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?
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:
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.
Proposals are due online at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_d5p7WaQ9rvx6ta5 by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014. They will be evaluated by Faculty Center Advisory Board members 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/||Linda Walters Linda.Walters@ucf.edu or
|Diversity Initiatives||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
|Information Fluency||http://if.ucf.edu||Martha Marinara
|International Studies||https://www.international.ucf.edu/proposal/||Dede Wilson-Mosley
|STEM Proposal Development||http://icubed.ucf.edu/summer_dev_conf.php||Debra Reinhart
|Writing Across the Curriculum||http://wac.cah.ucf.edu||Pavel Zemlianskiy
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