Winter Faculty Development Conference

2017 Winter Faculty Development Conference

Monday through Wednesday
December 11-13, 2017
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 Winter Conference Agenda.

The Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and the UCF Quality Enhancement Plan will co-host the 2017 Winter Faculty Development Conference on December 11th–13th. This year’s theme is Mapping the Integrative Undergraduate Experience. All UCF faculty and staff are welcome to attend plenary portions of the event.

It is certainly no secret that higher education in the U.S. is currently under intense scrutiny. Students, parents, employers, politicians, and others ask many questions about the function and value of the college degree. As faculty members, we work hard to protect the integrity of the education our students receive and to maintain the relevance of our evolving disciplines in a changing world while also attending to the real needs of students and the society in which they will play their future roles as citizens and professionals. This is a tough job. During this year’s Winter Faculty Development Conference, we will explore what the UCF undergraduate experience should be for our students, including those who start at UCF in their first year and who join us later as transfers. We will consider ways in which general education connects with undergraduate majors to give students meaningful, high-impact experiences.

Approximately 50 faculty members will be selected to receive funding to participate in all sessions. Each funded faculty member will join a cohort of colleagues from across campus, make a prepared presentation about professional practice related to the theme, attend workshops, and engage in relevant think tank sessions. The event will feature some elements of a typical academic conference and other elements similar to a working retreat. Funded faculty participants are expected to attend all sessions on each of the three days.

Proposal Criteria
Each applicant for funding will submit a proposal of up to 500 words for an individual 8–10-minute informal, discussion-based presentation describing an aspect of an undergraduate course or program that addresses two or more of the following integrative, undergraduate learning goals:

  • Preparing students to be well-informed citizens and to respond responsibly to fiscal and political challenges in a diverse and technologically rich environment.
  • Preparing students to assess and decipher information in a world full of conflicting sources.
  • Preparing students to be successful writers and speakers in academic and professional worlds.
  • Providing students with a deepened understanding of scientific principles and helping them to connect those principles to challenges facing society.
  • Preparing students to broaden and deepen their understanding of common human themes to develop an awareness of diverse cultures.
Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria: 

  • Quality/clarity of presentation description
  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Preference will be given to proposals that explore connections across disciplines or that focus on general education courses
  • New faculty members will be given special consideration

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 during the event.

Please note:

  • Registration is for individuals only.
  • 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, 2017.
  • Final decisions on acceptance will be provided to all applicants by November 21, 2017.
  • (Click here for more on UCF’s QEP and here for more info about integrative learning more broadly).

Please confirm availability from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 11–13 before applying.  


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