Portrait of Jordan Sly ’08, M.A. ’23

Jordan Sly ’08, M.A. ’23

Chair, University Senate


Jordan Sly is the Chair of the University Senate, the Head of the Humanities and Social Science Librarians in the University Libraries, and an Affiliated Lecturer with the College of Information Studies. He has been with the University of Maryland in a professional capacity since 2016. Jordan is a lifelong Terp receiving his BA in History from UMD in 2008, a MA in History in 2023, and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in History. His is a proud UMD household as his partner is also a UMD alumna and his children aspire to attend as well.

Jordan has been involved with the Senate since 2017 and a senator since 2021. In this time Jordan has served on multiple senate committees such as the Programs, Curricula, and Courses committee, the Student Conduct Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Senate Executive Committee.

Jordan’s research interests are divided between library and higher education publications and seventeenth-century European and Global Atlantic history work. Jordan’s work has included studies on the quantification of higher education, first-generation and transfer student experiences as well as digital history projects on English recusancy in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the attempts of the Cromwellian Protectorate to establish a global Protestant alliance (and the ramifications), and contributions to digital history projects Slavery, Law, and Power, The Recusant Print Network Project, and Narrating a Massacre, among others