Vision and Mission

The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to promoting the success of our stakeholders - the UCF full-time, part-time and graduate student faculty and, though indirectly, the students they serve and the staff and administrators with whom they work. Our organization is commissioned by the UCF Faculty Senate to whom we report annually. Our mission is to actively support 1) excellence in teaching and learning, 2) successful research and creative endeavors, 3) professional development and fulfillment for faculty, 4) communication and collaboration among faculty on all UCF campuses and the staff members who provide academic and non-academic services for students, and 5) partnerships with other academic institutions and the regional, national and international community to support success in these areas. The programming and resources we provide for faculty support UCF President Hitt's five goals and the institution's mission.

 

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Elena Flitsiyan
College of Sciences Elena  Flitsiyan Teaching undergraduate physics is the most satisfying aspect of my responsibilities as a faculty member at UCF. I am of the firm opinion that modern society requires a better understanding of the mechanisms governing our universe, at all scales, for us to fully develop ourselves in a way respectful to our enviro...

Christopher Parkinson
College of Arts and Sciences Christopher  Parkinson As a professor, it is my responsibility to motivate the students’ interest in the course. My goal is to utilize active learning techniques to teach critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. This is very difficult, but I am fortunate to have a dynamic personality, quick sense of humor...

Karin Chumbimuni-Torres
College of Sciences Karin  Chumbimuni-Torres My driving force in teaching is to foster the best undergraduate education for my students. To accomplish this, I make sure to be involved with my students in and out of the classroom. I have observed that by caring, supporting them and serving as role model, I can impart the necessary motivation students need...