UCF is a large public university with one of the highest student enrollments in the country. It offers and extensive support system of offices to assist faculty members in their various duties.
This book provides an overview of the faculty support structure at UCF as well as introductory materials related to university teaching. It is a living document and is updated regularly. A print version of Teaching at UCF is available for new faculty members at the beginning of each fall semester, and addenda to the print version are available at the link below.
Click here to download the digital copy of Teaching at UCF.
New Faculty members at UCF participate in two required orientations, each having very different purposes. One is the New Faculty Benefits and Payroll Orientation at which you will complete the paperwork necessary for this very important area. The other is the Provost's Academic Orientation at which you will learn about various policies and procedures (including Tenure and Promotion) impacting your various roles as members of the UCF Faculty.
Please click on both links in the paragraph above for more information.
Adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend one of the adjunct events, held near the start of each semester. You are also invited to participate in the Academic Orientation sessions focused on teaching and learning. Sessions are held in the Classroom 1 Building on the Orlando Campus.
The sub-pages on the side navigation will point you to important questions to ask at your department, a timeline of the semester, syllabus requirements, how to obtain your class rosters, how to print photos of your students, create a course webpage in Webcourses, support offices around campus for technology, the student perception of instruction form, UCF policies, other support offices on campus, and suggestions for the first day of class.
Additionally, near the start of each term, the Faculty Center hosts several one-hour workshops on topics of interest to new instructors. Check our calendar page for exact dates and times. These may be attended on a drop-in basis, with no registration needed.
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John F. Weishampel
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We will love only what we understand
We will understand only what we are taught
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