Every May, the Faculty Center hosts the Summer Faculty Development Conference on Monday through Thursday the week following final exams. Full-time faculty members from all colleges submit proposals to transform courses or programs according to goals and objectives related to a defining theme. Following full participation and completion of deliverables, faculty members will receive an $800 grant.
Our conference format reflects suggestions we have received from participants of previous conferences to include more opportunities for focused discussions and collaborations. We have organized the Faculty Center track to include interdisciplinary cohorts of 18–20 participants in which participants can share resources and engage in discussions related to their projects.
The conference will be held May 11–14, 2015. Each day will begin with coffee and conversation from 8:00–8:30 a.m., with meetings starting at 8:30 a.m., followed by sessions and work time. Sessions end at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, May 14, the conference will conclude at noon with a showcase at the UCF Library Commons.
For most faculty participants, the Summer Conference represents one phase in a long-term project. For some, the projects have already begun, and the conference is an opportunity to make good progress on their work. For others, the conference offers a chance to get started on a project. In either case, future implementation of the project is expected, typically within three subsequent semesters. Participants are expected to collect data on the progress and effectiveness of the proposed changes and to provide a summary report to the Faculty Center as well as shareable resources.
The Faculty Center offers the following five tracks this year:
Proposals can be submitted until Friday, February 27th, at 5:00 p.m. Faculty Center Track proposals require the following sections:
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Please Note: New faculty members and first-time participants will be given priority if the number of proposals exceeds the budget limit, and we will be unable to fund projects that overlap significantly with a previously funded Summer Conference project.
|Track||Proposal Information||Contact Person|
|Center for Success of Women Faculty||http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/
(open to both male and female colleagues)
|Fran Ragsdale Fran.Ragsdale@ucf.edu|
|Diversity and Inclusion||http://www.diversity.ucf.edu||Barbara Thompson
|Experiential Learning: Internships and Service-Learning||http://www.explearning.ucf.edu||Amy Zeh
|Faculty Center||http://www.fctl.ucf.edu||Eric Main
|International Studies||https://www.international.ucf.edu||Holly Bouma
|STEM Proposal Development||http://icubed.ucf.edu||Debra Reinhart
|Writing Across the Curriculum||http://wac.cah.ucf.edu||Pavel Zemlianskiy
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