This award provides a $5,000 cash or grant prize to an individual (faculty or staff) or a small team for their innovative program or project that demonstrates measurable outcomes related to at least one priority metric from the Collective Impact Strategic Plan and can be scaled to maximize our impact.

The Spring 2018 deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Mar. 9.

Nomination forms and award guidelines are available on the UCF Collective Impact Strategic Plan website at http://www.ucf.edu/strategic-plan/champions/

Questions? Contact Lisa Jones: Lisa.Jones@ucf.edu

Faculty and staff are invited to join Provost Dale Whittaker for a series of forums to explore UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan and key issues in higher education as they relate to our university’s future.

Our next forum will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center, Global Communications Room (GCR). It will revisit our progress on metrics related to student success and discuss new initiatives to help us reach our collective goals. The forum will feature Dr. Elizabeth Dooley, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, and Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services, as well as other faculty and staff members who are helping to improve student success through technology, such as predictive analytics, and a new general education program initiative.

If you cannot attend these forums in person, you may watch them in real time online at http://oir.ucf.edu/webcast/. You also can track our progress across key metrics and view past forums on our Collective Impact Strategic Plan website at http://www.ucf.edu/strategic-plan/progress/.

These Provost Forums will feature leaders from across the university, and spotlight faculty or staff members from a program, group, or initiative who are helping us reach our goals – from student success and faculty excellence to philanthropy and research. 

Refreshments will be served. The remaining 2017-18 forum schedule is listed below.

Student Success
Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center, GCR

Funding and Philanthropy
Tuesday, April 3, at 3 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center, GCR

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)- Applications due February 9 at 1pm.
SURE will take place April 5 in the Student Union, and will feature UCF undergraduates presenting their research and creative projects to the broader university community. Undergraduates (and Fall 2017 graduates) from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. If you would to be a faculty judge, you may submit your interest at: https://tinyurl.com/SUREjudges

Learn more at a Spring 2018 Faculty Workshop (CB1 205)
Effective Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (Tuesday, February 6, 10:00-11:00 AM)
Integrating Research into the Curriculum (Tuesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00 AM)
Mentor Resources and Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (Monday, March 5, 2018, 2:00-3:00 pm)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF; applications due March 2)
Undergraduates participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with UCF Faculty during the summer. All students receive a $1500 scholarship. Their faculty members receive $250 supply fund. Workshops are held for students to help them develop their application.

Undergraduate Research Grant (Applications due on March 30 for summer)
Students can apply for grants of up to $500 to support research costs; students traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1000 to support travel (i.e. flights, hotel). Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000.

TRiO Programs at UCF (SDES TRiO Center and AAP/ McNair) have partnered with FL TRiO to celebrate TRiO and the work it has done for over 50 years to assist first generation/ low income students to attain postsecondary degrees/ credentials. 
We will begin our TRiO Week celebration with an Opening Ceremony on February 19th and conclude with the observance of the national TRiO Day of Service on February 24th. Students will be volunteering at Harvest Time USA. 
Please help us to identify faculty/ staff who are either TRiO alum or have worked in TRiO programs. If you have done either, please take 5 minutes to complete the brief I Am TRiO survey. Thank you for your time! https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bNu5yNlU0zYy49n

Directed by Theatre UCF faculty member and artistic director Julia Listengarten, Theatre UCF presents Bernarda Alba (Lyrics and Music by Michael John LaChiusa, Based on the play The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca) March 22-31, telling the tale of a powerful matriarch, who imposes a strict rule on her household following her second husband’s funeral. Bernarda’s five daughters, however, struggle with her cold wishes as the girls’ dreams and desires challenge their mother’s harsh rules and the outside world begins to slowly permeate their isolated existence. To get your $10 faculty ticket, please visit http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/events.php?id=3841.

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 fctl@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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Mary Tripp
College of Sciences Mary  Tripp In school, I believed that good writing was a “gift” for a chosen few, and I wasn’t one of the chosen. After many years, I realized that becoming a good writer is a struggle for everyone. Like learning to write, learning to teach is also a struggle for everyone. Good teaching is not a “gift” for a chosen few—good ...

Houman Sadri
College of Sciences Houman   Sadri Education is a tool for improving the quality of life. Education is not an end in itself but a process. My teaching philosophy is to encourage critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, practical application of theory, using technology, and tolerance of diverse ideas and cultures from an international p...

Robin Kohn
College of Health & Public Affairs Robin Kohn The profession of social work requires commitment and compassion for all we serve, and for many students, the passion they feel to help others is a "calling." The profession of social work has standards, principles, and core values, exemplified in an extensive Code of Ethics that assumes a value-free stance rich w...