Getting Started at UCF

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.

Teaching at UCF

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.

Complete Digital Copy

Click here to download the current digital copy of Teaching at UCF.


Click here to download the addenda to the earlier printed edition.

Full-Time Faculty

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.

Part-Time (Adjunct) Faculty

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.

All Faculty

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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Peter Jacques
College of Sciences Peter  Jacques My teaching philosophy is simple: cultivate what works for students! Executing this philosophy is decidedly more difficult than just saying it, but my goal is to engage students in the classroom in a way that effectively helps them learn. Long lectures do not appear to be as effective as we used to think (thoug...

Kristen Schellhase
College of Health & Public Affairs Kristen Schellhase Be Prepared Plan lectures, labs and exams well in advance. The more organized the educator is, the more organized the student can be. The class syllabus should have a deliberate direction. All assignments should lead to further understanding of the material. Preparation includes making sure that the direction and...

Arup Guha
College of Computer Science and Engineering Arup   Guha The ultimate goal of any educator should be to enable his students to achieve their potential. I attempt to attain this goal through five major techniques: providing a friendly classroom atmosphere, giving challenging assignments, adapting my courses, collecting data to identify the techniques that are most effect...