Summer Faculty Development Conference

2016 UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference

Monday - Thursday
May 9-12, 2016

View the 2015 agenda here.

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. The theme of the 2016 conference is that of the new QEP, “What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation”
( 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 9–12, 2016. 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 12, 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.

Conference deliverables:

  1. Each participant will attend workshops and informational sessions, work on a project, and prepare materials for sharing at the conference showcase.
  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

Proposals can be submitted until Friday, February 19th, at 5:00 p.m. Faculty Center Track proposals require the following sections:

  1. Need statement: Description of the teaching/learning issue you wish to address or conditions you wish to improve through your project
  2. Project objective: List the tasks you need to perform and the documents you need to produce for this project
  3. Project Plan:  Create a timeline for accomplishing your objectives (before, during, and after the conference) and list the resources you will need to gather or consult. 
  4. Assessment Plan: How will you know that your objectives were met?
  5. Benefit to the University:  State how the project will add new teaching and learning resources to your program or to other UCF disciplines and/or settings. 

Proposals will be evaluated 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.


All proposals are due by Friday, February 19, 2016. Please follow the guidelines for your preferred track (see the Web sites posted below). Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 11, 2016.

Track Proposal Information Contact Person
Center for Success of Women Faculty
(open to both male and female colleagues)
Fran Ragsdale
Diversity and Inclusion Barbara Thompson
Experiential Learning: Internships and Service-Learning Amy Zeh
Faculty Center Eric Main
International Studies Nataly Chandia Viano
Writing Across the Curriculum Pavel Zemlianskiy

Summer Conferences listed by year:
2014  2013  2012  2011  2010  2009  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004  2003  2002  2001  2000  1999 


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