Summer Faculty Development Conference

2017 UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference

Monday - Thursday
May 8-11, 2017

View the conference agenda here.

Every May, the Faculty Center hosts the Summer Faculty Development Conference on Monday through Thursday the week following final exams. Full-time faculty members from all colleges submit proposals to transform courses or programs according to goals and objectives related to a defining theme.

The theme of the conference this year is “High-Impact Practices for Integrative Learning,” which we define as opportunities built into a course or program that have been shown to increase student engagement and retention. High-impact academic practices allow students to integrate and apply their learning to complex problems and projects that are important to students and society. They include student-centered practices within courses, capstone courses and projects, developmental portfolios, faculty-supervised research, service-learning, community-based learning, internships, cross-cultural experiences, study abroad, and field work.

Proposals are due by Friday, February 24, 2017.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 17, 2017. To submit a proposal to one of the tracks, see the web sites or contact information below.

The Faculty Center offers the following four tracks for the 2017 Summer Conference:

  • Signature Learning Experiences. Teams of up to four faculty members work on program-level innovations to add or enhance a requirement in the major.  SLE’s are projects that build on high-impact teaching practices like capstone courses, directed independent research, internships, study-abroad, integrative learning classes and experiences, and service-learning.  Signature Learning Experiences are typically assessed by portfolios that document student work via multimedia, substantial writing, multiple kinds of reflection and measures, or other evidence of learning that can be presented publicly.  For more information on SLE’s, see
  • Group Dynamics: Preparing Your Students for Future Success Through Team Skill Building. This track will focus on the integration of group dynamics skills into the classroom that will benefit students by teaching them the skills to develop understanding through discussion and explanation, give and receive feedback, challenge assumptions, develop stronger interpersonal skills, tackle more complex problems than they could on their own, develop effective approaches to resolving differences, and develop their own perspective in relation to others. In addition to the benefits to the students’ teamwork skillsets, these innovations have the potential to increase students’ perceptions of community and foster increased classroom engagement. Faculty will propose course-level enhancements that are designed specifically to enhance students’ skills in teamwork and group dynamics. 
  • Multimedia Assignments that Transform Students from Consumers to Producers of Knowledge.  In an increasingly digital and media-centric society, academic, professional, and personal interactions require students to gain multiple literacies. Assigning multimedia projects encourages students to engage with their learning more holistically, to develop richer rhetorical skills, and to demonstrate their learning and creativity through application, presenting them with the opportunity to produce content rather than consume it.  A well-developed project assignment will focus on pedagogy and include clear learning objectives and effective assessment strategies.
  • Assessment of Active, Integrative, or Interdisciplinary Learning.  This track invites faculty members to create or improve course-level assessment plans and instruments that target applied, integrative, creative, or critical thinking.

For most faculty participants, the Summer Conference represents one phase in a long-term project. For some, the projects have already begun, and the conference is an opportunity to make good progress on their work. For others, the conference offers a chance to get started on a project. In either case, future implementation of the project is expected, typically within three subsequent semesters. Participants are expected to collect data on the progress and effectiveness of the proposed changes and to provide a summary report to the Faculty Center as well as shareable resources.

Conference deliverables:

  1. Each participant will attend workshops and informational sessions, work on a project, and prepare materials for sharing at the conference showcase.
  2. Post-implementation: Participants will share their experiences and/or resources developed with the general UCF faculty community. This may be done by writing an article for UCF’s Faculty Focus publication or preparing curricular materials for the Faculty Center website or Teaching at UCF publication. Guidelines for contributing to the Faculty Focus can be found at

Proposals can be submitted until Friday, February 24th, at 5:00 p.m. Faculty Center Track proposals require the following sections:

  1. Need statement: Description of the teaching/learning issue you wish to address or conditions you wish to improve through your project
  2. Project objective: List the tasks you need to perform and the documents you need to produce for this project
  3. Project Plan:  Create a timeline for accomplishing your objectives (before, during, and after the conference) and list the resources you will need to gather or consult. 
  4. Assessment Plan: How will you know that your objectives were met?
  5. Benefit to the University:  State how the project will add new teaching and learning resources to your program or to other UCF disciplines and/or settings. 

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the project to the conference theme/sub-theme
  2. Benefit of the project to the university
  3. Quality of project proposal (development of problem statement, objectives, timeline, assessment plan)
  4. Quality of previous year’s post-implementation report (if applicable)

Please Note: New faculty members and first-time participants will be given priority if the number of proposals exceeds the budget limit, and we will be unable to fund projects that overlap significantly with a previously funded Summer Conference project.


All proposals are due by Friday, February 24, 2017. Please follow the guidelines for your preferred track (see the Web sites posted below). Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 17, 2017.

Track Theme Proposal Information Contact Person
Quality Enhancement Plan What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation Anna Jones
Faculty Center
  • Signature Learning Experiences
  • Group Dynamics: Preparing Your Students for Future Success Through Team Skill Building
  • Multimedia Assignments that Transform Students from Consumers to Producers of Knowledge
  • Assessment of Active, Integrative, or Interdisciplinary Learning Eric Main
Diversity and Inclusion Developing and Facilitating Diversity and Inclusion Experiences – Capitalizing on Faculty Expertise Barbara Thompson
Center for Success of Women Faculty Invest in Yourself
(open to both male and female colleagues)
Linda Walters
Fran Ragsdale
UCF Global Comprehensive Integrative Internationalization: This track will seek broad and diverse participation from faculty interested in implementing several initiatives to achieve UCF’s core goal to comprehensively internationalize the university. Sub themes within this track include 1) International Curriculum Mapping and Inventory, 2) Intercultural Training, 3) International Leadership, 4) Promoting globally focused faculty (AESPs, T&P guidelines, Awards), and 6) Internationalization student success (certifications, awards, celebrations, unifying theme-year-of-x-country, and others). Fernando Rivera
Writing Across the Curriculum Whether you have collaborated with the WAC Program before or are a newcomer to WAC, this is the track for you. Track participants will create new and revise existing writing assignments, revise courses to include new and/or better writing assignments, and engage in other writing-related course design activities. The UCF WAC Program will provide guidance in those tasks to all participants. We will also inform you about other ways, in which our program can help you teach writing in your discipline. Please e-mail your application directly to WAC Director Pavel Zemliansky at In 300 words or less, describe the project related to writing instruction, on which you’d like to work on during the track. Pavel Zemlianskiy

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