Monday - Thursday
May 9-12, 2016
View the conference 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”
(http://undergrad.ucf.edu/qep/). 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.
Proposals can be submitted until Friday, February 19th, 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||Theme||Proposal Information||Contact Person|
|Center for Success of Women Faculty||Maximizing Our Mentoring Impact at UCF||http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/
(open to both male and female colleagues)
|Fran Ragsdale Fran.Ragsdale@ucf.edu|
|Diversity and Inclusion||Determining Factors that Influence and Enhance the Likelihood of Faculty at UCF Incorporating Diversity-Related Content into Courses||http://www.diversity.ucf.edu||Barbara Thompson
|Quality Enhancement Plan||What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation||http://undergrad.ucf.edu/qep/||Anna Jones
|Service-Learning and Internship||
|Writing Across the Curriculum||Improving Student Learning Through Better Writing Instruction in the Disciplines||http://wac.cah.ucf.edu||Pavel Zemlianskiy
College of Engineering & Computer Science The ultimate goal of any educator should be to enable his/her students to achieve their potential, not only in a specific class, but in life in general. I attempt to attain this goal through four major techniques: providing a friendly classroom atmosphere, providing encouragement for all groups of students, adapti...
J. Blake Scott
College of Arts and Sciences Teachingis what sustains me as an academic. It fuels and, in turn, is fueled by myresearch in rhetoric, which emphasizes civic action, and by my communityservice. Some of the hallmarks of service-learning—active learning, problemsolving, critical reflection, and civic engagement—guide my overal...
Mathilda Van Niekerk
College of Hospitality Management My philosophy of teaching has developed over the course of many years of teaching and industry experience in South Africa and the USA. Looking back on my career, I have found that my mission as a teacher has always been based on the following unchanging principles: I always want to ensure that my students un...