Winter Faculty Development Conference

2015 Winter Faculty Development Conference

Wednesday through Friday
December 16-18, 2015
8am - 5pm

Participants will be expected to attend the entire conference to receive payment. Those who cannot attend all sessions on all three days are welcome to participate in as much of the conference as they are able but will not be eligible for funding. This includes those who must miss to complete grading duties or other university business.

Online applications are due November 13 at 5:00 p.m. and can be submitted here beginning October 11 at 5:00 p.m. 

The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning brings you the 2015 Winter Faculty Development Conference. This event will focus on student success, transformative learning, community building, interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty, and inviting new voices into conversations about campus and classroom challenges.

Each participating faculty member will join a cohort of colleagues from across campus, make a prepared presentation about some aspect of professional practice, attend workshops, and engage in think tank sessions about issues of importance to the institution and the surrounding community. The event will feature some elements of a typical academic conference and other elements similar to a working retreat. All UCF faculty and staff are welcome to attend all or part of the event. A full conference schedule will be available on the FCTL website by early December. Funded faculty participants are expected to attend all sessions on each of the three days.

The theme of the conference will be Transparency in Teaching and Learning: Critical Questions for Higher Education.

Proposal Criteria
Each applicant for funding will propose an individual 8-10 minute informal, discussion-based presentation about a particular assignment or learning activity that has been developed and which needs further development. There will be time following a set of presentations to workshop the assignments with peers. New faculty members are especially invited to attend and may choose to frame their presentations in terms of a challenge they are facing.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Faculty Center Advisory Board using the following criteria: 

  • Quality/clarity of presentation description
  • Relevance of the presentation to student success, transformative learning, and an interdisciplinary audience

Deliverables from the conference will include 1) a brief write-up and other materials from the individual faculty presentation to be shared as a faculty resource, 2) a collaborative conference product to be composed by each interdisciplinary faculty cohort, and 3) a revised assignment or learning activity to be shared after the conference or an article for the Faculty Focus

Please note:

  • Selected faculty members who attend all sessions and submit the required deliverables will receive a $500 grant subject to normal withholding tax.
  • Proposals are due at 5 p.m. on November 13, 2015.
  • Final decisions on acceptance will be provided to all applicants by November 25, 2015.

Please confirm availability 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. December 16-18 before applying.  


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