Summer Faculty Development Conference

2015 UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference

Educating Students for the World beyond the Classroom

Monday - Friday
May 11-15, 2015

The 2014 Summer Conference program is now available. All faculty are welcome to attend. Click here to download the program.

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for our 2014 conference. Full-time faculty members from all colleges are invited to submit proposals to transform courses or programs according to one of the four objectives listed below. Following full participation and completion of deliverables, faculty members will receive an $800 grant. Proposals are due to the Faculty Center by 5:00 p.m., February 21, 2014. Notifications of acceptance and rejection will be sent out by March 7, 2014.

Our conference title this year, “Educating Students for the World beyond the Classroom,” calls on us to address the challenges our students face in bridging their classroom experiences with life outside college learning environments, and the challenges they will face when they enter their professions beyond graduation. How can we better prepare students for the rapid pace of economic, social, and technological changes? How can we support the development of knowledge and skills that better connect students to other life, work, and civic environments?

Faculty Center Track Information

Each interested individual or small group (of no more than four members) may propose a project to innovate a course, program, or departmental initiative addressing one of the following objectives:

  1. Teaching for long-term transfer of knowledge and skills across contexts and beyond graduation
  2. Course-level assessment planning and program-level curriculum mapping
  3. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/documenting and communicating teaching effectiveness
  4. General curriculum innovations

Our conference format this year reflects suggestions we received from participants of previous conferences to include more opportunities for focused discussions and collaborations. We will, therefore, organize 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 5–8, 2014. Each day will begin with coffee and conversation from 8:00–8:30 a.m., with cohort 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 8, the conference will conclude at noon with a poster presentation/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 (see conference deliverables below) by the end of January 2015.

Conference deliverables:

  1. Each participant will attend workshops and informational sessions, work on a project, and assemble a pre-implementation plan for sharing at the conference showcase on May 8. The pre-implementation plan will take the form of a conference poster and include details from your proposal (a brief description of the problem, the project objectives, proposed implementation timeline, project assessment plan) as well as any resources you have developed during the conference (diagnostics, lessons, rubrics, readings, curriculum maps, assignments, etc.). Trifold posters and pushpins will be provided. You will supply printed materials.
  2. Post-implementation: Participants will share their experiences and/or resources developed with the general UCF faculty community. This may be done by writing an article for UCF’s Faculty Focus publication or preparing curricular materials for the Faculty Center website or Teaching at UCF publication. Guidelines for contributing to the Faculty Focus can be found at The deadline for post-implementation deliverables is January 31, 2015.

Proposals are due online at by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014. They will be evaluated by Faculty Center Advisory Board members based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the project to the conference theme/sub-theme
  2. Benefit of the project to the university
  3. Quality of project proposal (development of problem statement, objectives, timeline, assessment plan)
  4. Quality of previous year’s post-implementation report (if applicable)

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.


Specific information on the submission processes can be found at

Track Proposal Information Contact Person
Center for Success of Women Faculty Linda Walters or
Diversity Initiatives Barbara Thompson
Experiential Learning: Internships and Service-Learning Amy Zeh
Faculty Center Eric Main
Information Fluency Martha Marinara
International Studies Dede Wilson-Mosley
STEM Proposal Development Debra Reinhart
Writing Across the Curriculum Pavel Zemlianskiy

For Faculty Center Participants from the 2013 Summer Conference:


Summer Conferences listed by year:
2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001  2000  1999 


Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Harry Coverston
College of Arts and Humanities Harry Coverston At the heart of my teaching philosophy is the principle of engagement. There is much research documenting that students who are not engaged in their own learning do not learn as much. In pursuit of that goal I create a wide range of exercises which I collect and grade designed to help students analyze and apply id...

Christopher Parkinson
College of Sciences Christopher   Parkinson As a hyperactive, quickly bored child, I presented a sizable challenge to my teachers. Conventional teaching methods did not work with me, but if given a problem to solve, I spent many hours and tried many strategies in my attempts to figure it out. My reluctance to use conventional learning styles then became an ...

Rani Vajravelu
College of Sciences Rani   Vajravelu My goal in teaching is to promote student success without compromising quality education. I use an interactive teaching style in all my courses, which range from large non-major to small-enrollment Honors and upper division classes. I create a learning environment that is mutually enjoyable for the teacher a...