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.

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 http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Publications/FacultyFocus/.

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.

 

 

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