Below is information about upcoming activities and opportunities sponsored by a variety of groups on campus. If you have questions about this information, you can follow up with those entities using the links below.

Robert Parker, iClicker Specialist for UCF, will host office hours on campus on Monday, August 20th. Faculty are welcome to stop by with any iClicker-related questions or concerns. He will also be available to assist with the new multi-column iClicker Cloud integration for Canvas.

Where: Classroom Building 1, room 207g (Faculty Center conference room)
When: Monday, August 20th from 9am to 11am & 1pm to 3pm

The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR: is a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.

The editorial board of TOPR is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2018. Authors will receive feedback on their submissions by October 31, 2018. Selected entries will be announced in December 2018.

Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at:   

If you have any questions or access difficulties, please feel free to contact

Undergraduate Research has moved! 
Our new office is in the New Trevor Colbourn Hall, Suite 205 (within iACE). Our expected opening day is August 9. Our contact information (3-3125; and website ( remain the same.

Need Help With Your Research and Scholarship? Post a Position!
OUR hosts the Undergraduate Research Position Database, where faculty can post position openings. Positions can be through structured UCF programs, independent projects, or general research and academic scholarship support. To make a posting, go to , click “Submit a Posting”.

Research-Intensive (RI) Course Designation application process is set to roll out beginning Fall 2018.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the deadline to be considered for Spring designation through September 3.  RI Informational Workshops will be held in TCH 201 at 3-4pm, August 22 and 10-11am, August 23—no RSVP required.  More information regarding submissions requirements will be posted to the Division of Teaching and Learning RI page.  Contact with questions.

Enroll Students in Directed Independent Research (4912)
One of the most accessible opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in and document faculty-guided research is to enroll in Directed Independent Research (4912).  Students can enroll for credit if a degree plan allows or for zero credit hours at no cost so long as they enroll in other coursework. Please have students that you are mentoring in research and creative scholarship enroll in Directed Independent Research (4912).

Request a Mentoring Report
Have you mentored student researchers? Request a report on all documented students who you mentored since 2009. Email

Scroll and Quill Society: Application now open!
The Scroll and Quill Society recognizes outstanding achievement in research and creative activities. The 2018-19 application period is now open for all UCF faculty members who have maintained continuous full-time faculty appointment at UCF since August 2008. Apply online by Sept. 21.

UCF Women of Distinction Award: Deadline 8/15
We are excited to announce the seventh year of the Women of Distinction awards, highlighting the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF!
Three awards will be given this year for “Excellence in Turning your Big Ideas into Big Successes at UCF.” The winners will each receive a professional development stipend in the amount of $1,000 to be used for professional travel, research development and academic materials.
Have you turned a Big Idea into a Big Success? Or know someone who has? Learn more and apply today.

Associate Professor Mentoring Community: Deadline 8/15
If you are an associate professor who is interested in mapping your career goals (both short and long term) and would like to do so with a supportive group of peers in a structured environment, this is the program for you. The Associate Professor Mentoring Communities will combine monthly whole-community, workshop-oriented meetings with smaller peer mentoring groups, each guided by specific topics and tasks. Open to new and experienced tenured associate professors, it brings together faculty from across UCF to build diverse mentoring and support networks. Learn more and apply today

Women's Leadership Community: Deadline 8/15
Navigating the waters of academic leadership as a woman can provide unique challenges. Our Women's Leadership Community tackles these topics head on. If you are a full-time woman faculty at rank of associate or above in your career path and you're interested in academic leadership, learn more and apply today

Assistant & Associate Professors: What Happens After I Submit my Dossier?
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Teaching Academy, 130
Join Faculty Excellence as we discuss how the promotion and tenure process works, specifically for Assistant and Associate Professors.

During this session Dr. Jana L. Jasinski, Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, will talk about intentionally managing the promotion and tenure process, how to develop responses to committee reviews and the importance of establishing a support network.

Instructors & Lecturers: What Happens After I Submit my Dossier?
Thursday, August 30, 2018 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Teaching Academy, 117
Join Faculty Excellence as we discuss how the promotion process works, specifically for Instructors and Lecturers.

During this session Dr. Jana L. Jasinski, Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence, will talk about intentionally managing the promotion process, how to develop responses to committee reviews and the importance of establishing a support network.

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on the last Wednesday of the month for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to and we will help to spread the word.

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