Wednesday through Friday
December 11-13, 2013
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 the 2013 Tentative Winter Conference Agenda
The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning brings you the 2013 Winter Faculty Development Conference. This event will focus 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 December 5. Funded faculty participants are expected to attend all sessions on each of the three days to receive the $500 grant. The theme of the conference will be preparing students for life beyond the university: critical skills for 21st century leaders.
Recommended Presentation Themes
- Promoting critical thinking in the classroom
- Faculty members as models of leadership
- Meaningful assessment of student learning on all levels (class unit, course, and program)
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.
- Proposals are due at 5 p.m. on November 12, 2013.
- Final decisions on acceptance will be provided to all applicants by November 22, 2013.
Please confirm availability 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. December 11-13 before applying.
College of Sciences My goal in teaching is to promote student success without compromising quality education. I use an interactive teaching style in all my courses, which range from large non-major to small-enrollment Honors and upper division classes. I create a learning environment that is mutually enjoyable for the teacher a...
College of Business Administration I believe that a professor must create knowledge and effectively disseminate that knowledge to students. I carry my enthusiasm for research excellence to my teaching. I pursue teaching excellence by setting high expectations of students, giving rigorous and up-to-date course material, showing my genuine care about...
College of Arts and Humanities ‘How do we know?’ This is a key question in many philosophical and religious traditions, and is one my students consider in many different contexts. Just as important, though, is the question of the way in which we know things. In our culture, we tend to take it for granted that the rational and the se...