Director of Undergraduate Research and Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Office of Undergraduate Education
Sherman Hall, Room #114
In January, 2017, Dr. April Householder joined the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA), Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) as the Director of Undergraduate Research and Nationally Competitive Scholarships. In this role, Dr. Householder is responsible for growing the undergraduate research profile of the University through strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and coordinating important undergraduate academic programming such as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD), UMBC Review, travel funding, promotion of summer research programs, and the Undergraduate Research Awards (URA). In addition, she will oversee students applying for prestigious scholarships such as Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Truman, Marshall, Goldwater, and others.
Dr. Householder has worked in higher education for more than twenty years, having spent more than 10 years teaching courses at UMBC in Gender and Women’s Studies and Film Studies. Most recently, Dr. Householder worked as the Assistant Director of UMBC’s Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, where she supported students from all backgrounds and disciplines in preparing for doctoral programs. Dr. Householder serves on the LGBT Campus Climate Workgroup, and has served on the Professional Staff Senate, OUE Travel Committee, Women’s Center Advisory Board, Coordinating Committee for the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, and is a former Faculty Advisor to the UMBC Freedom Alliance.
Prior to coming to UMBC, Dr. Householder taught courses at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Comparative Literature Program, where she completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Film Studies. Her dissertation included the production of a documentary film about Laskarina Bouboulina, Greece’s first female navy admiral, who made major contributions to Greece’s War of Independence in 1821. She continues to write and publish about Greece and comparative media and identity politics. Dr. Householder is an alumna of UMBC’s Visual Arts Department, where she was student of the year in 1995. She was a first generation college student, and is a native of the Catonsville area.
In 2016, Dr. Householder published her first book, Feminist Perspectives on Orange is the New Black: Thirteen Critical Essays (McFarland, 2016), and has published several other recent book chapters on intersectional feminist media history and theory, including essays on gendered representations of the Greek economic crisis in the media, and fourth wave feminism and the HBO show, GIRLS.