Wednesday through Friday
December 10-12, 2014
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.
Click here to view 2013's Winter Conference Agenda
Every December, the Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning organizes and hosts the Winter Faculty Development Conference on the Monday through Wednesday of the week following final exams. This event focuses on 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 to receive the $500 grant. Every year, the conference is designed around a common theme so that participants can work with a specific topic in mind for conversations and presentations.
Each applicant for funding will propose an individual 8-10 minute informal, discussion-based presentation about some aspect of teaching, research or service work that fits within the event themes to be delivered at the conference. New faculty members are especially invited to attend and may choose to frame their presentations in terms of a challenge they are facing in the classroom.
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 one of the conference theme(s) 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 and 2) a collaborative conference product to be composed by each interdisciplinary faculty cohort. Possibilities might include a poster or digital artifact to be shared at the event showcase or a draft of an article for Faculty Focus.
- Nine-month faculty members who are selected to participate, attend all sessions during the three days, and submit the required deliverable will receive a $500 grant subject to normal withholding tax.
- Final decisions on acceptance will be provided to all applicants several weeks prior to the event.
Please confirm availability 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 10-12 before applying.
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