the Council of University System Staff (CUSS).

Dr. Shishineh came to UMBC from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her time at UMCP, she received her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology (2006) as well as her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus on Higher Education (2009) and she worked in the Orientation & New Student Programs Office. Most recently (2019), Laila earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Frostburg State University where she conducted her doctoral research on UMBC’s summer bridge program. Her extensive background in first-year experience programs, along with her research background, guide the work that she does on campus to help first-year students find success.

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