Wednesday through Friday
December 13-15, 2016
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 last year's Winter Conference Agenda
A 2015 Winter Conference group carries on their discussion during a Friday lunch meeting.
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.
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:
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 confirm availability 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. December 16-18 before applying.
College of Arts and Humanities My goal in teaching studio art is to give students a college-level experience in creating a body of work that they would not have made on their own. This work will represent an awareness of traditional and contemporary issues in art. I challenge art students while offering encouragement as they pursue their educa...
College of Nursing I love teaching! I love nursing! Fortunately, the educator role is integral to nursing practice. I have been afforded the opportunity to teach in a variety of positions for most of my nursing career. Each of these experiences has provided the foundation for my philosophy of teaching.I believe that pre-licensure ...
Susan D. Gosnell
College of Health and Public Affairs Teaching isn’t teaching unless learners are learning!In order for students to learn how to learn and to think deeply and critically, the traditional model of teaching must be readdressed. Students cannot learn these skills by sitting passively, listening to a lecture and then attempting to regurgitate the ...